The weekly column from Clark Judge:
Rick Perry’s Indictment: The Price of Integrity
By Clark S. Judge: managing director, White House Writers Group, Inc.; chairman, Pacific Research Institute
As the Manhattan Institute’s Diana Furchtgott-Roth wrote at Real Clear Markets not long ago (http://bit.ly/1oQyWBT), the indictment of Rick Perry looks straight out of the Saul Alinsky playbook: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it.” It is America’s current misfortune to have a major party in the hands of a faction that embraces the most toxic kind of political practices.
But since he is in the news, what of Mr. Perry? Furtchgott-Roth goes on to detail Texas’ stellar economic performance during his governorship. Was he just standing there or did he actually do something that gives him claim on credit for all that prosperity in the midst of national stagnation? Continue Reading
HH: I begin today’s program with the Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal. Governor Jindal, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show. It’s great to speak with you.
BJ: Hugh, it’s always great to be on your show. It’s always a privilege to be with you. Thank you for having me back.
HH: You know, I missed you at the Western States Conservative Summit. I had spent the week teaching a couple, 120 young conservatives, and they were all ecstatic about your address there. But the issue that dominated the summit in the hallway was the Common Core. And I’ve been telling everyone not to underestimate the power of this issue in the 2014-2016 cycle. And today, you actually took major action on this.
BJ: You’re exactly right. Well, absolutely, Hugh. We actually went to federal court today to try to stop Common Core. I couldn’t agree with you more. First of all, it was exciting to see all those conservatives. That summit has gotten bigger and bigger every year. I agree with you. The more that parents learn about Common Core, the more the teachers learn about Common Core, the more they dislike it. In my state, a majority of teachers oppose it, according to even the teacher unions, and we’re seeing across the country, where you’re seeing survey after survey, show that the more people learn about this, the less they like it. Our lawsuit today against Arne Duncan and the U.S. Department of Education says that the federal Department of Education is violating the 10th Amendment to the Constitution, and violating existing federal laws by trying to force a federal common curriculum through Common Core onto the states. And they’ve done that through funding and threats of funding, and threats of cuts. They are not allowed. We have never given the federal government in this country the power to make local curriculum decisions. That’s exactly what they’re trying to do with Common Core. Continue Reading
2012 GOP nominee Governor Mitt Romney opened the show with me today. We had an extensive discussion about whether or not he would ever be a candidate for the presidency. Judge for yourself whether he opened the door a bit or slammed it shut:
HH: Yesterday, the GOP’s vice presidential nominee in 2012, Paul Ryan, was my guest. Today, I’m so pleased to welcome back Mitt Romney, the GOP nominee in 2012. Governor Romney, welcome back, it’s good to have you.
MR: Thank you, Hugh, it’s good to be with you today.
HH: Now I know, Governor, that you have told everyone who’s asked that it’s very unlikely you would make a third run for the presidency. But if those unusual circumstances were to come about where you did, what would you do differently this time around?
MR: (laughing) Well, I’m not going to be running, but I can give a lot of advice to the many folks that are going to be running. And you know, there are a number of things I’d tell them. First, I think we have to work very early on, on Hispanic media, to make sure that our message is heard loud and clear by Hispanic voters. I think we underinvested in Spanish media, and I don’t think we monitored what the Obama people were saying and countered it. There were a lot of things they said which were, you know, in the nature of politics, things I wouldn’t think were fair. But you know, that’s how politics works, but we should have answered those things, shut them down, told people what we believed, and I think we would have done better with Hispanic voters. I think we have to do that particularly in states like Texas and Florida as well as Nevada and Arizona where Hispanic voters make up a large share of the voting population. Continue Reading