Special Opinion to the Mirror by Paul Plante.
First of all, hand’s down, of course, the most important take-away by far from the Michael Cohen hearing before the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform, the main investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives with authority to investigate the subjects within the Committee’s legislative jurisdiction, as well as “any matter” within the jurisdiction of the other standing House Committees, on Wednesday, 27 February 2019, is kudos once again to PR Guru Lanny “I Am The Man” Davis for another colossus of an extravaganza intended to sell a lot of soap, which has again earned Lanny a heap of praise from the Madison Avenue PR crowd, who would know these things better than the rest of us who aren’t in the PR game, but are instead its intended victims, as well as the main-stream media who were handed a blockbuster of a story that they will be able to make hay off of for at least the next several weeks, with this Cohen appearance winning the vitally important ratings game (ratings sell advertising) as the coveted Best Daytime Soap for 27 February 2019.
But seriously, people, when confronted with a Lanny Davis production, how could it possibly be otherwise?
Afterall, not for nothing is Lanny Davis known the the “PR Guru” in the trade, and that is also why he is called “The Maestro,” for how he can orchestrate these things so much better than anyone else in the game, which is why Lanny is on top, a master impresario, and the other ones aren’t.
Simple math, people – Lanny produces, where the competition just flails around!
Results are what the game is all about, and with Michael Cohen and Committee Chairman Elijah “The Prophet” Cummings on the roster in starring roles, Lanny was assured of great success, and success is exactly what he achieved.
So what makes a Lanny Davis production so much superior to the regular run of insipid and trite daytime soaps the American viewing public is regularly treated to?
Well, dialogue, first and foremost is what the experts all say.
Rhetorically speaking, without blockbuster dialogue, how can you have a blockbuster production?
And the answer is, you can’t, which takes us to the carefully crafted and riveting opening statement of Chairman Elijah “The Prophet” Cummings, because if you don’t have the hook in in the opening lines, people, the audience is going to be channel-surfing again, and you have lost them, to wit:
Today, the Committee will hear the testimony of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney and one of his closest and most trusted advisors over the last decade.
Now in the PR game, that is known as the “set-up,” or “the grab,” establishing Michael Cohen as being tighter to Trump than his own underwear, and let me say that in his delivery there, Elijah Cummings is said to have delivered a flawless performance.
Let’s face it, people, even right now, after the breathtaking performance is long since over, he still has us on the edge of our seats there, straining forward to hear the next words coming, saying to ourselves, “holy ****, this Cohen is a dude with the real goods on Trump, and that is a fact,” or at least that is how the main-stream media is playing it, and that is a hallmark of a Lanny Davis production – superior scripting, which takes us back to the well-crafted Cummings opening statement as follows:
On August 21, Mr. Cohen appeared in federal court and admitted to arranging secret payoffs of hundreds of thousands of dollars on the eve of the election to silence women alleging affairs with Donald Trump.
Mr. Cohen admitted to violating campaign finance laws and other laws.
He admitted to committing these felonies “in coordination with, and at the direction of” President Trump.
And he admitted, he admitted, to lying about his actions to protect the President.
BING BADA BOOM, people, game is over for Trump, and we are barely even into the show, yet!
This is like being outside the tent where Little Egypt is going to do her thing, and listening to the barker telling us about the show, so we will want to pay good money to go in there and see her do it herself.
This is what sets a PR Guru like Lanny Davis apart from the pack – he has his finger on the pulse of what stirs the blood of the people in America, and he provides it for them, big time, which is why his productions are called extravaganzas, and rightfully so, as we see from the following dialogue, to wit:
Some will certainly ask, if Mr. Cohen was lying then, why should we believe him now?
This is a legitimate question.
As a trial lawyer for many years, I’ve faced this situation over and over again.
And I asked the same question.
Introspection and thoughtfulness, people!
Here we have Lanny establishing the fact in the minds of the viewing public, the all-important at-home viewing audience, that here is a man, who despite being a Democrat, is not just going to go blindly rushing in there, believing every word Cohen says, when everybody already knows that in addition to being quite stupid, Cohen is also a convicted liar, which takes us back to Elijah Cummings, as follows:
Here is how I view our role.
Every one of us in this room has a duty to serve as an independent check on the Executive Branch.
Actually, in reality, that statement is pure bull****, but we are not talking reality here, people – it’s a daytime soap opera, so what we are after isn’t truth or justice – it is drama!
It’s winter, it’s snowing, the governor told us it is not safe to be out when it’s snowing, so we are bored with cabin fever, and we want to be entertained, and Lanny knows that, so he gave us what we craved, which takes us back to these momentous words from the drama, as follows
Ladies and gentlemen, we are in search of the truth.
The President has made many statements of his own, and now the American people have a right to hear the other side.
They can watch Mr. Cohen’s testimony and make their own judgment.
How important that is for the drama!
Elijah Cummings is presented to us as a modern-day Diogenes, also known as Diogenes the Cynic, the Greek philosopher and one of the founders of Cynic philosophy who modeled himself on the example of Heracles, and believed that virtue was better revealed in action than in theory, using his simple life-style and behaviour to criticize the social values and institutions of what he saw as a corrupt, confused society, becoming notorious for his philosophical stunts, such as carrying a lamp during the day, claiming to be looking for an honest man, who was also noted for having mocked Alexander the Great, both in public and to his face when he visited Corinth in 336.
So there, people, is the first most important take-away from the Michael Cohen, but it won’t be the last, so stay tuned, as the plethora of take-aways from this Lanny Davis production come rolling in, and now, a pause for station identification.