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“The Death of Conservatism” and the Death of Seniors, ACORN, and Obamacare. And Questions For Jerry Brown and Andrew Cuomo.

Thursday, September 17, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Off to Denver for a health care debate tonight with University of Colorado Law Professor Paul Campos and a couple of fundraisers for my pal Tom Lucero, who is running to get back the 4rth District Congressional seat from Democrat Betsy Markey.

The second and third hours of today’s program will be an interview of New York Times Book Review editor Sam Tanenhuas about his new book, The Death of Conservatism.

The Death of Conservatism

The book has sparked some tough reviews from conservatives such as John Podhoretz and Peter Wehner, but it needs to be read and replied to head-on, especially its assertions about the collapse of the intellectual force of conservatism. The transcript of our conversation will be posted here later today and the podcast here.

I am opening a thread at the Hughniverse on the interview as well.

Don’t miss the transcript of my conversation with Senator Jon Kyl in which he bluntly states about the various versions of Obamacare that “Senior citizens ought to be extraordinarily fearful of all three of these bills….Seniors should be deathly afraid, and I use that phrase advisedly.” Defenders of Obamacare routinely object to such language as scare tactics, and I routinely reply that seniors should be very sacred of Obamacare –it will dramatically reduce the benefits of medicare while raising the costs of Medicare Advantage. Seniors especially should be using this link to get the key list to call and demand Congressional Democrats and the president stop their assault on older Americans. Print off some copies of the list and give them to your friends, especially those who are internet-challenged.

Seniors and everyone else fearing Obamacare should also be contributing to the NRCC.org and the NRSC.org –the most effective way of sending an unmistakable message to Congressional Democrats that their jobs are in peril if Obamacare passes –even if they engineer a face-saving “no” vote for themselves. Democratic senators who vote either for cloture or who support the use of reconciliation to jam down a bill will also figure out that the public is now so well wired that those ruses won’t protect them from voters angry with their complicity in passing Obamcare.

Finally, after last night’s San Diego ACORN tape, the idea that the organization can investigate itself should be risible. At this point its brand is permanent, and the only question is how much damage it will do to other Democrats. Right now New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and California Attorney General Jerry Brown are in the hot seat: Will they do nothing while this obvious scandal goes uninvestigated int heir states?

BigGovernment.com will no doubt have more tonight, but if MSM needs some remedial journalism lessons, they might want to ask the two highest profile law enforcement officials outside of the DOJ what, if anything, they are going to do about the ACORN hustlers in their states.

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ACORN, Obamacare and The Critical Need For Focus And For Support Of The NRCC.org and the NRSC.org

Wednesday, September 16, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Andrew Breitbart knows media, and if any network executive is looking for the next programming genius, he’ll reach out and grab the internet entrepreneur as head of programming. The roll out of the ACORN videos from James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles via Big Government and various cable shows such as Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity has been brilliant. The story is dominating the news, even as the MSM embarasses itself by ignoring it. As long as more videos keep appearing, the story will continue to indelibly brand ACORN as a tax-payer supported front group for radical politics and unethical and even criminal pathologies.

The ACORN expose, though, is draining attention from Obamacare at a crucial moment. Senator Rockefeller announced yesterday that he can’t live with Senator Baucus’ “compromise,” a signal that the left side of the Senate Democratic caucus will be looking for a much more expensive program than the so-called “moderate” bill pushed by Baucus, one that will take an already spiraling deficit far beyond anything imagined even six months ago when the stimulus passed. The Baucus bill is built on devastating cuts to Medicare and the embedded rationing of all the other forms of Obamacare. It is not a “compromise” in any sense of the word, and it has no “bipartisan” support, but MSM is already gathering around it as a “favored” solution in the eyes of the media elite. Push-back and continued opposition to it and all the other versions of Obamacare is crucial now and throughout the fall.

The center-right has to be able to watch and participate in two stories at the same time, but its primary focus has to be on Obamacare, and especially on communicating the message that a vote for Obamacare will define every House and Senate member up for election in 2010. The only way to defeat all but the most benign of face-saving measures is by the accumulation of pressure on the Blue Dogs and the vulnerable Democratic senators like Arkansas’ Blanche Lincoln, Colorado’s Michael Bennet and even the majority Leader Harry Reid.

Very soon the voters in Virginia and New Jersey will get to send a message about the country’s direction, and hopefully it will be an unmistakable rejection of the huge lurch to the left that the president has led, supported by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

In the meantime, the very best way to communicate opposition to Obamacare –in the language best understood by Democratic incumbents fearful of their re-election– is a contribution to the Republican House and Senate campaign committees, the NRCC and the NRSC.

The protest in D.C. this past weekend was another wake-up call to Democratic legislators, as has been the extraordinary turn-out at townhalls this past August.

But if that pressure isn’t maintained and maintained in visible, tangible ways, the Blue Dogs will fold again, and the president will muscle his bill through the Senate on thestrength of 50 votes plus Joe Biden.

By all means watch and learn from the ACORN videos, and spread the word to your friends and family about the amazing story that the legacy media refuses to cover for fear of hurting their guy in the Oval Office.

But also keep pushing to stop Obamacare. The president’s speech last week was a complete bust when it came to changing public opinion.

The effort to mark the passing of Senator Kennedy with the passing of Obamacare was similarly a non-starter.

It would be ironic if the event that saved Obamacare by draining away the attention and passion of its opponents was a triumph of conservative media.

NOTE: I have asked Hughniverse members for some very specific feedback on this post. If you are a subscriber, please drop by the blog there to post your response.

A Response To George Will On Afghanistan

Wednesday, September 16, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

From Michael McClellan, posted at Steven Pressfield’s blog.

Read the whole thing. And bookmark Pressfield’s blog as a crucial source of information on Afghanistan from a writer who really, really knows the history of the region.

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