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Hillary As GHWB

Monday, April 14, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

My Monday Washington Examiner point makes the obvious point that Hillary is set up to succeed President Obama just as George H.W. Bush was to succeed Ronald reagan in 1988.  Both are consummate Beltway insiders with vast networks of staffers and donors, highly developed “brands,” and extremely practiced public personas.

Which is too say that the one thing that the GOP might be expected to do in 2016 –which is slowly getting underway– is nominate a governor from a base state.  Hard to imagine a candidate as dull as Mike Dukakis getting the nod, but cycles and patterns are pretty persistent in American politics.  Hillary is the given, now we watch to see if the GOP replays the out party’s role from 1988.

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Waiting For Mr. Churchill

Friday, April 11, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

My friend Robert O’Brien was among Mitt Romney’s senior foreign policy team, a senior official at the U.N. during the Bush years, and is managing partner of the Los Angeles office of the national law firm Arent Fox where he litigates complex commercial disputes and international disputes.  You have heard him on my show many times and he has become a good friend over the past few years.  In Friday’s National Interest, Robert raises the obvious question about the echoes of the ’30s most sensible people are hearing right now as the authoritarian regimes of Iran, the PRC and Russia and grow stronger and stronger and and more aggressive by the day, with the Crimean snatch by Russia just the latest in a long sequence of foreign policy setbacks to the West against the backdrop of rapidly declining defense budgets at home and among our allies.

Read O’Brien’s piece, and then order Robert Kaplan’s Asia’s Cauldron if you want some details on just the PRC’s role in the gathering storm, or at least read the transcript with my interview with Kaplan, the country’s leading reporter of events in Asia.  The leaders of the Congressional GOP have to begin to follow the lead of Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan and, yes, of longtime national security hawks Lindsey Graham and John McCain.  A GOP primary like the Senate contest in Georgia that features a defense-savvy candidate like Congressman Jack Kingston shouldn’t even be close, nor should a general election in a place like Arkansas be tight where the GOP has put forward one of the brightest members of the House and a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, Army Ranger Tom Cotton, against a hapless legacy senator like Mark Pryor.  Seriousness has to be the approach in the fall at every level, and the neo-isolationism of a handful of very loud fringes rejected.  (No, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul isn’t a neo-isolationst, but many of his supporters are and his supporters who stand for a robust defense should work hard to make sure that message is carried everywhere.)

After The Worst, The Best Advice: Show Up And Shut Up

Friday, April 11, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Thursday I was in Fort Worth to talk about The Happiest Life with Eric Metaxas at his “Socrates in the City” south in Fort Worth, Texas.  After a wonderful conversation with Eric before a few hundred great, welcoming  Texans and a fun book signing, I wandered down to the Main Street Festival where the streets were alive with people and exhibits and the Main Stage had great bands playing –the perfect moment for a cigar.

The back to the hotel room and this story –the worst story because it is about the worst thing that can happen, the loss of a child, in this case many children on the cusp of adulthood.  I spent Wednesday morning as the guest teacher for a couple of AP Government classes at a southern California high school so the horrors of this wreck are very vivid juxtaposed to the joy of having been around so much energy and optimism.

So the country grieves with the parents, siblings, grandparents, girlfriends, boyfriends, just friends, teachers, coaches and extended families of these students, and I reminded of what Rabbi Kushner once told me, the best advice he said then he could give to those who would comfort the grieving: Show up and shut up.  It is the best thing to do because you simply cannot know what they are feeling, but they need their friends close and the media far away.

Texas Bound With Eric Metaxas; The Daily Caller’s Jamie Weinstein Sitting In

Thursday, April 10, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

I am in Fort Worth tonight for “Socrates in the City” with its host Eric Metaxas. talking about The Happiest Life.  The Daily Caller’s Jamie Weinstein, fresh from his first solo hosting two weeks ago, hosts from D.C. tonight.  Give a listen.

he Hoover Institution’s Lanhee Chen, who was in studio for an hour yesterday –transcript to follow at the Transcripts page– is the latest to say “that looks like fun,” so look for Mitt Romney’s former senior policy advisor to show up behind the mic someday soon.

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