On the one hand, it seems possible that Impeachment Theater could be explained by sheer craziness: Trump Derangement Syndrome, rage at how 2016 derailed the permanent Dem ascendancy, the collapse of the Russia hoax--things like that. Certainly we've seen enough craziness in the House Dems to fit in with that explanation.
On the other hand, this whole whistleblower thing is pretty half assed, even as Dem theater goes. There's a nice blog at Zerohedge that goes into how anomalous it is: When Is A Whistleblower, Not A Whistleblower?
The author's central point is that Ciaramella doesn't act like a whistleblower--especially because he and his handlers have taken extraordinary steps to conceal his identity from public view:
Right away, those hearings morphed into an impeachment inquiry that took on the spectacle of a clumsy kerfuffle not to be taken seriously ...
There is an essential Ukraine backstory which began with the US initiating the overthrow of its democratically elected President Yanukovych in 2014.
In a nutshell, possession of the CrowdStrike server is crucial to revealing the Democratic hierarchy’s role in initiating Russiagate as the Democrats are having a major snit-fit that now threatens the constitutional foundation of the country.
On October 31st the House voted to initiate a formal impeachment inquiry based on still mysterious Whistleblower’s allegations. At the time, there was still no confirmation of who the shadowy Whistleblower was or whether a Whistleblower even existed.
It is a fact that most whistleblowers bring the transgression proudly forward into the public light for the specific purpose of exposing the deeds that deserve to be exposed. ...
This WB’s identity has been protected from public disclosure by TPTB, shrouded in mystery and suspicion as if fearful of public scrutiny or that his ‘truth’ would crumble under interrogation and not be greeted with unanimity. ...
... When was the last time a real whistleblower was ‘protected’ by the government from public exposure.
There has been no explanation as to why this informant’s identity is necessarily been kept secret – and not just from the public but from Members of Congress especially ...
Far from the public eyes of Americans, there has been a coordinated effort to stifle any exposure of his identity; presumably to prevent any revelation of the underpinnings of exactly how this convoluted scheme of malfeasance was organized. ...
His identity should have been public knowledge weeks ago and yet it took Real Clear Investigations, an alt-news website to publicly reveal what has been well known within the DC bubble for some weeks.
The answer to the title question is that this WB is instead a very well connected partisan lackey and CIA operative.
What, exactly, have these clumsy attempts at secrecy accomplished? Impeachment Theater has unquestionably hurt the Dems, exposed their disdain for due process, lowered their standing in the polls as the absurdity of the charges--really policy differences--has become apparent. It was always known that the Republican Senate would dismiss this travesty of an impeachment--if it gets that far--quickly. Now such a dismissal will seem like an act of high principle rather than a partisan evasion. From the Dem perspective, nothing will have been gained, and Trump will have cashed in in terms of fund raising.
All this was foreseeable, so what's going on?
Here's a theory that I'll simply toss out--I'm not at all dogmatic about it and I only advance as a hypothetical that might make sense of what otherwise seems so inexplicable.
We start from the known fact that Eric Ciaramella was--for a lowly GS-13 analyst--extraordinarily well connected from a political standpoint. As more and more information has come out we have learned of Ciaramella's close ties with a wide range of high level Dems, including but not limited to: Joe Biden, Susan Rice, Alexandra Chalupa, John Brennan, and James Clapper. As the lead Ukraine analyst at the NSC for several years, and as it has become ever more apparent that all roads in the Russia Hoax actually lead to Ukraine, there is a very real possibility that Ciaramella has remarkable inside knowledge about the Russia Hoax, about the attempted coup.
Oh, not to change the subject at all ... Ciaramella had another important contact: H. R. McMaster. McMaster, of course, replaced Michael Flynn at the head of the NSC when Flynn was quickly chased from the White House by the now disgraced former Director of the FBI, James Comey. Out goes Flynn, in comes McMaster and, hey presto, Ciaramella returns to the NSC--this time as McMaster's personal assistant. But within two months Ciaramella is out the door himself, for leaking. Two months on the job, and he's already leaking? Maybe that was part of his Deep State job description? And that sure makes you wonder about McMaster, doesn't it? It sure makes me wonder.
So here's my theory, my conspiracy theory. Maybe Impeachment Theater isn't really about impeachment. Not really. Suppose that the Dems have learned that Barr and Durham have truly figured out and taken to heart the key to the Russia Hoax: That all the roads actually lead to Ukraine. What if Barr and Durham are making that a major priority? We know from Trump's phone call that they are very interested in the Ukraine angle. We also know that a top priority for Barr and Durham is getting to the bottom of John Brennan's Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) that put the Russia Hoax on an official footing--by investigating the analysts who were part of that ICA project. What if Eric Ciaramella was on Brennan's handpicked team of assets that cooked up the ICA? With his close ties to both the White House and to John Brennan, with his credentials as Ukraine and Russia expert, what could be less surprising than that Brennan would ?
So, if Ciaramella was that close to all that was happening in the Deep State's attempted coup against Trump, is it possible that Barr and Durham have identified Ciaramella as a key to unlocking the entire Plot Against The President? Yes, it is.
If that's the case, then the Dem priority has to be to find some way to prevent Barr and Durham from getting to Ciaramella and squeezing him. The only way I can think of to accomplish that blocking move would be a political ploy--there's no legal way to effect that. With Ciaramella now at the center of Impeachment Theater, if Barr and Durham move against him, holy hell will break loose and Barr will be targeted as acting to shield Trump if he targets Ciaramella.
So, maybe Impeachment Theater is actually something like a Dem witness protection program, to protect a key witness from Barr and Durham. We're talking a real last ditch move here, but it would make sense if what we know about the whole Ukraine angle is actually the tip of an iceberg of corruption and skullduggery.
All this is by way of an outline. There are lots more facts to plug in. For now, as George Smiley would say: It's just a theory.