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Governor Bobby Jindal on CNN, Ebola, and ISIS

Tuesday, October 7, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Governor Jindal was my guest in the first hour today:

The audio:

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The transcript:

HH: Pleased to welcome back one of America’s most interesting governors, Bobby Jindal of the great state of Louisiana. Governor Jindal, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.

BJ: Hugh, it’s always great to be on the air with you. Thank you for having me back on your show.

HH: Well, I want to cover three things, and I want to go in reverse order of least serious to most serious. The first, the least serious, I was just reading a story about CNN five minutes ago. Their ratings are horrible. Governor Jindal, you’ve watched the news for a long time. Do you think their ratings would get better if they had any conservatives on that network? I love Jake Tapper and Wolf, but those are the only two guys, I watch Anderson Cooper a little bit, but honestly, it’s a left wing network.

BJ: Hugh, look, you’re exactly right. They’ve tried everything else. Why not, just for sheer survival, forget fairness, forget trying to be objective, at some point, you should try to give your customers what they want to see. Why not try a conservative voice? They’ve tried just about everything. They’ve tried new graphics, new executives. Nothing seems to work. They lose more and more viewers every year. Why not try a conservative voice? Continue Reading

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Senator Lindsey Graham On His 2016 Plans, ISIL, and Kansas

Tuesday, October 7, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Senator Graham was my guest for a wide ranging conversation that covered whether he will run for president in 2016, ISIL, the president’s lagging response to the Ebola epidemic, and the Kansas Senate race:

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: Leading off with United States Senator Lindsey Graham from the great state of South Carolina. As far as I can tell, the only thing that got done in Washington in 2014 was the result of Senator Graham’s leading the effort to restore career military’s benefits, so it’s great to talk to you, Senator, and I know you’re, you’ve got a lead down there in South Carolina, but we want to remind everyone they’ve got to get out and vote.

LG: You got that right, but thank you for all your help to make sure that we did do away with the effort to restrict military retirement COLAs and nobody else’s, and that was one of your finer contributions to democracy. I appreciate it. Continue Reading

Memo To Kansas Voters, Part 2

Monday, October 6, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

So a conservative messages me that GOP “deserves” to lose Kansas.

Their beef: GOP Senator Pat Roberts should have retired and let a “real” conservative run and win in a state Mitt Romney carried by 20+ points.

Well, Roberts didn’t retire and its a free country and he won the primary.  Roberts is the GOP nominee.  He’s also a Marine, btw, and though that was a long time ago, that time in uniform is considerably more service rendered the country than a whole bunch of “RINO-hunters” I know and hear from regularly.  Roberts also did a fine job while chairing the Senate Intelligence Committee.  he actually knows about ISIS, has pushed for stronger actions.  He cares about the military and the defense of the country.  He will also vote to put the control of the Senate’s agenda in Mitch McConnell’s capable hands.  “Independent” nominee for Senate in Kansas, Greg Orman, won’t.  Orman will caucus with the Democrats.  How do we know?  he won’t say who he will caucus with –that’s ho we know.

Here’s the bottom line: Harry Reid wants people to vote for Greg Orman because Orman will caucus with Democrats and keep Harry in charge of the Senate.  With the gavel that comes with the position of majority Leader Reid can push through all of President Obama’s judicial nominees, block investigations into Benghazi, the IRS, the VA, the Service Service, Fast & Furious and every other Obama scandal simmering after six years.  President Obama is safe from scrutiny and unhampered in his final two years if Orman wins.

Voting for Greg Orman or staying home is the single most self-destructive action a conservative, a moderate, or any sort of genuine “independent” could make in my lifetime.  Speaking other than this truth is similarly self-destructive.

Voting for Orman or ragging on Roberts are also spectacularly selfish acts, ones that ignores the real sacrifices of men and women in harm’s way in Afghanistan and across the globe who need a Senate led by Mitch McConnell to rebuild their Pentagon and outfit them with the equipment they must have.  The country needs a Senate led by Mitch McConnell to put a stop the confirmation of still more absurdly activist judges making it up as they go along, and spending money like there is no consequence to 18 trillion dollars of debt.

