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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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National Review’s Jim Geraghty On The GOP Leadership Race

Wednesday, June 11, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

National Review’s Jim Geraghty joined me today to discuss the race to succeed Eric Cantor:

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HH: Joined now by Jim Geraghty of National Review, where he blogs at the Corner. He is also the author of the book, The Weed Agency which was not sent to me pre-publication, and therefore, we’re not going to talk about how wonderful it is, and how everyone’s laughing about it and says it’s a great book, and it’s an amazing buy, and it will make your summer reading list, because The Weed Agency was, everybody else in America got The Weed Agency, but Jim Geraghty treated the Hugh Hewitt Show staff and host the way that Eric Cantor treated his voters.

JG: (laughing) You know, Hugh, I really don’t think that’s fair. I was going to bring a copy and hand-deliver it to you the next time I guest hosted.

HH: Oh, that’s, you’re…

JG: And that was like, when was that? When was that, the last time I guest hosted?

HH: That was a couple of years ago. It was before you began The Weed Agency. But you know what Frank Luntz says. If you say the name of a book seven times in the course of an interview, you’ve sold copies. So we’ll say The Weed Agency, The Weed Agency, The Weed Agency a lot. There, I hit my numbers.

JG: Is it an incantation?

HH: It is.

JG: We’re now hypnotizing listeners…

HH: The Weed Agency.

JG: You’ll buy The Weed Agency.

HH: All right, I am going to put everything aside and focus on what is the most important week in the future of the Republican Party for the next two years, because they’re going to pick their leader, that leader is going to become the Speaker, and that’s going to profoundly impact America’s future. I mean, this is huge. So I want to ask you just a couple of questions, not what you would do, but what you analytically think. If you were a member of Congress and you wanted the more conservative member, would you vote for Hensarling or McCarthy?

JG: Hensarling, although I’ve got to tell you, I, it’s not that I completely disagree with your assessment, Hugh, but I think is this deep, deep inside baseball, and most, I mean, for the next week or two, it’s going to get covered like crazy, like Game of Thrones, and then there’ll be all this behind the scenes maneuvering. And to most voters, it’s going to be some Republican guy replacing another Republican guy. Continue Reading

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