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From The Archives: Ohio Governor John Kasich 2010 Interview On His Autobiography “Every Other Monday”

Wednesday, February 10, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Suddenly Ohio Governor John Kasich is a subject of the sort of intense scrutiny that the other major contenders have been under for months.  I always try and help my colleagues in the MSM out, so here is an id-depth interview the governor and I conducted before he was governor, on the occasion of the publication of a memoir about his faith and family: Every Other Monday: Twenty Years Of Life, Lunch, Faith and Friendship:

The audio:



The Return of John Wells: Alex Berenson’s “The Wolves”

Wednesday, February 10, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Alex Berenson joined me today to discuss his new John Wells novel: The Wolves:


Victoria Coates “David’s Sling: A History of Democracy in Ten Works of Art”

Wednesday, February 10, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Victoria Coates is one of the senior advisors to Senator Ted Cruz on his presidential bid, and is a highly regarded expert on national security matters.  She has also published a most imaginative new work: David’s Sling: A History of Democracy In Ten Works of Art.  She joined me on my post-New Hampshire primary show to discuss the book (a longer on-air conversation coming down the road) and how she sees national security impacting the campaign as it moves forward:



Character, Credibility and Elections

Wednesday, February 10, 2016  |  posted by John Schroeder

So Bernie Sanders gave Hillary Clinton a beat down yesterday.  I figured him to win, but 22 points!?  That’s not a shake-it-off loss for Team Hillary; that’s a get to the ER and make sure she’s OK loss.  When a self-identified socialist beats anyone by that much, even in curmudgeonly New Hampshire, something is up.  Let’s turn to the exit polling.  With a majority of voters, Sanders was found to be “honest and trustworthy,” by a margin of 95% to 3%.  This comes in the face of voters overwhelmingly agreeing that Hillary has much better odds to win in November and far better experience for the job than Bernie.  I think that tells the tale pretty convincingly.  People were not voting issues or competence, they were voting on perceived credibility.

Credibility, which is closely related to honesty, flows from character.  This result seems to be in direct contrast to our discussion yesterday of no one caring about Cam Newton’s character provided he wins.  But does Bernie really have better character than Hillary?  Yes, he is more honest, but that is an awfully low bar when you are dealing with the Clinton’s.  The “charity” that seemingly underlies socialism would also appear to be an indication of character, but only if you ignore the confiscatory, some might say thieving, nature of the other side of the socialist transaction.  “Stealing from the rich and giving to the poor” is a sympathetic stance, but that whole stealing thing makes it an act of pretty questionable character.

But the word “sympathy” starts to hint at what I think is going on.  This election cycle is very visceral.  Sympathy is something you feel, not something you reason about.  But I think it is more deeply visceral than sympathy, I think this election is about shame. Continue Reading

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