Comment: He can easily be that way?

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He can easily be that way?

Perhaps he CAN be, I never see him that way.

Your analysis doesn't make a lot of sense. He's in a "den of wolves" so he should behave in such a way that he automatically makes himself look like a jerk? No. He should be the contrarian, but be respectful doing it. Interrupt OCCASIONALLY, when absolutely necessary and when done for effect.

He's not being defensive, he's being offensive.

I think I know what I'm talking about. I do this stuff for a living, and I can tell you that Schiff's style doesn't persuade. Maybe it makes the true believers like you happy, but that shouldn't be the goal.