How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the January 6 Committee

We’re only two installments into the limited-run production of the January 6 hearings, and so far, I think they’ve been great. But I also think they’ll leave almost everyone, except for me, unsatisfied. 

For many Democrats and Never Trumpers, the hope is—or was—that this would lead to criminal prosecution of Donald Trump. On Sunday, Rep. Adam Schiff chummed the waters for those already ravenously hungry to see the former president in leg chains. Schiff said on ABC’s This Week that he’s seen what he believes to be “credible evidence” that Trump broke the law in his effort to overturn the 2020 election. 

Schiff might be right that Trump broke some laws, but if you’ve got your hopes set on Trump filling Truth Social with complaints about the food in the prison commissary, you’re destined for disappointment. 

Some Democrats have high hopes that the hearings will rescue the Democrats from electoral catastrophe in the midterms. That’s very unlikely, too. Whatever the hearings do, they won’t solve inflation, the border crisis, crime or Joe Biden’s dismal approval rating.

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