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Joe Scarborough Says He’d Vote For Hensarling Over McCarthy, Urges Boehner To Announce Retirement

Wednesday, June 11, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Morning Joe was my guest today, and analyzed the race to succeed Eric Cantor, and John Boehner’s best path forward:

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HH: I can’t overestimate how important, overstate how important next week’s leadership election is for the Republican Party and for the country, because whoever becomes the majority leader is almost certain to become the Speaker. And whoever becomes the Speaker is going to negotiate with the President and the [Senate] Majority leader. This morning, I was on JetBlue, because I had the 6:30am flight from Washington, D.C. back to California, and had the treat of watching all of Morning Joe following by the Chuck Todd show. And it was a remarkably good show, and Morning Joe joins me now. And Joe, I normally don’t watch. I’m not normally up at that hour, but I had the cross-country flight. Congrats. That was just a terrific show this morning.

JS: Thanks so much. I appreciate it. It was a fascinating story. Continue Reading

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NBC’s Chuck Todd Predicts Hensarling Win In GOP Majority Leader’s race; Calls Cantor Endorsement Of McCarthy “Kiss Of Death”

Wednesday, June 11, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

NBC’s Chuck Todd joined me to discuss the race to succeed Eric Cantor.  Straight answers to tough, pointed questions from NBC’s White House correspondent:

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HH: Joined by Chuck Todd, White House correspondent for NBC News, also the host of the [Daily] Rundown. Chuck, I had to get up at 4am this morning to catch the 6:30 JetBlue back to the West Coast, and I was going to nap, but first, Morning Joe was great, and then the Rundown was great. You had Kristol followed by Brat followed by George Allen, tremendously interesting inside baseball stuff.

CT: Yeah.

HH: So my hat is off to you on just great programming, and thank you for sticking around. You’ve got to be a little bit tired tonight.

CT: I am. A little adrenalin, you know, it’s just a good story, man. It’s politics. Continue Reading

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The National Journal’s Ron Fornier On The GOP Leadership Race

Wednesday, June 11, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The National Journal’s Ron Fornier on the race to succeed Eric Cantor:

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HH: One of the guests, Ron Fournier, was there. He is of course the senior political columnist and editorial director of the National Journal, and he joins me now. Ron, welcome, it’s great to finally talk to you.

RF: Thanks for having me on. It’s great to join you.

HH: Well, I was watching this morning, struck by a couple of things that you said that I wanted to relay. One, that Cantor was much more interested in becoming House Speaker than representing his district. That, you know, that’s what Joe was basically, you two took the line that I believe to be the takeaway from this. And has your opinion shifted much throughout the day as you’ve learned more? Continue Reading

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Fred Barnes On The GOP Leadership Battle

Wednesday, June 11, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Weekly Standard’s Fred Barnes joined me today to talk about the race to succeed Eric Cantor.

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HH: It’s Hugh Hewitt, fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who own the number one draft pick in all of basketball, as opposed to the Washington Wizards, who got eliminated in Round One, and therefore condemned to mediocrity, whereas the Cavaliers’ master plan is unfolded. Fred Barnes, would you agree with my assessment on that?

FB: (laughing) Let me stop laughing first. You know, I love to read these stories about how they’re going to get Lebron James to come back to Cleveland, or at least Akron.

HH: You are, I’m telling you right now…

FB: He’s not going to want to.

HH: You are as unprepared for Cavaliers domination as Eric Cantor was for last night. You’re going to be totally surprised, Fred Barnes.

FB: Yeah, we’ll see. We’ll see.

HH: Okay, now listen, Al Hunt said today on Morning Joe that this was the biggest political upset in his life. Do you agree?

FB: No, because it doesn’t have, it doesn’t really have legs. I mean, you know where it’s going to have the most impact, despite what Laura Ingraham and others claim that it’s, you know, this is the newest wave that is sweeping the country, anti-immigration reform and so on, which I think is nonsense, it’s sort of, the biggest impact is on the leadership of Republicans in the House in particular. We already know that Eric Cantor is resigning as of July 31st, and we know people are already running, including Kevin McCarthy of California, and Pete Sessions of Texas, running to be majority leader. Continue Reading

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