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The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza Defends CNBC’s Debate Moderators And Discusses Bench Depth In Both Parties

Friday, October 30, 2015  |  posted by Duane Patterson

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HH: And the loyalty award goes to Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker. Having been a media figure who’s been in the target range before for incoming, I appreciated that Ryan stood up for the CNBC panel last night when no one else in America was doing it, Ryan Lizza. I hope they sent you flowers today.

RL: Are you attacking them, too? How much incoming did you get when you did the CNN debate?

HH: You know, not much, actually. I mostly was criticized for being quiet, for being too quiet. But I do think…

RL: That you didn’t have enough questions.

HH: Yeah, but I did. I felt perfectly fine about it. But I think the answer is I made my questions very, very short.

RL: Yeah.

HH: I mean, that is where, that’s where people get into trouble when they speechify. It’s like Foghorn Leghorn, Ryan. Do you think they learned anything from that?

RL: Well, I think the biggest problem was that it was billed as a debate about the economy, and that’s not really what dominated the questioning. I think a second problem was the, just production of the debate was poor. It seemed like there was a lot of confusion, there wasn’t a lot of, the integration, that the moderators didn’t seem well-integrated like they knew what each other was doing. When the one moderator asked a question to Trump, it didn’t seem like she had the backup to back up what she was saying, and it turns out she was more right than Trump was, but she didn’t have the competence to realize that. So look, I didn’t, I had one tweet early in the debate about it. I didn’t do some full-throated defense that this was the greatest debate ever. Continue Reading

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Senator John McCain on Hilary’s Comment on the VA Scandal and the Recent Budget Deal

Wednesday, October 28, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

I start the show today with Senator John McCain talking about the VA scandal and the recent budget deal voted in the House of Representatives.

The audio: 10-28hhs-mccain

The transcript:

HH: I begin today’s program with United States Senator John Mccain whose friend Lindsey Graham will be shortly on every national issue doing the preliminary [debate]. Senator McCain, thanks for joining me at the start of this debate.

JM: Well thank you Hugh, and my friend Lindsey Graham is the guy I think understands national security the best, and if you heard about the hearing we had yesterday with our Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staffs (laughs), you will think we need a leader that can handle national security.

HH: I did hear about that. I played some of that. I want to talk about that. First, though, I need your comment on former Secretary of State Clinton’s comment on the VA on Friday after an Benghazi hearing. Here’s what she said about the VA scandal, Senator McCain.

HC: It’s not been as widespread as it has been made out to be.

HH: What do you think of that?

JM: I think she did two things. One, she showed a total lack of knowledge of the seriousness and tragedies that have resulted from these massive failures in the VA and second of all, she politicized the issue. She went on and said Republicans are using it for political reasons. I can tell you there’s one issue up until what she said and what she has now done that was not partisan and that was Republicans and Democrats worked [together]. I negotiated with Bernie Sanders a VA reform bill. I worked with Democrats on a suicide prevention act. We have 8,000 veterans that are committing suicide very year, and she thinks that’s not a problem? That there’s hundreds, the VA deputy secretary admitted, there are nearly 500,000 appointments with extended wait times. You know of the story of the 50 veterans who died waiting on a phantom waiting list in Phoenix, Arizona. This is not only insensitivity, but it is abrogation of responsibility of the commander-in-chief. I think it was Lincoln, if I may paraphrase, “Take care of the wounded and the widows” – that famous line.

HH: Yes.

JM: Well obviously, she doesn’t feel that. And to degrade both the Congress and veterans and their challenges, I think is unacceptable for a commander-in-chief. Continue Reading

Thinking About Tonight’s Debate

Wednesday, October 28, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder

So RCP is up with its debate preview and it set me thinking.  Two random thoughts really.

The first is the “Evangelical embrace” of Carson in Iowa.  Twice Mitt Romney lost in Iowa and twice his Mormon faith played a significant role in that loss.  Carson is a Seventh Day Adventist.  Both the LDS and the SDA are movements born in the “burned over district” of western and central New York state during the Second Great Awakening.  Both faith expressions are heterodox when compared to traditional Christianity.  The fact that Romney’s Mormonism was a huge problem in Iowa, but Carson’s Adventist faith is being attributed as the reason for his rise is deeply curious.  Huckabee and Kasich are far better fits for the Iowa voters on religion grounds than Carson.

My presumption is the press is grasping at straws for a way to explain the polls so they grasp religion ignorantly, but that is really just a guess.   Maybe Romney successfully killed religious bias, just too late for himself.  But mostly I think this says that religion just is not in play anymore.  That would be a wonderful conclusion if our culture was not rotting so; but the way things look religion is not only not in play politically, it is not in play culturally.

My second thought has to do with the “heated rivalries” (quoting RCP) of tonight’s debate.  What? – is this the end of the college football season? Continue Reading

CNN’s Don Lemon On South Carolina Arrest And Video

Wednesday, October 28, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

CNN’s Don Lemon joined me on today’s show to discuss the video of the South Carolina incident:




HH: Of course, the viral video that is sweeping the nation has to do with the South Carolina high school officer in the conflict with the young woman in the high school. I’m joined now by my new BFF, Don Lemon, from CNN Tonight. I’ve been doing Don’s show more than I’ve been in my apartment in the last few weeks. Don, welcome, it’s great to have, turnabout is fair play here.
DL: I was going to say, you need to, I was going to say you need to get out more, but you need to get home more.

HH: Hey, you have a big scoop tonight. Let’s go right to this. Who do you have on CNN Tonight dealing with this video?

DL: So there were two people who were arrested in that high school. One is the girl you see on camera with the officer. Another is another girl who started videotaping it, and who was also arrested, and actually spoke out, and she spoke out and said what are you doing. And so she was also arrested. And so I have her. Her name is Niya Kenny. She was arrested. She could face up to a $1,000 dollar fine or 90 days in jail, and/or 90 days in jail, or she might be expelled. She’s not been allowed to go back to school. So I have her tonight, and she tells us what went down inside the classroom. Continue Reading

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