House Committee Hearings Are Becoming White Noise

May 3, 2019
by Bob Adelmann

The endless hearings over the Mueller Report are becoming white noise to that part of the voting demographic that Democrats need the most to have any chance of ousting Donald Trump in 2020: the independent voter. As Karl Rove (George W. Bush’s campaign manager and Republican policy wonk) wrote:

House committee chairmen won’t stop trying to oust Mr. Trump. Reps. Jerry Nadler (Judiciary), Adam Schiff (Intelligence), Elijah Cummings (Oversight), and Maxine Waters (Financial Services) will keep issuing demands and subpoenas.

The country will have to put up with endless hearings built around five minutes of questions of varying quality by mostly forgettable members of Congress, punctuated by a few moments of drama.

And just who are these “mostly forgettable members?” Without exception they are far-left liberals with simply awful voting records. For those who consider elections as nothing more than popularity contests, voting records mean little. But for those who understand the underpinnings of the republic, they mean everything. The founders built in numerous limitations and restrictions to keep people like Nadler, Schiff, et al from wreaking their totalitarian havoc on the citizenry. As Thomas Jefferson noted: “The two enemies of the people are criminals and government; so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so that the second will not become a legalized version of the first.”

This writer prefers the Freedom Index (FI), published by the John Birch Society, because it compares politicians’ voting records to those “chains of the Constitution” and creates an index from zero to 100 depending on how closely their votes hew to those chains and limitations.

For Nadler, his FI is 24 out of 100. Translation: on three out of four opportunities to vote in accordance with the Constitution, he votes against it. For Schiff, his FI is 19. For Cummings, his FI is 22. And for Waters, her FI is 27.

Without stretching the point, each of these individuals has little respect for either the Constitution or their oaths of office, which declare their intent to support and defend it. One is free to decide whether such dereliction is intentional or not. Such is beyond the scope of this article.

What is clear, however, is that the Democrats have run out of options. The Mueller Report is ancient history. The average American likely hasn’t even heard of it, and those who have aren’t likely to take the time to read all 448 pages of it.


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Further, when asked, those same average Americans aren’t interested in impeaching the president. Four recent polls – Rasmussen, Washington Post/ABC News, PBS NewsHour/NPR/Maris, and CNN/SRRS – have all come up empty for the Democrats. The Independent voter is overwhelmingly opposed to any attempt by them to attempt to impeach the president.

That leaves the Democrats with a single remaining option: hearings, hearings, and more hearings. And the more they probe, and the higher the decibel level, the fewer the people who vote are interested. The average viewer is simply tuning them out. Witness the remarkable drop in viewership being suffered by the mainstream leftist media: CNN, CNBC, et al.

But Democrats persist anyway. They call their endless hearings their “Benghzai” strategy. Republicans used that strategy in an attempt to expose Hillary Clinton while she was serving as Secretary of State during the 2012 terrorist attack in Libya. As Julian Epstein, a former White House staff member during those hearings, noted: “There is a big sentiment amongst some [Democrats] that they should ‘Benghazi’ Trump.” He said that such hearings, held often enough and loudly enough, would serve at least two purposes: creating a political weapon to weaken the president going into 2020, and satisfying a party base that is frustrated that the House hasn’t moved to impeach the president.

Darren Samuelsohn wrote in Politico that such a strategy “gives Democrats a chance to navigate around the thorny impeachment question while still showcasing their majority [in the House] and flexing their investigative chops.” Plus, as a bonus, noted Samuelsohn, “They might even uncover some wrongdoing along the way.”

Jason Sattler, the Opinion columnist for USA Today, thinks it’s far too early for Democrats to give up on impeachment: “If Democrats make the political calculation to let an arguably felonious president get away with never having to answer to high crimes and misdemeanors, he and perhaps future presidents will be unleashed to do even worse.”

But Sattler is whistling in the wind. Hearings are much more entertaining to the far-left liberals who have been itching for the last two years to attack what they perceive is the illegitimate presidency of Donald Trump. They remain deluded that Hillary was the proper winner, that Trump is a usurper, beholden to foreign interests for his faux victory in November 2016.

And so they continue to act out their fantasy that somehow, out of all the noise, will come justice. But the voters, particularly and especially the independent voters, are tuning them out. To them, as Shakespeare’s MacBeth expressed it, each of the Democrats heading their investigative committees is like life:

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

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An Ivy League graduate and former investment advisor, Bob is a regular contributor to The New American primarily on economics and politics. He can be reached at bobadelmann@msn.com.

Sources:

The Wall Street Journal: Can Dems Resist the Urge to Impeach?

USA Today: 2020 litmus test: All Democratic candidates should call for Trump impeachment proceedings

Politico: Democrats weigh a ‘Benghazi Trump’ strategy

PBS.org: Majority of Americans oppose Trump impeachment hearings after Mueller report, but questions remain

Background on Karl Rove

Background on the 2012 Benghazi attack in Libya

Background on 2012 Benghazi hearings

Background on Julian Epstein

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