The stakes could not be higher both for senators and for our nation. If Kavanaugh fails to win a Senate confirmation vote – or if his nomination is withdrawn – his legacy, his career and his very life will be wounded beyond repair.

No matter what else the judge does in life, he will always be remembered for the accusations made against him by Ford and three other women (one anonymous) publicized around the world in the media. The anonymous fourth accusation by a mother about her daughter seems too vague to pursue.

The same is not quite true for Ford. Even if Kavanaugh is confirmed and seated on the Supreme Court, Ford’s life will go on and she will be a hero to many. That is what happened to Anita Hill, who made accusations of workplace sexual harassment against Clarence Thomas 27 years ago before he was confirmed to the Supreme Court.