Rachel Mitchell is quite empathetic, professional, and impressive.
This is shaping up to be quite informative, in no small part because everyone will be on their very best behavior today.
Dr. Ford admitted she does not know who paid for the polygraph test. Knowing how Dr. Ford got in touch with the law firm that is representing her now is key, but her attorneys will fight tooth and nail for that not to be revealed.
Fair or not, if Judge Kavanaugh is not as convincing in his testimony as Dr. Ford is in hers (she even specified the neurological mechanism involved in searing the memory of her trauma on to her hippocampus), the needle will move irreversibly against him.
(a) It is clear Dr. Ford's lawyers never told Dr. Ford that Chairman Grassley had offered to interview Dr. Ford in California if she wanted. This is horrible. Isn't this some violation of the code of conduct for lawyers to keep the client in the dark. 1/
Judge Kavanaugh is speaking. My initial sense is this:
(a) He has been told he has nothing to lose if he goes for the Democratic jugular.
(b) Republicans are going to go for a Judiciary Committee vote tomorrow.
As I predicted 7 hours ago just as Kavanaugh started speaking (see above under Kavanaugh Testimony):
-- Senate Judiciary Committee votes tomorrow
-- First procedural vote in the Senate takes place on Saturday
-- Full Senate confirmation vote early next week