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Schumer Threatens Jam Down On Obamacare

Tuesday, August 4, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The GOP should walk away from these negotiations given Chuck Schumer’s threat to use “reconciliation” if the Republicans refuse to cave.

By ever-growing margins, the public doesn’t want what Obama-Pelosi-Reid-Schumer are pushing, and Schumer’s attempt to railroad Republicans into drinking the poison is a signal of increasing desperation on Democrats’ part. Break off the negotiations until Democrats agree that the end-run of reconciliation is off the table.

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Toomey v. Sestak v. Specter

Tuesday, August 4, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

When Congressman Joe Sestak announced this morning that he would challenge not-a-Republican Arlen Specter, liberal hearts across the Keystone State soared. They have a candidate who didn’t vote for Clarence Thomas, John Roberts and Sam Alito.

What’s Arlen going to do now? Run to the left of Sestak? If he votes for Obamacare or card check or any of the left’s priorities, does he pick up any votes at all? Seniors especially are growing worried over the Obama-Pelosi plan to ration medical care, and Specter will need them if he has any chance of beating back Sestak. Does Arlen become the senior statesman against the president’s plan to bring Canadian-style lines for doctor visits to America?

2010 is going to be a fascinating year for many reasons, but watching Senator Specter attempt to persuade Democrats that he is better than the real thing will be one of the main attractions.

Likely GOP nominee Pat Toomey will be a guest on today’s show. You can add to Toomey’s campaign chest here even as both Sestak and Specter spend their dollars clobbering each other.

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza reviews some of the PA primary’s dynamics. Specter is the “Goliath” in the race according to “The Fix,” but what are the rules of the PA primary? Can miffed GOPers cross-over to vote for Sestak as a payback for Specter’s sudden abandonment of the party that stuck with him for more than two decades?

The Competence Question: Who’s Got A Clue In The Obama Administration

Tuesday, August 4, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

A week after “cash for clunkers” cratered, and months into the un-stimulus, Americans are beginning to question the competence of the Obama administration.

Now the “czar” if cybersecurity is heading off into an early retirement, and Treasury Secretary Geithner is exploding in anger and expletives. Only the hard left loves the Canada-style makeover proposed for healthcare, and the president’s outreach to Iran and other fascist regimes is stalled out.

A little more than six months into a four year term and voters have begun to wonder whether the new president is up to the job.

August is the typically toughest month of the year for presidents, but it is also an opportunity for course corrections. President Obama would be well served by some quick moves to rein in his hard left allies in the House and Senate, and by some down time away from the center stage where his nearly constant appearances began to annoy rather than inspire weeks ago.

Princeton’s Robert George and The American Principles Project

Monday, August 3, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Princeton Professor Robert George joins me at the top of hour three today, to discuss his op-ed on marriage in the Wall Street Journal this morning, as well as Obamacare and the morality of rationing medical services to older Americans.

Professor George helped found the new group The American Principles Project.

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