For Christine Blasey Ford, the moment in the Senate spotlight she had dreaded is over. As Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was following her with testimony of his own before the judiciary panel, the early assessments on Ford were rolling in:
- In praise: Peter Baker at the New York Times says Ford's testimony surely "sent shudders through the White House." Ford "came across as Everywoman—an Everywoman with a Ph.D.—at once guileless about politics yet schooled in the science of memory and psychology." She clearly didn't want to be there, which only added to her credibility.
- Yes, but... Politico reports that Trump allies were second-guessing the GOP decision to hire a female prosecutor and concerned that Rachel Mitchell didn't find any holes in Ford's story. However, two insiders in the confirmation process also point out that the testimony provided no new facts to incriminate Kavanaugh. It remains largely he-said-she-said, and that may not be enough to sway key senators such as Jeff Flake, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski.