Republicans’ complaints that impeachment inquiry witnesses do not have first-hand information are made in bad faith, like the “man who, having killed his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan”.
Republicans refuse to allow those with direct contact with the president, such as Mike Pompeo, Mick Mulvaney, and John Bolton to testify. Then they complain that other witnesses are inadequate because their information was obtained second or third-hand!
Leo Rosten in The Joys of Yiddish defines chutzpah as “gall, brazen nerve, effrontery, incredible ‘guts’, presumption plus arrogance such as no other word and no other language can do justice to”. In this sense, chutzpah expresses both strong disapproval and condemnation. In the same work, Rosten also defines the term as “that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan”. Chutzpah amounts to a total denial of personal responsibility, which renders others speechless and incredulous … one cannot quite believe that another person totally lacks common human traits like remorse, regret, guilt, sympathy and insight.
Jan 20, 1982 – In one case, a young man who killed both his mother and his sister when he was … The second case involved a boy of 14 who murdered his father and … the mercy of the courts, asking for leniency because he was an orphan.
Today, after 183 days, 58 news conferences, one perfect “Saturday Night Live” skewering, and countless packs of stress gum, Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, has resigned. But first, he slammed the door in an ABC News reporter’s face.
.. Unlike others in the Trump administration, Mr. Spicer would occasionally flirt with being a sympathetic figure.
.. His tired eyes would telegraph distress signals to the television cameras: Help me. I’m sad. Please stop picking on me; this is actually hurtful. I thought the suit looked good. Donald is mean.
.. Without Mr. Spicer, who will lie to the public? Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who has all the sparkle and charm of the airline call center employee who tells you there’s no way you can get on a flight to Chicago until at least Wednesday?
.. None of them could possibly convey the combination of chutzpah and shame Mr. Spicer embodied.