The purpose of congressional hearings is alleged to be the collection of information for policymaking. That is not correct.
The real purpose is to give members of the House and Senate an opportunity for political grandstanding in front of the TV cameras for the folks at home.
As proof – Did the IRS bias hearings fix the IRS? Did the Benghazi hearings accomplish anything? How about the “Russian Collusion” hearings? None did anything constructive. – But they produced countless sound bites and endless hours of TV coverage.
Last week we had great examples in which members proved once again they had no interest in gathering information but were simply interested in producing sound bites. These were the Zuckerberg Facebook hearings and the Pompeo nomination hearing.
On display in the Zuckerberg hearings was monumental ignorance on the part of members of both houses of what Facebook is and how it works. Yet they still sensed a need for regulation. In the Pompeo nomination hearing senators took advantage of the cameras to pound positions of Trump derangement syndrome with virtue signaling raised to an art form.
There were sound bites and posturing but little else.
There is no mystery as to why Congress is held in such low esteem.
Five Dumbest Questions Dems Asked Pompeo During His Confirmation Hearing
With so many pressing issues facing the nation and the world, here’s what Senate Democrats were concerned about as they grilled this nominee
From Lifezette: By Kathryn Blackhurst,, April 13, 2018
Senate Democrats bombarded Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo with an array of questions Thursday, ranging from his views on same-sex marriage and climate change to which circumstances would cause him to resign.
President Donald Trump selected Pompeo, currently the CIA director, to replace former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. During his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Pompeo fielded questions from both Republican and Democratic committee members on a wide variety of topics.
Although many questions were focused on pressing international topics such as the conflict in Syria, the Iran nuclear deal, and Russian election meddling, among others, there were also some Democratic queries that seemed … out of place.
Here’s a roundup of five of the dumbest statements and questions that Democratic senators asked Pompeo during his hearing:
1.) Does Pompeo’s opposition to the Paris agreement on climate change disqualify him for service? Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) frowned upon Trump’s June 2017 announcement that he intended to withdraw from the climate change agreement. Trump said his decision stemmed from his commitment to protecting U.S. workers and industries while maintaining national sovereignty.
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2.) Will Pompeo resign if Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein? Although Pompeo hasn’t even been confirmed yet, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) tried to discern whether Pompeo “understands our values” and “is willing to fight for them even by taking dramatic steps like a resignation in order to signal vigorous disapproval of what the president has done or might do.”