Virgil has channeled the thinking about Richard Nixon, as he enjoys the newest impeachment hearings.
Yes, I passed away in 1994, but I still stay up to date with the news– specifically, obviously, news about impeachment.
In 1974, after I was railroaded out of the White Home by partisan Democrats, hypocritical liberals, and self-righteous press reporters, I made a vow: Never again let that sort of railroading happen to a Republican president. That is, I would share lessons discovered protecting the presidency, always– whether I was in this world, or the next.
Gladly, my suggestions has actually been working, both for Ronald Reagan and, now, Donald Trump.
These ideas entered your mind yet again on December 3, when I check out a boo-hoo column in the Philadelphia Inquirer, by liberal journo Will Bunch. In his piece, Lot grumbled that the Iran-Contra “scandal” of 1986–87, during Reagan’s second term, did not turn out the same way as Watergate– that is, the Republican president getting gone out. And Lot’s further lament was that now, “Ukraine-gate” is forming up to be less like Watergate and more like Iran-Contra. That is, the Republican president survives the attack– and flourishes.
Iran-Contra is, in truth, a fading memory, and yet at the time it was announced, in 1986, the Democrats thought they could do to Reagan what they did to me. Undoubtedly, Ben Bradlee, the oh-so-righteous editor of the Washington Post– hero of unlimited MSM shows on Watergate— chortled throughout Iran-Contra, “I haven’t had this much enjoyable considering that Watergate.”
As the Inquirer’s Bunch recalled, “Yes, there were nationally televised hearings in Congress, and an aggressive district attorney who criminally charged a variety of key Reagan aides and other players.” Simply put, the Dems had the entire thing cued up.
Reagan holds up a copy of the Tower Commission report on the Iran-Contra affair while posturing for photographers after his nationally telecasted speech from the Oval Workplace August 13,1987 Reagan said he was “mad as a hornet” about damage to his administration from the Iran-Contra affair. (Ron Edmonds/AP Photo)
Sadly for Lot’s circumstance, the desired sequence– of the Republican president being delivered off to perdition– didn’t exercise:
Reagan was safeguarded in Iran-Contra by a strong GOP wall led by a Wyoming Republican called Cock Cheney, who insisted “There was no constitutional crisis, no organized disrespect for ‘the rule of law,’ no grand conspiracy, and no Administration-wide dishonesty or cover up.”
I might include that Cheney got his start in politics working for me in the White House. He learned a lot; he’s a good male.
In the meantime, poor Will Lot is having a sad. Even now, three years later, he’s unhappy that Cheney assisted stoke the Republican “tribalism” that kicked in and conserved the Gipper.
” Tribalism” is the word that liberals now like to utilize to describe when Republican politicians stick. And it’s planned, naturally, as a pejorative (one day the Politically Appropriate Cops will step up and demand that a various word than tribalism be utilized, however that language-purge hasn’t occurred yet). Yet for the time being, “tribalism”– as the Washington Post‘s Ruth Marcus calls it, “unrelenting, reflexive tribalism”– is the new bad thing.
On The Other Hand, when Democrats stick, it’s called “loyalty” and “doing the right thing.”
I’ll include that another alumnus of my administration, Pat Buchanan, was also an intense protector of Reagan. In truth, Pat was working as the 40 th president’s interactions director when Iran-Contra broke. For a couple months there, in November and December 1986, the Reagan administration was reeling, and the Gipper’s approval ranking was plummeting. Why? The core of the issue was that the unaware White Home chief of staff, Don Regan, was attempting to determine how to save himself, paying no mind to what was great for Reagan, or for the institution of the presidency.
So at midday on Monday, January 5, 1987, Buchanan took matters into his own hands. Ignoring Reagan’s orders to keep a low profile, Buchanan stepped across Pennsylvania Opportunity to stand before conservative activists in Lafayette Park and declare, “The left is not after the reality, it wants the president!” Glaring at the reporters covering the event, Pat included, “You will not bring this president down!”
Pat Buchanan speaks at a rally, Monday, Janurary 5, 1987, in Lafayette Park, Washington, across from the White House, in assistance of Reagan versus critics of the Iran-Contra affair. (Dennis Cook/AP Image)
Buchanan’s speech clarified the matter for Republicans: It’s time to combat. Us or them. Thanks to Pat’s efforts, the hemorrhaging stopped. Or as that liberal writer Lot would say, the GOP asserted its “tribalism.”
Later On in 1987, a telegenic lieutenant colonel in the Marines, Oliver North, was contacted us to testify before a Democrat-controlled congressional inquisition committee. And while North was courteous, he was so earnest and reliable in his actions to concerns that he smoked all those Democrat jackals. Therefore did Ollie North end up being a nationwide hero, and deservedly so.
