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A Busy Day On-Air

Thursday, January 12, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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It was one of those days.

Mark Steyn on Biden:

[Biden] always reminds me of is an undisciplined lounge act, that he never quite…he’s a guy who has been given a booking, a sort of third-rate booking in Atlantic City. And if he was smart, he could really ride it to something better. But he never knows when to stop….He sounds like Buddy Greco, sort of circa 1963, you know, doing all those how do you make a fruit cordial jokes.

(Lileks also weighed in on Biden, and his transcript will be up later at Radioblogger.)

Congressman Dan Lungren on the leadership elections:

[W]e should be asking the tough questions of our leadership, so that we know, so that I can go out and face the people of the 3rd Congressional district, or any other Americans around the country, and say you know something? I looked these guys right in the face, I looked the men and women in the face who are leaders. I asked them the tough questions. These are the responses they gave us. I can tell you now that I think we’ve done the investigation. There is nothing else out there.

(NR’s Rich Lowry also joined me to discuss the House leadership elections, and the transcript of that will also be up later.)

And Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty on the leadership elections:

I don’t really know either of the two people who are running, Hugh, and so I’d have to talk to you or somebody who actually has dealt with them, or knows them personally. In terms of characteristics, I’d like to see somebody who is pro-active, who is energetic, who actually has ideas. Ideas matter in the end. And frankly, whether it’s Republicans or Democrats, if you’ve kind of run out of gas in terms of ideas, and you’re just kind of hanging on until the next election, that’s not a good sign. And I’m not just pointing to Republicans in that regard. And so, I hope we find somebody who is passionate about ideas. Again, think what you like about Newt Gingrich, but here’s a guy who studies, who reads, who has ideas, throws them out there, he’s passionate about it. He gets people excited about the future. And so, I hope whoever the next leader is in the House, the majority leader, has those kind of characteristics.

Governor Pawlenty also took a moment to discuss the flagrant disregard of his lifetime ban from the Minnesota ice –indoor and outdoor– of by FratersLibertas’ Chad the Elder:

HH: Can we get some of that enforcement resources devoted to Chad the Elder, who has been ignoring and flaunting your skating ban?

TP: Yeah, I think we should. I think it’s flagrant. I think it’s disrespectful.

HH: It’s dangerous to other skaters as well.

TP: It really is, and frankly, it’s nearly obscene, Hugh. I mean, the manner in which he skates is quite offensive.

HH: I agree with you completely, Governor, and thank you for joining us.

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