I guess maybe because I read the damned report, unlike, apparently, the FBI director and every member of the Republican caucus, there was nothing really newsworthy there today. Just an aged bureaucrat calmly answering questions from a bunch of people who, with limited exceptions, had far inferior intellect. I don’t know how the man made it through the sessions without eye rolling, but I had to stop watching somewhere around when Matt Gaetz shouted nonsense for five minutes and some lady named Lesko owned herself and the GOP and didn’t seem to notice.
The main problem for me is this format, much like the debate formats for Presidential debates, just sucks. One of the things I have noticed in the years I have been alive is that in large group settings, not everyone has to talk. In fact, again with limited exceptions, everyone would be better off in large group settings if most people didn’t talk. This is especially true when the large group is composed of congressmen, who are only there because the people chose them, and the American people are a bunch of idiots who are constantly making bad choices. For example, the Big Bang Theory ran for twelve seasons.
But, because we have to let every egomaniacal halfwit have their say, everyone is giving a smattering of time and nothing beyond the superficial is ever really explored. Add to that that the time is mostly wasted by people who like to hear their own voices and seem confused by the difference between talking and saying something, and you get four minutes and forty seconds of inconsequential babble peppered by brief remarks from Mueller retorting “It’s in the fucking report you mouthbreather.”
The hearings themselves were then capped with instant analysis by a bunch of people who basically have their jobs because they are prettier than most everyone else and thus on television, and usually the instant analyses are roughly worth the time given to create them. And then we’ll have the almost instant thought pieces, and the “who won and who lost” pieces, and by tomorrow we’ll be talking about whatever Third Reich slogan the losers at Trump’s rally down the road from me were screaming.
I’ve come to the conclusion that as a country, we are just uniquely unprepared to deal with Trump. Everything happens so fast, no one thinks about anything, there are never any repercussions for the rich and powerful and most certainly not for the pundit class, and in the end it’s all just a blur with too much happening in too many directions to handle anything effectively. It’s dizzying.
In my own personal life, and maybe this is both society changing and me getting older, I’ve been making a concerted effort to just slow everything down. Other than days like today with the Mueller testimony, I don’t watch cable news. I’ve been reading a lot of books. I stopped watching as much tv. I spend more time out in the yard, or sitting on the porch with the dogs, or just shutting it all down so I can just think. More and more I think it was a real turning point for the country when Obama shut down Ed Henry who was carping at him for not reacting quickly enough to the AIG bonuses:
No one seems to care if they know what they are talking about anymore.