Feinstein kept the allegations quiet for six weeks before Ford went public last week. A report was breaking that night in The Intercept, an online publication. Patti Davis, the daughter of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, wrote a piece for The Washington Post revealing that she was raped about 40 years ago, and like Blasey, is hazy on the details. For Kavanaugh to be confirmed, Republicans can only afford to lose the support of two GOP members, if all Democrats oppose the nomination. The timing suggests a coordinated ploy to sabotage a conservative jurist they oppose.
It didn't start as a letter.
While Ford has apparently gone into hiding after alleged threats and harassment, she has seen significant public support after she made the hard decision to publicly share her story. She said she recalled Kavanaugh standing next to her, laughing and pulling up his trousers.
There, she alleges the Supreme Court nominee held her down, covered her mouth, groped her and tried to rip off her swimsuit. She escaped into a bathroom only after Kavanaugh's friend jumped on the bed. She recalled another male student shouting about the incident.
And she had a request.
Hours later, multiple outlets including Politico and The Daily Beast reported the hearing would take place on Thursday, citing sources familiar with a phone call between the committee and Ms Ford's lawyers.
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"Brett was laughing", she told the magazine.
The parallels with the confirmation of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court in 1991 have been eerie.
This year, the number of women running for office already has broken every record. Many believed that somewhere, somehow, leftists would find someone else to come forward with accusations of sexual misconduct against Judge Kavanaugh.
Now 85, Feinstein is a centrist facing a re-election fight against a liberal Los Angeles state legislator.
Kavanaugh has repeatedly and categorically denied the allegations.
A GOP Judiciary Committee investigator contacted Keyser last Tuesday, saying Keyser had been "identified" as attending that party and wanted to talk to her. Committee spokesman Taylor Foy said Keyser's name "came up" in its investigation. "It should be fully investigated", Senator Mazie Hirono, of Hawaii, told the magazine. I've pondered how her story could be squared with the blunt denials of Kavanaugh and Mike Judge, along with the lack of any memory of such an event by the other supposed attendees.
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Aides told the Washington Post the judge had been careful in his answers to avoid appearing like he was trying to discredit Ford, and had made sure he vocally spoke against sexual assault. She hired attorney Debra Katz, a well-connected Democrat with close ties to the #MeToo movement and the Hill.
She says she was picked repeatedly to drink, which caused her to become inebriated. She collected notes from a counseling session where she mentioned the assault and Kavanaugh's name, she said.
She says she remembers Mr Kavanaugh standing to her right and laughing, pulling up his trousers. All signs so far still point towards Kavanaugh's confirmation, but the reckoning and resolution is not in securing vindication, but in demanding it.
"Why suffer through the annihilation if it's not going to matter?" Ramirez, who was raised a devout Catholic in CT, said that she was shaken.
Rumors of a sexual allegation trickled out.
The White House itself echoed Kavanaugh's pushback. They did not know details.
MARTIN: Well, it sounds like, from what you're describing, that this could be a fairly arduous day with senators questioning both Ford and Kavanaugh.
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The hearing had been in doubt amid a week of back-and-forth tussling between Senate Republicans and Ford's legal team, who disagreed on the ideal timing of the hearing, as well as who should testify first and whether outside lawyers should be allowed to ask questions.