Corey Lewandowski Just Made the Democrats Look Utterly Bloodless

The former Trump campaign aide’s hearing was a political test, and the House Democrats failed it

Rick Wilson
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4 min readSep 17, 2019

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Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski testifies during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on September 17, 2019. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Corey Lewandowski doesn’t give a damn, and Democrats apparently don’t either.

The former Trump campaign aide’s outrageous contempt before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday was a sign of the profound weakness of the congressional Democrats, a warning about the critical flaws in their continued practice of pre-Trump politics, and a caution flag on the people pushing impeachment as the tentpole strategy of the Congressional Democrats for 2020.

The hearing was a political test, and the House Democrats failed it. They’re shudderingly terrible at this work; they lack the bloodthirsty instincts of political killers. Trump and the House GOP are playing nuclear hardball, and the House Democrats were playing the old normie politics of the days before social media, reality television, and the Insane Clown President.

Centrally, Lewandowski continued to hide behind a phony privilege claim even after it was clearly established the claim was invalid, and Democrats seemed content to let him. His eye-rolling, snippy responses, and insults received nothing more than sour looks. Without consequences, people like Corey will always win, and in the nastiest way possible.

After the grind of the last two years, how do Democrats not yet understand this process? Lord knows they’ve done it enough times now to figure it out; members of their caucus ask anodyne, dull questions of hostile Administration witnesses.

The GOP always plays directly to the Fox News cameras. Trump’s enablers spend every one of these hearings building a TV drama for their team with their imaginary Deep State boogeymen, but-her-emails conspiracy-mongering, and reality-TV table-flipping antics. Democrats, on the other hand, ponderously tried and failed to get Lewandowski to read from the Mueller report and asked questions without the slightest prosecutorial edge. Chairman Jerry Nadler let Republican members grandstand, interrupt, and stall without more than a few grumpy words.

How is it that Democrats don’t understand that’s why Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz, et…

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Rick Wilson
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