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Congressman Mike Pompeo Shreds President’s Speech

Wednesday, September 10, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Listen to this.  Congressman Pompeo is a serious man, a warrior, and eager for the president to succeed, not fail, in the war on IS.

The president’s “strategy” has “no chance of success” say the Kagans.  They were the key contributors to the “surge” strategy that worked in Iraq from 2007 forward until President Obama pulled U.S. troops prematurely and completely from Iraq in 2011.

Bill Kristol declared himself “depressed” on tonight’s post-speech broadcast.  So was I.  We were led to believe the president had turned a corner, but on so many fundamental details he is so terribly misinformed –”These terrorists are unique in their brutality”; “American leadership at its best”; “ISIL is not Islamic”– or willfully ignorant as to wonder as Bill asked rhetorically whether he actually gets briefed on anything?

No mention in the speech of Afghanistan –and the speech wandered from Ebola to Yemen to the American automobile industry– much less of Israel so as to defy any conventions of the craft of speechwriting.  The address was both very narrow and ridiculously broad; exhortatory and dull.  What a mess.  What a long, long two years ahead.  The best that can be said is that it took the issue of the collapse of America’s position in the world and underlined it for voters heading into November.  Vote for Democrats at your peril.  They are leaderless.  So is the nation.

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Mike Gonzalez’s “A Race For The Future: How Conservatives Can Break The Liberal Monopoly On Hispanic Americans” and David Mark’s “Dog-Whistles, Walk-Backs, and Washington Handshakes: Decoding The Jargon, Slang and Bluster of American Political Speech”

Wednesday, September 10, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

As we wait for the president’s speech to the nation tonight, I’ll talk with two long time Beltway journalists, both of whom have authored a brand new book of great value to the chattering class.

Mike Gonzalez is a Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and the author of a must-read for GOPers who want to win more than 25% of the Hispanic vote in ’14, ’16 and beyond: A Race For The Future: How Conservatives Can Break The Liberal Monopoly On Hispanic Americans..

A Race for the Future: How Conservatives Can Break the Liberal Monopoly on Hispanic Americans

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David Mark is editor-in-chief of Politix and is aiming to be the new Bill Safire with his new “Dog Whistles, Walk Backs, and Washingtonn Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang, and Bluster of American Political Speech”:

“The poll found that 47% believe the country is less safe than it was before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks—up sharply from 28% just one year ago.”

Wednesday, September 10, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

This is an astonishing result, and the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll and extended indictment of a feckless, hapless president whose address tonight cannot possibly begin to make up for the damage he has done unless he (1) is completely transparent as to the source of the danger the country faces –his decision to bolt Iraq in 2011, and (2) reverses his course in Afghanistan which is presently headed in exactly the direction he took in Iraq.

Republicans will be right to support any action, however limited, the president takes against the growing threat of IS, but should also try to force Harry Reid’s Senate to provide the president with authority even greater than that provided both President Bush and President Obama under 2001′s AUMF.  The threat from radical Islamists will continue long after this disaster of a president has headed into his golfing retirement, and today’s Congress should provide the next president with a restatement of his or her authority to do what this president has simply refused to do again and again: Take the actions necessary to pre-empt attacks on the United States and its allies.

Republicans ought also to immediately move a supplemental Department of Defense appropriation to assure that the already battered Pentagon and its unfiormed services do not end up even less provisioned than they are today.  If the threat is growing –and it is as both the poll reflects and the president’s address will admit– the response must be real in terms of resources directed to the Pentagon.

Thirteen years after the attack on America, nearly half of the country feels less safe than when that attack occurred.  Astonishing.  And the damning proof that whatever else President Obama is, he is a failure at the most important part of his job: Providing for the common defense.

If Apple Can Innovate, Why Can’t Federal Government?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Not since 2005-6 –the years of Katrina and a Democratic filibuster of Social Security reform at home and the successful “Surge” in Iraq– has the GOP controlled all branches of government.  How has the federal government innovated since Nancy Pelosi and Hary Reid took over the Congress back then?

The Democrats only held all three branches for two years in 2009 and 2010 when President Obama joined Reid and Pelosi, and brought us the “Stimulus, Dodd-Frank and, of course, “Obamacare.”

Deadlock has been preferable to more Democratic innovation, but as Tim Cook unveils Apple’s new product line today, ask yourself which party is better positioned to bring genuinine innovation to defense, education and energy development?  Then vote (and contribute in these key 15 races) this fall accordingly.  To get the government on the road to beginning to catch up to the private sector, Harry Reid has to be ousted.  2014 truly is the Reid Referendum.  Any vote for any Democrat is a vote for the continuation of his ruinous, almost unbalanced reign as Majority Ruler of the Senate.

Wasting time with Reid in charge of the Senate while the world melts down and the government atrophies is beyond belief.  Hopefully every GOP candidate is linking their opponent not just to the president but to the architect of paralysis on the Hill –Harry Reid, the anti-Cook.

 

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