Poor Jamie Comer. The congressman seemed so proud of his partisan posturing in Thursday’s reprise of the Army-McCarthy hearings.

“Questioned FBI Agent Strzok over his prejudiced text messages about Trump voters during Oversight Cmte. tonight,” the Tompkinsville Republican tweet-bragged, Trump-like.

He probably expected tons of tweeted “amens” from his constituents. Comer represents the First District, which tilts steeply Trumpward.

But he got panned more than he got praised.

“GObigBLUE” led off: “Lil Jamie tried to rough up Strzok like he roughed up his girlfriends but FAILED!”  “Jamie Chilton” then hopped in to bash Blue, but the dam broke with tweets like:

  • “Thank you for wasting the tax payers dollars but hey, you got your 15 minutes of fame, right? Now kindly release the full transcript of [Strzok’s]…closed door interview so we can be the judge and jury without all your antics.”
  • “Lil Jamie Comer is working for Trump’s daddy, Putin!”
  • “…showed what a clown you are…Strzok owned you, plain and simple.”
  • “You are an embarrassment to the state and the people you claim to represent”
  • “I’m sorry that you represent me, because you are helping to undermine American democracy. Shame on you for helping to put on that embarrassing circus.”
  • “You looked like the fool that you are!”
  • “Very disappointed in your behavior James Comer! You looked like another clown in that disgusting circus! I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears”
  • “Do you plan on ever putting your constituents and your country ahead of the (R)?”

Comer defenders were in a minority, leading “Joy” to jab, “Well, this post went over well for you….”

The freshman Comer didn’t get as much TV time as fellow Republicans Trey Gowdy and Bob Goodlatte, the Oversight Committee’s master inquisitors and McCarthy wannabes. But Comer evidently figured he was in the limelight long enough for a self-touting tweet for the homefolks.

“SStone” was unimpressed, tweeting, “And boy was that a career low point for you!”

Comer not only Republican on panel to sink to new lows

All of the Republicans on the panel hit rock bottom, according to GOP strategists and never-Trumpers Steve Schmidt and Rick Wilson.

The American people have watched an extraordinary clinic on the rot, decay, indecency, dishonesty and corruption of the TRUMP/GOP on live TV. The malice of most questions was only outdone by their stupidity, venality and dishonesty. May the stench of this disgrace long linger.

– Stever Schmidt on Twitter

In The Daily Beast online, Wilson unloaded on “Donald Trump’s congressional enablers, sycophants, and political suck-ups.” They “wanted a punching bag, but Strzok instead delivered one of the rarest of moments: the full Joseph N. Welch.”

Welch, Wilson explained, was the Army’s lead lawyer in the notorious 1954 hearings headed by Sen. Joseph McCarthy. The Republican McCarthy was orchestrating a nationwide Red scare, even claiming that Communists had infiltrated the Army and that the Army was “coddling Communists.”

“After McCarthy’s tendentious badgering reached a fever pitch, Welch delivered a famous rejoinder that ended the Wisconsin senator’s career. Watched by millions on live television, Welch went full beast-mode.

Wilson quoted Welch: “If it were in my power to forgive you for your reckless cruelty I would do so. I like to think I am a gentleman, but your forgiveness will have to come from someone other than me… You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

McCarthy ended up censured by the Senate and disgraced. “McCarthyism” became synonymous with vicious character assassination based on lies, half-truths and innuendo, the stock-in-trade of Team Trump.

Apparently, Comer thinks all he has to do to win a second term is toot the whistle on the Trump train from one end of the district to the other.

Apparently, Comer thinks all he has to do to win a second term is toot the whistle on the Trump train from one end of the district to the other.Click To Tweet

But “Barkley Speaks” warned, “This is not going to end well for you . You should be careful what bandwagon you jump on.”

Comer’s challenger, Paul Walker, also weighs in

Comer has a challenger, Dr. Paul Walker. A Murray State University English professor, he’s the first viable Democratic hopeful to come along in a while in the district that sprawls 300 miles east from the Mississippi River.

Walker surprised party pros by cruising in the May primary. He handily beat Princeton guitarist-hunting guide Alonzo Pennington, who was endorsed by Democratic strategist and TV journalist Krystal Ball’s People’s House Project.

Walker’s criticism of the House Oversight Committee grandstanders was kinder, gentler than Wilson and Schmidt’s scorched earth prose.

“Congressional committees do a lot of work with few people paying attention, though that work usually has some purpose,” said Walker, who’s making his first run for public office. “But in this case, Republicans showed through their posturing that there was no purpose aside from discrediting an independent investigation.”

Added Walker, “The goal of this hearing is already moot — if there was a conspiracy, it failed. If there wasn’t a conspiracy, the FBI did its job in keeping quiet before an election. People in Kentucky and throughout this country deserve representatives who prioritize legislative work that matters.”

Walker and Comer will cross paths on the campaign evidently for the first time at the Fancy Farm picnic on Aug. 4. Promising to elevate “legislative work that matters” over efforts to score cheap political points on TV and Twitter seems like a good way for the Democrat to win hearts and minds in one of the most crimson corners of the Bluegrass State.

Promising to elevate 'legislative work that matters' over efforts to score cheap political points on TV and Twitter seems like a good way for the Democrat to win hearts and minds in one of the most crimson corners of the Bluegrass State.Click To Tweet

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Berry Craig
Berry Craig of Mayfield is a professor emeritus of history at West Kentucky Community College in Paducah and an author of five books on the Civil War in Kentucky. The last one, published by the University Press of Kentucky, is Kentucky’s Rebel Press: Pro-Confederate Media in the Civil War. His critically-acclaimed Kentucky Confederates: Secession, Civil War, and the Jackson Purchase, also from the University Press, has been reprinted in paperback.

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    • I assume you’re talking about the screen shot from the coverage. Pretty sure that falls under fair use:
      “Reproduction for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research is not copyright infringement.”
      I would also note that it came from the screenshot uploaded by Representative Comer on his Twitter feed, and not something we pulled ourselves.
      BUT — it’s a good question, and one that we try to be scrupulous about. Thanks for checking!

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