Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen, i.e., chaotically.
The Democrats are now sufficiently panicked that they are throwing up every obstacle they can imagine, whether it help them or not. The Republicans are trying to appear to proceed fairly within the Committee’s and the Senate’s Rules. Some random event will determine whether the Republicans and vulnerable Democrats hang together and pass the nomination. Meanwhile, the press and the pundits will spin away while a decent man’s life is trashed.
The 2016 election was in large part about Supreme Court nominations. This fall’s election should be, at least in part, a referendum on how those nominations were handled.