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An Interesting Story For A Saturday Morning About Marco Rubio

Saturday, September 13, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Just popped up at 9:06 AM eastern on the New York Times feed: “Eyeing 2016, Sen. Rubio Stresses Border Security”

A very smart move by Rubio who has been building his portfolio of national security and foreign affairs speeches and positions, anticipating the turn towards international unrest that the campaign for 2016 is already taking and which MTP’s Chuck Todd and I discussed on yesterday’s show.

The rub will be the specificity with which Rubio and others discuss the long, strong, double-sided border fence with paved road between the two fences.  The country has built interstates, for goodness sakes, it can build an easily patrolled, nearly impregnable fencing system on the southern border.  Though 2000 miles long, only about half is passable, and a 1,000 mile effort is nothing compared to Interstate 10 which is 2,640 miles, I-90 is 3,100 miles, I-80 is 2,899 miles, and I-40 is 2,555 miles.

Americans want a patrolled double fence along the passable areas.  The GOPer who gets specific –with funding, timetables, construction design specifics such as two-sides, 12 feet high, paved road running between the sides, and who blows off the stupid “ladders and tunnels” rhetoric wins this debate. Instantly.  I hope Senator Rubio leads the way.

When I pressed Representative Paul Ryan on the subject a few weeks back –there was no mention of a fence in his discussion of border security in his new book– this is what ensued:

HH: You don’t talk about [a fence in the book]. Is that responsive to the grassroots?

PR: Oh, no, I mean, I guess I should have just assumed, I assume they know a fence. I mean, it’s implied. And to me, a fence is, I voted for the fence. It hasn’t been completed. I voted to streamline the rules to clear the barriers so that the fence can be completed. So that’s part of securing the border. You know, you can put any great level of detail of policy in a book like this. When I mean secure the border and do everything you need to do to secure the border, which is what I say, that’s what I mean.

Most GOP candidates and electeds say the same thing “Borders security first” without laying out any specifics on the border fence.  This rhetoric is a recipe –a sure-fire recipe– for cooking up suspicion among voters for whom border security means first and foremost a long, strong, double-sided fence with a road between the two fences.  When it is possible to be very specific and the rhetoric and the legislation is not, then the disbelief becomes cynical suspicion.  I haven’t read Senator Rubio’s remarks today, but I hope he and Congressman Ryan and every GOPer running for the presidency gets very specific about a timetable and the particulars for a fence, and that if immigration reform is attempted in early 2015 with the GOP in control of Congress that any bill has as Title One the provisions on the fence construction plan the completion of which will be a condition precedent for all the rest of the bill.  That is border security first, and it will be rewarded by the GOP’s grassroots, independents and even security-minded Democrats.

What follows a fence in the bill could be regularization of the non-criminal illegal population and vast humanitarian aide to the newly arrived as discussed here.  But the fence has to come first: The visible expression of an invisible but very firm resolve to make our borders real and secure.

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Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn And Real Voter Suppression

Saturday, September 13, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The worst sort of “voter suppression” is when a false vote is cast, for it cancels out a real vote –suppresses completely a real vote.

The Hill yesterday reported on a wide-ranging investigation into a group backing Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn in her race against David Perdue.

Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey expanded on the story, and I discussed it on yesterday’s show with Mark Meckler of Citizens for Self Government (the transcript of that will be posted later today here.)

Reporters in the south have a huge scandal sitting in front of them which, if it receives half the attention of the bogus, absurd charges of “voter suppression” launched by the left whenever an obviously necessary anti-fraud measure is backed or upheld –as did the 7th Circuit yesterday with regards to Wisconsin’s voter ID law– Michelle Nunn will be peppered with questions at every stop about what did she know about the ACORNS growing in her campaign’s back yard, and when did she know it.

Chuck Todd On IS And Romney 3.0

Friday, September 12, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Meet The Press’ Chuck Todd joined me today to discuss this coming Sunday’s Meet The Press:

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: So pleased to welcome the host of Meet The Press, Chuck Todd of NBC News. And Chuck, welcome, congratulations, you had a great first week as host of Meet The Press, one that would make Russert smile. You put the President on the hot seat.

CT: Well, Hugh, I appreciate that. And the thing I love, this is the second time I’ve come on where I’ve got the Game of Thrones intro music. There’s something amusing about it. I like that.

HH: I use it every…

CT: But I miss that season, like hurry up. I want Season 5.

HH: Yeah, I use it every single hour, and everyone comes on from D.C. and they love it. I don’t know what had a higher proportion of viewers – Game of Thrones or House of Cards. What do you think?

CT: Oh, I’m a Game of Thrones guy. House of Cards, for me, was odd. It’s still a little too, I haven’t watched it, it’s a little too over the top for me.

HH: Okay.

CT: A little too absurd. For some reason, Game of Thrones isn’t. And it’s almost like give me more fantasy.

HH: I love, I’ve read the books. I hope George R.R.R. Martin gets them done before he goes to his reward. Chuck Todd, you start off with Barack Obama. What do you do for an encore? What have you done for us lately?

CT: The Pope or Fidel Castro, right? You know, something like that. Well, as I’ve been saying, right, it’s the second show that is more of a harder work, you know, because not every one you’re going to have the automatic newsmaker. When you have the President, I always say any president that you interview in a political forum, it’s the closest you’re going to have of having a guest that has all the answers, and your job is to figure out how to get as many of them out of that person as you can. Every other guest, sometimes, doesn’t have the same amount of answers to every potential question that you have. So it’s certainly a different and more normal show that I’m trying to put together. Continue Reading

Jessie Rees, “Never Ever Give Up” and Golfing 9/22

Friday, September 12, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Eric Rees, father of Jessie Rees, comes by today for his annual visit.  The story of his daughter Jessie and her battle with cancer and the foundation and Joy Jars that have outlived her always inspires, as will Never, Ever Give Up the new book by Erik.  The annual golfing fundraiser for the Jesse Rees NEGU Foundation is September 22 with info here.

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