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Chuck Todd, Some Lincoln and A Lot Of Levin

Friday, August 7, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt


Friday’s show begins with a quick recap of Thursday’s debates –Carly Fiorina won the day, and Senator Rubio and Governors Chirstie, Kasich and Walker won the second debate, with Ted Cruz helping himself almost as much and the rest left looking forward to the next round in Simi Valley at the Reagan Library on September 16.  No one self-combusted with the possible exception of Donald Trump but he hasn’t proven very flammable, at least not for very long.

Meet the Press host Chuck Todd joins me as well before I fly off to D.C. to join him on the MTP panel Sunday.

Then comes a lot of my friend mark Levin, talking about his new book Plunder and Deceit.  The interview with Mark will span two hours and you won’t want to miss a minute.

Finally hour three is the last of the Hillsdale Dialogues devoted to the Lincoln-Douglas debate, this time the the events debate. Here’sa mother reminder to go and get the magnificent 21 hour recreation of the debates by David Straitharn playing Lincoln andRichard Douglas playing Judge Douglas:


The Audio:


The Transcript:

HH: Joined now by the Great One, my old friend, Mark Levin, whose brand new book, Plunder and Deceit: Big Government’s Exploitation of Young People and the Future, number one at Amazon. I’m going to talk to him a lot this hour and next hour as this Friday edition of the Hugh Hewitt Show rolls along. Mark Levin, always a pleasure to have you back, my friend. Congratulations, once again, a rocket launch for Plunder and Deceit.

ML: You know, you’re always very generous with your time, and you are a good buddy. I appreciate it.

HH: I want to begin with Page 2 where you write the very simple but controversial statement in Plunder and Deceit. “There are accepted norms of behavior born of experience and knowledge, instinct and faith.” I immediately went back to the late, great James Q. Wilson who wrote a book in 1997 called The Moral Sense. And you’re just stating the obvious. But you know, the left will quarrel with you on this, Mark Levin, that there are accepted norms. You and I know there are, but they’ll argue that point.

ML: This book isn’t for the left. Of course they’re arguing the point. I’m making the point in this book that the left is the problem, that big government’s the problem. I really don’t seek to understand them. I really don’t seek to psychoanalyze them. What I seek to do here is to put on full display in the most aggressive, persuasive way I know how, in 200 pages, what the left, what big government is doing to this country. I have dug deeply, as you can see, into information that really hasn’t been provided before. I’ve drawn on history and economics and philosophy. I’ve drawn on common sense to explain to people that whether it’s the debt or immigration or the environment or entitlements or what have you, that big government is destroying this country. And even more, I’m saying that our generation, Hugh, has a responsibility to do something about it since we’re the ones that control the instrumentalities of government. And I’m also saying that younger people in this country, you know, under 40 or 45, I call it the rising generation, they have a responsibility to stir themselves and save themselves from it or they’re not going to be free, and they’re not going to be prosperous. Continue Reading

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“Scoring the Fox Thursday Night Debate” by Clark Judge

Friday, August 7, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

A special, post-debates column from Clark Judge:

Scoring the Fox Thursday Night Debate

by Clark S. Judge: managing director, White House Writers Group, Inc.; chairman, Pacific Research Institute

ESPN has its Friday Night Fight. Last night Fox had the Thursday Night GOP Debate. Here is how I scored the contenders.

Overall: Most watchable debate I have ever seen. Fast paced. Sharp language. Minimum of meaningless bombast, even from the bombastic media mirage at center stage. Continue Reading

Post-Debates Analysis With Dr. Ben Carson

Friday, August 7, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Dr. Ben Carson joined me for post-debate analysis past midnight Cleveland time:




HH: If you are a track and field fan of the Olympics, you know what it means to have a kick. That means to save your best for last. Tonight, many people on Twitter and social media thought that Dr. Ben Carson saved his kick for the second hour, including Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post. I’m joined now by Dr. Ben Carson. Welcome, Dr. Carson, it’s great to have you on.

BC: Thank you, good to be back with you.

HH: Tell me what your overall impression of tonight was.

BC: Well, I thought that it was a pretty informative debate, because it provided an opportunity for people to get some insight into who the candidates were, finally, particularly when you put them side by side. Continue Reading

Post-Debates Analysis With Carly Fiorina

Friday, August 7, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Carly Fiorina joined me on the Salem Media Group post-election debate special:




HH: I begin with one of the key participants, and perhaps the overall winner of the day, Carly Fiorina, who dominated the first debate, won by showing up via video in the second debate, and not getting part of the car crash that was the second debate. Carly Fiorina, welcome, good to have you back tonight.

CF: Thank you so much, Hugh, great to be with you.

HH: All right, I have to begin by asking, has Chris Matthews’ lawyer served you for assault, yet?

CF: (laughing) Sorry, well, you know, Hugh, I’m not going to let anybody get away with putting words in my mouth, and he was trying to put words in my mouth. Continue Reading

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