Two of America's hallowed institutions, the US Capitol and the Supreme Court, became a nexus of.
There are two big no's to come out of the Kavanaugh hearing - one that has been around for a while, the other that has just joined.
Kavanaugh replaces Justice Kennedy, who was nominated to the Court by President Reagan in 1987, but had been the key swing vote on the Court ever since - and conservatives are counting on Kavanaugh tipping the balance of power in a decisive, long-term way, particularly when it comes to signature issues for the American right like the fight against abortion.
"I applaud in general a commitment to hiring a diverse group of clerks, and hope all the justices encourage applicants of color, women and those with backgrounds beyond the usual elite", said Elizabeth Wydra, the president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, a liberal group that opposed Kavanaugh's nomination.
The question was asked in light of the allegations made of newly-appointed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for the porn star suing Trump, injected himself into the dispute with a wild charge about Kavanaugh's youthful indiscretions, harming the judge's critics by providing talking points to Republicans. He also acknowledged in a Wall Street Journal column that some of his testimony went too far, but did not apologize for anything he said.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham unleashed one of the most fiery tirades during the process, calling a Democratic push against Kavanaugh "the most unethical sham since I've been in politics".
"The only reason to vote Democrat is if you're exhausted of winning", he said to thunderous applause.
In the meantime, the focus will be on the court's new majority's willingness to take on controversial issues. And Justice Thomas has remained as profoundly conservative as when he joined the court. But they also could defer action to allow Kavanaugh to weigh in. But they're well aware that the president often struggles to stay on message and can quickly overshadow his political victories with new controversies.
Kavanaugh is the second Supreme Court nominee of President Trump to be confirmed by the Senate.
In his Senate testimony last month in which he denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman in high school, accusing Democrats of orchestrating a partisan campaign against him, Kavanaugh had promised that, if he was confirmed, the four clerks working for him would be women.
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It is legitimate for Democrats to keep harping on the deep partisan ties this new justice has. But we do not know where. We don't have any money.
"You've seen some shifts, but I still think that we're in a strong place", said New Mexico Rep.
To cheers of supporters, Trump declared it an "historic night", not long after signing the paperwork to make Kavanaugh's status official.
"We have to rise above partisanship in our personal relationships".
"We've literally been under assault by the mob", McConnell said. But only one of the four, Kim Jackson, worked for Kavanaugh on the appeals court. Other demonstrators climbed on the nearby statue of justice. And worse, we do not know when or if any will explode.
The clerks are Kim Jackson, who previously worked for Kavanaugh on the federal appeals court in Washington, Shannon Grammel, Megan Lacy and Sara Nommensen. "In fact, if he loses, I'll bring him into my administration".
'I don't think she has any regrets.
Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday evening in a private ceremony as protesters chanted outside the court building. "You might think of him as the swing vote, but it's less that he will be up in the air in various cases".
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For Wydra, the new role for Roberts underscores the court's shift to the right. "I thought it was a disgrace".