That hearing split along partisan lines, with most Republicans attacking McNamee and most Democrats challenging Clemens.
I don’t really understand why we’re having Congressional Committee hearings about steroid use in major league baseball in the first place, but that might be explained by the natural attention of politicians to be busybodies. But what’s truly baffling is that there would be Republican or Democratic positions on the issue. Have I been failing in my duties as a mini-pundit? Also:
Any referral from the committee is primarily a symbolic gesture.
Sadly the New York Times article I’ve been quoting from gives no explanation of why the hearings are being held. Wikipedia says that “[the committee] has jurisdiction to investigate any federal program and any matter with federal policy implications,” but that doesn’t really explain the hearings. A choice quote from Waxman, the democratic head of the committee after being appointed in 2007:
“The most difficult thing will be to pick and choose” what to investigate.
The committee is also investigating professional wrestling’s policies on anabolic steroids. I’m not making that up. This is the sort of shit that brings out my inner libertarian.
*(Title reference to Get Your War On)