In just 6 more days, the carnival comes to town. At least if that town is Washington DC. And that carnival will be complete with loud, obnoxious barkers, cheap sleazy side shows, and shady carnies sneaking all over the place playing various con games. You know it as the GOP House Caucus.
Which is manna from Heaven for the House Democrats for the next 2 years. Here’s why. For the last 18 months, the only show worth watching in Washington DC has been the House Permanent Select Committee on January 6th. And the quality of the bipartisan work, the thoroughness of the investigation, and the brilliantly produced and presented live hearings has had it dubbed The most impactful congressional panel since the 9/11 commission. They set an incredibly high bar for all of the congressional hearings that will follow for years.
And we won’t have long to wait. Maybe. If the GOP can ever get their shit together and actually elect a Speaker, they’re already foaming at the mouth over all of the deep, insightful policy based hearings they want to unload on us. You know, shit like Hunter Biden’s laptop, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas patriotism and qualifications, and of course Investigating the operation and professionalism of the J6 committee. *Sigh* Is this really the thin gruel we have to dine on for the next 2 years?
Fortunately there’s a bright side. We just spent 18 months watching what a professional, serious House investigation looks like. In all things, the members were serious and respectful, not only to the witnesses, but to each other. And they produced simple, concrete evidence and testimony that told the story, clearly and understandably.
Cast your mind all the way back to the dark days of Benghazi. Whether in the majority or minority, the GOP playbook was unerringly the same. Scream, yell, rant and insult the witnesses, spout out incoherent conspiracy theories, and then interrupt the witness every 5 seconds. The only object was to secure a sufficient sound bite for FUX News that night to fire up your moronic base. The GOP committees are going to be staffed by mental misanthropes like Laborious MTG, Gym Bag Jordan, Goose stepper Paul Gosar, Sugar Daddy Matt Gaetz, and Widdle Andy Biggs. And these retarded howler monkeys are all going to be hip throwing each other for camera time.
And they’re going to have as many and much of these hearings televised as humanly possible. After all, the House GOP has spent 4 long years in the legislative wilderness, it’s time to get back into the spotlight again. And the Democrats should welcome it.
An hour or so ago, MD Democratic congressman Jamie Raskin was on All In with Chris Hayes. And Hayes asked a great question. He asked Raskin What can the Democrats in the minority in these committees and hearings do to try to rein in the insanity of the GOP committee members? And Raskin’s answer was music to my ears, Well Chris, for the next 2 years, our job on these committees is going to be the Truth Police for the American people. We’re not going to argue, we’re simply going to use facts, evidence, and truth to expose the nonsense of the GOP’s arguments.
Exactly! The Democrats aren’t going to get into penny ante pissing contests with the GOP over their conspiracy theories, they’re going to user their time with quiet facts, logic, and common sense to expose the stupidity of the GOP’s lines of attack. There was a Warnock ad in the runoff that makes my point perfectly. They taped ordinary voters watching and listening to Herschel Walker babbling incoherently, and then throwing off their headphones and insulting Walker. Get ready for 2 long years of this.
As I said earlier, the J6 committee set the gold standard for a professional, well run investigation and hearings. Which is not what we’re going to get from the GOP troglodytes in the House. And since the GOP writ large has absolutely no legislative agenda or platform, the only frame of reference that voters will take of the GOP into the voting booth in 2024, other than possibly a government shutdown and fiscal cliff debacle, will be these moronic and content free hearings. Another reason to be confident going into 2023.