Yes, Sen. Burr behaves and speaks like a dignified adult, unlike some of the simian Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee.
After House Intel. Committee Chair Devin Nunes's bizarre shenanigans, Sen. Burr certainly is a calming breath of fresh air. I understand why pundits compliment Burr when comparing his demeanor to Nunes's.
But are good manners a solid indicator that Sen. Burr will approach the Trump-Russia investigation in a truly objective way?
I ask that question partly because of the following two things:
(1) In October, Sen. Burr became an adviser to Trump's campaign.
(2) In February, the White House asked Sen. Burr to talk to reporters--to counter stories relating to Trump's ties to Russia--and Burr did it.
Yes, it is possible that Sen. Burr takes the Russia-situation seriously enough to put aside any loyalty and protectiveness toward Pres. Trump.
But Sen. Burr's ability to act like a rational, intelligent adult is not conclusive evidence that he will lead the investigation objectively.
For that reason, I wish that pundits (e.g., Lawrence O'Donnell and Joe Scarborough) would stop marveling over how objective and nonpartisan Sen. Burr is. At this point, it's only surface stuff.