Hearings are not a trial and the Benghazi Committee’s interrogation of Hillary Clinton was not supposed to be a prosecution, so why did Chairman Trey Gowdy’s opening statement sound like it was taken from a television courtroom drama? Because this is partisan political drama as good as you are ever going to find.
Conspiracies and Scandals
Conservatives still get excited talking about an Obama impeachment six years into a presidency rife with abuses of power no one has been able to stop. We can’t expect much from members of Congress while they spend the next few months trying to keep their jobs, but even if the GOP takes the Senate this fall do we want to suffer the damage an Obama impeachment would bring to a country already stirred up over race and inequality?
Who would be so naïve as to offer hope that we can trust government when our Washington bureaucracy repeatedly proves it has minimal oversight over its activities and doesn’t even trust itself? Our president, promoting trust, openness, and transparency:
My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government.
Who does Barack Obama think he is kidding when he claims that he will not tolerate long waits or other problems at hospitals overseen by Veterans Affairs? He is not fooling the veterans subjected to shoddy treatment from government-managed health care, or politicians in Congress who have known about the problems at the VA for years, have failed to fix them, and are not going to fix them now.
Sadly, bipartisan means the opposite of what it meant in politically happier times on Capitol Hill. Now it means baiting the opposition into doing something that seethes with partisanship. This has never been more excruciatingly obvious than with two of the biggest partisan charades we have seen in years.