Beating Them at Their Own Game

 

It’s not a game. It’s war. And the Democrats think they are entitled to set the rules of engagement. I have a message for Jerry Nadler. No matter what you call this obsession of torturing the Republicans through your Impeachment Hearings or Impeachment Inquiries or Impeachment Interviews, it is an affront to this country and its citizens.

The latest warrior (what else would be an appropriate label?) to take on the House Judiciary Committee was Corey Lewandowski. Now I’m not a fan of Lewandowski; he’s struck me as a hothead and his pushing a reporter (or whatever he did that led to his firing) was unwise, at the very least. But I was impressed with how he handled himself at his hearing yesterday, and essentially controlled the dialogue with the Democrats. Although others have pushed back on the committee in the past (interim Attorney General Matthew Whittaker, for one), Corey is now a private citizen and was savvy enough to know how far he could push the committee. Others who are called up before the Judiciary Committee should take notes. Here’s what I observed:

  • When they insult you—don’t be defensive. When one representative accused him of being “chicken” (a very dignified characterization) when he didn’t communicate a request from President Trump to AG Sessions, he said he’d decided that taking his kids to the beach was a higher priority. He not only pushed back, but he was making a statement about the lack of seriousness in the workings of government.
  • When they try to lecture you—about your lack of disclosure, decorum, or cooperation, interrupt by asking them to express their questions. Let them know that you’d rather not be a victim of their grandstanding and insults.
  • When they attack the President—remind them that the Mueller Report didn’t find any evidence of obstruction or collusion. They already know this truth, but it’s a valuable tactic to remind the viewing public that the hearing is a sideshow.
  • When they ask you to remember a situation described in the Mueller report from months ago—ask them to refer to the page and paragraph. This tactic will not only annoy them, but it will remind everyone that the committee is going over the same information that has already been covered, in an effort to intimidate others they may interview in the future.
  • When they question your motives—remind them that you came willingly to the hearing, and that you’ve come before them several other times. (The fact that it bolstered his image when he may be running for Senate in New Hampshire, was, well, a bonus.)

There are probably many other lessons from Corey Lewandowski’s testimony that we can glean. I believe that it’s important not just to annoy the committee or make their job more difficult, but to demonstrate to citizens that the Democrats’ actions are wasting the money of citizens, are hyper-political, and are preventing a group of Representatives (Democrats and Republicans) from doing the jobs for which they were elected: governing the country.

Then again, they are helping us win this war.

What else have we learned from yesterday’s hearing?

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  1. MichaelKennedy Coolidge

     he’s struck me as a hothead and his pushing a reporter (or whatever he did that led to his firing) was unwise

     

    The “pushing” accusation has been pretty well debunked by the video. He was fired by the Trump kids who thought he was inexperienced in convention maneuvering and they hired Manafort whose convention experience was 20 years out of date.

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    • September 18, 2019, at 10:39 AM PDT
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  2. Arahant Member

    Susan Quinn: What else have we learned from yesterday’s hearing?

    That people waste their time watching Congressional hearings?

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    • September 18, 2019, at 10:41 AM PDT
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  3. Samuel Block Member

    I liked his response to Sheila Jackson Lee.

    Could you repeat the question? I didn’t hear it. It was just a rant. 

    I think that “just a rant” line could come in handy during future Congressional hearings.

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    • September 18, 2019, at 10:46 AM PDT
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  4. Rodin Member

    The only way the “President Swalwell” comment could have been better would have been for him to preface it with “With all due respect”.

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    • September 18, 2019, at 10:57 AM PDT
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  5. DrewInWisconsin, Influencer Member

    I rather liked this.

