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The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel On Likeability and 2016, And Whether Huma Goes Or Stays From Team Hillary

Tuesday, August 4, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Washington Post’s newest addition to their all-star line-up of political reporters, Dave Weigel, joined me to start the third hour today:




HH: I’m beginning this last hour of today’s show with Dave Weigel, now of the Washington Post. Dave Weigel, welcome. It’s the first time I’ve talked to you since you became a Washington Postie.

DW: It is. Now people have to take me seriously, I guess. Before, I was just ranting in the darkness.

HH: Well, I’ve always taken, yeah, but you did not change your Twitter feed. It remains @DaveWeigel

DW: No, there is no Twitter. There should be a Twitter censor, but there is not.

HH: There’s no Twitter censor. Well, congratulations. Does it change your life in any way, or are you still doing what you were doing beforehand, which is traveling around the world at breakneck speed covering politics?

DW: Well, it’s whatever speed the airlines come up with, so not quite breakneck. And yeah, I’m going to be in Cleveland, which I don’t think you have strong opinions about Ohio or Cleveland.

HH: Not at all. I…

DW: Okay, but I’m going to be there. So if anyone has any advice about what I should do there for the debate, and then Atlanta for Red State.

HH: You know, I did get the Donald yesterday to commit to considering buying the Cleveland Indians, which I think is a fine campaign strategy.

DW: That would be huge, yeah. Continue Reading

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The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty Talking 2016 And The First Debate

Tuesday, August 4, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty opened today’s show:




HH: Karen Tumulty joins me. She is of course with the Washington Post, and she’s been following these numbers as close as anyone. Karen, how are you, welcome back to the program.

KT: Thanks. It’s great to be here.

HH: Any surprises in the Fox Poll, and do you think those ten are going to be the ten we see at the big table on Thursday?

KT: Well, one question is that Fox has indicated that if there’s some kind of statistical tie in here, we may have eleven instead of ten. So this is probably the general ten, yes.

HH: And that would leave Carly Fiorina and Rick Perry as the most disappointed people who may have had an expectation, correct?

KT: Yes, but they’ll be getting a lot of time to bond at the kids table debate that is beforehand.

HH: You know, I’ve already booked Carly to be my first guest at the radio special that comes on right after. I don’t think she’s expecting to make it given the overall polls, but I think Rick Perry actually will be deeply disappointed if he doesn’t get up there.

KT: And he’s certainly been, you know, out there criticizing Trump and kind of getting himself into the narrative. Continue Reading

On “Hannity” Tonight Talking 2016, The First Debate, And “The Queen”

Tuesday, August 4, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

I’ll be joining Ann Coulter at the top of tonight’s Sean Hannity Show, talking all things 2016, but especially Donald Trump and, of course, The Queen:


Adjectives, Subtlety, Religion and The Press

Tuesday, August 4, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder

Though I cannot find reference to the occasion, apparently Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are addressing a large group of Southern Baptists today.  I ran into this story early in my morning reading today and I found it odd that the AP would carry such a thing.  Candidates meet with constituent groups on a daily basis,  But of course, this is a religious constituency so Americans must be warned that some candidates sidle up to that bunch.  In a short, five paragraph “piece” (more news release really) was this gem:

Organizers said leading GOP and Democratic presidential candidates were invited in May to participate; only Bush and Rubio accepted.

How you read that depends on which side of the fence you are sitting on.  If you are a hard leftie, you look at that and decide most candidates did not want to be associated with the “crazies” in the SBC.  If you are a religious conservative you look at that and think, “Their religious cred is weak and they are there to buff it up.”  Particularly when you consider that candidates whose identity is as a religious conservative, e.g. Mike Huckabee – himself a Baptist preacher, are not bothering to show up.  Either way this seems a bit of a “gotcha.”

But then I ran into Emma Green’s profile of Russell Moore, head of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, in the Atlantic.  And thus I sense an SBC election cycle roll out.  Unfortunately I think Moore has misfired on this one. Continue Reading

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