“Politics is show business for ugly people.” – Sen. Fred Thompson
If anyone should know, it is the late Fred Thompson, who was both during his lifetime. And we saw it illustrated this week in Washington. The impeachment is less a trial than a bunch of Hollywood wannabes behaving as if they were in some movie about a trial. They are less concerned about the facts and the law than they are about putting on virtuoso performances. (It is easy to give a virtuoso performance if you are unmoored by the truth.) The acting has been over the top and, except for the credulous few, unconvincing.
And all the overacting seems to have achieved is to alienate Republican senators inclined to listen to the Democrats’ arguments. (When you lose Lisa Murkowski, you really demonstrate ineptness.) But the clown show will go on because no one on either side has enough nerve to put it to the merciful death it deserves.Published in