More than half the country concluded at the time that Ms. Hill had exaggerated incidents for political reasons and that whatever happened hadn’t really bothered her at the time. She never could explain why she followed Thomas to a new office. Was it harrassment or did she lead him on flirtatiously to promote her career? Her testimony was not convincing on that. Meanwhile, some of the attacks on Thomas came very close to the line in sounding racist. There was also a sense she had been told she could make a few things up to force him out, and that she was effectively conned into testifying.