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“Litigation as a Hazardous Substance”

Wednesday, November 4, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

This Washington Times op-ed by Representatives Peter King and Charlie Dent is a must read.

King and Dent begin their argument by citing the massive amount of litigation triggered by the Endangered Species Act, a subject I wrote about this past weekend.

Congress cannot continue to license plaintiffs’ lawyers to cripple American business with lawsuits or to burden the government with endless complaints which must be answered and which drain the agencies of energy and time. This four-decade expansion of the opportunity to sue has been a very good thing for lawyers, including, full disclosure, my partners and me on the defense side of the table, but the cost is staggering.

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A Mob With Walkers, Headed for the Voting Booth

Wednesday, November 4, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Some televised reports of exit poll data last night suggested that seniors had supplied Chris Christie and Bob McDonnell with large margins in their winning campaigns. Glenn Reynolds writes this morning that the president’s magic has faded, but it may actually be much worse than a fade. The president, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid may have succeeded in solidifying seniors and those who care for them into a massive anti-Democrat block, one that was first startled and is now deeply angry over the proposed massive cuts to Medicare and the inevitable rationing of health care embedded in all versions of Obamcare.

Mark Steyn thinks the president will read the results and push ahead with Obamacare on the hope that he can absorb lots of losses in 2010 and still recover in time for 2012. I think Mark is absolutely correct when assessing how the White House responds to the votes yesterday, but I can’t imagine Evan Bayh, Michael Bennet and Blanche Lincoln reaching the same conclusion.

These three senators own Obamacare. Any one of them can stop the debate from even beginning in the Senate. Any one of them can demand the deletion of the public option. Any one of them can insist that Medicare not be gutted. 40 Republicans have taken these stands, and if Bayh, Bennet or Lincoln joins them, the game is over.

If they don’t and instead allow the debate to begin, they own the result, and they know it will bring a 2010 campaign challenge very similar to that run by Bob McDonnell throughout 2009. Republicans across the country will be studying the McDonnell campaign and will also find some key lessons in Christie’s combative response to Corzine’s smear campaign. Both Republicans ran disciplined, issues-oriented campaigns that have now tested the key theme of tax cuts and private sector growth and found they still work even in the era of Obama.

The Congressional Democrats should know that seniors especially are watching every vote and that seniors know every single Democratic senator has the power to block the bill and stop the cuts to Medicare.

The Virginia and New Jersey elections were about policy, specifically the failed year-long effort to create jobs by printing money and the still on-going attempt to have the federal government seize control of American medicine while raising taxes to sky-high rates.

American voters suspended their suspicion of liberals and the left a year ago to give the young, attractive, new post-partisan candidate a try at bat in the middle of incredibly stressful times. Turns out that President Obama is a Chicago pol with not a lick of “new” when it comes to economics, but a great deal of “old” and “failed” economic theory and an incredible lust for centralization of power in D.C. The large lurch to the left that he has led has cost him the enthusiasm of all but his hard left base. Continuing to push the radical agenda will cost elected Democrats their jobs.

The first real referenda on the Obama Administration came in last night, and state wide votes in two big, diverse and important states sent a message to the Hill, one that the White House won’t want heard, but which every instinct of political survival will oblige Democrats to study carefully.

It will be very uncomfortable for Senate Democrats and Blue Dogs in the House to vote no on Obamacare and to actually use their power to block the bill, but uncomfortable beats unemployed, and if Obamacare passes, that’s exactly what is waiting for many, many Democrats.

The Impact of President Obama On Today’s Elections

Tuesday, November 3, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, who will be on today’s program, is relaying that exit polls show President Obama wasn’t as big a factor in today’s elections as some are saying.

OK, if the president’s wild lurch to the left has so turned off “moderate” Democrats and Independents to the point they won’t even turn out to vote, how will the exit polls capture that?

Of course the president is a huge factor in today’s voting, not only in his impact on those 2008 Obama voters who didn’t show up in 2009, but also in the impact of the intensity of the GOP ground game and donor base –an intensity that will continue to grow as the full extent of the radical nature of the Obama agenda becomes crystal clear to the country.

Rudy Giuliani opened the program today with the assurance that we will know his decision on running for NY governor by year’s end. Let’s hope he decides to make the race. Serious times call for serious candidates. The transcript of my conversation with the mayor will be posted here later.

Predictions, Predictions, Predictions

Tuesday, November 3, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

National Review has a collection of predictions on what to watch for tonight, including mine.

I will line up some of the usual suspects today and tomorrow to rake over the returns, and commend you to Geraghty the Indispensable with his collection of sources, sherpas, and spooks.

I will also feature Michael Anthony on today’s show to discuss his account of life as an Army medic in Iraq,Mass Casualties:

Mass Casualties: A Young Medic's True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq

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