There’s an idiom that I’m fond of: “Chasing Windmills”. It’s a reference to Don Quixote, where he and Sancho fight windmills that he (Quixote) imagines to be giants. The idiom implies that someone is chasing after a phantom enemy that doesn’t exist, or more obliquely, chasing after something that’s not real or obtainable.
But some of those windmill chases aren’t complete folly, especially when you know the windmills aren’t giants but you’re able to convince your little Sanchos that they really are giants.
Representative Adam Schiff has been one of the most prominent Quixote’s in this little tale and while he knows that the windmills aren’t giants, he’s definitely convinced his little Sanchos that those giants are very real and very scary. And he’s doing it despite events that would break suspension of disbelief for any sane, thinking individual.
House Democrats are continuing to block testimony from about a dozen witnesses who sought to appear before the intelligence oversight panel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Congressional officials said one of the key witnesses, former informal adviser to the Trump campaign Carter Page, was scheduled to testify at a closed hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
But Democrats on the committee blocked the testimony, asserting they needed more time to prepare.
“He’s the guy that many Democrats have been pointing to as the supposed mastermind and you would think they were interested hearing his story,” said one Capitol Hill official.
Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), the committee’s Democratic leader, did not respond to emails seeking comment on the blocked testimony.
Schiff has asserted in the past that evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign is “more than circumstantial,” contrary to other intelligence and congressional oversight members who have said there is no evidence.
No elected official has pushed the Russia/Trump lie with less shame than Schiff. I wonder if his little Sanchos will ever catch on to the fact that those windmills are just windmills.