As political theater goes, the Democrats’ primetime circus should be a sight to behold when the curtain raises June 9 — that is, if anyone is watching.
The panel’s chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), says it will present “previously unseen material” concerning the Jan. 6 riot. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) claimed in April the hearings will “really blow the roof off the House.”
Suspenseful foreshadowing! It will have witness testimony and preview future hearings. Perhaps this will become a weekly drama series, complete with cliffhangers!
And they’re not even letting the anxious public know who the witnesses are. You can strike four possibilities off the list as top Trump allies Steve Bannon, Mark Meadows, Peter Navarro, and Dave Scavino are not complying with subpoenas.
For his part, Navarro was arrested and handcuffed at the airport Friday for his failure to kowtow to the committee.
Last year’s Jan. 6 Capitol riot is center stage for President Joe Biden’s party, even as the rest of the country worries about soaring inflation and exploding violent crime. The group, hand selected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), is hardly a neutral body.
The resolution agreed to create the Jan. 6 committee passed last summer along almost strictly party lines. It called for 13 select committee members, of which five “shall be appointed after consultation with the Minority Leader.”
The speaker rejected a pair of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s five choices, claiming they as Trump supporters would undermine the group’s “integrity.” McCarthy politely declined to replace them with more acceptable GOP members.
So, in the interest of “integrity,” Pelosi appointed Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). For comparison’s sake, these two representatives are to the Republican Party what Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is to the Democrats.
The body intended to have 13 members ended up with nine.
Cheney said just last weekend that the events of Jan. 6 are part of an “extremely well-organized” conspiracy. She laments that former President Trump does not express remorse over the incident and says the nation is at a time of “testing” for civil war.
So, in the interest of distracting the nation from the mess that is 2022, Pelosi’s partisan group tries to resurrect the aura around Watergate to sway voters. Since we already have 1970s-style inflation and leadership, why not?