I watched a video highlight of the ‘Intelligence Committee’ yesterday:
| Clip Of Russia’s International Influence
Intelligence Committee Chair Pushes Back Against GOP Calls to Resign
House Intelligence Committee Chair Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) responds to Representative Mike Conaway’s call for him to resign his chairmanship in the wake of the Mueller report’s finding that there was no collusion between the Russians and the Trump presidential campaign in 2016, outlining a list of actions taken by the president, his family, and campaign staff that he “didn’t think was okay.” Rejecting calls to resign, he says he accepts the findings of Robert Mueller on the question of whether there was collusion, but he also says that he was also concerned about possible compromise as much as collusion.
I found Schiff’s rhetoric of ‘its not ok’ meager at best, for so important an occasion, as his self-serving denunciation of Trump: that was simply a recitation of the Party Line ,now discredited by the Attorney General’s summation, and the fact that no further prosecutions are planned. The Republicans on the Committee ,who are doing the President’s dirty work, like good partisans, were equally unimpressive.
To face the fact that both Parties are utterly corrupt, each in their own way, Schiff repeating the Clinton/Clapper/Brennan Party Line as if it were Gospel, and Republicans not just defending Trump and his coterie, but demonstrating that the Party is in the hands of the Dixiecrats : Neo-Confederate Originalists, Neo-Liberals and Free Market Nihilists, just plain Reactionaries and opportunists.
But never fear the Clinton faction: Schiff, Pelosi, Hoyer, not forgetting Schumer, et al will insure that the nominee for 2020 will be Hillary, or one her clones, that now compete for media attention.
Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.