So the crucial question becomes, who would believe whom? Polling produced some relatively predictable results: Democrats were more likely to believe the accusations than Republicans, and women took them more seriously than men.

At least they were predictable until Monday, when the Pew Research Center released results of a poll conducted Nov. 3-6, that found that Republican women were less likely than Republican men to think that the allegations were true. In fact, it found that Republican women were nearly twice as likely to believe the allegations were false than to believe that they were true.

That was fascinating, but then things got weirder. A Gallup poll conducted over the same period, and with a sample size of Republicans more than twice as large as the Pew poll, found the opposite. Republican women were slightly more likely to believe the allegations than Republican men. And the percentage of women who doubted them was only a third larger than those who believed them.