Knowles: Heitkamp Perfectly Illustrates Convenience Vs. Conviction Politicians

Michael Knowles
Daily Wire

On Wednesday's episode of "The Michael Knowles Show," Michael hammered Democrat Sen. Heidi Heitkamp for her "sad" excuse to not vote to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh and used her as an example of the difference between "convenience politicians and conviction politicians."

"So, she votes no on Kavanaugh," said Knowles. "This is the old trick that I use when reality doesn't agree with my preconceived ideological, convenient notions, this is a little trick that I use," he said mocking Heitkamp's much-criticized explanation. "I take my two fingers and I plug them into my ears and then I close my eyes really tight and I make this sound la la la la la la la I can't hear you la la la la la! That's the Heidi Heitkamp trick. This is the worst excuse she could have possibly come up with. It says, you know, you heard Kavanaugh and you found his testimony compelling, right? Yes? Oh yeah, totally. You know, what he said when he said what he said, then I believed it, so then I did this little trick. I muted him."

"Really sad. It's the best that they've got. The best she could say is 'Yeah, well, I listened to him and he was compelling, so ... then I tried to forget,’ but also it shows the difference between conviction politicians and convenience politicians and this is an important distinction," said Knowles.

"Because when you look throughout history, history has probably many more convenience politicians than conviction ones, but history doesn't look kindly on convenience politicians," he continued. "People who just go with the wind, don't stand for anything at all, just want people to like them. Just want to aggrandize, self-aggrandize."

Video and transcript:

That brings us to North Dakota. This race is one of the most beautiful ones. Heidi Heitkamp. Ever since this Kavanaugh thing has dragged on, her numbers have been falling and then she finally decided she was gonna vote no on Kavanaugh.

And you know Joe Manchin ended up voting yes, another swing state Democrat. A Democrat in a state that voted for Trump. Heidi Heitkamp said no. Why? Because she's got a lot of pressure on her from the left. Money is gonna go away. Donor money, of course. Also foundations, organizations that are donating to her, that money will dry up.

Those activists will dry up. Those ground game supporters will dry up, if she voted for what she thinks about, you know, if she voted for what is just.

And also what probably would be politically right in a general election, that would have all gone away.

So look, the Kavanaugh thing was exposed as a total farce and Heidi Heitkamp however now is trying to have it both ways. She was always trying to have it both ways. We'll talk about politicians who try to have it both ways.

So, she votes no on Kavanaugh.

This is the old trick that I use when reality doesn't agree with my preconceived ideological, convenient notions, this is a little trick that I use.

I take my two fingers and I plug them into my ears and then I close my eyes really tight and I make this sound la la la la la la la I can't hear you la la la la la!

That's the Heidi Heitkamp trick. This is the worst excuse she could have possibly come up with. It says, you know, you heard Kavanaugh and you found his testimony compelling, right? Yes? Oh yeah, totally. You know, what he said when he said what he said, then I believed it, so then I did this little trick. I muted him. I listened with the sound off. Okay, this is something sometimes at night, Sweet Little Elisa will say to me. I'll mention something and I'll say, you know, I talked about this on the show today. She goes Oh Mike, I listen to your show every day on mute. I every day I've got to take it up on my iTunes and I click the mute button and I listened to the whole show. That's Heidi Heitkamp talking about Brett Kavanaugh. Oh I listened to Brett Kavanaugh all the time on mute.

Okay. Really sad. It's the best that they've got. This is obviously is an emperor has no clothes moment. I mean, she was just totally caught with it. The best she could say is yeah well I listen to him and he was compelling so then I forgot then I tried to forget, but also it, you know, it shows the difference between conviction politicians and convenience politicians and this is an important distinction.

Because when you look throughout history, history has probably many more convenience politicians than conviction ones, but history doesn't look kindly on convenience politicians. People who just go with the wind, don't stand for anything at all, just want people to like them. Just want to aggrandize, self-aggrandize.

Just look around the Second World War, you've got Lloyd George. Lloyd George. Neville Chamberlain. These squishy wishy wishy-washy people and then you've got Winston Churchill. Look, Winston Churchill had major election losses. He had major victories for civilization, but he was a conviction politician. He knew what he believed. He knew what he believed about the Soviet Union, what he believed about Hitler, what he believed about Nazi Germany. All these other guys, squishy wishy Neville Chamberlain, Lloyd George. History looks on them like total cowards. In modern parlance, they'd be called cucks, you know. It's just nobody wants to be that. Dante puts the apathetic in the first circle of hell. When Dante goes into hell, when he passes through the gates of hell, the first people he encounters are the apathetic. The people, the angels who didn't rebel against God, but they didn't defend God. They just were always in it for themselves. They kind of were a little wishy-washy, they didn't have any convictions, those guys. He sometimes is misquoted. You know, there's that quote all it takes for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing and this is variously attributed to Edmund Burke and Dante and all of these people none of whom said those precise words but that's where it comes from.

And in Dante, it's the first souls that he encounters and they're damned. Mercy doesn't want them. Justice doesn't want them. Heaven doesn't want them. Hell doesn't want them. They're just in it for themselves and that is politicians like Heidi Heitkamp. And it's so pathetic. Why would you put yourself through this? Why would you put yourself through the grueling, awful experience of running for office? Sitting in office? Going to all those spaghetti dinners? Going to constituent town halls? Why would you do that, if it's for nothing other than yourself? What is the point of that?

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