Thoughts On The Cohen Hearing

Since everyone else is doing it, some thoughts on the Cohen hearings:

  1. I’m still kind of amazed this from Cohen’s testimony didn’t get more play:

    He once asked me if I could name a country run by a black person that wasn’t a “shithole.” This was when Barack Obama was President of the United States.

    MAGA! This was a glorious opportunity for Democrats to do some flag waving.

  2. Speaking of missed opportunities, most of our Congresscritters are not very smart. As others have pointed out, it shouldn’t be hard to come up with a list of questions along the lines of this. While I didn’t expect Republicans to do anything other than cover Trump’s ass, Democrats should have been much more strategic in their overall organization, as well as their individual questions. Ocasio-Cortez, Khanna, and Raskin were very good, which just goes to show where the brains in the party are (hint: not in the New Democrat wing). There are opportunities that went missing. I also hope the political press corps doesn’t turn the hearings into a discussion about whether Jordan is a racist (he is); they have a tendency to do things like that…
  3. The ‘BEHOLD, A BLACK WOMAN!’ Republican strategy isn’t the infallible argument conservatives think it is (logic!).
  4. Thankfully, Ocasio-Cortez laid the groundwork to get Trump’s taxes, since the guy in the obvious position to do so, Rep. Richard Neal, is failing his historical moment.
  5. Despite strategic disorganization, Democrats still managed to get Cohen to describe over a dozen felonies in which Trump conspired.
  6. Cohen remarked, “Indeed, given my experience working for Mr. Trump, I fear that if he loses the election in 2020 that there will never be a peaceful transition of power, and this is why I agreed to appear before you today.” He might be right, and, if Democrats win back the White House, we need to be prepared for this contingency.
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