The same sense of dread spread in the Senate, as lawmakers texted each other about their concerns.
It is true that, even after the testimony of Ford and Kavanaugh and an additional FBI investigation seemingly staged primarily for show, her accusations ultimately could not be proven according to a legal standard. "I'm a 100%. I have no doubt", he said.
But while Republicans can revel in the joy of having rammed their candidate, a man who is deeply controversial on so many levels, through the Senate against all opposition thereby altering the composition of the court for decades, the party's blatant power play may hurt them in the long run.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who supports abortion rights but voted to confirm Kavanaugh, argued during a speech on the Senate floor on Friday that Kavanaugh was not going to vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Kavanaugh denied the charges in his own testimony before the committee.
"There is a special place in hell for women who cover for rapists", she said in an email blast after the vote.
In reference to protesters who came out to show opposition to the decision, Trump poked fun by suggesting the number of people didn't compare to his supporters at rallies.
Demonstrators protest the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington DC, on October 6, 2018.
He added that he thinks the week-long delay as the FBI investigated sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh was something positive.
"Truly, Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation is a low moment for the Senate, for the court, for the country".
The lone Republican to oppose the nomination was Sen.
"I've known Brett Kavanaugh for 18 years, professionally and personally".
Kavanaugh's confirmation process has laid bare the partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill and the political polarization of America just a month before midterm elections.
Kavanaugh's confirmation comes a little less than three weeks after Christine Blasey Ford publicly accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the 1980s. "I really mean it".
"He will be a great Justice of the Supreme Court", Trump said, before leaving the White House for a rally in Topeka, Kansas, that is now likely to turn into a raucous victory lap. "I believe he will make an excellent jurist". Whenever there have been accusations like this in the past those accusations get turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in confidentiality and they get investigated.
"Of course Senator McConnell has said you never have a vote on a justice in a presidential election year", Leahy said.
Former President George H.W. Bush tweeted support for Collins from Kennebunkport, praising her before the final vote for "political courage and class". The move will not impact the overall outcome of the vote, but it will allow for the margin to be the same as it would have been if Daines had been there to participate.