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Ebola In NYC, And Possibly A Jihadi Too: The Backdrop For Early Voting

Friday, October 24, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Hard to keep an eye on early vote counts when Ebola arrives in the Big Apple, and a hatchet-wielding, police-attacking Queens man may indeed be the latest ISIS-inspired terrorist.

That is the backdrop of the campaign’s final stretch and it cannot be helping Democrats that a generalized anxiety about world driven by the virus and ISIS and a very specific set of incompetencies of President Obama and his administration –from the IRS to the Secret Service to the VA and now to the CDC– are framing the choice before the electorate, and not to the advantage of Democrats across the country.

On Thursday night in Mesa, I worked a rally for Doug Ducey, the Arizona GOP nominee for governor, an event headlined by Mitt Romney.  Both Ducey and Romney spoke about the need for job creation and education reform, but as the affable, completely competent and in-command Romney spoke for about 15 minutes to the packed convention center, you could see on everyone’s faces –I was on stage in the back row looking out past the governor– the collective thought cloud forming over the voters: “What did this country do two years ago? How badly did we screw up?”

Those questions help a hyper-competent Ducey as well as every GOP candidate with real credentials, like the combat experience of veterans Tom Cotton in Arkansas, Joni Ernst in Iowa, and Dan Sullivan in Alaska.  It helps to be a doctor, like Bill Cassidy in Louisiana, a very successful businessman like David Perdue in Georgia, or the real deal fifth-generation Coloradan like Cory Gardner versus the self-admittedly “a little brain dead” Mark Udall who has run what the Denver Post termed a campaign that insulted Centennial State voters, or Alaska’s mark Begich who saw and raised Udall’s epic blunder with a statement yesterday that sets the new bar for idiotic utterances.

“I did (vote for Obama), but that’s irrelevant,” Begich told the Washington Examiner. “The president’s not relevant. He’s gone in two years.”  Great news for the military man or woman in Alaska that their sitting (but not for long) senator thinks that the Commander-in-Chief isn’t relevant.  Seems Begich shares the opinion of the mullahs in Iran.  (HT: Scott Johnson of Powerline and Adam Kredo of the Washington Free Beacon.)  And Jeanne Shaheen is so spooked by her tumbles in the polls and the anchor around her neck named Barack that she’s taking to throwing credential reporters from her campaign events.  Scott Brown’s momentum must be very strong indeed.  So must be Thom Tillis’ as Kay Hagan flees the press at every turn as details of her family’s “Stimulus” ties tumble into public view.

The next 11 days will be full of tracing the NYC doctor’s contacts, revisiting the insane visa policy and wondering where the next jihadi will surface.  The public rightly asks: What’s all this got to do with President Obama and his Democratic allies?  It isn’t the question Democrats wanted to frame this midterm, but as the president himself has said repeatedly: he and his policies are on the ballot wherever a “D” appears next to a name.  Vote accordingly.


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More from Mark Steyn on “The [Un]documented Mark Steyn”

Thursday, October 23, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

In response to the terrorist attack on our neighbor and staunch ally to the north, I’ve invited Mark Steyn back to discuss the West’s paralysis in the face of Islamist radicalism on Thursday’s show.  Mark was a guest for two hours on Monday (transcript here), but it was mostly happy talk –show tunes and “cultural arcs” for the most part. Mark, on a book tour even as the assault on Canada’s monument and parliament commenced, “got angrier as the day went on” following the attack on Canada’s heart, and good for him.  So should we all.  Recall it was the Canadians who fought the Nazis when we were still on the sidelines, and who hid our people when Khomeini was still above ground and killing everyone he took a dislike to.  Thursday’s subject will be Wednesday’s assault on our friends, and a number of essays in The [Un}documented Mark Steyn deal with the subject, and we will kick those essays around like a goat’s head at a Taliban bender in the first hour of Thursday’s show from Arizona.


It would be a great message to the jihadis if Mark’s book debuted on the Times’ best-seller list and then zipped up to #1.  Do your part.

Kobani, Kay Hagan, Ben Bradlee and Marty Baron

Wednesday, October 22, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

First, here’s the transcript for my two hour interview with Matk Steyn from Monday’s show.  Thanks to Duane for posting it so quickly.

Next, read this key piece from the Wall Street Journal on the battle for Kobani by By Adam Entous,  Joe Parkinson and Julian E. Barnes. It is behind the paywall, but seriously folks, you have to read the WSJ so subscribe.

North Carolina Democratic Senator Kay Hagan who has come under heavy political fire for skipping key hearings/briefings on the ISIS threat, skipped a debate with GOP opponent Thom Tillis last night in the Tar Heel State.  Hagan is dogged not only by her strong support for the president and her absences from key national security duties, but increasingly by scandal involving her family’s receipt of stimulus funds and by her forwarding to the president for nomination to the federal bench the name of a judge presiding over a trial impacting her husband’s company.  Push the North Carolina race into the column of “at best tied but slipping away for Democrats.

Even Rachel Maddow slammed Hagan for skipping the debate.  When a Democratic sitting senator in a close fight loses Rachel Maddow….

And Ben Bradlee has the misfortune to die in a crazy news cycle, with the war against ISIS expanding, Ebola knocking at many doors, and the U.S. elections crescendoing.  His present successor-in-interest, Mary Baron, is more than up to the job which is significantly more difficult than in the days when the Post only had to beat the Times.  Baron and I used to cross swords a bit when we were both young and he was the Orange County Editor of the Los Angeles Times, but through his subsequent stints at the Miami Herald and the Boston Globe and now the Post he has managed to keep newspapering alive and even thriving in some respects.  His team’c coverage of Bradlee’s death is a great tribute to the man it honors and also the man overseeing it.


Follow the fighting for Kobani.  President Obama simply cannot let it fall before the elections, just as he cannot face the arrival of any more Ebola cases in the U.S. before November 4, or a bad night will be a disastrous one for him.  That’s good news for the Syrian Kyrds.  Their life or death battle happens to help the president’s political agenda –at least for two weeks.


God (And The Catholics) At Harvard

Tuesday, October 21, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

There has been a Catholic ministry at Harvard College since 1893, and now you can see how it works via www.HarvardCatholic.org.  Since 1895 it has been headquartered at St. Paul’s Catholic Church across from the Yard in the center of Cambridge, and the pastor of St. Paul’s and chief Catholic chaplain at Harvard, Fr. Michael Drea, is stopping by the studio today to fill us in on life amid the secular elites clustered on the Charles.

We may also push a few CDs of Christmas In Harvard Square, just released by the St. Paul Choir School, which has already sold out once via Amazon.  The choir of the school is renown for its music and now, finally, they have a CD for the upcoming season.

Christmas in Harvard Square


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