NBC’s Chuck Todd joined me on Friday’s show:
HH: Beginning this hour with Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s Meet The Press on Sunday. Chuck, with everything going on, including the consulate bombing in Irbil, I don’t even know what you’re going to start with. But it’s got to be, I assume, the Hillary-Rubio launch of the week and everything going on in Campaign ’16, right?
CT: Yeah, it’s a really, it’s hard to do anything other than ’16 this week. You know, it’s funny you say that. Yes, there’s a lot going on, but when you really think about it, and your show has reflected this. I think last week, we reflected this again. And you know, it’s very likely I have the newest candidate in the race also on the show this week, John Kasich.
CT: So, and I think within the, I think it’s possible he may use his New Hampshire speech tomorrow to formally announce, or at least the exploratory, or we’ll see what he says on Sunday. But you know, he now is clearly moving in that direction, too. So it’s ultra-busy now.
HH: You know, you can get under the Governor’s skin by pointing out that he only carried 86 out of 88 counties in Ohio, what went wrong in those two counties. I think that could get him going.
CT: You know what’s interesting with Kasich to me is actually, if you look at the two leading, you know, if you want to choose semi-establishment leaning guys, right, or at least in the polls, Walker and Bush, I can make an argument that Kasich, if you somehow took the best attributes that you liked about Walker and Bush, you’d get John Kasich.
HH: That’s a good argument. You know what’s going to be interesting as just a professional matter, I love the Governor. He’s a friend. You can’t get him to stop talking, so good luck. I mean, you can’t.
CT: It’s funny you say that. That was what was so much fun about covering him in ’99. This is one of the, he was a candidate that I would actually actively go seek and follow in Iowa, because he was a little looser, right? He was a little less formal. And he was, you know, it’ll be interesting to see how he handles being more of an establishment guy. You know, he was sort of a, he was an insurgent, and he had that insurgent feel about him on the trail, and I think it goes to the fact that he likes to answer a question. Let’s put it that way. Continue Reading
CNN’s Jake tapper joined me on Friday’s show:
HH: I begin this last day of the week with Jake Tapper, host of CNN’s The Lead. Jake, welcome back, good to talk to you.
JT: Can you hear me?
HH: Oh, I got you now.
JT: I’m on a cell phone, so I’m going to try and find a good place. Can you hear me now?
HH: Yeah, you’re perfect now. I saw you had Marco Rubio on this week, and I’m just wondering if off air you two discussed what you have in common, which is his Marlins and your Phillies are both 3-7?
JT: (laughing) No, but we did talk about sports, because as you know, Norm Braman is a big booster of Senator Rubio, and used to own the Philadelphia Eagles. So we did talk sports a little bit, but not about the record. Youi know, I was up in Philadelphia today doing, preparing for a story I’m doing on the Pope visiting. And look, it’s a rebuilding era for Philadelphia sports. Let’s just put it that way. It’s…
HH: Did you, did you have a chance to sit down with my buddy, Archbishop Chaput, who’s going to oversee that big deal?
JT: I did. I did. I talked to him at length. And we have a interview with him, and an interview with Mayor Nutter, Mayor Michael Nutter about this, which is going to be, as you know, a huge event, and the biggest, probably the biggest event in the history of the great city of Philadelphia. Continue Reading
Hugh made news yesterday asking Ted Cruz and Rick Santorum if they would attend a loved one’s same-sex marriage ceremony. Both seemed to stumble. Can’t blame them, it is one heck of a difficult question, balancing moral conviction and individual love, balancing social order with individual conviction, and balancing very personal decisions with the role of POTUS candidate. As John Eastman pointed out, some of what makes that question hard to answer lies in decisions made several decades ago. But since it was asked of Rubio earlier in the day yesterday it’s going to be the great gotcha question of the moment, so it is best these guys figure it out. Better they figure it out on Hugh’s show than in the pages of the NYT or WaPo.
The question has yet to arise in my own personal life, but it is one I have pondered, for it seems inevitable. I have yet to arrive at a clear cut answer, but as I have reflected on it, I am reminded of what I wrote a couple of days ago about character. Continue Reading