The bizarre position of convenience of the anti-Kavanaugh opposition is that there is something fundamentally unfair or untoward about Ford being questioned by a woman counsel. Here’s the tweet that Charlie pointed to relaying Feinstein’s posture:
NEW: Sen. Feinstein, D-Ca, just told me "I have no way of knowing" if Dr. Ford is actually going to show up to Kavanaugh hearing Thursday – if outside counsel is asking the questions
— Peter Doocy (@pdoocy) September 25, 2018
A counsel is a good idea, not only because it will avoid a potential problem of political optics for the Republicans, but it should guarantee a relatively coherent and sustained line of questioning, which these hearings typically lack. Of course, if the committee buckles and ditches the idea of a counsel, all the same people objecting now will turn around and hammer Republicans for being a bunch of men questioning a woman accuser.