Graham also said the Federal Bureau of Investigation would talk to people whom Ford said were "witnesses", an apparent reference to people she said were at the small party where she was allegedly assaulted. "I have not asked that question directly".
Imagine, for one second, if Blasey had responded with the same snide sarcasm. Kavanaugh acknowledged drinking in high school with his friends. Mazie Hirono saying that Kavanaugh revealed in his testimony that he is "a partisan, political operative with an agenda" who thus "cannot be a fair and impartial judge".
Interested in Supreme Court?And also, did you know, he has female friends and family members that he's never assaulted?
Nor was Kavanaugh alone in his play-acted victimhood.
Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn's floor remarks are below, and video can be found here.
"When you see Sotomayor and Kagan, tell them that Lindsey said hello because I voted for them", Graham said to Kavanaugh.
Graham, however, said without citing evidence that he believed "somebody in her office" was the culprit. McKinnon parodied bits of Graham's surprise outburst, including his dramatic pointing across the committee hearing room, his low-key rage, and a random mention of Bill Cosby, who earlier in the week was convicted of sexual assault.
Kavanaugh, who showed a faint smile during the chairman's rebuke, refused to directly answer the question, reiterating that he is innocent and welcomes "whatever the committee wants to do because I'm telling the truth".
The events of that hearing can only add to the country's divisions, with many liberals and progressives seeing Republicans as unsympathetic to alleged victims of sexual abuse and Republicans agreeing with Kavanaugh and Graham's cartoonish depiction of Democrats as a lynch mob that could care less about due process. Last month, she tweeted that voting for Brett Kavanaugh is a vote "to kill women".
Not the rage of a petulant, entitled frat boy, or the anger of America's dinosaur elder statesmen facing a hiccup in what they thought was a slam-dunk nomination.
The Intercept's Ryan Grimm, whose publication was first to receive Ford's letter describing her allegation in detail, has denied that either Feinstein or her staff was his source. And some are being moved literally in this moment - to protest and say "no more". And while he didn't mention them by name, it was painfully obvious that the Republican senators Graham was referring to were Jeff Flake, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski.
Senate leaders agreed to delay a final vote on Kavanaugh's nomination to allow for a one-week FBI investigation. "Survivors have a right to decide how their stories are made public". "I hope the American people can see through this sham, that you new about it and you held it". That is a tragedy, not just for him and for Ford, who, as Sen. "Because this happens to us, but this never happens to them". Numerous women have come forward alleging sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh. They leave open the possibility that people at the small gathering forgot about it or were not in position to witness the assault.
As reporter Glenn Greenwald once said in a very different context, "Courage is contagious". "His life was ruined here".
"What are we teaching kids?" Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) and the other Democrats on the committee, "You all want power".