    [T]his is how we’re going to win. We can’t take their crap anymore. And frankly, they all deserved to be slapped around a little. No more with losing with dignity. No more accepting defeat. Fight back, frustrate, and waste these Democrats’ time because they’ve sure done a pretty solid job doing that with everyone else’s concerning this farce investigation. Even CNN noted that Lewandowski straight-up owned the Democrats today, as Tim noted. This debate is over. There was no Russian collusion. Democrats want to waste more time on this and won’t let it go, so let’s just have some fun while we’re at it

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    • September 18, 2019, at 11:07 AM PDT
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  6. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    he’s struck me as a hothead and his pushing a reporter (or whatever he did that led to his firing) was unwise

     

    The “pushing” accusation has been pretty well debunked by the video. He was fired by the Trump kids who thought he was inexperienced in convention maneuvering and they hired Manafort whose convention experience was 20 years out of date.

    Please note that I said, “or whatever he did that led to his firing.” I’m not surprised that Trump’s kids overreacted.

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    • September 18, 2019, at 11:09 AM PDT
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  7. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn: What else have we learned from yesterday’s hearing?

    That people waste their time watching Congressional hearings?

    Just to be clear I only saw blurbs on the news. That might have been a waste too, except I got the idea for this post!

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    • September 18, 2019, at 11:10 AM PDT
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  8. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    DrewInWisconsin, Thought Leader (View Comment):

    I rather liked this.

    [T]his is how we’re going to win. We can’t take their crap anymore. And frankly, they all deserved to be slapped around a little. No more with losing with dignity. No more accepting defeat. Fight back, frustrate, and waste these Democrats’ time because they’ve sure done a pretty solid job doing that with everyone else’s concerning this farce investigation. Even CNN noted that Lewandowski straight-up owned the Democrats today, as Tim noted. This debate is over. There was no Russian collusion. Democrats want to waste more time on this and won’t let it go, so let’s just have some fun while we’re at it

    I completely agree!! Thanks, @drewinwisconsin!

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    • September 18, 2019, at 11:12 AM PDT
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  9. Samuel Block Member

    Susan, I think game might be the perfect word to use. The Right is a competitive bunch, so I don’t think amending our vocabulary will diminish the need to win. In fact, I think anything that can be done to lessen the churlishness of the Right, without taking the eye off the prize, will be conducive to success.

    For the record, I find grumpy conservatives to be exceptionally entertaining, but I’m not sure that it’s a consensus view. 

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    • September 18, 2019, at 11:52 AM PDT
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  10. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    Samuel Block (View Comment):

    Susan, I think game might be the perfect word to use. The Right is a competitive bunch, so I don’t think amending our vocabulary will diminish the need to win. In fact, I think anything that can be done to lessen the churlishness of the Right, without taking the eye off the prize, will be conducive to success.

    For the record, I find grumpy conservatives to be exceptionally entertaining, but I’m not sure that it’s a consensus view.

     

    We’re certainly not used to taking on that role! Maybe we call it a game for conservatives and war for those on the Left!

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    • September 18, 2019, at 11:56 AM PDT
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  11. Samuel Block Member

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Samuel Block (View Comment):

    Susan, I think game might be the perfect word to use. The Right is a competitive bunch, so I don’t think amending our vocabulary will diminish the need to win. In fact, I think anything that can be done to lessen the churlishness of the Right, without taking the eye off the prize, will be conducive to success.

    For the record, I find grumpy conservatives to be exceptionally entertaining, but I’m not sure that it’s a consensus view.

     

    We’re certainly not used to taking on that role! Maybe we call it a game for conservatives and war for those on the Left!

    These are strange times, indeed! But the Left is surely doing its best to play at crusaders, and it doesn’t seem to be going well.

    O’ Brave New World. How Swell!

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    • September 18, 2019, at 12:13 PM PDT
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  12. Old Bathos Member

    These lessons are not new. Recall in 1986, Fawn Hall, secretary to Ollie North basically telling the Iran-Contra Senate panel to shove it. Attractive, loyal and tough. North’s attorney Brendan Sullivan’s famous “what am I a potted plant” when Sen. Inouye tried to stop him from advising his client while being questioned. The look on Inouye’s face was priceless. Senators are used to receiving deference 24/7, especially senior committee chairmen.

    Pomposity and dishonest sound bite generation should ALWAYs get a defiant response. It is the American way.

