And much more. If Kavanaugh is voted down or forced to withdraw, the Republican Party and conservative movement could lose their last best hope for recapturing the high court for constitutionalism.
No new nominee could be vetted and approved in six weeks. And the November election could bring in a Democratic Senate, an insuperable obstacle to the elevation of a new strict constructionist like Kavanaugh.
The stakes are thus historic and huge.
And what is Professor Ford's case against Judge Kavanaugh?
When she was 15 in the summer of '82, she went to a beer party with four boys in Montgomery County, Maryland, in a home where the parents were away.