Cut the cheese
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) probably made some important points on Monday night's Hardball about President Trump's alleged bribery, high crimes, and/or misdemeanors through subverting U.S. law and government apparatuses in service of his personal political benefit. But nobody will remember his point because in the middle of his interview with Chris Matthews, this happened:
Did Swalwell really submit to a massive attack of flatulence on live national television that was so loud his lapel microphone picked it up? He says no.
Hardball briefly toyed with turning the entire kerfuffle into an audio version of he-who-smelt-it-dealt-it.
But cooler minds prevailed. Or something.
Luckily, as we all know, conspiracy theorists are often persuaded by plausible explanations.