Sen. John McCain's confused questioning Thursday of former FBI Director James Comey was the most-tweeted moment of the most-watched Capitol Hill hearing in decades.
Then the tweets went into extra innings.
These are the top Tweeted moments from Former FBI Director Comey's testimony in the Senate pic.twitter.com/Ew9xcRAFNg— Twitter Data (@TwitterData) June 8, 2017
Arizona's senior senator blamed his befuddlement on a late night watching his hometown Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Dbacks - co-owned by McCain’s wife - fired back with a shrug …
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/oJSCTxsmE8— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) June 8, 2017
Then later in the day, the Dbacks posted an old GIF of McCain celebrating at the ballpark by busting a Frankenstein move…
Many viewers reacted to the 80-year-old senator's trip to nowhere with shock ...
His questioning was borderline embarrassing. I respect the Senator, but that was terrible. It was as if he was in a different hearing— Mike (@HyperbolicMike) June 8, 2017
Some showed compassion ...
We deeply respect Sen. #McCain and believe he is needed now more than ever, and what we saw today concerns us.— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) June 8, 2017
Others heaped scorn...
All in all, James Comey had a pretty good day, Donald Trump had a pretty bad day, and John McCain wasn't sure what day it was.— Laila Lalami (@LailaLalami) June 8, 2017
Even Republican Senate colleague Marco Rubio was puzzled: "I didn't follow that line of questioning very well."
McCain blamed it on the Diamondbacks. Wednesday’s ballgame ended at 1:30 a.m. Thursday Washington time - 5 1/2 hours before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing’s scheduled start.
McCain said in a prepared statement after the hearing:
"I get the sense from Twitter that my line of questioning today went over people's heads. Maybe going forward I shouldn't stay up late watching the Diamondbacks night games."
McCain added that he was trying to find out if Comey believed President Trump had committed obstruction of justice.
The senator admitted he struck out.
"While I missed an opportunity in today’s hearing," he said, "I still believe this question is important."