"I think everybody in America understands there is a presumption of innocence", McConnell added.
Again, Republicans appear to be closing ranks - 93 percent of Republicans say they will vote for the Republican in their district, up from 88 percent. The process is much different than any other vote in Congress.
The tension began as soon as the allegations emerged. "It demeans many, many women who have come forward ... to share their stories". They hurled insults at Democrats and implied that opponents had crafted a grand scheme to torpedo the nominee. It's the same as saying, 'I couldn't have robbed that bank, I'm a virgin.'" Meyers also suggested that "if you're trying to distance yourself from sexual assault, maybe Fox News isn't the place to hang out.
If Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Ford at a party when the two were in high school in the early 1980s, as she claimed earlier this month, 59 percent of Americans said they think he should not be confirmed.
Thursday's showdown before the Senate Judiciary Committee shaping up as a potential make or break moment in Kavanaugh's bid to join the nation's highest court.
Additionally, there were lingering questions about whether Deborah Ramirez, Kavanaugh's second accuser, would testify.
Kavanaugh is supposed to testify after Ford. Denying the allegations against him, he vowed that he won't be "pushed out" of the confirmation process.
"We're going to be moving forward - I'm confident we're going to win", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters just off the Senate floor, as top Republicans formed a solid political wedge in public, making the argument that "vague, uncorroborated allegations" should not be allowed to stop Kavanaugh.
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Emerging from their weekly GOP luncheon on Tuesday, Tennessee Republican Bob Corker said that GOP leaders told members to be prepared to stay in Washington over the weekend in order to clear the procedural hurdles required to set up a final vote on Kavanaugh next week.
"It was drunk teenagers playing seven minutes of heaven", tweeted Fox News columnist Stephen Miller.
Trump had initially been uncharacteristically restrained in his comments on the matter, but has since taken to attacking the women's credibility and accusing them of being part of a Democratic plot to block Kavanaugh's confirmation.
So far, GOP Senators who have been on the record in support of Kavanaugh aren't backing away from the judge at this point because of the multiple allegations against him.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC, said Ford should have her say, but that his mind is already made up. "Unless there's something more, no, I'm not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh's life over this".
Clune said Ramirez was certain that Kavanaugh was involved despite President Trump on Tuesday questioning her account because she admitted she had been drinking at the time.
Those hearings are now widely considered a case study in how not to treat a victim.
Bromwich also wrote that using outside counsel to perform questioning on the senators' behalf would go against Ford's "repeated requests through counsel that senators conduct the questioning".