if WH staff is leaking that he didn't have good answers, that's a huge red flag https://t.co/0oZavwrLgt
— Eric Schultz (@EricSchultz) September 22, 2018
White House is either lowering expectations or lowering the boom. https://t.co/b9Ivkocwll
— Wyeth Ruthven (@wyethwire) September 23, 2018
Per the Washington Post:
Just as he did several weeks ago to prepare for his confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court, Brett M. Kavanaugh was back inside a room at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building — again facing questioners readying him for a high-stakes appearance in the Senate.
This time, the questions were much different. An array of White House aides, playing the role of various senators on the Judiciary Committee, quizzed Kavanaugh last week about his sex life and other personal matters in an attempt to prepare him for a hearing that would inevitably be uncomfortable…
The epicenter of the scramble to rescue Kavanaugh’s nomination was inside the second-floor office of outgoing White House counsel Donald McGahn — the nominee’s lead champion in the West Wing who, in coordination with Senate Republicans, had helped engineer a rapid transformation of the federal judiciary and was about to secure a second seat on the Supreme Court for President Trump…
Democrats are also plotting their own strategy for the hearing. Furious about Grassley’s decision to limit testimony to just Kavanaugh and Ford, Democratic aides planned to find other potential witnesses — such as a trauma expert — who could help bolster their case.
If they couldn’t be heard under oath, Democrats discussed holding news conferences where those other experts would speak, aides said. A top priority, according to Democratic officials, was ensuring Ford felt supported, whether it was having enough friends and family in the hearing room with her or finding people who can speak publicly about Ford’s character…
When your own side starts leaking about how badly you did on their “murder board” of prep questions, your nomination has one foot in the grave. https://t.co/5SiOe4MIiv
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) September 23, 2018
[Warning: Linked media in the following tweet NSFW]
There are a whole lotta Republicans who are suddenly going to start asking why they’re setting themselves on fire for Brett Fucking Kavanaugh.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) September 22, 2018
Reports that Kavanaugh is getting frustrated at being interrogated about his private life. Take a look at the questions he wanted asked of Bill Clinton.https://t.co/DUZyOyiToC pic.twitter.com/J1j074hm8V
— Mark Elliott (@markmobility) September 22, 2018
Professional GOP (Never-Trump branch) publicist:
I, for one, would like to know why people close to Kavanaugh seem to have taken actions that kind of suggest that they knew Dr. Ford's allegation was coming. I would also like to see Dr. Ford testify about it so we have some further certainty. https://t.co/Y5g6VyKBjq
— Liz Mair (@LizMair) September 23, 2018