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