    The Senate Democrats were so determined to get TV time and a sow trial, they immunized North and Poindexter who could have easily done jail time otherwise. And the show trial was a bust. Kind like Russiagate.

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    • September 18, 2019, at 12:23 PM PDT
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  13. BastiatJunior Member

    Yes, David French. This is what fighting looks like.

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    • September 18, 2019, at 12:28 PM PDT
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  14. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    BastiatJunior (View Comment):
    Yes, David French. This is what fighting looks like.

    Indeed. Well said.

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    • September 18, 2019, at 12:32 PM PDT
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  15. Skyler Coolidge

    I like when he refused to be their puppet and recite a document for them. He told them, you know how to read it yourself.

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    • September 18, 2019, at 12:32 PM PDT
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  16. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    I’ve never understood why anyone shows up for these things. Are they legally compelled to? 

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    • September 18, 2019, at 12:36 PM PDT
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  17. Skyler Coolidge

    Old Bathos (View Comment):
    Ollie North basically telling the Iran-Contra Senate panel to shove it. Attractive, loyal and tough. North’s attorney

    This all happened when I was a young officer and all of us were briefed that LtCol North wore a USMC uniform and was technically a Marine Officer, but that all of his actions were done as part of the administration and that was the answer we should give if anyone asked us.

    I’ve never seen much good about Oliver North. He’s a loud mouth who did much damage to our reputation and wrapped himself in the flag like a scoundrel. He still does.

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    • September 18, 2019, at 12:40 PM PDT
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  18. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    TBA (View Comment):

    I’ve never understood why anyone shows up for these things. Are they legally compelled to?

    I believe he said he would have shown up voluntarily, but I think they sent him a subpoena. I think the purpose it serves now is to demonstrate how bizarre, obsessed and foolish the Left is. I think that part is working. Plus Corey got to plug his interest in possibly running for Senate.

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  19. Ed G. Member

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    he’s struck me as a hothead and his pushing a reporter (or whatever he did that led to his firing) was unwise

     

    The “pushing” accusation has been pretty well debunked by the video. He was fired by the Trump kids who thought he was inexperienced in convention maneuvering and they hired Manafort whose convention experience was 20 years out of date.

    Please note that I said, “or whatever he did that led to his firing.” I’m not surprised that Trump’s kids overreacted.

    Noted, but that’s the insidious part to all of these swampy smears: He didn’t actually do anything unwise yet you’re still holding this smear against the person who was smeared! I’m not blaming you either, but it’s a pretty good illustration of what we’re up against. Even when you didn’t actually do anything wrong it’s still part of your persona even for people who aren’t rabid progressives or the widely disinterested.

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  20. BastiatJunior Member

    I am beginning to see hope that the Republican Party will retain that fighting spirit after Trump has left in 2025, and not Bush out the way it did after Reagan left.

    Lindsey Graham, of all people, seems to be getting the message.

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    • September 18, 2019, at 1:17 PM PDT
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  21. Ed G. Member

    BastiatJunior (View Comment):

    I am beginning to see hope that the Republican Party will retain that fighting spirit after Trump has left in 2025, and not Bush out the way it did after Reagan left.

    Lindsey Graham, of all people, seems to be getting the message.

    I hope so, but I suspect it’s more likely that he’s just releasing some well-timed rants without doing much about any of it.

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  22. Samuel Block Member

    BastiatJunior (View Comment):

    I am beginning to see hope that the Republican Party will retain that fighting spirit after Trump has left in 2025, and not Bush out the way it did after Reagan left.

    Lindsey Graham, of all people, seems to be getting the message.

    I wouldn’t say he’s my favorite, but every time I see Graham in action I think that he’s the best option the Right has for a post-Trump candidate.

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  23. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    TBA (View Comment):

    I’ve never understood why anyone shows up for these things. Are they legally compelled to?

