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Take That Question and Shove…On Second Thought I’ll Shove it For You

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Sunday, November 13, 2011, 10: 15 AM

New lawyers representing criminals in court usually have to learn a lesson about cross examining police officers. The veteran cops have been inside a court room a lot more than young lawyers have and some of them have courtroom savvy and know how to answer questions in a way the can bite an unsuspecting young lawyer on the ankles. In other words, just because the witness is a grizzled cop who never went to law school doesn’t mean he (or she) isn’t a lot smarter than they look. I was once warned by a senior partner in a firm where I worked that cross examining a particular police officer would require all-night preparation because, “The guy knows how to take your snarky question and shove it right up your ass.”

A good reason for Newt Gingrich’s sudden lease on a new life is his ability and willingness to take on the silly questions he gets from a liberal news reporter (there doesn’t seem to be any other kind) in a Republican debate and shove it not in a body cavity but into the bright sunshine to expose the fatuousness of the questioner. This is all to the delight of conservatives who have long ached for a candidate that refuses to pander to the liberal media. The little over one-minute video clip below shows the best of Newt taking on a dumb question and turning it back on questioner Scotty Pelley, CBS Evening News anchor:


Note the overwhelming difference in the decibel level and duration of the first applause, which was for Scott Pelley, and second and continuing applause for Newt.  Newt 1+, Pelley 0-.


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  1. […] that position; perhaps not unlike “absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Nonetheless, Gingrich clearly articulated the legality of al-Awlaki’s killing during yesterday’s debate of Republican presidential […]

  2. Ken Spiker said, on Monday, November 14, 2011, 8: 59 AM at 8:59 AM

    A great clip! I think Newt’s the smartest of the candidates and that counts for a lot with me. They used to say Obama was super intelligent because he had that professor act down perfectly–turns out he was a dummy in things that mattered. By the way, I don’t remember Admiral Yamaguchi getting a trial.

    • TeeJaw said, on Monday, November 14, 2011, 10: 03 AM at 10:03 AM

      The German combatants who came ashore in New York in the 1942 didn’t get a trial from FDR either. Out of 8 who were captured, 6 got a military tribunal and were promptly hanged. The Supreme Court upheld the use of military tribunals. Enemy combatants have no civil rights, period.

    • Ken Spiker said, on Monday, November 14, 2011, 10: 06 AM at 10:06 AM

      Did I sy Yamaguchi? I meant Yamamoto.

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