Guys, the revolution will not be televised, but the hearings might be, according to the Axios morning email thingie (weird bullets and emphasis theirs, I swear):
The House’s January 6th Committee is considering rare prime-time hearings to help build a maximum audience for testimony about what happened during the Capitol riot, one year ago tomorrow.
- Why it matters: The committee sees its eyewitnesses as building a “case” to combat doubts raised by former President Trump and his Republican allies.
A committee aide told me: “Members are still discussing potential formats and timing for the committee’s hearings.”
- “The Select Committee views upcoming hearings as one of its most important opportunities to lay out facts and provide answers to the American people about the January 6th attack and its causes,” the aide added.
- “[W]e want to tell a story … reaching as many people as we can. The Select Committee’s business meetings so far have been held in the evening, and that’s certainly an option … for future hearings.”
Boffo ratings ensue. As much as our Failed Political Press ™ is in the bag for Hair Füror, they would like to keep being gainfully employed.
HOT TAKE: (see what I did there, Axios?) My bet is that this will get actual live coverage on some cable channels and broadcast networks, while Fox News will have in-depth coverage of Violent Panda Sex again. You heard it here first, folks!
Der Tiger Beat auf dem Potomac (thanks Charlie and Watertiger!) email thingie is shocked Shocked I say!, that Republicans want nothing to do with it!
THE LEAD-UP TO ONE YEAR — Republicans don’t want to talk about Jan. 6. Period. End of story.
On a private call Tuesday, House GOP leaders encouraged their members to stick to attacking President JOE BIDEN —or, at most, talk about ongoing security concerns at the Capitol. Republican senators, meanwhile,dodged questions about the Thursday anniversary. Most of them are relieved they have an excuse to be out of town: attending former Sen. JOHNNY ISAKSON’s funeral in Atlanta.
Indeed, it’s becoming increasingly clear that — with the exception of Rep. LIZ CHENEY (R-Wyo.) and perhaps a few others — the day of remembrance will be a nearly all-Democratic affair.
It’s not surprising given how hard the GOP has worked to pivot from all things Jan. 6 over the past year. But the more they avoid the subject, the more the GOP base shrugs at what happened that day — and the stronger DONALD TRUMP becomes. For Republicans who want him gone, silence has only served as an enabler.
This has potential to be as significant as the Watergate hearings were (going on hearsay because I was too young to pay attention or understand what that was about), so I hope that they go through with broadcasting this.
UPDATE 1: Scissorhead Purplehead reminds us that the WaPo has an excellent guide to who’s who in the Stupid Coup, very funny but also useful!