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“The poll found that 47% believe the country is less safe than it was before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks—up sharply from 28% just one year ago.”

Wednesday, September 10, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

This is an astonishing result, and the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll and extended indictment of a feckless, hapless president whose address tonight cannot possibly begin to make up for the damage he has done unless he (1) is completely transparent as to the source of the danger the country faces –his decision to bolt Iraq in 2011, and (2) reverses his course in Afghanistan which is presently headed in exactly the direction he took in Iraq.

Republicans will be right to support any action, however limited, the president takes against the growing threat of IS, but should also try to force Harry Reid’s Senate to provide the president with authority even greater than that provided both President Bush and President Obama under 2001’s AUMF.  The threat from radical Islamists will continue long after this disaster of a president has headed into his golfing retirement, and today’s Congress should provide the next president with a restatement of his or her authority to do what this president has simply refused to do again and again: Take the actions necessary to pre-empt attacks on the United States and its allies.

Republicans ought also to immediately move a supplemental Department of Defense appropriation to assure that the already battered Pentagon and its unfiormed services do not end up even less provisioned than they are today.  If the threat is growing –and it is as both the poll reflects and the president’s address will admit– the response must be real in terms of resources directed to the Pentagon.

Thirteen years after the attack on America, nearly half of the country feels less safe than when that attack occurred.  Astonishing.  And the damning proof that whatever else President Obama is, he is a failure at the most important part of his job: Providing for the common defense.

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If Apple Can Innovate, Why Can’t Federal Government?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Not since 2005-6 –the years of Katrina and a Democratic filibuster of Social Security reform at home and the successful “Surge” in Iraq– has the GOP controlled all branches of government.  How has the federal government innovated since Nancy Pelosi and Hary Reid took over the Congress back then?

The Democrats only held all three branches for two years in 2009 and 2010 when President Obama joined Reid and Pelosi, and brought us the “Stimulus, Dodd-Frank and, of course, “Obamacare.”

Deadlock has been preferable to more Democratic innovation, but as Tim Cook unveils Apple’s new product line today, ask yourself which party is better positioned to bring genuinine innovation to defense, education and energy development?  Then vote (and contribute in these key 15 races) this fall accordingly.  To get the government on the road to beginning to catch up to the private sector, Harry Reid has to be ousted.  2014 truly is the Reid Referendum.  Any vote for any Democrat is a vote for the continuation of his ruinous, almost unbalanced reign as Majority Ruler of the Senate.

Wasting time with Reid in charge of the Senate while the world melts down and the government atrophies is beyond belief.  Hopefully every GOP candidate is linking their opponent not just to the president but to the architect of paralysis on the Hill –Harry Reid, the anti-Cook.

 

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The President’s Immigration Vise: “And I’m Being Honest Now.”

Monday, September 8, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Thanks to Congressman John Campbell for filling in for me last week (and making news with Speaker Boehner and Leader McCarthy) and setting the stage for this week’s opening of the fall campaign which will hinge on America’s collapsing position in the world, the bizarre combination of the president’s lassitude abroad and his threatened abuse of the powers of his office at home, especially with regards to immigration, and a  still dormant economy.

The president’s sit down with new Meet The Press anchor Chuck Todd revealed an entitled incumbent who seem almost suprised that Todd would prss him on such things.  He also seemed wholly unprepared for Todd’s pressing him on the flip-flop on his threat to go rogue on immigration, and made a spectacular slip of the tongue when responding to Todd’s follow-up:

CHUCK TODD: But the politics, I mean, it looks like election year politics.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Not only do I want to make sure that the Ts are crossed and the Is are dotted, but here’s the thing, and Chuck, and I’m being honest now, about the politics of it. This problem with unaccompanied children that we saw a couple weeks ago, where you had, from Central America, a surge of kids who were showing up at the border, got a lot of attention. (emphasis added.)

I tell my law students all the time to listen for such poker tells for they indicate that the speaker knows he isn’t routinely honest in speech or understood by his or her listeners to be honest.   This was the president, under pressure from Todd, begging to be believed now that he has entered into a period of irredeemable credibility collapse at home and abroad.  Nobody believes him: Not our friends abroad, not our enemies, not even his own political base.

My Washington Examiner column this morning explores the consequences of the president’s back-flip on immigration and they are horrible –for Democrats.  The president is in a vise: He promised to undertake what is at best a wildly extra-Constitutional action on behalf of a favored political constituency, and then he broke his promise to them.  As the column explains, this helps every Republican candidate, hurts many Democrats, and can only get worse when and if the president “acts” after the election.  The Beltway smart-set must have woken up to the fact that this is the weakest senior staff the city has seen since….well, you fill in the blank.

I am broadcasting from D.C. today and tomorrow and begin today’s show from the Heritage Studios with Congressman Tom Cotton, soon to be Senator Cotton, followed by CNN’s Peter Hamby –one of the better political reporters rising in the new era marked by Jake Tapper’s move to CNN and Todd’s to take the controls at MTP.  The RNC’s Sean Spicer will be by, and I’ll hear from Lanhee Chen and Stanley Kurtz on the looming Clinton co-presidency as well, so don’t miss any of today’s Beltway edition of the program.

And, yes, I fished out the Madison again, even as the Buckeyes and the Browns stumbled out of the gate.  11-1 and 15-1 won’t be bad at all.

 

 

 

 

“Advice to GOP Candidates: No Coasting to Victory This Year” By Clark S. Judge

Monday, September 8, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The weekly column from Clark Judge:

Advice to GOP Candidates: No Coasting to Victory This Year
By Clark S. Judge: Managing Director, White House Writers Group, Inc.; chairman, Pacific Research Institute

In today’s Wall Street Journal (http://bit.ly/WSJToday), I offer advice to this year’s Republican candidates, particularly candidates for the U.S. Senate.

I urge them to remember that, though voters might be alarmed at the president’s performance, they aren’t that wild about the GOP either. Republicans can’t coast. Like the money of that brokerage house in the old commercial, they will have to earn victory the old fashioned way. They must earn it. They will have to tell voters what they want to do in office, not just how the other team has messed up.

Despite the drumbeat of pundits, I have not been all that impressed with the weakness of the president’s polling numbers. Yes, his approval ratings are low. But they are higher than George W. Bush’s at this stage of his presidency and about at the bottom of the president’s range during his first term. According to Rasmussen daily tracking, 46 percent of voters currently approve of Mr. Obama’s performance in office, 53 percent disapprove. At this time in 2012, those numbers were 46 percent versus 54 percent. Please note that the president won that election. Continue Reading

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