In the old Perry Mason show, the D.A. Hamilton Burger often has courtroom scenes that devolved into complete fiascos, but probably nothing like this:
Gym Jordan: “So your boss had concerns about your judgment. Your former boss, Dr. [Fiona] Hill, had concerns about your judgment. Your colleagues had concerns about your judgment. And your colleagues felt that there were times when you leaked information. Any idea why they have those impressions, Colonel Vindman?”
Not that you have to be Kreskin to surmise this line of attack from a C- student of strategy, but Lt. Col. Vindman absolutely was prepared, calmly picked up his performance review written by Dr. Fiona Hill, and read:
“Alex is a top 1% military officer and the best Army officer I have worked with in my 15 years of government service. He is brilliant, unflappable, and exercises excellent judgment…Exemplary during numerous visits…I think you get the idea.”
And right about then, I think you can see Gym Jordan’s life flash before his eyes. Or maybe what flashed before his eyes was his own performance appraisals from the University of Ohio where he is credibly involved in a sex abuse scandal from his days there as a wrestling coach.
Jordan is a dope to not have read the reviews himself before starting such a dumb line of attack. It’s a miracle that Jordan can dress himself in the morning.