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Hugh Hewitt: What Bolton Brings to the West Wing


The Beltway establishment has reacted with horror to President Trump’s appointment of John Bolton as national security adviser. Ambassador Bolton, they claim, is a dangerous warmonger unfit for the office.

That’s wrong. As the president’s top security aide, Bolton will be an honest broker and someone who can drive decisions through molasses-thick resistance. These qualities, plus his top-shelf intellect, make Bolton the best national security player to join Trump’s West Wing team so far.

The bottom line is that Vladimir Putin’s worst nightmare just walked into the West Wing. Bolton can outlast and outthink anyone Putin, Kim Jong Un or Xi Jinping sends to negotiate quiet deals before the big public ones with the president.

There are rough waters ahead across the globe and the president is to be commended for surrounding himself with strong, competent and very smart foreign policy professionals.

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Hugh Hewitt: No GOP Civil War

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There’s been a lot of chatter about it, but: there is no GOP civil war. The meme of such a conflict is currently off the front pages, but it will return. When it does, recall that it just isn’t true.

Yes, there’s a loud, persistent group of Never Trump critics who apparently never learned the concept of “sunk costs.” And, yes there’s Steve Bannon, who knows that there’s power and profit to be found in exploiting the anger. But this doesn’t amount to a civil war, only a series of skirmishes on the fringes of the party and among its chattering Manhattan-Beltway class estranged from President Trump as it is.

More than 80 percent of GOP voters approve of President Trump. The president has many critics who, like me, will ding a decision here or there and wish he’d knock off tweeting completely. But the solid majority of Republicans prefer winning some and losing some to always losing. The GOP regulars know that the way forward is by adding seats, not throwing them away.

And all the noise in Manhattan inside the Beltway won’t change that.

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Hugh Hewitt: Americans And Contact Sports

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The United States of America isn’t defined by Beltway or Manhattan elites, nor by those in Los Angeles or Silicon Valley. The mainstream media gets its cues from the collective consciousness of these four isolated reserves of great power, wealth and fame.

Donald Trump’s sparring with elites, though, is deeply satisfying to much of the rest of the country that doesn’t live in those four sectors… at least that sparring is satisfactory most of the time. There’s a limit, however, to how much good the president does by dominating media. The president met and exceeded that limit with the escalation of his war with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski via tweets. These tweets were wrong because they were cruel. They don’t energize the base, except at its far fringes. They shrink it.

Americans do love contact sports. We swoon for heated rhetoric. If Trump can resolve to stay combative but back off cruel, it won’t matter whether he tweets once or 100 times a day.

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Hugh Hewitt: After Healthcare

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The pulling of the GOP health-care bill last week was a big loss. But, President Trump had very good reason to shake off the rebuff from the Freedom Caucus, and he was loyal to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, as was Ryan to Trump. That bodes well for the party and for governing over the next 18 months.

What doesn’t bode well is the shared decision of the president and speaker to advance next on tax reform, with its twin political death traps of abolition of the home mortgage interest deduction and of state and local income tax deduction. I hope for a loss on those Beltway Holy Grails not sought by many, if any, outside of the Beltway. A corporate tax cut, yes, tax simplification, yes, but not two big intraparty squabbles and crackups in a row, please.

Better to go for infrastructure, including the border wall, and best of all, the fulfillment of the promise of a 350-ship Navy and of the general defense buildup that needs to surround that singular Trump goal.

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