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“New Threats To Our Freedom”

Sunday, May 16, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

New Threats To Freedom, edited by Adam Bellow, is a collection of 30 essays on emerging and dangerous threats to the liberties we simply assume will always be part of the American landscape.

New Threats to Freedom

The book publishes this week and to help with the launch, I will be broadcasting Monday from the Liberty Museum in Philadelphia. Many of the contributors to the volume will be joining me.

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The Gulf and the Lawyers

Saturday, May 15, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Houston Chronicle surveys the rush to the courthouse by the scores of plaintiffs injured by the disaster in the Gulf.

I interviewed my colleague Joseph Timothy Cook on the steps an injured party should use in selecting counsel in a situation such as this. My first rule? Never hire your lawyer from a billboard.

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Sarah Palin’s Endorsement of Carly Fiorina

Saturday, May 15, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Sarah Palin doubled down with her support for California GOP senate candidate Carly Fiorina yesterday, and did so in front of the right-to-life activists of the Susan B. Anthony List. If Fiorina continues her surge past Chuck DeVore and consolidates the conservative vote ahead of the June 8 primary, Palin’s role and pull will be undeniable.

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The President and the Twin Disasters

Saturday, May 15, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

This Washington Post story on the Gulf spill and the damage it is doing to the president notes that President Obama made his typical maneuver yesterday: showering “withering criticism” on others.

The story also notes that even Congressional Democrats are beginning to wonder about the president’s handling of the disaster. As the enormous spill heads towards its one month anniversary without a solution in sight, the buck is pulling up to the Oval Office and about to stop there. An administration already known for its haplessness is being defined, again, as all talk and no successful action.

The picture of the scale of the disaster under the water is just becoming clear, and as that focus increases, so too will the impact on the president’s reputation. He’s the president and is supposed to be able to do more than point fingers. That’s the job of senators. “Cool” wasn’t supposed to mean “paralyzed.” Unlike his faux health care “reform,” speeches and 2,000 page bills won’t stop the oil from gushing into the Gulf, and unilateral declarations of “big deal” breakthroughs don’t carry any weight even if themedia is still fawning. When the rig exploded he and his team did nothing for more than a week, and when they began to try they still couldn’t come up with a solution.

Useless rhetoric unmatched by effective action also defines the president’s approach to our growing fiscal crisis. Read John Hinderaker’s brief but very troubling post on the “Looming Obama Debt Disaster.” The country has to take action on its hemorrhaging debt immediately, but Democrats are instead proposing even more new bursts of monopoly money for the states. The president is standing by and waiting for a debt commission to hand him a report because he doesn’t want to do any heavy lifting when it comes to cutting spending.

A new Congress is needed, one much imbued with the spirit of Chris Cristie. (See Scott Johnson’s post with the mail from a New Jersey reader.) If Tim Burns manages a huge upset in PA on Tuesday, even Nancy Pelosi might realize that the public is disgusted with and fearful of the course charted by her, Harry Reid and the president. But if the district’s Democratic registration advantage combines with the turnout generated by the Specter-Sestak race to let the Dems hold on to the seat, the delusion about their “mandate” may even deepen and with it the fiscal crisis that is every bit as menacing as the environmental/economic catastrophe in the Gulf.

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