With Barack Obama keeping a low profile and Bill and Hillary Clinton sidelined, there has been a lot of hand wringing about the lack of fresh Democratic leadership. Now, from the relative obscurity of the California Congressional delegation, a new Democratic “person of the hour” has materialized –Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Burbank).
“Before the election of Donald Trump,” the New Yorker magazine recently noted, “Schiff was known in Washington as a milquetoast moderate.” However, now, from his perch as Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Schiff has emerged as the “voice” of the opposition party—the designated anti-Trump The question remains as to what Congressman Schiff will make of his new-found celebrity. He may be simply enjoying his “15 minutes of fame” or he may spend the next four years as President Trump’s nemesis. (The New York Times called Schiff “more a labradoodle than a Doberman,” in response to which Schiff tweeted “Prefer to think of myself as a Churchillian bulldog. But I’ll accept labradoodle from the @nytimes.”)