But they did the right thing and announced on Monday that they will reopen the hearings so that Kavanaugh and his accuser can testify before the judiciary committee next Monday.
Earlier Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee moved to postpone the confirmation vote for Kavanaugh, which had been scheduled for Thursday.
Another Democrat on the panel, Sen.
The charges against Judge Kavanaugh - seized upon by otherwise powerless Democrats eager to reject the nomination and condemned by Republicans who spoke of, in the words of the American Conservative Union Foundation, the "disgraceful effort.to impugn his sterling character" - are an eerie echo of one of the signature political battles of the late 20th century, the 1991 confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas.
Still, Conway and other Republicans are going out of their way to say they want Ford and Kavanaugh to be heard. With Jeff Flake, who is retiring, and Susan Collins saying there should be hearings, and the Republicans holding only a 51-49 majority, two defections could kill the nomination, even if the GOP bypasses the committee for a floor vote.
Critics have accused Republicans of fast-tracking the process to get Kavanaugh seated on the court ahead of the first day of the fall term, October 1.
"It's a process, and we all feel - speaking for all of the Republicans - we feel that we want to go through this process and we want to give everybody a chance to say what they have to say".
Grassley said Judge has not been asked to testify.
Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of a sexual attack when they were both in high school.
Both Democratic and Republican senators questioned Feinstein's handling of the allegation. Feinstein on Sunday called on the FBI to investigate Ford's story "before the Senate moves forward on this nominee".
Ford's allegations come almost a year after the #MeToo movement was popularised following the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct by Hollywood Producer Harvey Weinstein, who has since been charged with rape and other sexual crimes. He is, after all, vying for a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land, and so far, his confirmation process has been remarkably opaque and disturbingly superficial. She said she managed to escape once Kavanaugh's friend, identified as Mark Judge, jumped on top of them. Ford noted that Judge watched the incident take place, adding that, when she tried to scream, Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth. Judge is the author of Wasted: Tales of a Gen-X Drunk, which describes a culture of partying among classmates at his high school.
Grassley said he has not decided who would testify first but assumes Ford would.
Bruno said focusing on the young ages of Kavanaugh and Ford during the alleged assault - Ford was 15 - and the many years that have elapsed misses a larger point. She said President George H.W. Bush had asked the FBI to investigate Anita Hill's allegations against Thomas.
The White House has held the same firm line on the allegations against President Donald Trump's nominee since reports of a possible #metoo situation involving Kavanaugh surfaced.
The therapist's notes say four boys were involved, but Ford says that was an error by the therapist.
"The timing and details of how Ms. Ford came forward, and how her name was coaxed into public view, should also raise red flags about the partisan motives at play", the editors wrote. With the release of emails from the time when Kavanaugh served the Bush administration, Leahy said it is now evident that "there were numerous emails sent to him that made it very clear this was stolen information, including a draft letter from me". "For the entire time we have known Brett Kavanaugh, he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect".
Both Eshoo and Feinstein said Sunday that they supported Ford's decision to come forward.