One thing is certain from watching former FBI director James Comey’s testimony Thursday: He really, really likes himself.
Billed by some on the left as “the last honest man in Washington,” which is funny because last year they were calling for his head, Comey did all he could to portray himself as the hero of his own story.
That’s not uncommon in Washington. Actually it’s the norm, but rarely is it so blatant. Comey knows how to play the DC “CYA” game like a pro, but he was lucky he was being questioned by politicians and not people with the ability to think on their feet or time to ask follow-up questions.
There are few things as useless as a public hearing in Congress. Maybe a Pet Rock, but just barely. With each member of the committee limited to only a few minutes, most stuck to their scripts, no matter what Comey said.
It was a rare hearing in that all members stayed the whole time. Not because they care, but because they knew it was live on every network.
Most committee hearings are ghost towns, with members drifting in only when it’s their time to speak. Put a live feed on CSPAN and they’re out of there, but put it on cable news and suddenly senators stay. This was on all the broadcast channels, so nothing short of a nuclear bomb was going to pry those pampered behinds from those seats.
Most were there the whole time, but few were actually interested. They had their scripts and stuck to them.