Matthew Whitaker, acting attorney general, was the powerless victim of pious Democratic scorn at Friday's House Judiciary committee hearing. He must have felt like an abortion rights or Free Speech advocate being skewered by Republicans at a comparable hearing in the past. Friday's comedy hour - actually five hours long - proved that politicians are pretty much all alike, that incivility comes in two shades, red and blue.
It wasn't so much the words that were used to demean Whitaker as it was the manner in which they were said by the Democrats. With a holier-than-thou attitude, Democrat after Democrat tried to outdo the previous committee member in belittling the AG.
"I'm asking the questions, sir, and I expect a straight answer." [But you didn't ask a straight question and it needed clarification.]
"I don't like your attempt at humor, Mr. Whitaker. It's out of place at a congressional hearing." [Not if the entire hearing is a joke!]
"Do you intend to answer the question or do we have to subpoena you?" [But he'd already answered it to another committee member.]
"Just give me a yes or no answer that doesn't need an explanation." [Yes or no, have you stopped beating your wife?]
And this is only the first of many such inquisitions to come. Wait till the Intelligence and the Oversight committees, with even more Democrats eager to demolish Trump's hacks, hold their first major pubic hearings - oops, that's pubLic hearings.