Cleveland — Thursday marked an historic day on Capitol Hill.
No matter how you feel about what unfolded, there is no denying there are a lot of similarities between 1991 and now.
We start with the now.
"I thought today was an exhibition of how it should not work," said criminal defense attorney Ian Friedman.
Friedman, knowing full well we weren’t watching a court of law, says he still cringed Thursday watching the Kavanaugh Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
"Is she credible? Is he credible? I think this is going to go down as which one you wanted to believe at the start. There needed to be more investigation. Investigation protects the accuser and the accused," said Friedman
The accuser in this case, is Christine Blasey Ford. She claims Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party in high school in 1982.
“She has nothing to gain by coming forward,” says attorney Laura Hauser who represents clients like Dr, Ford in sexual abuse and harassment cases.
"This has had as much of an impact on her family as Judge Kavanaugh says it had on his," said Hauser.
"What is so troubling about today is that evidence is there but they want to get this through quickly. We know that they ended today leaving plenty of evidence on the floor. Witnesses from all sides. I hope we never see it again," said Friedman on Thursday.
But we did see a remarkably similar hearing 27 years ago.
Then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, also selected by a Republican president to replace a retiring justice, had his moment in the spotlight on a national stage.
Both Thomas and Kavanaugh are Yale Law School grads and both were judges on the federal Court of Appeals for the Distirct of Columbia circuit.
Both were accused of sexual misconduct.
“I think it was worse now because we should have learned our lesson all those years ago," said Friedman.
“We are seeing the treatment of serious allegations of sexual assault against women being belittled. It’s being used in derogatory terms and there is still an overarching theme of 'boys will be boys' when they are 17-years-old as being an acceptable pass for people," said Hauser.
The Senate Judiciary Committee votes on Friday whether or not to move Kavanaugh forward to the full Senate.
“I would be shocked if Kavanaugh didn’t get in. This has been all politics which should be separate from the judiciary," said Friedman.