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Presidential Lassitude in Louisiana

Friday, April 30, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

British Debates

It finally dawned on the president and his team yesterday that the oil spill in the Gulf is a major crisis, but their 8-days too late response is still fumbling, bumbling and stumbling. The press conference today by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is sure to raise eyebrows if anyone listened closely. She remarked that two C-130s that are crucial to the dispersal of chemical dissolvent on the slick and which are capable of flying multiple msisins a day have been dispatched and should arrive shortly. Where, one wonders, have they been until now?

The MSM that jumped all over George W. Bush for failing to push aside the New Orleans and Louisiana officials in the aftermath of Katrina are allowing President Obama and his team an enormous pass for what has been a federal responsibility from the beginning. Secretary Napolitano’s wholly unnecessary reminders that BP is responsible and that BP and others will pay are transparent attempts to divert attention from the fact that, even though BP is at fault and indeed will be paying billions in clean-up costs and damages, this is a potential environmental and economic calamity, and the president and his team have been too busy denouncing Wall Street and capitalism generally to act with dispatch and purpose on this crisis.

The timeline is here. The slick had grown to 80 miles in length a week ago, and, as noted above, just today Secretary Napolitano announced that the military will send two C-130s to drop oil-dispersing chemicals at a rate of three flights per plane per day, with each flight covering 250 acres. We have to assume this is a very good thing, but we also have to ask why did it take more than week to get the planes assigned to the mission and why only two? What else is just now getting done that ought to have been begun a week ago?

There is no chance that the still-in-love-with-Obama MSM will be pressing the White House with the same sort of coverage and zeal for blame with which they pursued the Bush Adminstration in the aftermath of Katrina. But their complacency on the story like the president’s complacency on the crisis is so obvious it doesn’t even matter. The lassitude towards Louisiana and the Gulf Coast generally

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The New York Times’ John Burns on Thursday’s Debate In Great Britain

Friday, April 30, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Gordon Brown

John Burns, bureau chief of the New York Times in London, joined me on last night’s program to review the final debate between Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg. The transcript is here.

The previous program’s conversation with Christopher Hitchens on the British election is posted here. Interesting to learn that Nick Clegg was Hitchens’ intern at The Nation.

The dynamics at work in the UK, with a lead lost and regained by the Tories and a closing surge as the issue settled not on the debating skills of Clegg or the immigration gaffe of Brown but on the credibility of Cameron’s pledge of fiscal sanity and real change in governing is one for the GOP to study closely in the next couple of months. There needs to be a tight focus on detailed plans to fix the deficit and bring down the debt. Waiting for the Democrats to lose won’t cut it anymore than the opening weeks of the British campaign worked for the Tories.

More analysis of last night’s debate here from the Times of London.

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Arlen Specter with a Tan: Today Is The Day To Contribute To Marco Rubio

Thursday, April 29, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Charlie Crist is keeping the millions he raised from Republicans to run against a Republican, Marco Rubio, in the fall.

Florida voters will not reward the governor for this kind of a double-cross of his long-time supporters. The race begins with Rubio in the lead.

Still, Rubio will have to make up some financial ground, and today is a good day to start helping with that effort. You can donate online here where the Rubio campaign is seeking 2400 new donors to mark the day that Charlie Crist became Arlen Specter with a tan.

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“ODDS of 2 to 1” and the Great American Panel on Sean Hannity’s Show

Wednesday, April 28, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

My Townhall.com column this week tries to make it easy to remember what ought to be the key points for every GOP candidate in the fall.

After a great event with Governor Pawlenty and Michael Medved tonight in Minneapolis, it is off to New York City to appear on tomorrow night’s Great American Panel with Sean Hannity.

Thanks to Ed Morrissey of HotAir for moderating tonight, and to NARN members John Hinderaker and James Lileks for guesting on the show tonight.

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