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What All This Carson Noise Is Really About

Friday, November 6, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder

What’s it about?  Silliness – just silliness.

“Stabbing” – exaggeration + “Pyramids” – Off the cuff stupidity (who hasn’t?) + “West Point” – semantics and imprecision of very old memories.

None of that puts Carson in a particularly good light, but come on, it is all basically common to the human condition.  And it just seems so silly.  There were some very serious stories in January and March that really make me worry about Dr. Carson’s suitability for the office, but these just make him human.  And yet those earlier stories, both in the conservative journalism realm, got almost no traction, and this silliness is moving with the speed of Twitter.

The earlier stories are complex.  They require some telling and explaining to understand; you cannot wrap them up and hang a label on Carson over them.  The earlier stories cannot possibly be fully communicated in a tweet.   I think the average GOP primary voter is smart enough, and cares enough, to read those older stories and put in the effort to understand them.  That is why they were carried in conservative press.  But I sincerely wonder if the MSM has the energy and commitment to do so. Continue Reading

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Mark Steyn On The Curious Case of Faisal Mohammed at UC Merced

Friday, November 6, 2015  |  posted by Duane Patterson

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The transcript:

HH: From Colorado Christian University, Jeff Hunt, director of the Centennial Institute sitting in with me, and we are joined by Columnist To the World, Mark Steyn, who I think is a big Chicago fan. Am I right about that, Mark Steyn?

MS: Actually, they, Chicago did an album of, well, who hasn’t, but they did an album of standards. They did the Rod Stewart-slays-the-great-American-songbook approach, so there’s a kind of, you know, I can take a little Baby, What A Big Surprise and that kind of thing, but only up to a certain point.

HH: Well, once again, you’ve been bumped by Donald Trump. And I tweeted out the wrath of Steyn is coming my way, much like the wrath of Khan whenever that happens.

MS: Yeah.

HH: But he does like to start, he likes to open shows, Mark Steyn.

MS: Yeah, no, I’m (laughing), I’m just, this is becoming a pattern now, because it happened a couple of weeks ago. And you know, this is the way it is. I’m going to win the New Hampshire primary, and just as I’m about to make my victory speech, he’ll step on stage and elbow me off, and I’ll get bumped for Trump on primary night. It’s the way it’s going to go now. Continue Reading

Robert Costa And The Media Strategy Of GOP Candidates

Friday, November 6, 2015  |  posted by Duane Patterson

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The transcript:

HH: Now we’re rejoined by Robert Costa. So Robert, what’s the, what do you make of this news that Christie gets demoted and George Pataki gets booted?

RC: It’s a dynamic change in the entire race. And it comes at a difficult time for Governor Christie. He’s having a good week. There’s video of him talking about addiction up in New Hampshire, has gotten millions of views. He’s seen as someone with a bit of energy in the establishment lane, but the polls decide everything.

HH: Well, he’s also, I saw a poll yesterday he’s leading in New Hampshire, but that’s not the way the networks do the debates. They use national polls, even though it’s not a national primary. He seems to be reacting the right way, though, because there may be a silver lining here. You get a lot more time in the first debate than you do in the second debate. And Chris Christie’s the one guy who might actually add to the audience who is likely to be demoted, right?

RC: I couldn’t agree more, Hugh. I mean, I think back to Carly Fiorina’s experience in that undercard debate. It helped her, catapult her forward into the next debate. I think Christie already has the establishment cred. He has the media profile. And this actually will give him more of a stage, even though it’s a lesser stage. Continue Reading

Donald Trump Previews Saturday Night Live

Thursday, November 5, 2015  |  posted by Duane Patterson

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The transcript:

HH: I love to begin Thursdays with the best interview in America, Donald Trump, who will of course be starring in Saturday Night Live this weekend. Donald Trump, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.

DT: Well, I always like being with you. I don’t know, it’s always interesting, and you are indeed a smart guy, so I like that. What…

HH: Now do you like doing Saturday Night Live, because you’re very good at television. Do you love this opportunity?

DT: Well, I’ve done it before. I’ve hosted before, and I’ve been on a couple of times, and you know, Lorne Michaels is a great guy, and have done an amazing job. It’s a very, very important show. You know, over the last month, I did, as you know, with Vladimir Putin, I did 60 Minutes, and they got tremendous ratings on that show, and now, I’m doing Saturday Night Live. So those are two really iconic shows. I will, I think I’ll have a good time. I mean, I’ll speak to you maybe next week if you want. Then I’ll let you know specifically. But I look forward to having a good time. It’s going to be a big deal, and they’re thinking that this will be one of their most successful shows that they’ve done in a long time, so we’ll see. Continue Reading

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