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Krauthammer On President’s Friendship With Al Sharpton: “That’s A Disgrace”

Monday, December 22, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Dr. Charles Krauthammer, author of the best-selling non-fiction book of 2014, Things That Matter, opened the program today with a review of the events in New York and of the charges and counter-charges flying about:




HH: On the day Joe Cocker dies, Joe Cocker is, well, a legend. And I’m curious whether my first guest, Dr. Charles Krauthammer, was actually at Woodstock. Hello, Charles, how are you?

CK: No, I wasn’t. I wish I’d been, and I love Joe Cocker.

HH: He’s an amazing character.

CK: He was great, and I just, I mean, when he sang, he made the rafters shake. He was amazing.

HH: It’s interesting to be talking about him today, because I’m about to play for you a clip of William Bratton, the New York City Police Commissioner, where he was talking about the 70s. And of course, that’s the decade of Joe Cocker. It’s the decade of abandonment of all. And you talk a little bit about that in Things That Matter. But what were you primarily doing in those years, Charles? You were injured in those years as you write about in the book, but did you begin them in Canada?

CK: No, I began them in England. I was studying at Oxford. I was a graduate student there. And then I went to medical school in 1971. So my 70s were spent, the 1970s for me, were in medicine, four years as a medical student, then three years as a resident, and then chief resident at the Mass General Hospital. So that was my 20s, and that’s where the 1970s, and it was in a wholly different world. Continue Reading

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“And They’re Off”

Sunday, December 21, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt


My Monday Washington Examiner column is on the quick start on 2016 called by Jeb Bush.

Another potential contender, Senator Marco Rubio, used Meet The Press to slam President Obama’s Cuba move and his overall foreign policy.  Sounding more like a presidential candidate than a Senate candidate, though of course a Senate candidate from Florida loves to argue this case on the most prestigious of the Sunday shows.

In this Nov. 20, 2014, file photo, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush gives the keynote address at the National Summit on Education Reform in Washington. On Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, Bush took his most definitive step yet toward running for president, announcing plans to "actively explore" a campaign and form a new political operation allowing him to raise money for like-minded Republicans. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

“Tame By Christie’s Volcanic Standards”

Sunday, December 21, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt




This David Farenhold piece in the Washington Post is clearly an early entry in the “define the candidates” sweepstakes getting underway as the race to succeed President Obama gets underway, and it makes no mention whatsoever of the screened-off insularity of electeds like the president which is a much more objectionable problem in a democratic republic than a governor who engages often with voters and lets his feelings show when actually answering unscripted questions from the public. Farenhold counts “at least 14 raised-voice confrontations with regular people” over the 5-plus years of Christie’s tenure as governor, which includes “127 town-hall meetings across the state,” and who knows how many political events open to a curious public and provocateurs alike like the event with Meg Whitman recounted in the story.

“Trackers” are ubiquitous, recording every moment of every public figure so if there are other Christie “confrontations,” Farenhold would know about them, just as he knows about the Whitman event.   As ubiquitous as trackers are “narratives,” and “volcanic” is a narrative MSM has already tattooed on the New Jersey governor just as “no drama” got attached to the president when “detached, disinterested, clueless and out-of-touch” could have easily served with the president and “passionate and engaged with an occasional direct, even head-on confrontational style” would work with Christie.

The MSM loves its power to shape campaigns past and present. 2016 is underway and so is the caging of Christie behind the bars marked “volcanic and confrontational.” Every other GOPer will get short-handed in some way shape or form. Mrs. Clinton? Look for “steady,” “experienced,” “unflappable if somewhat predictable, even dull” instead of “isolated, thin-skinned and glass-jawed.”  Nothing to be done about it except developing an eye for the editorial comment wrapped inside of a description.

Chuck Todd On Cuba, Sony, And The Rumored Knife Fight For Donors Between Jeb Bush And Chris Christie

Friday, December 19, 2014  |  posted by Duane Patterson

The moderator of Meet The Press always has insight, and does here in an interview with guest host, Ed Morrissey.

The Audio:


The Transcript:

EM: Joining me on the line now, NBC News correspondent and Meet The Press host, Chuck Todd. Welcome to the show, sir.

CT: Mr. Morrissey, always a pleasure.

EM: Mr. Todd, always a pleasure to speak with you as well. And today was a pretty busy day in Washington, Barack Obama giving his final 2014 press conference mostly focusing on the Sony hack in North Korea and his change of diplomatic policy with Cuba. Now we’ve talked a little bit about the Sony hack in the first hour. Let’s talk a little bit about the Cuba policy. This is a big change. This was obviously Obama being proactive, getting an opportunity to do something on his own, and changing the narrative a little bit. Looking at this from the perspective of today’s press conference, do you think that he’s, that he was successful in changing the idea of the lame duck trailing into two years of irrelevance?

CT: When you look at these last six weeks, I mean, you think about he could have responded, post-election, and where the types of stories that could be written, and all these things, I mean, he’s dictating the terms of the debate, right? That’s ultimately, a president doesn’t want to lose that ability ever. It eventually does happen. New presidential elections happen, and there’s going to be a point that that’s going to happen as a natural occurrence. But I certainly think he has successfully prolonged it. The question is how long. You can successfully do this in a lame duck. He did it in 2010. But then he lost control of things in 2011. You know, so he did it at the end of 2012, but he lost control of things in 2013. So look, I think the question is can he continue it when the new Congress comes in? Can he continue it after his state of the union? That’s going to be a tougher test. Continue Reading

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