One of the dangers of introducing any new weapon is that your opponents will copy it and turn it back on you. The modern use of a chemical weapon, the choking agent chlorine, was pioneered by the Kaiser’s army near Ypres, Belgium. The British howled about the inhumanity of it all but scarcely five months later were trying–somewhat incompetently–to gas Germans at Loos, Belgium. The same can be said of President Trump’s penchant for actively trolling political opponents. For instance, a couple of weeks ago he went after retiring Tennessee Senator Bob Corker.

Corker responded

Some chuckles but Corker also drew fire from advocates of the aged who didn’t like the comparison. Now he’s taken it further. He’s using an entire Senate committee to engage in a lengthy troll of Trump.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, will hold a hearing on the president’s authority to launch a nuclear attack, he said on Wednesday.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold the “long overdue” discussion on the “executive’s authority to use nuclear weapons and the process for executing that authority,” on Nov. 14, Corker said.

It will be the first time since 1976 that the committee, which Corker currently chairs, or their counterparts in the House, “have looked specifically at the authority and process for using nuclear weapons,” his statement reads.

“A number of members both on and off our committee have raised questions about the authorities of the legislative and executive branches with respect to war making, the use of nuclear weapons, and conducting foreign policy overall,” Corker said.

Realistically, what does this hearing hope to accomplish? From a policy standpoint, damned little. The Foreign Relations Committee doesn’t have jurisdiction over the manufacture, deployment or use of nuclear weapons. Even if it did, it can’t dictate policy and procedures to the executive branch. There won’t be enough votes to pass anything Corker comes up with into law and, if there were the votes to pass a bill, the odds of Trump agreeing to sign such a bill can be measured in negative numbers. But if one is trying for a RevengeTrollTM, then this is gold:

This is not the way a mature society should work. Just as Gresham’s Law states that bad money drives good money out of circulation, bad behavior drives good behavior out of the public square. What Corker is doing here actually shows a lot less maturity than Trump. He’s not content with beclowning himself on Twitter, he’s dragging an entire Senate committee into the scrum with him.