Few people expected fireworks when Senator John McCain turned on his microphone to begin his questioning of former FBI Director Jim Comey today. The venerable Republican from Arizona built a reputation as a straight-talker and a maverick over his distinguished 35-year career in congress, but his best days as a flame-throwing prosecutorial lawmaker are long behind him.
But no one expected the 80-year-old war hero to belly-flop, either, which is exactly what he did when he used his time to question Comey to draw non-existent comparisons between the current, open Trump-Russia investigation, and the completed and long-closed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server.
The only question left after time mercilessly expired on his meandering, painful-to-watch cross examination of the sharp and eloquent Comey was whether or not the Senator was aware of how badly it all went for him.
The good news: he knows. He released a lighthearted statement soon after the hearings concluded and acknowledged the bizarre incident – sort of. “I get the sense from Twitter that my line of questioning today went over people’s heads,” the statement read. “Maybe going forward I shouldn’t stay up late watching the Diamondbacks night games.”
He’s referring to the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball, who beat the San Diego Padres 7-4 last night. The first pitch was thrown at 6:40pm local time in, about 9:40 pm in Washington, D.C. That means the game didn’t for the Senator until about 1:30 am his time. We’re not sure, but we’re going to go out on a limb and say that’s well past the octogenarian’s bed time.
The Arizona Diamondbacks responded via their official Twitter account, and, well, let’s just say it’s not exactly the ringing vote of confidence the Senator was looking for from his home state’s Major League Baseball team.
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) June 8, 2017
John McCain is a good man, and has been a great statesmen for our country, but let’s just say this wasn’t his finest hour.
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