Controlled public anger is the best kind of public anger. It connotes passion, principle, and, well, control. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff is ordinarily a cool customer, which is what made yesterday’s display of controlled rage even more impressive.
Here’s why Schiff lost his shit: nine Republicans demanded Schiff resign as Chairman of a committee that Devin Nunes made a laughingstock during the last Congress. They were doing the Insult Comedian’s bidding, which inspired Schiff to launch into what will surely be known as the “You may think it’s okay but I don’t” speech:
Schiff’s controlled tirade will go down as one of the great moments in Congressional hearing history in the “shame on you” category. It’s right up there with Joseph Welch’s “Have you no sense of decency” moment during the Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954.
Adam Schiff is okay.