Skip to comments.Hewitt: Raul Labrador as Majority Leader Can 'Stun the Media Elites' and Shake Up America
Posted on 06/16/2014 2:21:05 PM PDT by PoloSec
According to nationally syndicated radio host and Chapman University law professor Hugh Hewitt, 118 Republicans in the House of Representatives have to show some backbone and elect Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho as the new House majority leader, replacing defeated Virginia congressman Eric Cantor.
Hewitt thinks that the Puerto Rican son of a single mom who worked his way through school, served a two-year Mormon mission in the poorest parts of Chile, who has made his mark by defending property and protecting second amendment rights, has fought for oil and gas exploration, and is an adamant advocate for border security first, before regularization -- not citizenship could spearhead a monumental shift in Republican politics.
Although a long shot to defeat Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy from California, according to Hewitt in his column in the Washington Examiner, a Labrador victory in a House Republican secret election to be held on Thursday will inspire Speaker John Boehner to make a shift in the right direction.
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I still don't know that much about who he is, I want to be careful who I support, we don't want another Cantor who talks one way and walks the other.
Time to give new blood a chance. If the new guys screw up, we can always get rid of them too.
~~~served a two-year Mormon mission~~~
Well, that explains Hewitt’s fascination.
Hewitt is only suggesting this because he knows a squishy GOPe will be barfed on by the Grass Roots.
So Hewitt wants a moderately conservative guy to avoid a hard core conservative reaction.
This is just one step more sophisticated that reflexively supporting the most liberal Republican possible, which Hewitt knows would be counterproductive. Not that he minds liberal Republicans. He’s generally pro-liberal. He just knows it will fail this time. So he’ll propose the next best option that won’t total piss off the base.
I heard all that on Hugh’s show. What a slime. No actual conservative principle involved. Just Liberal Republican reality-politics.
The first two things I learned about him were:
(1) He said people should not criticize Bowe Bergdahl’s family, even though Bergdahl’s Father made at least two astounding pro-Taliban statements.
(2) Raul Labrador's occupation before entering Congress - immigration lawyer.
I do not have good feelings about this guy.
I heard that too. Hugh’s main complaint seemed to be that guys like Kevin McCarthy will not come on his show.
Hewitt is GOP-E through and through.
He plays the Tea Partier, and when he does, for example here in not supporting McCarthy, he has an ulterior motive.
I know nothing about Labrador, but Hewitt’s endorsement is a red flag.
There are only two guys running, if you don’t support the more conservative one, you are being silly. Labrador is not FREEP level conservative, but is miles better than McCarthy, and as far as the MSM goes, Labrador is practically a fascist.
I’m fine with Labrador in comparison to McCarthy.
I’m just commenting on the cynicism with which Hewitt supported Labrador.
Hewitt actually prefers the policies of McCarthy, but he’s cynically supporting Labrador because a McCarthy victory will cause too many actual conservatives to flee.
Hewitt is fighting a rear-guard action for the GOPe with his support of Labrador. What a jerk.
I think I can just about quote Hewitt:
“We have to get a moderate conservative like Labrador as a sop to the Tea Party so that we can avoid a real nut case like Tancredo who is totally wrong on immigration”.
I don’t think Hewitt is that cynical. He is a party hack, but I think he is pretty open about it.
I listened. That’s what my ears heard. Others may interpret the same show differently.
Raul is WAY better than KEVIN!! GO RAUL!!!!! And Republican Congress....WAKE THE HELL UP!!!
Raul is another pro-amnesty sellout.
He is not. But he's better than that fake repugnican't, real democrap infiltrator McCarthy. My question is: Where the F--- is Louie?
Grow up about what? Hewitt is a RINO loving GOP-e hack! Pretty sure he had a huge tingle in his leg over Romeny in 2008 and 2012 along with his RINO cohort Michael Medved.
Oh my....Hughie is WAY more conservative than Medved.
Hewitt pretends to be more conservative.
Medved doesn’t pretend. He’s pretty straightforward.
HE has done a lot of fund razing for tea party candidates...
A potentially incendiary statement.
Problem is Labrador is still pro-amnesty. He just doesn’t think they should get citizenship. Problem is once you give them “legal” status, they will find a Progressive judge to say that violates the 14th Amendment and grant them full citizenship. Then Holder will say the Feds recognize all illegals as citizens and blue states will let them vote.
He can't even manage the Idaho Republican Convention. Link
Conservatives need to find a strong candidate that they can rally around and then go after Majority Leader slot when it comes up for vote again in January.
This is kind of a repeat of the Brat election.
