My takeaway from yesterday’s testimony by Michael Cohen was that we found out details to things we already knew or suspected: Trump is lying racist con man. But when I was able to tune in, which was not until the very end, I saw that the Republicans spent nearly all their time trying to discredit Mr. Cohen. Yeah, we already knew he was guilty of lying to Congress; he’s going to jail for that. And having them get their knickers in a twist about people lying is classic Captain Louis Renault being shocked, shocked to find gambling going on here.
But what I didn’t hear from any of them — and I went back and checked — was any defense of Trump. It was like he wasn’t even in the picture, and not one of them called Mr. Cohen’s testimony into question on the facts. It’s like they knew the shit was heading towards the fan and there was little they could do about it but yell.
As Carl Sandburg noted, “If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell.”