When the Emmy Awards are announced next season, some pol watcher pros might predict, an Ohio congressman will certainly win in a category which he seems to dominate.
And the envelope, please…
The Emmy for the Worst Performance in a Continuing Role goes to … Jim Jordan of Urbana, Ohio.
How many different words can you use to describe the behavior of the coatless cur of Congress, that non-urbane, uncivil and unhinged arsonist from Urbana? Yes, the uber-partisan whom former Speaker John Boehner, a fellow Ohioan, called “A terrorist. A legislative terrorist.”
Awful perhaps. Disgusting maybe. Reprehensible certainly.
How about Predictable? Worse yet, since Jordan is now the Ranking Member of the House Oversight Committee, we’re going to see many more of his worst performances in a continuing role of deflection, sliming, demonization, changing the subject, and whataboutism.
The very person who planned to spring articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the incendiary type who has gone out of his way in hearings to trash the FBI and the Justice Department, had this to say in his opening remarks in the Michael Cohen hearing:
This first announced witness for the 116th Congress is a guy who’s going to prison in two months for lying to Congress. Mr. Chairman, your chairmanship will always be identified with this hearing.
Come to think of it, so will the toxic behavior of the committee’s ranking member. Jordan had company in his antics of sliming a witness to deflect from the testimony of Cohen that painted a picture of criminal behavior by his patron, Donald Trump. As Plunderbund pointed out in an earlier observation about the behavior of uncivil Republicans:
Good lord. That’s only the short list of lunatics. Even John Belushi would have difficulty recruiting such a crew for his Animal House frat.
But Jordan, in his attempt to distort the significance of the hearing, got something else wrong. Contrary to his assertion, this was not the first hearing of the committee in the new Congress. The committee was convened earlier to examine the soaring costs of prescription drug prices. Perhaps Jordan was off his meds in not getting that detail right, along with other facts. Indeed, when it comes to Jordan, facts are stubborn things, Founding Father John Adams eternally reminds us.
But in addition to facts, which Jordan perpetually ignores, Congress does have duties to perform in that sacred Constitution which Jordan and his Tea Party fringe never fail to invoke. (It’s so inconvenient for them to do so.)
Like the importance of having oversight hearings to examine allegations of criminal behavior by the President of the United States. Or the need to hear testimony from others who were not called while the committee was in the complicit control of the earlier Republican deflect-and-change-the-subject majority.
Rolling Stone was quick to capture the seeming hypocrisy of Jordan sitting in judgment of someone testifying about presidential bad behavior and questioning his character:
Rep. Jim Jordan (R.-Ohio) is many things: an ardent climate change denier, a fierce opponent of reproductive rights, an advocate for “traditional” marriage and a staunch defender of the President’s right to straight-up lie to the American people. He is also alleged to be something else: an ignorer of rampant campus sexual abuse, per 2018 reports that Jordan turned a blind eye to Ohio State University wrestlers’ allegations against a team doctor during his time as an assistant coach at OSU.
In spite of the incivility shown by the Unhinged Urbanan, who has also been variously labeled as unbound and unconcerned about proper decorum and respectful behavior, the urbane Oversight Committee Chair Elijah Cummings was the picture of decorum in a suit, next to the Coatless Cur of Congress and Champaign County.
After a full day of heated rhetoric from Jordan and his fellow Republicans working as a team to slime Cohen, Chairman Cummings had these words of hope for the nation, as reported by his hometown newspaper, the Baltimore Sun:
And I’m hoping all of us can get back to this democracy we want and we should be passing on to our children, so they can do better than we did,” he said. “When we’re dancing with the angels, the question will be asked, ‘In 2019, what did we do to make sure we kept our democracy intact? Did we stand on the sidelines and say nothing?’ ”
Elijah Cummings did something Wednesday. He stood at center stage in American life for few moments, and he stood tall with those inspirational closing remarks — a model for what a member of Congress should be.
If only Jim Jordan could learn something from the Baltimore gentleman, always respectfully clad in a suit, who sits right next to him on the committee. But since we know legislative terrorist Jim Jordan’s past history, we won’t have to wrestle with that question. We know better.
Yes, we are also better than this.
NOTE: Here are some additional articles about Jim Jordan that Plunderbund has published during the last two years.
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