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The Hugh Census

Friday, April 9, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

I started running the Hugh Census on today’s show and all next week, and you can participate via There are no required questions. Suggested questions:

Where do you live and how often do you listen?

How many people are in your house?

No, really, how many people?


Do Build-a-Bears count as residents?

Favorite guests on show?

Favorite guest host(s)?

Should we nationalize Mark Steyn?

How stupid is CNN not to have offered Mark Steyn a show?

Are you worried about the database?

Will Duane make it down Grizzly Falls 55 times on July 9?

All-time favorite Emmett movie list?

Congressman David Dreier is…

Congressman John Campbell is….

I have donated to thte following campaigns:

Hugh Hewitt Show sponsors I have patronized include:

I have purchased ___ oiiohh shirts.

My favorite intern is:

Segments to include on the 10th anniversary show:



Justice Patrick

Friday, April 9, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Of all the “mentioned” nominees to replace Justice Stevens, the one that makes the most sense for this hyper-partisan president and his hyper-partisan staff is Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

Nominating a former Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice means sending up an individual who has been through Senate confirmation once before and thus at least partially vetted.

A Justice Patrick would add to the diversity of the court, which the left loves, and this also helps immunize the nominee from attacks.

Governor Patrick is a very intelligent, very articulate and accomplished man of the left. He is also in deep political trouble in Massachusetts, where his defeat in November would not only be an embarrassment to the president and the Chicago team that elected both Obama and Patrick, but which would also imperil Massachusetts’ redistricting.

The president wants another reliable, left-wing vote on the Court. Governor Patrick gives it to him.


The Friday Wrap Up: Bill Kristol, Liz Cheney, Candy Crowley, Charles Krauthammer and Brian Wesbury

Friday, April 9, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Quite a show today as we look at the president’s nuclear follies.

Here’s the link to the transcript of yesterday’s conversation with Mark Steyn concerning Tiger, the FDA, the FCC and the explosive growth of government.

And here is thelink to the transcript of the conversation with Mercatus Institute economist Veronique de Rugy on where the stimulus money has gone.



“The Database That Ate American Business”

Friday, April 9, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

My new column concerns the database which the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act of 2008 obliges the Consumer Products Safety Commission to establish and open to the public by March of 2011.

The segment I did on the database on Thursday with one of my law partners who is an expert on the CPSIA, Liz McNulty, generated a large number of calls and e-mails from concerned manufacturers over what one commentator to my column called a “government sponsored flame war” –an apt description of the new database. Liz’s advice to manufacturers: Begin immediately to design a response strategy to the “reports” which will be filed with the CPSC and made public in the database. Many of the “reports” alleging serious product defects will require an immediate and thorough response while others will be better left unanswered. It will depend on the product category, the nature of the “report,” and the litigation background for the product involved.

As Rob Neppell of has often argued on my program, the manufacturer who does not already have in place blog and web tracking of all references to their products or services is flying blind in the new era of social media. The manufacturer who does not have a plan of response to the new database is asking to be hammered by the plaintiffs’ bar.

The obvious and immediate response is to begin now to urge members of Congress to revisit this portion of CPSIA as part of any review of the law that has already compiled a long list of disasterous unintended consequences.


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