Recall that not more than two years ago, Comey's reputation was stellar. He was considered a stand-up guy, nobody's stooge, a man of principle and high professional standards. Then came the off-again-on-again investigation of Madame BleachBit's emails, particularly the unfortunate timing of the backing off in the immediate wake of the Bill Clinton - Loretta Lynch meeting on the tarmac. Then came the added layer of questions about Russian meddling and leaks. Rumblings about collapsing FBI morale started to be heard.
But, speaking of timing, his termination yesterday looks, at this early point, like a bad move.
Just what, specifically, was it that sparked this?
Senate Intelligence Committee Richard Burr - a Republican - says he's "troubled by the timing and reasoning."
Senate Democrats wasted no time in indulging in melodrama, raising the specter of parallels to Nixon.
While Durbin's reversal from his November statement that "I do not have confidence in [Comey] any longer" to his present strong misgivings provides low-hanging fruit for those who wish to point out Democrat posturing on this, much of its aha potential was quickly squandered by the vulgar and bombastic Squirrel-Hair, who tweeted "Cryin' Chuck Schumer stated recently 'I do not have confidence in him . . . any longer. Then acts so indignant.' #draintheswamp".
And now we have to go through hearings for a replacement, which will no doubt be replete with grandstanding from all corners.
Washington has no shortage of enigmas, boneheads and snake-oil salesmen. Confirmation of that comes pretty much daily.