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The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza On Rand Paul

Monday, September 29, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza wrote a mini-biography of Rand Paul for the current issue of The New Yorker.  He joined me today to discuss the piece:




HH: I begin with Ryan Lizza, the Washington correspondent for the New Yorker. Hello, Ryan, welcome back, it’s been too long.

RL: It has been too long. I’m happy to be back, though.

HH: Well, I want to talk about this epic piece in The New Yorker, The Revenge Of Rand Paul, which I’ve linked over at I do say epic. Is it over 10,000 words? It’s like an e-book on Rand Paul.

RL: You know, it really is. I mean, you will not believe this, but the first draft was more than twice as long. But…

HH: You could put it out as an e-book, really. You could.

RL: You know, to be honest, I was thinking about that, because yeah, I really got into the weeds on some of this stuff.

HH: Well, it’s very interesting. You spent more time, well, first of all, tell the audience, how much time did you spend talking with Rand Paul physically and over the phone.

RL: We had four different conversations in Washington, and in Kentucky, or I guess technically in Cincinnati and Kentucky, because one of the trips was when he gave that Urban League speech in Cincinnati, and then we drove across the water there and continued the conversation in the car. And you know, I would say a few hours in total. He was very generous with his time, answered all my questions, as he is, you know, he’s known for that. He’s one of these politicians, Hugh, who I think similar to Paul Ryan who are ideological and believe that they, the more they talk to you, the more you might come around to their view of things. And he sort of likes intellectual debate and intellectual chatter. Continue Reading

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“For the Mid-Terms, Does the GOP Have What it Takes?” by Clark Judge

Monday, September 29, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The weekly column from Clark Judge:

For the Mid-Terms, Does the GOP Have What it Takes?

By Clark S. Judge: managing director, White House Writers Group, Inc.; chairman, Pacific Research Institute.

By all rights, the GOP should be walking away with the mid-term elections, a shoo-in to capture the Senate and even make gains in the House, which they already hold by a comfortable margin.

After all, the job environment remains dismal.  According to the union-backed Economic Policy Institute, if you are a recent college grad, your chances of being unemployed or underemployed are 25 percent.  If you are a recent high school grad not going to college, those odds rise to 63 percent.

It is not much better for women and minorities.  The number of women and minorities employed in the United States is all but unchanged since the Democrats took over the government in 2009.  The incomes of both have dropped.  Continue Reading

A New Contract, Rand Paul, Syria’s Ruin, And The Next “Hunger Games.”

Monday, September 29, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Back from a 96 hour Boston-Atlanta-CA triangle with a few pointers:

My Washington Examiner column on the 20th anniversary of the Contract with America and Reince Priebus’ move to generate the same sort of closing kick in 2014 that the Contract gave the GOP in 1994.

The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza profiles Senator Rand Paul.

A must-read book on Syria, before and now, and how the disaster of the civil war came to be: Among The Ruins: Syria Past and Present by Christian C. Sahner:


Joni Ernst up 44 to 38 over Bruce Braley in Iowa’s Senate race.

And only a few days after A.O. Scott condemns America’s refusal to produce adults, blaming television and “Youth Literature” along the way (“Y.A. fiction is the least of it….”), along comes J.B. Simmons and I spend half of my long travel day yesterday reading the first installment “Unbound” from his new Omega Series, and confirm that good books for young people is in fact a very good thing not a mark of the collapse of all things adult.


Well-written books for young adults that get their eyes off of screens for extended periods of reading are great things.  Buy your teenager Unbound –it may well turn out to be the next Hunger Games– and keep their noses in books at least some of the time.  There is no end of civilization in sight if you enjoy it as well.

The end of civilization is in Iraq and Syria, and that’s where I leave you, with this: Iraq’s effort to rebuild the army our army built and which broke when President Obama obliged us to leave over the objections of his senior military advisor –Leon Panetta– and his generals.

There are many excellent reasons to vote against every Democrats this November, but rebuking the president for his epic mistake of 2011 –driven solely by his domestic political needs– is the best.


Congressman Jim Jordan on The Benghazi Committee

Wednesday, September 24, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan, a member of the Select Committee on Benghazi in the House, joined me Wednesday to talk about the hearing which began the Committee’s public proceedings and the schedule ahead:




HH: Joined now by Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan. He represents Ohio’s 4th Congressional District. Of course, he is a member of the select committee investigating Benghazi chaired by Trey Gowdy, whose first hearing was so interesting last week. He joins me now. Congressman, welcome back, it’s good to speak with you.

JJ: Good to be with you today, Hugh.

HH: What is, before we go to the Benghazi hearings, what’s your reaction to the move on Monday night by the President to open the new front in the war by massive bombing and cruise attacks on Syria?

JJ: Well, I think most members of Congress were always for ramping up the air attacks on ISIS. And frankly, that’s regardless of whether they’re in Iraq or in Syria. So I think that’s welcome news. The real debate was this idea that we are somehow going to train the “moderate” rebels, and many of those individuals are terrorists themselves, and give them weapons, and where that may lead. But ramping up the air strikes was, I think, something that everyone thought we needed to do when you’re trying to stop something as evil as this terrorist organization. Continue Reading

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