This morning, the DJ on the local commercial music station made an offhand comment about having to use the split-screen feature on his television to watch the Rangers playing in the NHL conference finals and the 1/6 hearings simultaneously. Me? I'm taking a night off for bar trivia (it's my weekly ritual with good friends, well, ONE weekly ritual with good friends, along with a weekly online game night). I figure that I can catch up later, no matter how important it is... we'll be dealing with the aftermath of 1/6 for years to come.
The importance of the hearings into 1/6 can be gauged by the responses that even 'polite' Republicans have to it- via Tengrain, we have the oleaginous David Brooks:
Using the events of Jan. 6 as campaign fodder is small-minded and likely to be ineffective. If you think you can find the magic moment that will finally discredit Donald Trump in the eyes of the electorate, you haven’t been paying attention over the last six years. Sorry, boomers, but this is not the Watergate scandal in which we need an investigation to find out who said what to whom in the Oval Office. The horrors of Jan. 6 were out in public. The shocking truth of it was what we all saw that day and what we’ve learned about the raw violence since.
Yes, David, the horrors of Jan. 6 were out in public, but the networks that put those horrors into motion were not out in public, and that's what the hearings are about. The big players who funded the insurrection and transported the perpetrators are still out there, still in positions of power. Damn right, the events of Jan. 6 are campaign fodder. Hell, the campaigns of politicians who participated in the insurrection in any way should be suspended, and the roles of those politicians cannot be ascertained without the hearings.I'm sure it will be riveting television, but a ritual is a ritual, so I will have to watch it in reruns. At any rate, I think I deserve a night off.