Is it just me or is this Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) just as dumb as a post? This is really the best they have? Email stacks?
So far at least it’s kind of embarrassing what the Republicans have managed to come up with. But this is very important to add. It is difficult to overstate just how big a deal it is that these hearings happened after the Kevin McCarthy goof rather than before. The entire climate is different. The general emphasis of all recent press has been less on Clinton and the largely (but not entirely) bogus issues about her email server and almost all on whether the the committee is a political enterprise. That doesn’t mean that everyone agrees that it is. But even the committee’s most ardent defenders are arguing now on that ground. That makes the reaction to every engagement – albeit largely at the level of second tier talk radio – come off very, very differently.