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Two Labor Day Specials: The Ideology Of Labor, East and West, And Where It Has Brought Us

Sunday, August 31, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

First, my not-so-cheery Washington Examiner column on the meltdown all around us.

Second, a three hour Hillsdale Dialogue on tomorrow’s show with Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn, and ProfessorsThomas West and Paul Moreno.  We will cover the nightmare ideology of Marx, its brutal application by Lenin and Stalin, and the history of American trade unionism and why it developed immunities to the virus that swept so much of the world to such deadly effect and which rages still in places like China, Cuba, North Korea and various venues in Central and South Ameerica under different guises and re-branding efforts, as well as in the work of some best-selling fabulists.

All of the Hillsdale Dialogues, now 85 and counting, are available here. Spend you next 85 workouts listening to those and you will be much better prepared for what is coming next.



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What One Romney Interview Wrought

Friday, August 29, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

GOP 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney joined me on air Tuesday –the complete audio and transcript of the interview are here– and our brief conversation unleashed an avalanche of commentary.  Here’s a sample:




CNN State of the Union:


Commentary Magazine:


New Yorker: Continue Reading

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson On POTUS, Hillary

Friday, August 29, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson completed Badger week today, talking with me about President Obama’s presser today and Hillary’s memoir.

Audio of interview:


Transcript of interview:

HH: Pleased to welcome on Badger week when we’ve had Paul Ryan, Reince Priebus and Governor Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s great Senator, Ron Johnson. Senator Johnson, welcome, good to have you on the program.

RJ: Hello, Hugh, how are you doing?

HH: I’m terrific. I’ve got a lot to cover with you, but I want to start, I haven’t talked to you since Hillary’s memoir came out, Hard Choices. And on Page 412, she writes about her hearing in front of your committee, “Some of the members of Congress asked thoughtful questions aimed at applying the hard lessons we had learned and improving future operations. Others remained fixated on chasing after conspiracy theories that had nothing to do with how we could prevent future tragedies. And some only showed up because of the cameras. They had skipped closed hearings when there wasn’t a chance of being on TV.” Skip a few paragraphs, and she goes, “I was asked about this repeatedly during my Congressional testimony. I personally was not focused on talking points. I was focused on keeping people safe, I responded. At one point during some particularly tendentious questioning, the exchange grew heated. Afterwards, some of my words were taken out of context for political purposes.” She didn’t mention you, Senator Johnson, but do you think you were being tendentious?

RJ: Absolutely not. I was just asking three simple questions. Madame Secretary, why didn’t you just get on the phone and call the survivors. You would have actually found out what happened. You would have found out that there was no protest, that the attack occurred, I think it started at 9:40, and you wouldn’t have had to mislead the American people for two weeks. So no, you know, apparently she just didn’t want to answer that kind of uncomfortable question. But it certainly wasn’t tendentious. Continue Reading

Scott Walker On His Re-election and MSM Throwing In With His Opponents

Thursday, August 28, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Wisconsin Republican governor Scott Walker file

Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker has had a wildly successful first term by any reasonable measure made by any reasonable man or woman, but that just makes his defeated political opponents and their allies in MSM all the angrier.  He was my guest on today’s show, and while we went over the details of Wisconsin’s great turnaround during his tenure and because of his policies –detailed in the new edition of his book Unintimidated– we also spoke about the complicity of Manhattan-Beltway media elites in trying to assist his political opponents.

You can help Scott Walker win –again– via his website

The interview audio:


The interview transcript:

HH: The Wisconsin week on the Hugh Hewitt Show continues. Joined now by the governor of that wonderful state, Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker. Governor, I’ve had on Reince Priebus and Paul Ryan and Ron Johnson this week. It’s like Badger week.

SW: It is a Cheesehead revolution. Yeah, a bunch of my good friends. Ron and I came in together four years ago, he in the United States Senator, obviously, and me as Governor. And Paul Ryan and I grew up down the way about 50 miles to the west of me, and Reince Priebus was about 20 miles to the east. So there must have been something in the water back then.

HH: I know. And Minnesota must have an inferiority complex, because you’ve got four of the key GOP leaders in the country, and Minnesota’s like a wasteland of GOP talent at this point, although Mike McFadden might turn that around. They’ve got a great governor candidate as well. But let’s turn to your race, Governor Walker. I just finished rereading Unintimidated, along with your new Epilogue. You stand for reelection in like 90 days. I don’t know how anyone can make an argument that what you did isn’t working, but what are the Democrats throwing at you?

SW: Oh, they’ve thrown everything and the kitchen sink. Unlike probably any governor in the country, probably any governor in recent memory, they’ve been attacking us since, well, February of 2011, both on TV, they’ve shipped people in, they’ve brought people around. They’ve tried to throw anything and everything at us. And you’re right, we’ve got a great record. We went from the beginning of 2010, the unemployment rate was 9.2%. Last month, it was down to 5.8%. We took a $3.6 billion dollar budget deficit and turned it into a surplus, gave that surplus back to the taxpayers, so $2 billion dollars in tax cuts, cut property taxes. This December, they’ll be lower than they were four years ago. So we’ve got a tremendous story to tell, but this, as you know, is a tough state. Even with Paul Ryan on the ticket, we didn’t carry it two years ago. In fact, the last time a Republican has carried the state for president was literally 30 years ago when Paul and I were in high school in 1984. So it’s a tough, tough state to win in. We’re going to win, but it’s going to be close. Continue Reading

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