Regardless of your politics, Kavanaugh’s performance did not look like that of a Supreme Court justice. It looked like a whiny entitled white man having his manifest destiny threatened.
Whereas Ford seemed pretty darn believable. Kavanaugh’s heavy drinking past is a matter of record. I don’t pretend to remember everything I’ve done while getting hooted up. He could have done that stuff. Seems eminently possible.
In any case, he could have still presented himself as someone I’d want on the court. Someone put it much better than I could have: