I deliberately did not watch or listen to theÂ hearings this morning, mostly because I have other work to do. I notice the leftie-leaning media are confident Professor Ford handled herself well. So I looked at not-leftie-leaning media. This is from Politico:
THERE ARE A LOT OF REPUBLICANSÂ who are already hoping that the White House will pullÂ BRETT KAVANAUGHâ€™SÂ Supreme Court nomination — â€œtoday,â€ as one put it to us. â€œTotal disaster,â€ as another senior Republican told us. Factions in and around the White House — Trump allies — are getting concerned. As we said this morning: Itâ€™s hard to see what Kavanaugh can do to change the strikingly difficult political dynamics. He has already said, without a doubt, that he did not do anything — that has left him no wiggle room. Weâ€™ve not spoken to a single Republican so far who thinks this is going well for them. Most think itâ€™s an abject disaster.
Also from Politico,Â GOP governors call for delaying Kavanaugh vote.Â And it sounds like Grassley was a total jerk.
Frat Boy gets his turn later, I understand.
Update: This is from the Wall Street Journal, secondhand via Raw Story:
TheÂ Wall Street JournalÂ talked with several former Trump administration officialsabout Christine Blasey Fordâ€™s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee â€” and they all agreed that it was a disaster for Republicans.
One former Trump official described Ford as a â€œvery credible witnessâ€ and said that her sworn testimony had gone â€œworse than any Republican could have expected.â€
Another former Trump official said that Fordâ€™s testimony means that Brett Kavanaughâ€™s nomination to the Supreme Court is now in deep trouble â€” and they doubted that he could save it during his testimony.
â€œFordâ€™s testimony puts all the pressure on Kavanaugh,â€ they said. â€œHe really needs to knock it out of the park.â€
And finally, a third official lamented that it would be almost impossible for Republicans to paint Ford as a lying political operative.
â€œShe seems sincere, kind, thoughtful and credible,â€ they explained. â€œHard to suggest she is politically motivated.â€
President Donald Trump is reportedly seething while watching Fordâ€™s testimony because he has been surprised at how credible she seems as a witness.
Update: Josh Marshall,Â Blasey Fordâ€™s Shining Moment; Grassleyâ€™s Catastrophe