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
Donald trump joined me today to discuss all things 2016:
HH: Morning Glory and Evening grace America. It’s Hugh Hewitt. It is the week that the campaign officially begins so I begin with the biggest interview you can have this week, the biggest name on the stage, the highest polling person in America, Donald Trump. Just back from Great Britain, Donald Trump, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.
DT: Hello Hugh.
HH: I did not know that you owned Turnberry.
DT: I do. I own it and I have no mortgage on it — that’s even better and it’s a great place. It’s one of the great resorts of the world as you know.
HH: Well, I’m a little bit hurt. You’ve done some good interviews with me and you’ve never invited me to play Turnberry.
DT: Anytime you want.
HH: Alright. Continue Reading
Carly Fiorina joined me at the start of hour two today:
HH: Joined now by Carly Fiorina, former CEO of HP, candidate for president, and friend of the program. How are you, Carly?
CF: I’m doing well, Hugh. How are you?
HH: Great. How did you enjoy the Kochtopus gathering in Southern California this weekend?
CF: Well, I’ve never heard that. That’s interesting. Well you know, the people who go to the Koch Brothers conference as well as the Koch Brothers, they are highly-educated, patriotic people of accomplishment who care greatly about the future of their nation. And so it was a great honor to address them.
HH: Did you hear what I’ve heard a lot of? A lot of people are upset with Fox that you are not on the stage Thursday night for the second debate, though you will be Thursday afternoon for the first debate. Continue Reading