November 16, 2019 | Reading Time: 2 minutes

Schiff shows how to handle fascists

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Before I ask you to support the Editorial Board by becoming a paying subscriber, I want to draw your attention to the moment below. It relates to Friday’s edition. I said yesterday that the Republicans are trying to create a fake reality in which Ukraine, not Russia, attacked us in 2016, and the Democrats, not Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, et al, conspired with foreign saboteurs to undermine the will of the American people.

It’s nutty but also malicious. What to do? As I said, pay attention to the crazy though it makes you feel crazy. Also what Adam Schiff does here—enforce rules maximally.

The rule is that House committee members speak only when the committee chairman recognizes the committee member. There’s wiggle room here and there. Courtesy and tolerance for people being people. But those are at the pleasure of the chairman. If the chairman doesn’t want to recognize you, no one can tell the chairman that he must.

This is the way to handle fascists. They believe they are exempt from the rules, so enforcing the rules, and putting them on notice, takes all the gas out of them.

My point being …

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