America’s least essential pundit hopes Jim Jordan will restore bipartisan comity in America
This is, I swear, not a parody:
So what does he think a committee with two people dedicated to nothing but sabotaging the investigation look like? As is usual with this kind of punditry, he doesn’t even disagree with Pelosi on the merits!
Pelosi and her Democratic defenders will cast the decision as the only one she really had available to her after McCarthy made his picks known earlier this week. And it’s beyond debate that McCarthy’s choices — especially Banks and Jordan — were aimed at turning the committee into something of a circus. Both men would have, at every turn, sought to turn the tables on Democrats — using the platform provided by the committee to push debunked claims about Antifa’s involvement in the Capitol riot, questioning Democratic leadership’s readiness for just such an attack and trying to broaden the committee’s mandate to cover the Black Lives Matter protests of summer 2020.
So, I’m supposed to think this is bad…why?
Because predictably, in the immediate aftermath of Pelosi’s announcement, McCarthy said he was pulling all five of his nominees to the committee.
So, in conclusion, Nancy Pelosi’s imperious actions will prevent…a committee that is a complete circus and not taken seriously by Republicans from being seen as a fair and independent panel by both parties. Pull his finger!
It’s sad to consider how many journalists CNN could hire with Cillizza’s salary.
“The committee on the insurrection needs both pro and anti insurrection members, for balance” is an expression of how uncomfortable mainstream objective journalists are in the current environment and how badly they want to get back to the pre-Trump equilibrium— Adam Serwer 🍝 (@AdamSerwer) July 22, 2021
In this type of situation the recourse is to theater criticism, which appears not to take sides but in fact reduces the stakes to the amoral question of whose political spin they find more compelling, which is actually also editorializing but for odd reasons is deemed exempt— Adam Serwer 🍝 (@AdamSerwer) July 22, 2021