As the Democrat-controlled House prepares to hold a prime-time, televised hearing of the Jan. 6 committee detailing its findings, House Democrats and some in the media are admitting that the hearings are merely political theater intended to distract from abysmal poll numbers a negative outlook for the midterm elections.
“With their control of Congress hanging in the balance, Democrats plan to use made-for-television moments and a carefully choreographed rollout of revelations over the course of six hearings…to persuade voters that the coming midterm elections are a chance to hold Republicans accountable for it,” the New York Times reported.
“When these hearings are over, voters will know how irresponsibly complicit Republicans were in attempting to toss out their vote and just how far Republicans will go to gain power for themselves,” New York Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney told the Times.
“Jan. 6 is very much salient and highly negative to these likely midterm voters,” left-wing political consultant Anat Shenker-Osorio said.
“Cult’s extreme effort”
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) said in a tweet, “The House will fully expose the cult’s extreme effort to overthrow the U.S. government.”
The House will fully expose the cult’s extreme effort to overthrow the U.S. government.
— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) June 6, 2022
CNN analyst and former Obama advisor David Axelrod was one Democrat who thinks it might not be such a good idea to use the hearings to score points, however.
“If I were a member of the 1/6 committee, stories like these, casting the hearings as a political cudgel, would make me very unhappy,” Axelrod tweeted Tuesday, adding, “Let facts speak for themselves.”
Will it work?
Former NBC President James Goldston is producing the hearings for Democrats. Goldston was the head of NBC when it suppressed Virginia Guiffre’s accusations against Jeffrey Epstein in 2015.
While fellow Democrats and leftists will no doubt be outraged by the events of Jan. 6, they were not going to vote for Republicans and against Democrats anyway.
Public opinion has shifted since immediately after Jan. 6, and most Americans say former President Donald Trump is “not really” or “only somewhat” to blame for the events of Jan. 6, when protesters stormed the Capitol and hundreds went inside past barricades.
Less than half still blame Trump for what happened, which means they aren’t likely to turn against Republicans the way Democrats need in order to break out of their slump.