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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush On 2016, “A Third Bush War,” And Big Government Conservatism

Wednesday, February 25, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush joined me today to talk all things 2106:




HH: I’m pleased to begin this hour with former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush. Governor Bush, welcome back to the program, great to talk to you.

JB: How are you doing, Hugh? Everything’s good in Miami.

HH: Terrific. Well, we’ve got LeBron, so it can’t be that great in Miami.

JB: Oh, that leaves a mark, my friend.

HH: Now I’ve got to ask you, when it comes down to politics, if it turns out that you and Senator Rubio run against each other in Florida, would either of you want Urban Meyer’s endorsement?

JB: Yeah.

HH: You would?

JB: I’d take him.

HH: Okay, just checking. That helps in Ohio, but I thought he left Florida with a little bit of a bad…

JB: It could be a two-fer, and the last time I checked, Florid and Ohio are like the two most important states.

HH: Okay, we’ll give you Urban Meyer, then. Governor, I watched with interest your speech in Chicago last week, and I’d like to play the key sort of 45 seconds of it for the audience. Here’s what you said at the Chicago Foreign Affairs Council.

JB: I’ve been fortunate to have a father and a brother who helped shape America’s foreign policy from the Oval Office. I recognize that as a result, my views will often be held up in comparison to theirs. In fact, this is a great, fascinating thing in the political world for some reason, sometimes in contrast to theirs. Look, just for the record, one more time, I love my brother. I love my dad. I actually love my mother as well. I hope that’s okay. And I admire their service to the nation and the difficult decisions that they had to make. But I’m my own man, and my views are shaped by my own thinking and my own experiences. Each president learns from those who came before – their principles, their adjustments. One thing we know is this. Every president inherits a changing world and changing circumstances. Continue Reading

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Donald Trump On 2016 And Trolling The GOP

Wednesday, February 25, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Donald Trump joined me Wednesday to talk about whether or not he’ll be on the stage when I am asking questions in the fall:




HH: Pleased to welcome to the Hugh Hewitt Show now Donald Trump. Mr. Trump, welcome, it’s great to have you on the program.

DT: It’s great to be with you, Hugh.

HH: I read yesterday you hired Chuck Laudner in Iowa. Is that true?

DT: That is true. I’ve had a lot of respect for him for a long time. I really know the people of Iowa very well. They all feel the same way. He’s a really, just a great guy.

HH: Now it was announced yesterday I’m going to be asking some questions of the presidential candidates in September at the Reagan Library. Are you going to be on that stage?

DT: I very well may. I mean, we’re going to look at it very seriously. We have been looking at it very seriously. You know, the country is doing horribly, to put it mildly, like a laughing stock, actually. And we’re run by incompetent people with incompetent leadership, and I think that I am going to surprise a lot of people if I say a certain word known as yes.

HH: And when do you have to have make that decision by, Donald Trump?

DT: I would say sometime prior to June, June or prior to, during the month of, maybe, but right around that territory.

HH: I’ll come back to the politics in a moment. The questions I’ll be asking in Simi Valley will be about national security, I hope.

DT: Right.

HH: …because people always want to know is the person who wants to be president qualified to be the commander-in-chief. Quick question, have you read The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright?

DT: Excuse me? I didn’t hear you.

HH: Have you read the book, The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright?

DT: I have not.

HH: How about the new Atlantic article about ISIS, called What ISIS Really Wants?

DT: I’ve seen it. I haven’t, I sort of got a synopsis of it, but if you look at what’s going on, it’s almost obvious what ISIS wants. I mean, they want domination. They want complete domination. And they’ve wanted it for a long time. And it’s disgraceful that we’re allowing this to happen. Continue Reading

“Giuliani’s Passion” By Clark S. Judge

Wednesday, February 25, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The weekly column from Clark Judge:

“Giuliani’s Passion”

By Clark S. Judge: managing director, White House Writers Group, Inc.; chairman, Pacific Research Institute

In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, Rudolph Giuliani wrote that he hoped the bluntness of his recent words about President Barack Obama would not obscure his meaning. If ever there were a case of twisted by naves to make a trap for fools, the criticism of the former New York mayor’s remarks is it.

Giuliani had said that the President’s rhetoric is never about love of this country. It is never about affirmation of this country. It is not about the goodness of this country. It takes on a tone that is different and, in its totality, is unsettling, which is true. Continue Reading

Serious and Less Than Serious

Wednesday, February 25, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder

Congrats Hugh.  Your questioning will bring a gravitas to the debates that has been missing for a few cycles, certainly your Monday Spengler moment would indicate your desire to do just that.  I have been haunted by your thoughts there all week.

Reading George Weigel at NR yesterday on Putin and Ukraine is a stark reminder of the lack of seriousness not just the media, but many western leaders, seem to have on world events:

No, the deeper reason for Europe’s “catastrophic misreading” of Putin and Russia is Europe’s lack of belief in its own civilizational project, which manifests itself in its military and political weakness — its refusal to defend itself, either with arms or with ideas. Europe wants to be left alone with its pleasures, happily uninvolved in the Hobbesian world Putin has created to the east of Poland’s eastern and southern borders; Ukraine is a bother, because the people who made the Maidan Revolution of Dignity have the disturbing tendency to insist that “European values” involve more than six-week paid vacations in a womb-to-tomb welfare state. Thus Europe tacitly acquiesces in Putin’s gross violations of the international law to which Europe pays such homage, and the Baltic states are, rightly, very, very worried — as the rest of Europe ought to be.

It seems as if we believe in nothing so much as our own pleasure.  Which is why Ross Douthat’s column yesterday on the “Obama/Christian” question, while insightful, misses the point.  The question is not about Christianity – it is about Obama.

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