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Lindsey Graham Abandons Cap-and-Tax

Sunday, April 25, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

For reasons explained here, John McCain is very happy that Lindsey Graham has abandoned his sponsorship of cap-and-tax 3.0.

Now if all Republican senators stay together in refusing to be drawn into a debate or negotiations over immigration reform, the focus of the country can remain where it ought to be: On the extraordinary mistake that is Obamacare and on the spiraling spending that threatens to give the country a fiscal stroke.



The Colt McCoy Era Begins In Cleveland

Friday, April 23, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Terry Pluto, America’s finest sportswriter, on the selection of Colt McCoy to be the Browns’ QB of the future.

The Steelers owned the ’70s. The Browns will own the ‘teens.

McCoy’s interview after his injury in the national championship game showcased a young man of great faith and character who will be a joy to watch over his career. It is a wonderful thing to cheer for athletes who are genuine role models for young men and women as well as great competitors.

And it is a real bonus for McCoy to have fans like those of northeastern Ohio and a writer like Pluto to chart his progress, both on and off the field.


C.J. Box and the Novelist Interviews

Friday, April 23, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Today’s program features an extended interview with novelist C.J. Box, whose Joe Pickett novels are a tremendously entertaining introduction to the modern mountain west, with its variety of subcultures and high profile conflicts. (The transcript is posted here.) Each of Pickett books is a great thriller, but they all also convey enormous amounts of quality information on the controversies that define a lot of the region. Open Season, for example, is a page turner built on the federal Endangered Species Act. The ESA and related environmental statutes such as the Clean Water Act and CEQA have absorbed most of my law practice over the past two decades, so I am a difficult audience to impress when it comes to the details of the operations of the various laws, but Box learned the field and built a great story around the strange consequences of the laws’ operations.

Open Season (A Joe Pickett Novel)

Other books in the series treat the tension between development and the traditions of the region, conflicts over hunting and global warming, third generation ownership of the ranches that define the mountain states’ histories and many other “front page” controversies, and of course, Yellowstone’s volcanic past (and future?) –the subject which first brought Box and me together.

Read the Pickett novels in the order in which they are written as they occur in real time over a decade in the life of the protagonist. The sequence:

  1. Open Season (2001)
  2. Savage Run (2002)
  3. Winterkill (2003)
  4. Trophy Hunt (2004)
  5. Out of Range (2005)
  6. In Plain Sight (2006)
  7. Free Fire (2007)
  8. Blood Trail (2008)
  9. Below Zero (2009)
  10. Nowhere to Run (2010)

Pickett’s excellent Blue Heaven (2209) is a stand-alone mystery set in northern Idaho, which has won many of the key awards in the genre.

Blue Heaven

Friday’s interview is the latest in a series of long-conversations with novelists including Robert Ferrigno, Vince Flynn, Rich Lowry, Piers Paul Read, Steven Pressfield, Daniel Silva and Brad Thor. These long-form interviews are departures from the standard format, based on my belief that these authors are popular because they are tackling big issues even as they inform and entertain. Your comments on this approach and especially on the Box conversation are welcome at

The website for CJ. Box is

“The Song of the Calm Conservative” by Tarzana Joe

Thursday, April 22, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

From the poet laureate of the Hugh Hewitt Show, Tarzana Joe:

The Song of the Calm Conservative

By Tarzana Joe

In politics, I’ve always thought
My outlook to be sanguine
I’m never one to hit the streets
With pots and pans a’bang-uine

If I converse with Democrats
I disagree with–slightly
I gently say what’s on my mind
And listen quite politely[# More #]

In matters of direction
The country has a choice
And though I’d like to sway you
I’ll never raise my voice

But I’ve observed in recent weeks
The left’s progressive rancor
They’ve treated me as shabbily
As an investment banker

Of Democratic tactics
I’ll gladly share my take,
Never stop your enemy
When he’s making a mistake

I find their zeal inspiring
If I may speak the truth
And I’ll adjust my attitude
Inside the voting booth

The moment is upon us
To paraphrase a quote
Now is the time for all good men
To donate, rally, vote

We’ll meet them on the beaches
We’ll fight them in the trenches
From Maine to Colorado
It’s time to clear the benches

Speak out for solid candidates
Like Rooney and Renacci
Announce your good intentions
But do it “soto vacci

I see a brighter future
When men and women rally
To genuine conservatives
Like Broden and Todd Lally

I have no apprehensions
And feel we cannot fail
If we support quite calmly
Mike Castle and Ben Quayle

Each one can do his portion
The highest to the least man
And make a contribution
To candidates like Eastman

To those still on the sidelines
Watch as the country learns
To toast Speaker Pelosi
By voting for Tim Burns

So when the campaign’s over
And this election’s through
I’ll have serenely done my part

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