At one point, he awkwardly denied ever having consensual group sex: “I’ve never participated in sexual activity with more than one woman present and me. I think — yeah. Just making sure I accurately described that. In other words, I’ve never had a threesome or more than a threesome.”

It’s that kind of answer — a wooden Kavanaugh stammering unconvincingly — that make Republicans nervous.

White House officials said they’ve not been impressed with Kavanaugh’s appearances so far, either in his hearings or in his Fox News interview with his wife, Ashley.