Well…simply because that’s the Republican strategy to wear YOU down so you stop paying attention.

If they yell loud enough and long enough, what they say about the circumstances of this impeachment inquiry will become truth. Their calculation is that by yelling about anything and everything, the American people will either be convinced or at the very least so annoyed they’ll stop watching. To the GOP, yelling seems to be both a demonstration of strength and a deliberate effort to wear down Democrats and any other Americans who care enough to tune in.

Thus, the outrage that’s been on display these past few weeks hasn’t been spontaneous. This isn’t an indication of passion or righteous anger. It is the manifestation of a decade long marketing strategy that has kept them in the driving seat of Congress for the better part of the Obama and the Trump administrations.

Monday’s impeachment hearing conducted by the House Judiciary Committee continues this pattern.

Republicans engaged in a parade of outbursts, mostly refusing to engage with the substance of the evidence presented by the House Intelligence Committee previously, instead trying to discredit the process. Often, this meant members used their time to deliver loud, rambling monologues that contained few if any questions for the witnesses.

Of course the old yellers included all of the usual suspects like Rep. Matt Gaetz (R – FL) but our own Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner found a moment to clear the phlegm as well.

It began with Republican members like Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., trying to disrupt the proceedings with out-of-order interjections. It continued with outbursts from Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., when the committee attempted to take a break. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc., joined the chorus accusing the Democrats of “badgering the witness.”

So Rep. Sensenbrenner…this is the way you want to be remembered as you head for retirement?

OTOH: being from Wisconsin he has first hand knowledge of badgers and badgering…take that in any context that you want!

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