At lunchtime the Thursday before last, Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court was hanging by a thread. 

Christine Blasey Ford had just spent the best part of fours hours detailing how Mr Kavanaugh had allegedly sexually assaulted her at  high school house party. 

The California professor, voice wavering, had begun by declaring she was “terrified” to be speaking before senators but believed it was her “civic duty”. 

She had described how Mr Kavanaugh had allegedly pinned her to a bed in 1982, drunkenly groped her and tried to take off her clothes while a friend looked on. 

She recalled fearing she would be raped and, when Mr Kavanaugh allegedly covered her mouth when she cried out for…

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