[Ed. – Adams’ point here is like one Nixon used to make about the proxy fight against Soviet-sponsored communist “movements.” Over the objections of the opponent is how you win a battle — or a war. If you can’t get him to surrender, and you’re not willing to, that’s your option. It’s not just that you have to fight. You have to fight — even though he’ll fight back — to win. Adams’ larger point that much of the conservative establishment has not understood this as a fight, and has simply kept writing long treatises about conditions that no longer exist, is one I’ve made many times as well.]
Trump’s speech October 2 in Southaven, Mississippi, was the second event that drove Kavanaugh toward confirmation. Trump rehashed Christine Ford’s testimony.
How did you get home? I don’t remember. How did you get there? I don’t remember. Where is the place? I don’t remember. How many years ago was it? I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know.
You’d hardly know it at the time how this helped Kavanaugh. Democrats and MSNBC pundits were outraged. NeverTrump Republicans were mortified. Even Republican senators critical to Kavanaugh’s confirmation were critical of Trump. …
The Washington Post has a comprehensive examination of how Kavanaugh’s confirmation was sealed, and Trump’s 36 seconds made all the difference (emphasis added):
Establishment Republicans initially reacted with horror. But Trump’s 36-second off-script jeremiad proved a key turning point toward victoryfor the polarizing nominee, White House officials and Kavanaugh allies said, turbocharging momentum behind Kavanaugh just as his fate appeared most in doubt.