No, I did not watch last night’s congressional TV show, but the reviews are in. Well, a few reviews anyway. My perusal of the headlines this morning shows only a moderate amount of coverage, indicating that 1) no news was made and 2) no one cares much. As predicted.
If one pays attention, one will soon come to understand what is going on here. Let’s look at two data points.
The Jan. 6 investigation can sometimes seem sprawling and complicated. The story of that day is filled with weird groups, conspiracy-minded lawyers and fringe characters. Oath Keepers and Proud Boys. JOHN EASTMAN and SIDNEY POWELL. The “QAnon Shaman” and “caveman rioter.”
The big message from the first public hearing of the Jan. 6 committee was that it’s a lot simpler than all of that. It’s really about one person: DONALD TRUMP.
In the wake of the attempt on Kavanaugh’s life the pressure on the House to pass a bill that unanimously passed the Senate has been immense. Pelosi’s intemperate comments were primarily expressing irritation at that pressure taking focus off of her stage-managed hearings. (She says she’ll get to the SCOTUS protection bill next week.) According to Politico the hearings were aimed almost exclusively at Donald Trump, a man no longer in office and denied social media accessibility.
You look at it plainly and you can readily see – this is personal. This is the Speaker’s bruised ego reacting to the president’s mean tweets. There is no prudence, no political sensibility, no service to the nation – just a bruised ego lashing out in personal animus at enormous taxpayer’s expense.
Donald Trump was a good president that could have been a great one with less ego. Nancy Pelosi is squandering her legacy, which is substantial, letting her ego drive her actions.
It’s a crying doggone shame.