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A Day Of Disney And Draft Diversion

Friday, June 27, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The news for the past six months has been so awful –so bad in fact I didn’t have time to focus on the wonderful Obama economy which shrunk the most it has in five years as Obamacare sets in– that I am looking forward to our annual broadcast from The Happiest Place on Earth more than usual.  Generalissimo will be attempting 150 consecutive rides on Thunder Mountain (which he has already begun at dawn’s early light) and the broadcast will be mostly politics free, though MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid –the happiest person on MSNBC-- will join me for a couple of segments.

Stop by and say hello if you are visiting the park today.

Yesterday the Cleveland Cavaliers guaranteed future basketball greatness by drafting Andrew Wiggins to pair with Kyrie Irving and who knows which other free agents who come along, and added Fred Barnes as a fan with the addition of University of Virginia sharpshooter Joey Harris in the second round of the draft.  The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Terry Pluto notes on Harris are here.

NB to news networks that will be covering the GOP 2016 Convention which will almost certainly end up in Cleveland now that it is down to Dallas v. Cleveland.  (See the debate on the two cities between Ohio’s current Governor John Kasich and Texas’ future governor and current AG Greg Abbott here.  Note that the usually eloquent Abbott had to pause when asked about the bodes of water on which elevates might relax during the day and the fact that his massive –and needed– road improvement plan will be rolling out –and roiling traffic– just as the delegates come to town were the RNC crazy enough to send their convo to deep red Texas in June/July of 2016).

Terry Pluto is the guy who knows Cleveland through and through and especially the long, sad history of Cleveland sports –turning around just in time for the GOP convention in all three major sports– and any network that will want a “local color” broadcast voice will want to ink Pluto now.  Of course, as a Salem Radio Network guy, Johnny Radio is already committed, but I’ll be there at the new Lakefront convention center, happily watching the nomination of the man or woman tasked with beating Hillary and then beginning the mountain of work necessary to undo the damage of eight years of the worst president since Wilson and perhaps even far before that.

Off to see the Mouse.


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Mitch McConnell On Tuesday’s SCOTUS Holding And The “Imperial President Obama”

Friday, June 27, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The GOP’s leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, joined me to discuss today’s ruling on the president’s recess appointments power.




HH: Joined now by the leader of the Republicans in the United States Senate, Mitch McConnell, Senator from Kentucky. Senator McConnell, welcome, it’s always a pleasure to talk to you, particularly on a day when your view and my view of the Constitution prevails 9-0 in the United States Supreme Court.

MM: Yeah, I mean, I think, Hugh, today it’s pretty clear this President’s behavior with regard to recess appointments was so egregious that it produced a 9-0 Supreme Court decision, Justice Breyer, of all people, writing, in which the Court basically said the Senate gets to decide when it’s in session, not the President. The President had, in really an audacious move, decided that he got to determine when the Senate was in session when we were in fact following a procedure that we had followed for many years of coming in every three days in order to prevent recess appointments. And he, the imperial President Obama, decided he knew more than we did, and just, he tried to establish that he got to decide when we were in session. It was particularly maddening, Hugh, I would just add one other thing, it was particularly maddening, because at the same time he decided we were not in session, for purposes of the recess appointments, in other words, giving him the opportunity to make the recess appointments, he was more than happy to sign a bill that we passed on a voice vote during that same period that he was in favor of. Continue Reading


Ohio Governor John Kasich and Texas AG Greg Abbott Duel Over The GOP 2016 Convention

Friday, June 27, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Ohio’s Governor John Kasich and Texas’ Attorney General (and next governor) Greg Abbott joined me on today’s show to debate the respective merits of Cleveland v. Dallas as site of the 2016 GOP convention:

Kasich audio:


Abbott audio:


Kasich transcript:

HH: As I discussed yesterday and in the first hour today, the Republican National Committee has come down to two cities into which to hold the GOP Convention in 2016. One of them in Dallas, which as far as I can tell has an airport to recommend to it, the other is Cleveland. But I decided that I would disqualify myself, having spent much of my youth in Municipal Stadium, and I would go to an unbiased, objective evaluator of the two cities, the Governor of the great state of Ohio, John Kasich joins me now. Governor Kasich, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.

JK: Perfect, perfect. I would be an unbiased, I think that people should hear what I have to say, because I will speak in an unbiased way about Cleveland, Ohio.

HH: All right, so on this subject, why should the GOP come to Cleveland in 2016?

JK: Well, I mean, I don’t know if anybody’s heard, but it’s like you know, when you have a presidential election, I think they always say how’s Ohio going to go. Continue Reading

Another 9-0 Slapdown of the DOJ Equivalent Of The 1962 Mets

Thursday, June 26, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Today’s stinging rejection of the president’s unconstitutional and reckless abuse of the appointments power reminds us of a much longer record of 9-0 futility by this president and his hapless Attorney General.  It will take a while for the the overwhelmingly left-leaning legal academy to wake up to this record of futility, but eventually history will record this as the worst run of lawlessness and the most unanimous rebukes of an anti-Constitutional president in history.  Here’s one bit of that record.  

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