House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) makes closing remarks with ranking member Devin Nunes (R-CA) after questioning former Special Counsel Robert Mueller about his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the Rayburn House Office Building July 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Mueller earlier testified before the House Judiciary Committee in back-to-back hearings on Capitol Hill. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — One thing I’ve learned in over a hundred years of covering politics – our elected officials in Congress are sent there to represent us, but they don’t always reflect who we are.
At least, I hope they don’t.
Let’s start with the Democrats who insisted on dragging a reluctant Robert Mueller into two committee hearings yesterday.
Their smug premise was that under their questioning, Mueller might go beyond the legalisms of the report and his buttoned-down style and give them fuel for impeachment.
None of that happened.
Yes, Mueller confirmed that the presidential spin on his findings—"total exoneration"—was a lie, and perhaps that came as news to some underinformed voters. But a careful lawyer like Mueller isn’t going to turn into an arm-waving prophet of doom on command, and we learned nothing new.
If I were them, I’d bag the impeachment talk and focus on the Russian threat to the next election, which Mueller warned of yesterday.
As for the Republicans, what can you say about men and women so willing and eager to engage in wild conspiracy theories, slander a great American, and cover-up for the grotesque excesses of the president?
With a handful of exceptions, they were a national embarrassment.
I hope and trust we are a better country than this, with a less-partisan view of right and wrong and a more expansive vision of our future than just clinging to power.
But you wouldn’t know it from what we suffered through yesterday.
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