It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that the Senate did not allow enough time for Brett Kavanaugh to be investigated properly before they voted to confirm him to the Supreme Court. Anyone who was following the case at the time knew that Christine Blasey Ford was telling the truth, and that the notion that she had mistakenly identified Kavanaugh was preposterous. I said as much at the time.
No one, including the FBI, interviewed Deborah Ramirez at the time, and the new allegation mirrors the one that she made. (For a detailed account of the allegations, check this NPR story published yesterday.)
Kavanaugh won’t be thrown off the court, of course, because the Senate is still in Republican control. But the Democratically controlled House could make things mighty uncomfortable for Kavanaugh, and could underline the importance of the Supreme Court in the 2020 election.
But no one should be surprised.