After months of trying, the Dem’s get Attorney General William Barr to testify before the House Judiciary Committee and they muck it up. At one point Barr captured the scene with words akin to this: I thought this was a hearing. Don’t I get to be heard?
Generally speaking, the Dem congressmen and women were only interested in tarring and feathering Barr and Trump, fine for speaking to the choir but what about that relative handful of eventual voters who still could go either way?
Those could be the deciders…..the ones still sitting on the tipping point.
It wasn’t a good omen to hear that the committee chair, Jerry Nadler, was late because of a minor car accident. Maybe his senses were shaken up. I can’t think of another reason for him to allow Republican Jim Jordan to show what was essentially an amped up campaign video as his opening statement. It displayed a steady barrage of burning buildings and police under attack as if the whole country is in flames and the Dems are to blame. You know what they say about an image being worth more than a thousand words. I recall those images much better than anything spoken (besides: “Don’t I get to be heard?”)
Another impact of imagery was the solid performance of Barr himself. Seldom losing his cool, despite some understandably angry reactions to the Dem’s accusing Trump and him of all sort of crimes, while almost never allowing Barr to respond to their accusations. Every time he tried, the Dem inquisitor called “reclaiming my time”, meaning they only had a few minutes and they weren’t going to waste it on what they assumed were lies.
To get a word in edgewise, Barr grabbed time from sympathetic Republican questioners. Otherwise this was a political roast without the usual humor.
My point is not to defend Barr’s positions, but the fact he was seldom given much time to express them WHICH GAVE THE IMAGE OF AN UNFAIR TRIBUNAL, NOT A HEARING. Despite weeks of advanced warning there seemed no preparation by the Dems for pinning down a very tricky character, which would have required something more organized than the scatter gun attacks by the Dem Representatives.
Oh, by the way, I am a never Trumper in case you haven’t read many of my posts. My anger comes when I see Dems do things that I feel are detrimental to the cause, and this so-called hearing is one of them. Frankly, I just don’t think Nadler is up to the task of dealing with a Barr (if you recall Adam Schiff was the Dem leader in the impeachment proceedings even though that role would more normally go to the Judiciary Chair, who was Nadler).
The “hearing” totally lacked fairness and that is the main message I believe it conveys to those relatively few who are still swaying in the wind.
It is a message unfavorable to the Democrats.