John McCormack describes a case of the personal attack in People for the Chicago Way. It seems the recent SCOTUS nominee defense is centering on a case where there were questions about her judgment. The defense is in the process of character assassination against the plaintiffs in the case that the nominee ruled against and the SCOTUS did not agree.
This character assassination is being rationalized with the ‘other side did it, too’ method citing the Anita Hill episode in an earlier nomination. The problem with that is that Anita Hill was brought in as a character witness about the nominee with standing as an employee. That is an entirely different situation from bringing in a wronged plaintiff in a lawsuit to show the impact of jurisprudence and proper decision making.