    I believe he said he would have shown up voluntarily, but I think they sent him a subpoena. I think the purpose it serves now is to demonstrate how bizarre, obsessed and foolish the Left is. I think that part is working. Plus Corey got to plug his interest in possibly running for Senate.

    Mystified as to how the legislature has subpoena powers. 

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    • September 18, 2019, at 2:20 PM PDT
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  24. Stad Thatcher

    Susan Quinn:

    • When they insult you—don’t be defensive. When one representative accused him of being “chicken” (a very dignified characterization) when he didn’t communicate a request from President Trump to AG Sessions, he said he’d decided that taking his kids to the beach was a higher priority. He not only pushed back, but he was making a statement about the lack of seriousness in the workings of government.
    • When they try to lecture you—about your lack of disclosure, decorum, or cooperation, interrupt by asking them to express their questions. Let them know that you’d rather not be a victim of their grandstanding and insults.
    • When they attack the President—remind them that the Mueller Report didn’t find any evidence of obstruction or collusion. They already know this truth, but it’s a valuable tactic to remind the viewing public that the hearing is a sideshow.
    • When they ask you to remember a situation described in the Mueller report from months ago—ask them to refer to the page and paragraph. This tactic will not only annoy them, but it will remind everyone that the committee is going over the same information that has already been covered, in an effort to intimidate others they may interview in the future.
    • When they question your motives—remind them that you came willingly to the hearing, and that you’ve come before them several other times. (The fact that it bolstered his image when he may be running for Senate in New Hampshire, was, well, a bonus.)

    I would find it hard to do any of these when my emotions make me want to tell them to “Eat s___ and die” . . .

    But you have a lot more class (and restraint) than I do!

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  25. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    And he beat them on their playing field without a Marine uniform and chest full of medals.

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    • September 18, 2019, at 2:44 PM PDT
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  26. Doctor Robert Member

    BastiatJunior (View Comment):

    I am beginning to see hope that the Republican Party will retain that fighting spirit after Trump has left in 2025, and not Bush out the way it did after Reagan left.

    Lindsey Graham, of all people, seems to be getting the message.

    No, he’s not. He chairs Senate Judiciary Committee. Where are the interrogations of Clapper, Brennan, Etc?

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  27. Old Bathos Member

    Skyler (View Comment):

    Old Bathos (View Comment):
    Ollie North basically telling the Iran-Contra Senate panel to shove it. Attractive, loyal and tough. North’s attorney

    This all happened when I was a young officer and all of us were briefed that LtCol North wore a USMC uniform and was technically a Marine Officer, but that all of his actions were done as part of the administration and that was the answer we should give if anyone asked us.

    I’ve never seen much good about Oliver North. He’s a loud mouth who did much damage to our reputation and wrapped himself in the flag like a scoundrel. He still does.

    North and Poindexter were out of their depth. The collective ego of Senate Democrats saved them by granting immunity. Your assessment is harsh but not without merit.

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  28. BastiatJunior Member

    Doctor Robert (View Comment):

    BastiatJunior (View Comment):

    I am beginning to see hope that the Republican Party will retain that fighting spirit after Trump has left in 2025, and not Bush out the way it did after Reagan left.

    Lindsey Graham, of all people, seems to be getting the message.

    No, he’s not. He chairs Senate Judiciary Committee. Where are the interrogations of Clapper, Brennan, Etc?

    I thought Grassley chaired that committee.

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  29. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    TBA (View Comment):

    I’ve never understood why anyone shows up for these things. Are they legally compelled to?

    Yes. Congress has almost unchecked power to carry out its oversight, investigative, and legislative functions. It is barely limited by the boundaries of its proper powers and relevance of the target’s testimony to Congress doing its job.

    See this clearly written article for explanation.

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  30. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    TBA (View Comment):

    I’ve never understood why anyone shows up for these things. Are they legally compelled to?

    Yes. Congress has almost unchecked power to carry out its oversight, investigative, and legislative functions. It is barely limited by the boundaries of its proper powers and relevance of the target’s testimony to Congress doing its job.

    See this clearly written article for explanation.

    Vile. 

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