As an outcome, Bunch regreted in his column, “There was never ever any major cravings for impeaching the Gipper.” Sad!
In truth, the Democrats’ Get-Reagan effort failed so terribly that not just did Reagan’s popularity rebound, but the Gipper’s vice president, George H.W. Bush, won the 1988 governmental election in a landslide.( Bush, too, had actually worked for me in various capacities, as ambassador to the United Nations, and as chairman of the Republican National Committee.)
So we can see: The Iran-Contra “scandal” didn’t work out at all as the Democrats had actually prepared. Hence the Inquirer’s Lot was sobbing tears for both press reporters and the Democrats when he composed this month, “Some 32 years later on, the square peg of Trump’s impeachment won’t fit into the round hole of Watergate, and possibly that’s due to the fact that the GOP is running the Iran-Contra playbook of huge resistance.”
What Bunch calls “massive resistance,” I call clever politics.
And the fact is, impeachment is constantly about politics. Don’t let ’em kid you. Yes, of course, the Democrats stated that I committed high crimes and misdemeanors during Watergate, however as my fan Victor Lasky mentioned in a fantastic book from 1977, It Didn’t Start With Watergate. That is, my Democrat predecessors did things that were much even worse, and absolutely nothing happened to them. During Watergate, the Democrats weren’t trying to find justice, they were seeking to take me down.
Yet even I had not recognized the full depths of the Democrats’ hoax till I read a 2015 book by Geoff Shepard, yet another alum of my White Home. After years of combing through archives and checking out court records, Geoff published The Real Watergate Scandal: Collusion, Conspiracy, and the Plot that Brought Nixon Down, in which he recorded that the Watergate investigation was just a Democrat plot, created by Kennedy patriots, all with the goal of electing Teddy Kennedy president in1976
It didn’t work out for Teddy, obviously– drowning that woman, Mary Jo Kopechne, proved to be more of a negative than they understood– and yet Group Kennedy did all they could. Getting rid of me was the one part of the strategy that they did manage to achieve.
Okay, so now to Trump and impeachment. The Democrats hoped that they might restore the Watergate playbook and impeach and found guilty Trump, simply as they started to impeach me, although I resigned initially.
Yet in 2019, the precedent that was followed was Iran-Contra, and not Watergate. That is, during Watergate, too many Republicans scattered, and that was the end of me. And yet as that lib Bunch recalled in his mopey column, by the time of Iran-Contra, a decade later, Republicans had actually found out: they were arranged, and they stuck together and battled as a group.
And that’s why Reagan fulfilled a different fate than I did. And it looks like a sure thing that Trump, too, will pull through.
So now here are 5 lessons to be remembered as this Trump thing plays itself out, as well as for the next time that the Democrats try a political coup d’etat Take it from me, Dick Nixon– who was on the nationwide ticket for 4 wining elections, from the ’50 s to the ’70 s– that this is the way to do it:
First, stick. Back on November 10, my pal Virgil composed that if Republicans remain unified, they’ll be great in this untidy procedure, therefore will Trump. The same, obviously, was real for Reagan in Iran-Contra: Unity is power By contrast, throughout Watergate, Republicans went every which way, and so I was sunk.
Second, fight, battle, battle. Republican politician stalwarts, including Reps. Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz, Devin Nunes, and Doug Collins, have actually fought the Democrats over everything, explaining Democrat hypocrisy– and it’s worked.
For example, during your house Judiciary Committee hearings, Republicans put up a sign on an easel pricing estimate Nancy Pelosi from earlier this year: “Impeachment is so dissentious to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and frustrating and bipartisan, I don’t think we ought to go down that path, due to the fact that it divides the nation.”
What altered, Nancy? Answer: pressure from Trump-haters. But acquiescing pressure from crazy activists is not an excellent want to put before the country.
Third, await the Democrats to be stupid. It’s tough to believe that the Democrats would showcase three Trump-hating liberal law teachers to lead off your home Judiciary Committee session– however that’s precisely what they did! 3 stereotypical personifications of everything many people in the country despise: a trio of snooty and snobby academics, the types who offer cash to, and probably help prosecute for, the American Civil Liberties Union.
Rep. Lee Zeldin tweeted, with optimum snark, “ Congrats to the professors who won the Dems’ nationwide skill search for the most elitist, unhinged anti-Trump teachers in America. These meltdowns based on triggered emotions.”
In fact, those three libs were easily countered by Jonathan Turley; Turley is no conservative, and yet his commonsense take on impeachment, even though surpassed, won.
