The Democratic party seems to be putting a lot (all?) of its hopes on the Ford sexual assault allegations for blocking the Kavanaugh nomination. Media coverage has been extensive and highly polarized.
Based on various discussions online, it appears that the allegations have given conservatives, who might otherwise have not cared much about Kavanaugh, a lot to oppose. I've seen at least one case where someone decided to stop voting for Democrats because they didn't like the tone of party messaging on the issue. I have at least one personal friend who will be "turned off" by these events, and likely poses a risk of "going conservative" on other issues as a result.
- Was this intensive media focus on the sexual assault accusation(s) deliberate Democratic Party strategy, or is it more the news media's own doing?
- If the answer to #1 is "yes, it was deliberate", then why? Why is this their big strategy for blocking Kavanaugh's nomination?