In suburban Cynthiana in Pike County this morning, I was asked by a southern Ohio business owner if I'd been "riveted" by the televised U.S. House impeachment inquiry.

I replied that I'd been too busy to watch a single minute of the televised hearings, but I might check on it later today.

I did.

What I witnessed was an absolutely disgraceful and shameful political skit by Congressman Adam Schiff, D-Clueless.

Schiff (shiftless) and his willing accomplices have thus far made a mockery of the process by shutting down anyone with a thoughtful question of any witness. Instead, they allow – or perhaps, demand – public fawning of their "witnesses" prior to ever actually asking anything of substance.

"How are you today, Ambassador? You look marvelous. Your courage is exemplary. Did anyone ever hurt your precious feelings? Would you like a cookie?"

And then there was Schiff's insulting demeanor toward New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, which earns him a place in Hillary Ramrod's basket of deplorables.

To her credit, Rep. Stefanik, the youngest Republican woman ever elected to Congress, and like Schiff, a Harvard graduate, called out her colleague: "These hearings have been conducted in a basement bunker, part of his regime of secrecy, and this was an abject failure for the Democrats and for Schiff."

She also pointed out that Schiff said in September that the whistleblower would appear before Congress “very soon.” Schiff has backpedaled on that.

Schiff also claimed this week that he doesn't know who the so-called whistleblower is. If that's true (it likely isn't), how was he going to have the blower testify in the first place?

When Rep. Stefanik was recognized to speak today by Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., Schiff immediately shot her down.

“This is the fifth time you have interrupted a duly-elected member of Congress,” Stefanik told Schiff, who repeatedly told her she was “not recognized” to speak. Of course she was recognized to speak – by the ranking GOP congressman – but that wasn't good enough for Emperor Shiftless.

Just prior to the start of the televised portion of the impeachment inquiry, The Highland County Press published a column by Ohio's Second District Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Cincinnati, and Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah's Second District. (See

The congressmen pointed out a few Schiff myths. After what I saw today, they are worth repeating.

They noted:

• MYTH 1: The identity and testimony of the whistleblower does not matter.

This is particularly ironic considering Chairman Adam Schiff and his staff know who the whistleblower is (they have known since August) and encouraged the whistleblower to submit the complaint to an inspector general. It is standard whistleblower procedure to clear the motives of the whistleblower, and is especially important to do so in this scenario because the intelligence community inspector general to whom the whistleblower submitted their complaint said the whistleblower showed “indicia of an arguable political bias.”

• MYTH 2: President Trump broke the law.

President Trump has been remarkably transparent with releasing transcripts of his calls with the president of Ukraine (Volodymyr Zelensky). Immediately after allegations against him became public, Trump released the initial transcript and is now working to release a second transcript of another call with the Ukrainian president. Trump never mentions aid, much less threatens to withhold it as aspiring playwright Adam Schiff led viewers to believe.

• MYTH 3: Joe Biden should be immune from scrutiny because he is a political candidate.

While Democrats have attempted to shield Joe Biden from scrutiny because he is currently a political candidate, they were perfectly comfortable with a DNC-funded dossier being used to launch a three-year investigation into Trump. Democrats are fond of saying, “No one is above the law.” Yet, when a video surfaced of Joe Biden openly bragging about withholding aid to force the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor, Democrats enlisted their allies in the media to summarily dismiss and ignore Biden’s own words.

• MYTH 4: This is a fair process and the same as President Bill Clinton's and Richard Nixon's impeachment processes.

Unlike the Clinton and Nixon impeachment, Democrats have attempted to shove this impeachment process through the Intelligence Committee – a committee designed to deliberate away from public view, as it oversees our intelligence community. Impeaching the president has nothing to do with intelligence community oversight, but Democrats have used the classified setting of the committee and their power as the majority to shield proceedings from the public and selectively leak to fit their narrative. In both the Clinton and Nixon impeachment proceedings, members of Congress demonstrated they were willing to put country over party and personal power. Sadly, we are not seeing the same today. Schiff has abused his power and used his authority to protect himself and keep America in the dark. He should recuse himself.

Sadly, it's too late for that. This political circus is already well under way. The clowns will no doubt gather soon under the Big Top with Baltimoron Nancy Pat D'Alesandro very reluctantly calling for an impeachment vote. (Nancy Pat knows this will ultimately backfire, but she's too old to stand up to Schiff and the Mod Squad.)

And then the real question arises: After the likely House impeachment, what will the Senate Republicans do with their chamber majority?

Will the GOP (RINO) fence-straddlers fall to the left or stand with the right?

Rory Ryan is publisher and owner of The Highland County Press, Highland County's only locally owned and operated newspaper.