“Conservatives” who bellyache about Pat Roberts aren’t “conservative” at all.  Ronald Reagan –yeah, I actually worked for him as opposed to most of the people complaining about Roberts– would have nothing to do with such whiners. Not at this point in an election cycle.  The country is threatened by real enemies with real weapons and by the deep, systemic incompetence of the amateur-in-chief at 1600.  So stop complaining and get in the game.  Call or email your friends in Kansas and tell them the real score.  Orman is Obama/Reid’s cat’s paw.  Simpel as that.  Vote accordingly.

Evidence:

transcript of interview with Ohio Senator Rob Portman;

transcript of interview with the Washington Post’s Dan Balz;

transcript of  interview with CA Congressman (and Kansas farmer) John Campbell.

This isn’t complicated.  It isn’t hard.  It is the future of the country.

Memo To Kansas: A Vote for Orman Is A Vote For Harry Reid and President Obama

Monday, October 6, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

My Monday Washington Examiner column is about the number of military veterans the GOP has nominated for key Senate and House races this year.  Their arrival on the Hill will help replenish the ranks of veterans in Congress which peaked in the ’70s at over 400 and which today is barely over 100.

In other news, the Dems seem to be succeeding with their “bait-and-switch” in Kansas, and are counting on low-information voters to keep their majority by voting for “independent” Greg Orman, who previously ran as a Democrat but is on the ballot as an “independent.” This morning I sent an email to two young friends in Kansas, and I hope all readers and listeners do the same for everyone they know who votes in Kansas:

Hi _________

I saw your tweets yesterday about the Browns and appreciate them. I don’t believe the Jets qualify as a professional team so don’t get your hopes up for the Bolts.

Anyway, those tweets made me think that I haven’t talked to you about your state Senate race: Republican Pat Roberts v. “independent” Greg Orman. The race will be close so I am emailing an appeal to you two to study the race hard as it is the key to the Senate in 2014 and thus for the next two years, and thus to the Supreme Court and religious liberty as well as many other issues including the fight against ISIS abroad and economic growth at home.

Senator Pat Roberts is your incumbent senator and at 78 is seeking his fourth term in the Senate. He’s not a firebrand but he is very good at his job, serving presently on the Ag Committee as well as the Committee on Health & Labor and the Select Committee on Ethics. Roberts is also the past chair of the Committee on Intelligence, one of the key positions in all of Congress. He knows the enemy abroad and with the rise of ISIS his experience is very critical to the next few years.

Democrats in D.C. pressured the Democratic nominee in Kansas who was running against Roberts to drop out of the race after he was nominated, so it was late enough in the cycle to assure that there is no Democrat running on the ballot. No Democrat can win that race in Kansas this year because of widespread disgust with Senate Majority Harry Rid and President Obama on a number of issues. So this was pure subterfuge –an admission that Democrats cannot win the seat head-to-head with Roberts.

So Reid is betting on getting the “independent” Orman elected and then luring him to caucus with the Democrats as two other “independents” presently do, thus maintaining his Majority Leader status and continuing to pack the courts with President Obama nominees. There will probably be at least one Supreme Court vacancy in the next two years. If Reid uses Orman to hang on to the Senate majority, President Obama’s nominee(s) –no matter how left wing and anti-religious freedom– will be confirmed to a life time appointment. In June, both of President Obama’s nominees voted against Hobby Lobby in the key case on religious liberty of the last 25 years.

Orman has surface appeal especially to a bunch of younger, low information voters who like his youth and straight leg jeans. But your home town newspaper nailed it with this headline, captured on Twitter by the politics editor at NPR:

Charlie Mahtesian @charlieNPR · Sep 24
Greg Orman, painfully above the fold in Kansas capital paper. Meanwhile, Roberts hasnt polled over 42 since primary

So the choice is very clear: A vote for Orman is a vote for Harry Reid to continue to break and abuse the Senate and allow the president to continue packing the courts, and a vote for Roberts is a vote for religious liberty and responsible opposition to the president ion judicial appointments, seriousness in the battle against ISIS and genuine checks-and-balances in D.C. I hope you two will support Senator Roberts come November 4 (or earlier if you vote early by absentee).

Hugh

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