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“Glass Jaw,” Houston’s Putin-Like Mayor, And WMD In Iraq –Again

Tuesday, October 14, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Off to Tucson for a Doug Ducey event Wednesday and then on to Dallas Thursday night for an Alliance Defending Freedom event with Ross Douthat and the Benham Brothers.  I’ll be able to broadcast tomorrow thanks to my friends at KVOI in Tuscon, but I’ll be on stage with Ross and the brothers on Thursday and Mark Larson will be sitting in for me to keep you abreast of the latest campaign and Ebola news.  No doubt I’ll be talking on Wednesday’s show and on Thursday night about the outrageous assault on the First Amendment by Houston’s own version of Vladimir Putin, Mayor Annise Parker, who has decided to start issuing subpoenas for sermons of the city’s pastors she has tangled with over the trans-gendered bathrooms issue.

There will also be time to review this big story from the New York Times on the, wait for it, WMD we found in Iraq.

But most of Wednesday’s show will be taken up by a conversation with Eric Dezenhall about his his important, riveting and indeed at times profound new book 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, and I have already advised the leadership of two boards that the book will be must-reading for every board member in America, for CEOs, officeholders and candidates for both jobs as well as their staffs.  It is an advanced course in nightmares for companies and individuals –the kind you hope never to have to live through but for which you ought to be prepared.

Think of Glass Jaw as a reputational earthquake preparedness kit. You shouldn’t be without it.


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Another Massive Obama Fail; Another Burst Of Wind At The GOP’s Back

Tuesday, October 14, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt


Americans aren’t buying the laid-back, “leading from behind” president’s leading from behind on Ebola.

His assurance about Ebola and the U.S. was rapidly proven untrue; his team has fumbled every attempt at messaging; the “protocols” didn’t work in Dallas, and the “screening” at five airports is plainly nonsensical when West Africans can enter the U.S, through non-screened airports, even as asymptomatic carriers can enter through the “screening.”

New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown knows this is an issue, as does every candidate of both parties.  Only the president appears clueless about the extent of the worry and the justified, common sense critique of his policies and the team he has “handling” the issue.

No doubt the president thinks Ebola is on the “jayvee team” of viruses. He found time for his 200th round of golf as POTUS this weekend.

Buyers’ remorse is widespread and will be made obvious on November 4, but will the president allow his loathing of being shown to have been horribly, terribly wrong keep him from taking the obvious steps?

The betting is yes.  He has to wait to find someone to blame.  Everyone at CDC must know the president will find it convenient, very soon, to summon and dismiss them for giving him bad advice.


“Visit to a Country of Ghosts” by Clark S. Judge

Monday, October 13, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The weekly column from Clark Judge:

Visit to a Country of Ghosts by Clark S. Judge: managing director, White House Writers Group, Inc.; chairman, Pacific Research Institute.

I spent September’s last full week in Budapest, capital of Hungary. Sharing a border with Ukraine, the former Warsaw Pact country is now member of the European Union and NATO.  For the United States, it is a strategic country that has become, thanks to Russian president Vladimir Putin, a tense region.

Over four days, I met with senior political figures and their advisors, college professors, entrepreneurs and journalists and posed questions to an astute British expatriate who was my guide.  I also delivered lectures at three universities.

Following are some observations:

Walk the streets.  Eat in the restaurants.  Visit the sites. Talk to the people.  Hungary – at least Budapest — looks and feels happy and untroubled. But scratch the surface and it is a country of ghosts – ghosts of both its Nazi-Fascist and Soviet pasts. Continue Reading

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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