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Pryor’s Desperation And The Senate Democrats’ Triage Map

Tuesday, April 1, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Why would Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor and the DSC go so negative against Tom Cotton and lie in such a transparent way as to attract four Pinocchios from the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler in April?

The obvious explanation is that triage time is upon the DSC.  If it cannot close the gap Cotton has opened on the seriously weak and wounded Pryor, it will be time to stop wasting precious resources on him and rush them to another race –one of a dozen that might go GOP but which might also be saved with a 100% effort.

More than a few Democratic senators have to be whispering to Reid et al that it is time to cut their losses in Arkansas and concede the state to the GOP as they have West Virginia and South Dakota.  Among those whispering the most loudly, embattled Mark Begich in Alaska, Mark Udall in Colorado, Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, and Jeff Merkeley in Oregon.  Even Al Franken may be worried about blowing scare resources that should be used defending their seats and the D’s majority rather than pouring them into an unwinnable race in Arkansas.

For a complete scorecard on the 2014 Senate races, see this post from two weeks back.  The numbers have only gotten worse for Democrats since then, especially with Braley imploding in Iowa and Merkeley’s Oregon the site of what Politico is calling Obamacare’s “biggest technological disaster.”  The Senate map is terrible for Dems and getting worse by the day.  How long do they waste money on Mark Pryor’s Weekend at Bernie’s campaign?

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Responding To Vlad And The PRC

Monday, March 31, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Thanks to Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham for covering for me last week while I was out.  As per usual, many of you have emailed to tell me how terrific they were, as they always are.  But guest hosts make the lives of talkers sane, so many, many thanks to those two for pulling a week’s duty.  I hope they will be back for the summer break as well.

While Vlad was gobbling up Crimea, and the PRC dramatically upping its defense outlays by 12%, the U.S. Congress sent exactly the opposite message to both of what it ought to have done.  The Speaker said no change to defense spending would occur even though the Murray-Ryan budget was negotiated before both of our near-peer nuclear-armed competitors went into overdrive on the military side.

President Obama;s defense budget kills off the A-10 and as the Washington Free Beacon’s Adam Kredo reported last week, dramatically cuts the Tomahawk and Hellfire missile programs.  Those cuts should and probably will be reversed by the Congressional committees appropriating the money, but the caps on defense spending negotiated by Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Paul Ryan prior to the Russian and Chinese moves simply cannot go unanswered even if the Obama Administration choses to live with its collective head in the sand.  It is up to the GOP to lead, and that means using the one tool it has at its disposal which is money for defense. Not doing so in the face of aggressive military moves would be as sane as Liberia shrugging its shoulders to new cases of Ebola showing up in its country.  Of course Liberia hasn’t done that.  No country responds to threats by shrugging its shoulders, except President Obama and, apparently, the GOP House.

I’ll have former Senator Jim Talent on today for his usual Monday conversation on defense to discuss and also hope to round up some key members on this issue.  Sending Vlad and the PRC exactly the wrong message isn’t how the House GOP should be leading on defense.

George Will’s “A Nice Little Place On The North Side”

Sunday, March 30, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

My Monday column for the Washington Examiner is a review of George Will’s wonderful new book: “A Nice Little Place On The North Side: Wrigley Field At One Hundred.”  The long suffering Cubs-fan-turned-author will be my guest in the third hour of Monday’s show.


The Arizona Governor’s Race: Doug Ducey Should Be The GOP’s Nominee

Sunday, March 30, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The New York Times covers the Arizona governor’s race today, and focus on the key state race will almost certainly continue because the next governor will not only oversee a solidly GOP legislature he or she will also lead crucial 2016 efforts in the state as well as (assuming re-election) the re-desiricting reform that will finally bring deep red Arizona the Congressional map it deserves just as deep blue Massachusetts has the map it deserves.

I have endorsed State Treasurer Doug Ducey in the race and will hold a small fundraiser for him in April.  He is a conservative, a successful businessman, and has run and won state-wide in 2010 and led state’s anti-tax hike forces two years later in the defeat of a state wide initiative pushing a billion-dollar tax hike.  Ducey has the additional advantage of having been born in Ohio which of course matters greatly even though he has spent his entire adult like in Arizona.

You can volunteer to help Ducey’s race here, or contribute online here.  If you live in southern California and would like to attend and contribute to the April fundraiser, send me a note at and I will get back to you with the details on the event.

Democrats talk wistfully about flipping Arizona from red to blue even as Republicans say the same about Colorado.  These two states, along with Florida, Virginia, New Hampshire, Nevada and of course Ohio will be the keystones in the 2016 map, and every senate and governors’ race in each of them matters greatly.  While the national media is focused this weekend on the “Adelson primary,” the Times has sent a signal on which one really matters to the left.  Here’s why:  If the Democrats force a lousy nominee on the GOP in Arizona, they can sneak the state away as they did with Janet Napolitano in 2002 with 46% of the vote.  Expect the Times and every other left-wing megaphone to try and pump up anyone but Ducey who simply could not be beaten by a Democrat.

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