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Monday, November 19, 2018

Crenshaw shows how to debate liberals

Thomas Lifson's column on Republican Dan Crenshaw's appearance on CBS's Sunday morning news show was a good catch. Crenshaw is the Navy Seal who lost an eye in combat, only to have his wound mocked on SNL. He graciously accepted an apology offered after his election to Congress.

He appeared on CBS along with other congressmen-elect, including Democrats Joe Neguse of Colorado and Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania. Margaret Brennan moderated the panel.

Outnumbered four to one, Crenshaw shined because he did his homework. He didn't talk out of his hat.

Neguse brought up the subject of holding President Trump accountable, which is a duty of Congress.

(The transcript is here.)

NEGUSE: "Right now it's important for this majority in the House to engage in some really critical oversight of an administration that is undermining a lot of critical freedoms for folks in our country. And so when I say save our democracy, I mean precisely that. I think some of our democratic freedoms and the principles that we live by have been under attack for the better part of the last two years."

Crenshaw called him out.

CRENSHAW: "I always ask the question like what? You know, like what is he undermining exactly? You know what democratic freedoms have been undermined? We just has an election where we switched power in the House. Democracy is at work. People are voting in-in record numbers. I always ask for examples, and then we can hit those examples one-by-one and if it's worth criticizing, it's worth criticizing, but just kind of this broad brush criticism that the president is somehow undermining our democracy. I always wonder like, what exactly we're talking about?"

HOULAHAN: "The free press."

CRENSHAW: "Well how has he done that? How has he undermined the free press? Obama had many press members under investigation. Trump has not."

BRENNAN: "That's true."

At this point Neguse showed he lacked command of the facts.

NEGUSE: "Just this last week, one of the largest media publications in the United States, right, had to go to a federal court in order to essentially regain access to the press room."

CRENSHAW: "No that was for one reporter. One reporter. Not the whole organization."

This is an example of what conservatives must do. The way to fight Marxist propaganda is to know there really are four lights, not five.

They gave other examples. Crenshaw was up to the task of swatting down their fact-challenged or distorted arguments like flies. Two examples follow.

CRENSHAW: "And he has never said that."

CRENSHAW: "So they're policy differences."

Then there was this exchange.

HOULAHAN: "Because it's literally an attack on the press."

CRENSHAW: "Oh, I've literally been attacked. Let's choose our words carefully."

He got the final word on the show.

CRENSHAW: "What I hear a lot is you don't like what he says sometimes. [SKIP] But you're saying [he's] undermining democracy."

HOULAHAN: "And I am."

CRENSHAW: "I want to caution us because those are very bold words. If we have policy disagreements, let's focus on those policy disagreements and I'll be happy to discuss those at any point. But this is what I've been getting at kind of all week which is we tend to go right at the jugular, right. We say you're undermining democracy, you're a bad person fundamentally, that's not always true. We have policy disagreements on a lot of these things."

Crenshaw used facts, calm, and humor to make his case. I like that.


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  1. "Outnumbered four to one, Crenshaw shined because he did his homework. He didn't talk out of his hat."

    Now, if only Trumpie would do the same. His cringe-worthy interview with Chris Wallace was so double-speak, even Wallace was rolling his eyes.

    "Crenshaw used facts, calm, and humor to make his case. I like that." If only President Yeti did the same.

    The whining and wailing begins in 3 .... 2... 1. Hello Z

    1. So, YOU did not comprehend.

      What. A. HUGE. Surprise!!!!!!

      It's, "Orange Man BAD!!!!!!" with you, all the way to your core.

      What are you, a frigging rosie the ugly clone?

    2. Whataboutism.

      His side is the one getting it's as kicked by fact over bleating, emotion, and talking-points, but what about muh-Trump.

      Trolls gotta troll.

  2. Because their candidate didn't win the election in 2016 'democracy is being undermined'.

  3. Attention to detail is an important part of BUD/S.

    As is it pays to be a winner.

    Crenshaw will kill these idiots.


  4. If you are so cock sure of your position, why do you hide behind "anonymous"? Are you a coward?

    You just don't like that the president doesn't take any crap from the media. We the people love it.

  5. Why post a comment which is as retarded in it's intro as the comment you are disagreeing with?

    The use of the default "anonymous" monicker compels the reader of comments to make a choice: To read or to not read.

    Those who choose to read a comment posted as "anonymous" actually read the fucking comment. You just did.

    Those who choose to not read an "anonymous" comment do not read it.

    So. Fucking. What.

    Register with fucking google to get myself a monicker? Fuck. That.

    Share my default email address monicker? With whom? Anyone? Everyone? Nope.

    3 options here. I choose anonymous. Read what I post OR do nlt read what I post. Your choice.

    And if you, in readingban anonymous comment cannot resolve the craving to feel you are having an exchange of thoughts between someone you actually do not know, but crave to feel that you know, then do not read any comments posted as anonymous.

    Easy fucking peasy.

    1. Butt-hurt much?

      Relax, Francis. You come around to show your ass and get attention like the fat kid in the pool yelling "look at me, look at me" then when you get that attention you act pissy. Grow up.

    2. So, your monicker is your potency.

      And your potency is pejoratives.

      My, what a deeeeeeeeep thinker you be.

      Thinking, as you do, as you have clearly stated, about chubby boys showing their chubby cheeks at the pool, no less, and declaring, as your intro, the command to relax.

      Who is the pissy one here?

      Check your diaper.

    3. Well that dissertation sort of sums up you limited command of the English language.

  6. Best response I have seen in a while

  7. Crenshaw will not be invited back. The fake news media has foo many saps they can invite on to embarrass.