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The polishing of the Michael Cohen image

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The polishing of the Michael Cohen image

The polishing of the Michael Cohen image
May 08
15:17 2019

On the eve of his heading to Club Fed (prison) for three years for an impressive array of crimes, Democrats and the news media are in a full-blown effort to polish the image of sleazy New York attorney Michael Cohen.

You will recall that prior to his break with Donald Trump – who made this second-rate lawyer a powerful and wealthy player in the world of real estate and politics – Cohen was a pariah among the east coast liberal media.  His Mafia-like tough talk and threats were his stock-in-trade.  More than one reporter was victim of his vitriol.

As the intensity of the national spotlight focused on Cohen, it was obvious that he was a prodigious liar.  He lied to the IRS.  He lied to the media. He lied to Congress.  He lied to prosecutors.  He even lied when he braggadociously claimed he would “take a bullet” for Trump. He lied to defend Trump and he lied to bring him down.

The one common thread to be found in ALL his lies is that they were for his own benefit.  He lied to maintain his prominence under Trump.  He lied to gain bank loans.  He lied to cheat the taxpayers.  And when facing the consequences of all his lies at the hands of prosecutors, he lied to defend himself and to burnish his image.

Of course, none of that matters to the east coast, anti-Trump news media.  The fact that Cohen has turned against Trump is enough to re-write his biography.  Suddenly, this reprobate is the epitome of patriotism.  He is a pathetic figure going to prison while his neo-nemesis is sitting in the Oval Office.

In his last press appearance before hearing the clanging door of federal prison slam behind him, Cohen promised the world that he had much more to say – and would do so in the future.  That is probably another lie.  In an effort to reduce his three-year sentence, Cohen offered to tell federal prosecutors “all he knows” – no holding back.  The prosecutors said, “no thanks” – a pretty clear indication that they do not believe he has anything of significance to tell them, especially not after they had gone through every piece of paper Cohen ever possessed with the possible exception of the toilet roll.  And maybe that, too.

MSNBC has been particularly devoted to the re-imaging of Cohen.  Led by flat but flashy Donny Deutsch, the folks at the NBC offspring have reported on their prison-eve interview and meetings.  Cohen is described as a contrite man – now comfortable in his own skin.

Despite the evidence of multiple major crimes, Cohen is to be viewed as a sympathetic creature – a good boy who got blinded by the glitter of the Trump empire.  A temporarily lost soul who has now regained his moral footing – in fact, a bit of a national hero who is campaigning to save America from the scourge of a Trump presidency.

Of course, he is none of that.  He was and remains a sleazy self-centered operative who will say anything to avoid reality.  Cohen is getting what he deserves – and arguably far less than he deserves.

The problem with rehabilitating his image is that it is NOT rehabilitatable.  Cohen is what he was.  A smarmy, sleazy self-absorbed individual – a con man and a habitual liar.  It is unlikely that three years in jail will make him a better man – maybe only a more bitter man.

If Lady Justice was given to irony, Cohen would be soon sharing a cell with another Michael – Avenatti.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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5 Comments

  1. Mikey speaks
    Mikey speaks May 09, 19:00

    In his last press conference MC looked forward to telling the whole truth (? Book deal) and rejoining his family and friends. Who in their right mind would befriend this sleaze bag ingrate creep. Liar. Slime. I have to stop myself before I resort to expletives

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  2. Billy Williams
    Billy Williams May 09, 19:08

    Maybe (if the news is correct) he had a good teacher. His book should be THE ART OF THE LIE

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    • zellew
      zellew May 09, 19:40

      … but then he would have to write it himself (or, if he takes a ghost writer like his teacher, he would at least, unlike his teacher, have to pay him the writer‘s fee)

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  3. WZeller
    WZeller May 09, 19:37

    As long as he was Trumps‘s fixer, he was your (and Trump‘s) hero. Now that his real character comes to light, you (and Trump) distance yourselves from him – very gentlemanlike!

    Reply to this comment
  4. Defiant One
    Defiant One May 09, 20:04

    I hope that this punk-A$$,fat wimp gets his ass reamed! (literally)

    Reply to this comment

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