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Senator Ted Cruz On SCOTUS And The Justices He’d Appoint

Monday, June 29, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Senator Ted Cruz joined me today:




HH: Joined now by United States Senator and candidate for the presidency, Ted Cruz. Senator Cruz, great to see you, and I met your father this weekend.

TC: Fantastic. In Denver, I take it?

HH: In Denver. He told me that he was in the courtroom when you argued Medellin before the United States Supreme Court. Talk about pressure, having your dad at your back.

TC: Well, he was. You know, he has been at my back and standing with me my whole life, so it was pressure, although I’ll tell you, the attacks coming from nine justices on the front were probably more intimidating than my dad seated behind me.

HH: Now Senator Cruz, in the last few days, I did not hear what you said about the aftermath of the Obamacare decision being the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history. I think your opponents are distorting what you said. I think you said some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history. Is that correct?

TC: That is correct. I said exactly what you put, some of the darkest hours. And in 24 hours, we had two decisions that fundamentally undermined our Constitution, that as Justice Scalia powerfully put it in dissent, that pose a threat to our democracy. On Thursday, a majority of the Court violated the law, rewrote Obamacare to force that failed law on millions of Americans. And on Friday, a majority of the Court violated the Constitution and purported to strike down the marriage laws that had been adopted democratically by state legislatures throughout our nation. Continue Reading

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Senator Rick Santorum On The Supreme Court Decisions And The Judges He’d Appoint

Monday, June 29, 2015  |  posted by Duane Patterson

The Audio:


The Transcript:

HH: Joined now by United States Senator Rick Santorum, formerly the United States Senator from the great state of Pennsylvania. I say that with a choke in my voice. And he is also the winner of the Iowa Caucuses in 2012. As I wrote at my Washington Examiner column today, Rick Santorum remains by far the most underrated of the GOP field. His experience both as a senator and a candidate shows in his unfailing good humor and ready answers for any question of substance. He may be sent to the kiddie table debates in August and September, but he will know how to use the great time allocations given those candidates. I said it four years ago, I say it again. Don’t underestimate the product of Western Pennsylvania, where nothing is easy, and everything is earned. Senator Santorum, welcome back, what do you make of that?

RS: Well, thank you very much, sir. Very kind of you, and I couldn’t agree with you more.

HH: Okay, so that means I’ve got to pick up where I left off just now with Ted Cruz, the hardest question right now. You were a Senator, he is a Senator. You both love the legislative filibuster. I’m ready to throw it overboard if that’s what it takes to get rid of Obamacare. When I asked you off the record in the green room, you gave me an answer. I want you to give your answer to the American people. If it came down to getting rid of Obamacare root and branch, and saving the legislative filibuster, which would Rick Santorum pick?

RS: Well, the answer is we don’t have to use, have to worry about the legislative filibuster to get rid of Obamacare. You can use a process called reconciliation, which is a process that allows the House and Senate to pass a bill. If you can pass a budget, a budget requires a 50% vote, both the House, 51% of both of the House and Senate. You can pass a budget with an instruction called a reconciliation instruction, and it’s all gobbled-gook, but the bottom line is if you can do so with an instruction to fix the health care bill, and either increase or decrease the budget by a particular amount to do that, then you have the authority to come back with a tax bill that will implement that, which means you can get rid of all of the fees, you can get rid of all of the taxes, and get rid of all of the spending. And you can, if we can gut Obamacare with that bill, and then the second thing you need to do is put in place provision that then replaced it. Now is it going to be a perfect way of doing this? No, because there’s a lot of language that you would like to have that you can’t put in there. But you can get rid of it, and put a template in place for building a new system that is going to be based on consumer choice and freedom, and a government treating all taxpayers the same with respect to supporting their health care purchases they would make in the private sector as opposed to what the government tells you have to buy. Continue Reading

Back in Studio: Evan Thomas on “Being Nixon,” Senator Ted Cruz and Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith

Monday, June 29, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

After two-plus weeks out of a suitcase out on road flogging The Queen: The Epic Ambition of Hillary and the Coming of a Second Clinton Era,” I am back in my home studio and looking forward to a visit from Evan Thomas to discuss his new Being Nixon.  I met Evan in the Green Room of Meet the Press two weeks ago and told him then that this is by far the most sympathetic portrayal of RN I have seen come from the pen of a card-carrying MSMer.

Also joining me today, Senator Ted Cruz to talk Supreme Court matters and Buzzfeed Ben Smith.

Where Stand The Church?

Sunday, June 28, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder

Thanks to Scott Johnson for leading me to Notre Dame Law Professor Gerard V. Bradley’s entry in NR’s post-Obergefell symposium.  Excerpting Bradley:

…Obergefell’s evident determination to, somehow, use the law to equalize the self-esteem (“dignity”) of adults and children…

…the Court has perhaps half-witlessly embraced means to eliminate all felt “stigma,” any trace of social “humiliation,” just so that everyone’s “identity” is equally valued.

In other words the law is now trying to address what is essentially a psychological phenomena.  It explains a lot.

I have been struck since Friday with the “Blitzkrieg” nature of the the LGBT political agenda.  In political terms it has moved at lightening speed, never stopping to consolidate a victory, always pressing its advantage.  Of course that is in part strategic, but one must wonder if it is also not in part driven by the fact that no victory ever solves the root psychological problem involved. Continue Reading

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