Another interesting thing from the book that I didn’t know is that the reason why Kavanaugh behaved so differently at different times (like in the TV interview he sat for with his wife and the hearing) is because he was torn between two influence groups.
On the one hand, there were the Bushies who were trying to convince him to pretend to be meek, contrite and unemotional. Kavanaugh is a longtime Bushie himself, so he initially accepted the advice and sat for that ridiculous TV interview where he repeated the same thing verbatim 6 times and looked like he had a wooden pole stuck up his ass.
But the Trump camp (led by Don McGahn who was transmitting Trump’s messages) told him this was a horrible idea and that people don’t respond to that kind of thing any more. They told Kavanaugh to be emotional. The poor guy, this doesn’t come naturally to him, so he practiced and practiced. But when he finally managed to be openly emotional at the hearing, he won the nomination.
The authors of the book point out that you absolutely have to practice more for an emotional speech than for a dry one. Many people don’t realize that and fail at the task. It’s a very rare person that can be openly emotional in front of a large audience and still completely control the message. Everybody else needs to practice.