On Tuesday, the New York Times published the Democratic Party’s playbook for the January 6 hearings, with some Democrats admitting in the article that the hearings are political theater.
Several Democratic politicians were quoted in the story as saying that the hearings could provide their party with the political clout it needed for the midterm elections. With massive inflation, an Eastern European war, and rising gas and other commodity prices, Democrats appear positioned to use the January 6 hearings to make a political point about Republicans.
Democratic New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries said Monday on Twitter:
The House will fully expose the cult’s extreme effort to overthrow the U.S. government.
— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) June 6, 2022
The hearings, according to Anat Shenker-Osorio, founder of the left-wing political consulting firm ASO Communications, could capture the attention of Democrats’ much-needed swing voters in November.
“Jan. 6 is very much salient and highly negative to these likely midterm voters,” Shenker-Osorio said.
Former senior adviser to President Barack Obama and CNN analyst David Axelrod, on the other hand, raised doubts about the Democats’ hearings strategy on Tuesday. According to Axelrod, the party is “casting the hearings as a political cudgel.”
Axelrod stated on twitter:
If I were a member of the 1/6 committee, stories like these, casting the hearings as a political cudgel, would make me very unhappy.
Conversely, Rs, who hope to dismiss damning findings as partisan, will seize on them.
Let facts speak for themselves. https://t.co/akQ827sAPD
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) June 7, 2022
Democrats have hired James Goldston, the former president of ABC News, to produce the hearings. Goldston was the president of ABC at the time the network suppressed the story of Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre in 2015.
The hearings were hailed as primetime TV. The first hearing is scheduled for Thursday evening, but the second will be held on Monday morning, which is a much less popular television time.