Noah Feldman of Harvard University, Pamela Karlan of Stanford University, Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina, and Jonathan Turley of George Washington University are sworn in to testify before your house Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill December 4, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Fourth, wait it out. The longer the Democrats require to make their case– they are, after all, the celebration of law teachers, who love to hear themselves talk, and of attorneys, who get paid by the hour– the better for the GOP. As previous Republican Capitol Hill staffer John Feehery wrote a few days earlier, “Every day that Democrats are not speaking about health care is a day that they are slowly however progressively losing the election.” In reality, the early ballot numbers reveal that the Dems are digging themselves into an ever much deeper hole. So if this is the field they want to pass away on– let them! However there’s no rush; initially, let them bleed. A lot.
In the warning words of Democrat presidential prospect Andrew Yang, “I’m pro-impeachment, however this is going to be a loser.” Naturally, a few anxious Democrats have been speaking about censure, instead of impeachment, as a type of off-ramp for threatened Home Democrats. And yet simply on December 5, Nancy Pelosi shut that down Certainly she went even more, declaring, “Civilization as we know it today is at stake in the next election, and certainly, our planet.” Wow!
So for the Dems, it’s impeachment or bust. To which I say, a busting can be arranged!
Fifth, constantly, constantly, call out the media. Reporters, of course, were always my enemy. Back in 1969, I unleashed my vice president, Spiro Agnew, on these worms; I still laugh when I think of Spiro zinging them as “an effete corps of impudent snobs,” and as ” nattering nabobs of negativism”– and all the other alliterative attacks he tossed at them.( Pat Buchanan, a fantastic wordsmith, in addition to a terrific fighter, was a key part of this rhetorical effort.)
Such press-bashing assisted me win a giant landslide re-election in 1972, although, naturally, I was gone less than two years later on. Oh well.
But today, Trump, he gets it. He pursues ’em–” enemy of the individuals,” and all that.
In the meantime, an essential method is the counter-punch. That is, let them toss their punch, parry it– and after that punch back. Trump is a master.
Happily, press reporters keep punching so that Trump can keep counter-punching. Certainly, journos type ways that are so cartoonish regarding make it obvious, even to the dull, that they working hand-in-boxing-glove with the Democrats.
For example, simply on December 5, Washington Post media author Margaret Sullivan, formerly with the New York City Times, dedicated her column to advising fellow journos on how finest to help Democrats impeach and found guilty the 45 th president. Her concept was that TV reporters ought to make their “news” sections look like motion picture trailers– that is, like propaganda reels for the impeachers. And Sullivan put that recommendations right in the Post, for all to see! Absolutely nothing subtle there– speak about owning her own bias and hatred.
On the other hand, one of those TV reporters Sullivan was attempting to reach, NBC News’s Katy Tur, indicated her approval of the column: “Wall-to-wall impeachment coverage is not changing any minds,” Tur tweeted. “Here’s how reporters can reach the unsure.” Shameless! Sullivan, and Tur, might as well be on the Democrats’ payroll– or should it be the other method around? In any case, Republicans require to keep saying, t his impeachment train is a locomotive with 2 engineers: the Dems and the MSM
The Democrats pushed me out of office over Watergate– that is, for allegedly trying to control the 1972 election– when, as Geoff Shepard showed, it was they who were trying to control the 1976 election.
Then, in the following years, Democrats attempted to push Reagan out and damage Republican prospects in the 1988 election. And yet that effort boomeranged so terribly that they found themselves flummoxed in ’88, as another Republican president took office.
Now, in 2019, they’re at it, when again– this time trying to use their politico-legal equipment to control the 2020 election so that the Democrats win. On behalf of my Republican presidential follower, I’m proud to say that it’s not working. Trump is still no cinch for re-election, but it’s apparent that this impeachment organisation has been an interruption from Democrat efforts to unseat him. Heh, heh.
Of course, even half a century after Watergate, the liberals will never offer up. Watergate was their high-water mark, and they understand it, so they want to wallow in it, like pleased pigs, permanently. So even if Reagan and Trump– with my assistance from the shadows– have shown that it’s possible to beat them back, the libs still have me to kick around.
So I check out, for example, that HBO has simply green-lit another series on Watergate. Sigh. However that’s all right, I’m utilized to it. Indeed, I take comfort in the thought that if the libs can’t win in the contemporary, they need to settle, at best, for kicking me as soon as again for things that occurred 50 years ago.
It’s unfair, it’s not best– but hey, what should I expect? It’s the Democrats and the media, interacting, as always, to knife Republican politicians.
However we can beat them. Make that, we are beating them.