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The Disgusting Attack On Military Service By Nevada Democratic Attorney General Nominee Ross Miller

Monday, October 13, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The growing prospect of a Democratic wipeout on November 4  –of a GOP wave triggered by the president’s serial incompetencies abroad and scandals at home, from the march of ISIS towards a massacre in Kobani to the incoherent response to travel restrictions on inbound passengers from West Africa to the collapses at the IRS, the VA, and the Secret Service and the growing inability of the CDC to transparently and fully communicate crucial details of Ebola’s spread abroad and now at home– has led to numerous Democratic candidates committing egregious acts of dirty, indeed filthy campaigning.

Democratic Senator Mark Udall’s attacks on Republican Congressman Cory Gardner prompted The Denver Post this weekend to endorse Gardner and exclaim that “Udall is trying to frighten voters rather than inspire them with a hopeful vision,” adding “[h]is obnoxious one-issue campaign is an insult to those he seeks to convince.”

Texas Democratic nominee for governor Wendy Davis’ attack ad using a wheelchair aimed at the wheelchair-bound Texas Attorney General and GOP nominee to replace Rick Perry Greg Abbott is widely regarded as the lowest blow of a low election season.

And on Friday night, Nevada Democratic Attorney General nominee Ross Miller attacked the surging GOP nominee Adam Laxalt, a Navy veteran of the Iraq war, for “pushing paper” while deployed in Iraq.

Laxalt is a graduate of Georgetown University and Georgetown University Law School.  After law school he volunteered for the Navy and served his country as a Judge Advocate General. While in the Navy, Adam volunteered to serve in a combat zone in Iraq
and was stationed at Forward Operating Base Camp Victory, where Adam’s team was in charge of more than 20,000 detainees during the Surge, keeping our troops and the world safer by assisting with the detention and prosecution of thousands of war criminals and terrorists.  Adam was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal, and his Unit was awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.

When during Friday night’s debate Democrat Miller was pushed by the moderator on Miller’s acceptance of tens of thousands of dollars of gifts while serving as Nevada’s Secretary of State, Miller first filibustered and then tried to deflect the question by questioning the value of Laxalt’s record in Iraq saying “it seemed like you were processing paperwork” while serving during the Surge in Baghdad.  Laxalt immediately and rightly took strong offense, and asked Miller “if you have any idea what it is like to go into a war zone, in the middle of the Surge, in the most challenging time of the war.”

Laxalt termed the dismissal of his service in Iraq “appalling,” and pointed out that Miller had no idea what he was talking about.  That was too kind by half.  Miller’s attack on Laxalt’s service in Iraq is disgusting and indeed disqualifying, for it was a rare glimpse into Miller’s value set, one that does not esteem military service in wartime.  You can watch the exchange for yourself, beginning at about 38:45 of this tape of the debate.

Observe Miller’s demeanor at this critical juncture of the debate, and his clumsy attempt to deflect the serious question about his accepting of gifts from various parties –the same issue that rightfully dogged Virginia’s former Governor Bob McDonnell all the way to a conviction– and you see a shifty, smarmy man who dives to a new low: attacking a veteran of a combat zone for serving there.  I recently hosted for dinner a Marine Corp JAG freshly returned from eight months at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan, and know another Army JAG on the front lines of the war there right now.  JAGs serve honorably, at great personal risk to themselves, separated just as other service members are from their families, and are vitally necessary to the national security of the United States.  Attacking one such combatant as a “paper pusher” disqualifies the attacker from serving in elected office.

I cannot fathom any Nevada vet, family member or friend of a vet or just simply a patriot voting for this Miller.  I would be ashamed to have contributed to him much less work to get out the vote for a man dismissive of military service in time of war.  Seriously, I cannot imagine voting for him.

Or Wendy Davis.  Or Mark Udall.  Or any Democrat this cycle for that matter.  The country is sinking into multiple crises with an absentee landlord in the White House and a chaotic, feckless indeed incoherent policy abroad and a shambles of numerous schemes at home and corrupt agency practices everywhere.

The country needs a sharp U-turn, at every level, but especially in Colorado and Texas, and most especially in the Nevada Attorney General race.  Voters in the Silver State should send a very loud message that no candidate in the future ought to ever dare question the honorable service of any vet.  Miller deserves to lose in a landslide, and he ought to have apologized before his handlers tell him to.

You can help Adam Laxalt –the grandson of Ronald Reagan’s great good friend Senator Paul Laxalt– by contributing here or volunteering if you live in Nevada.  Stand up for vets.  Support Adam Laxalt.

 

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“Glass Jaw” by Eric Dezenhall

Saturday, October 11, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Began and am hooked by Eric Dezenhall’s Glass Jaw: A Manifesto for Defending Fragile Reputations in an Age of Instant Scandal.”   Dezenhall is founder and CEO  of Dezenhall Resources, Ltd, one of the nation’s leading crisis management firms.  I hope to have Dezenhall on next week, but the book will be must-reading for CEOs, officeholders and candidates for both jobs as well as their staff.

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Your “Week-End To-Do” List from Johnny Radio

Friday, October 10, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Great weekend ahead. In America, at least.  Fall and football in most places.  The crescendoing of the political season.  Here’s a check list of things to do:

Visit the website of the Warrior Strong Race Team. Rear Adm. Mike Shatynski (USN, Ret.) was on Friday’s show with me talking about this inspiring project.

Contribute to the Cory Gardner campaign.  Best place to make your last contribution.  Believe it or The (very lefty) Denver Post endorsed Gardner Friday in a clear signal that the lights have gone out for Democrat incumbent Mark Udall (and his Democrat governor colleague John Hickenlooper, aka Governor Gumby.) If you have extra still, then Thom Tillis and/or Dan Sullivan in the Senate races, Bob Beauprez and Doug Ducey in the statehouse contests.

Sign up to walk a precinct in any of the key state races.  Really committed?  Get a hotel in Arkansas or Colorado and walk for Tom Cotton or Cory Gardner.  You can sign up at their websites.

Next, listen to the long interview I conducted Thursday with Major General Giora Romm (IDF, Ret) about his new book Solitary, which will be posted here:

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Watch the Browns beet the Steelers Sunday. (Read a game preview by Terry Pluto –America’s finest sportswriter.)

And of course worship God as you see fit, which is the last thing that will be happening in any territory controlled by IS and certainly not in Kobani.  The president who argued we needed to intervene in Libya to prevent a massacre there is now only doing the minimum as real massacres and atrocities pile up in ISISland.

Giora Romm’s “Solitary”

Thursday, October 9, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Author Steven Pressfield –whose The Lion’s Gate has amazed everyone I have given it to or pushed it on– is bringing Israel’s first fighter pilot “ace” to the studio today: Major General Giora Romm (Israeli Defense Forces, Ret.)

Giora Romm shot down five Migs in the Six Day War, was himself shot down over Egypt on September 11, 1969, suffering horrible injuries when his ejection seat exited his crippled Mirage, injuries that became more mangled when he and the seat hit the ground.  Romm then went on to survive hasty surgeries on broken limbs, harsh months of interrogation followed by long stretches of solitary confinement followed by beatings and more interrogation and solitary before being exchanged for Egyptian prisoners of war.  After numerous operations to repair his shattered leg and arm and a long recovery, Romm returned to the sky and to air combat in the Yom Kippur War, leading the 115th Squadron in that war.

Solitary: The Crash, Recovery, and Resurrection of an Ace Fighter Pilot is already a classic in Israel and now is available in English and will almost certainly be on every fighter pilot’s bookshelf and widely read by anyone with an interest in courage the human capacity for endurance, survival and recovery.

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