I had to get to bed before Kavanaugh gave his testimony. But I kept the television on and found what I was hearing kept me awake for an extra 90 minutes or thereabout. As he started, I thought this WAS Clarence Thomas only with a higher-pitched, less controlled voice! The anger, the reputation being ruined, the disgraceful process . . . and then he turned maudlin, his voice wavered, he began to cry, he talked about liking beer in his student days - he still likes beer, "don't you?" . . . and then after an interminable time of sniffling, almost grovelling self-pity, he raised the pitch again and directed an outright, warlike invective against the Democrats and their tactics to destroy him.
I felt it was an amazing performance - amazingly naive, stupid given the circumstances and an openly partisan performance from a man who is not supposed to show any bias to left or right. I could not help wondering what this man would be like on the Supreme Court. There was no gravitas, no measured argument, no self-control. How could this beer-loving individual who loves mentoring the young female clerks he fills his chambers with and who listed endless testimonies from women he has associated with throughout his more recent career be qualified to sit on the highest Court in the USA. He filibustered his answers to many Democrat questions and kept diverting the focus as he had done during the confirmation hearings. Republicans who had been cringing after Dr. Ford's testimony, must by then have been wondering who would replace him as Trump's pick.
And then the tide turned. Lindsay Graham, whom I have never liked and whose loving friendship with John McCain I could never figure out, got the Chairman to change the agreed procedure. Instead of the sexual crimes prosecutor asking the questions for the Republican members, Graham ignored that ineffective lady and launched into his own loud and vicious diatribe against the accusation (she no doubt suffered the abuse but she was mistaken about who perpetrated it) and in praise of Kavanaugh. His was an equally extraordinary performance - passionate, belligerent, take-no-prisoners. He was without doubt Trump's bulldog determined to banish the doubt about Kavanaugh, and he never let up. That seemed to give heart to Kavanaugh and start to move the pendulum - and I must thereafter have fallen asleep! Now I have to catch up!