Well that was an interesting chat with Dr. Ben Carson. Audio and transcript coming asap and will be posted below. But first, the to-do list for the weekend.
If you like in Colorado, Georgia, New Hampshire or North Carolina, the four closest Senate contests at this point, go to the websites of Cory Gardner, David Perdue, Scott Brown or Thom Tillis respectively, and offer to walk a precinct or spend a few hours at a call center. Throw yourselves into the final two weekends of the campaign.
If you live in Arizona, do the same for the Doug Ducey campaign, and in Florida, for Rick Scott.
If you don’t live in any of those six states, visit their websites anyway and see if they need virtual volunteers, or leave a last donation behind, even five bucks or $50 or $100. It matters. Enromously in the closing days.
Call your friends and family in those states. Email them. Here’s a suggested short note:
I am writing in the hope of reminding you that election day is November 4 and ____ is running for ______ in your state. Seriously, I never do this, but I am so concerned for the country and the need to change direction and rebalance government. We just have to add some common sense into the D.C. equation, and especially get Harry Reid out of a position of power. he has badly, badly ill-served the country, and we just can’t have two more years of this with ISIS and Ebola and a weak economy crippling us and the world.
Eras where one party has controlled the White House and the other party both houses of the Congress have been spectacularly productive in the past, and could be again with a GOP sweep on November 4. I have no idea for whom you intend to vote or even if you intended to vote at all. A lot of folks are just disgusted. But we can’t keep drifting this way towards chaos. Please consider voting for ____. Call me if you’d like to discuss it.
As for the news, watch to see how Ron Klain staffs his effort. (See this post.) Watch Meet the Press which improves with each week and is rapidly regaining altitude as Chuck Todd brings balance asnd serious questions to the table with an excellent mix of guests. Hopefully by Monday Klain will have explained to the president that a travel ban on non-U.S. passport holding residents from the three countries in which the hot zone is located may not enter the U.S. unless they have been elsewhere for at least 21 days. This is not draconian, not international trade destroying, and consistent with reducing risk of new cases at the margin which matters quite a lot as the U.S. is the key responding country and needs to be focused on getting aid to Africa, not obsessing over cases that got through here. Every non-essential traveler from that region denied entry to the U.S. reduces risk, and risk mitigation is the essence of public health. The biggest obstacle to this is the embarrassment the president thinks he will suffer, though in truth the political disaster of his handling of this is already baked deep into the November 4 cake and cannot be removed. He screwed up, big time. Just like with those pesky “jayvees” of ISIS.
I had a civil email exchange with Tom Formann of CNN over his reporting of the difficulties of travel ban, and Tom declined to come on the show Friday though admittedly the invitation arrived on Friday afternoon after his report aired and the fellow might actually have dinner with his wife planned. But it wasn’t good reporting because it didn’t fairly deal with the obvious benefit of a common sense approach to travel restrictions from the hot zone and how they differ markedly from the travel bans connected with SARs. Hopefully the reporting will improve but the sense lingers that Beltway media is still trying to protect this hapless president from the political consequences of his serial ineptitudes.
And be sure to watch the Bucks on Saturday crush Rutgers, the Irish takes on the Seminoles and the Browns beat the Jaguars on Sunday behind Brian Hoyer. Even after weeks that are horrible on lots of levels, there is always Bucks, Irish and Browns football to give us a diversion.
But then send a few more emails during the games on Sunday night.
Finally, Dr. Ben Carson joined me on Friday’s show to discuss the Ebola cases.
HH: I am joined by Dr. Ben Carson. Dr. Carson, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.
BC: Thank you. Always good to be with you.
HH: Dr. you’re such a well-established and well-regarded national figure, the professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, the head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University. You’ve won the Presidential Medal of Freedom. You did the National Prayer Breakfast. You wrote One Nation. If President Obama called you up right now and said Dr. Carson, we need a surgeon general who will command respect and will generate calm, would you please serve, would you accept that?
BC: No. No, because I would, if I were going to serve in that position, I would have to serve under someone that I trusted.
HH: If he said I will not interfere with the guidance you give, we need someone to rally the country around being calm and appropriately prepared, you really, you’d say no to the president of the United States?
BC: Yes. Absolutely. Continue Reading