While we are all sad to see Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) call it quits, the benefit of him not running again is that he is no longer holding back from saying what he really thinks.
Gowdy recently commented on the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, accusing Democrats of launching presidential campaigns rather than having a purposeful hearing.
When Gowdy announced he would not be running for re-election, it was a sad day not only in South Carolina, but throughout the country.
In this age of sensationalist politics, Gowdy has always been the one true voice of reason.
However, many in-the-know were not really surprised by his announcement.
Over the last two years, it became painfully clear that Gowdy was fed up with the way Washington is being run.
He saw firsthand how useless congressional hearings and committees are, and he threw in the towel.
Not Holding Back
Now that he is on a ticking clock, though, he is letting it all hang out when he gets in front of a microphone.
Not long after he announced his retirement from public service, he offered a scathing review of congressional hearings.
He more or less called them a complete waste of time and taxpayer money.
Meanwhile, the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings have begun, and we are seeing something like never before.
Democrat favorites to enter the 2020 presidential election seem to be using these hearings as a launching pad rather than to question Kavanaugh.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) has probably been the worst, literally referring to himself as Spartacus.
On his behavior, Gowdy stated: “They missed a wonderful opportunity to have a robust, interesting hearing about judicial philosophy and whether you are a strict constructionist or whether you are a minimalist.”
“What I have watched over the last couple of days was a bunch of people who want to be nominee in 2020,” Gowdy added. “It is sad.”
Oddly enough, these same people who are using their time at the microphone to tout themselves are the same ones that will vote “no” on Kavanaugh.
Rather than take this opportunity to get to know him and ask him legitimate questions, they are touting themselves and being obstructionists.
Just as Gowdy himself stated, it’s “only 2020 presidential politics.”