Charles Pierce at Esquire:
They never laid a glove on him — not, I suspect, that many of them wanted to do so — and John Brennan looked very comfortable in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee during his extended job interview to become the head of the CIA. After all, they were all members of the national-security priesthood, one way or the other, and if they had to discuss their deadly private liturgies (in however cursory a fashion) in public (however briefly), well, that’s just the price of doing business. And if Senator Jim Risch felt the need to bluster about a leak, Brennan got to bluster back, so the call-and-response ritual of the liturgies was adhered to in public as it would have been in private. But there was about the hearing a feeling of pure show, because both sides were operating under a tacit agreement that there are things that the American people must not, and should not, know about what it being done in their name. Once that agreement is struck, once that private communion is joined, the fundamentals of self-government are left behind.
There is a reason I don’t watch these things. A few reasons actually. But the main reason is that I don’t enjoy Kabuki. And that was what today’s “hearings” really were – Kabuki performances.
Yeah, we learned a couple things. But it wasn’t anything we didn’t already know, today just confirmed it. The information might have made a difference back in October, but now that the election is safely over they are letting some of the truth out in dribs and drabs. Some of the secrets will stay buried forever.
What difference does it make?
Nobody will be impeached. Nobody that matters will lose their job. Nobody will even fail to get confirmed. A few people (mostly bloggers) will get their panties in a bunch. The media will yawn and continued to ignore the whole mess. Most people won’t care. If the scandal ever does come up again it will be because Hillary is running for president and then it will suddenly matter a lot.
Hey, look! American Idol is coming on. Gotta go!