Recall Congressman Steve Cohen’s (D, TN) performance during last week’s House hearings with Peter Strzok, during which Cohen said Strzok deserved a Purple Heart for the questions he was being asked. This, of course, is outrageous, deprecating as it does the decoration for servicemen who are wounded or killed in combat defending the right of guys like Cohen to be stupidly insulting.
As Sean Higgins, an Air Force veteran, put it,
How do you compare someone getting wounded in combat to someone getting in trouble for message he sent?
Cohen, on hearing the outrage (and not before) expressed regret for his comparison.
I regret mentioning the Purple Heart medal at yesterday’s hearing. My intent was to speak metaphorically to make a broader point about attacks against the FBI and Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation into a Russian attack on our country[.]
This is nonsense. Cohen is an experienced politician; words are his stock in trade. He knew exactly what he was “mentioning;” it plainly was a carefully planned slur against his Republican colleagues. Were he regretful, he would have walked back his comment before the risk of political damage from it arose.
On the other hand, both Strzok and Cohen do deserve awards. Strzok should get an Oscar for his performance as Starring Witness with his carefully staged outrage over his being called—gently—to answer for his shameful behavior as an FBI agent pretending to investigate Hillary Clinton’s (D) email escapades and Trump-Russia collusion.
Cohen deserves an Oscar for Best Supporting Politician for his staged “outrage” over the questioning of Strzok.
Voters should remember Cohen’s acting this fall.