Labrador is FAR FROM PERFECT (although Brat may be perfect, too early to tell), but it’s FAR MORE IMPORTANT to stop the SLAM the Republican leadership a second time, and knock out McCarthy.
As in the Brat election, a vote for Brat was really a vote against Cantor. Any reasonably conservative Republican incumbent would have defeated Brat blindfolded (and, if a reasonable conservative had represented the district, Brat would not have bothered to run in the first place).
So look at it that way...let’s get McCarthy OUT and then deal with Labrador.
They are both RINOs. Birds of a feather flock together and they are both on the same station here in Florida. Actually most of the so-called conservative hosts on that channel are RINOs. Bill Bennett who was a Democrat is on there as well. Need I say more?
That's not how I remember it.
I lived in Idaho when the guy ran for office. The talk among all the conservatives was that he was an immigration lawyer, which in fact he was.
He was opposed by every establishment Republican from D.C. to Boise yet, by driving and walking and knocking on doors, explaining himself, he beat the Republicans and Democrats.
He owes nothing to none of the powers that be and he speaks of it often and revels in it.
He is smart as a whip and great on his feet. A few months or so ago I heard him (on CSpan) speak at a Tea Party anniversary gathering with a few other conservatives---Labrador was bold and funny and inspiring in the manner of a young Reagan.
When he got to Washington one of the first things he did was to vote against Boehner for Speaker, one of only twelve to do so.
He was also part of the gang of eight who met with the Administration over immigration but he was also the only one to walk out, denounce the process, and declare that everything they were presented put residency (amnesty) first and border security second.
He said he would be part of no such thing. As he is Puerto Rican by birth his exit carried extra weight---his background deprives the enemy of their race card.
But make no mistake he is proud as can be to stand as a self-made American...and when he talks about it you can hear that he means it.
Is he perfect? No. But he's better than any I've seen since and before Reagan. Might he change, like they all do? Maybe...but I really doubt it.
Anyways my six-bits....
Right. He was part of the ‘Gang of Eight’ on ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ (aka, amnesty), but he walked out when he was getting too much heat for it, supposedly because he didn’t want Obamacare extended to illegals. That really doesn’t matter anyway, since he was for legalizing illegals.
I don’t care if he is somehow a good conservative otherwise, because once amnesty passes we’ll never have a conservative majority on anything again.
Here’s an article on why his candidacy for ML isn’t serious:
And here’s one on how he and McCarthy are both pretty much equally bad on immigration:
Are you thinking of Beck? I read Hewitt is Presbyterian.
Good for you and him.
Why on earth would Labrador have had extensive outreach with other House members? He's nearly a rookie, one of 435 members. Were you expecting Brat to knock off Cantor? Maybe you should have called a few House members to let them know.
If Labrador offered anything close to amnesty he would be run out of Idaho. The big money might want it but the voters, as yet, don't.
If you think he and McCarthy are the same on immigration or anything else, then you should feel pretty good about things. You'll end up with McCarthy as Leader, with Boehner as Speaker, and three or four of their main buttkissers in other leadership rolls.
Good luck with it all. I am simply trying to tell you that Labrador will offer a voice in opposition to Boehner, to McCarthy, to Obama, to Reid.
We don't have that now.
I'd appreciate it if you'd post Boehner's comments on border security, or McCarthy's, or anyone else you'd like to showcase.
He was working on amnesty. What does it take for you to see that?
McCarthy is going to be the ML and I don’t feel good about it.
But Raul doesn’t have a serious candidacy opposing him. He’s just providing some red state reps with the opportunity to say they didn’t vote for McCarthy.
But really, open your eyes re: Raul!
Oh, and yes, Raul ran as tougher on immigration than he’s been since he got in office. Just like the usual DC types.
I called my congressman twice so far to urge him to support Labrador, and plan to call him the next couple days as well.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to. You’ve got what you want. If everything works out you might have another two, four, six, even ten years of rich self-satisfaction.
(By the way-—did you find those clips of Boehner, McCarthy and the rest of the boys standing their ground on immigration?)
I don’t want any pro-amnesty leaders in the GOP.
Unfortunately, Raul would be one of them.
I’ve read that Hewitt has Mormon ties - yeah I saw the Presby thing, too.
I can tell you first-hand that he is the real deal. I first met Labrador early in 2010, before the Idaho primary, held in May. He was the second Republican from Idaho's house of Representatives to run for the US House that year. He jumped in after Ken Roberts, who had the nomination pretty well clinched, became too ill to proceed.
One of the motivating factors in Raul running was Vaughn Ward, a military veteran who had worked in Washington DC for several years after leaving the Marines. Ward was sent west by the GOPe to "take Idaho by storm," and get elected. He was the establishment candidate with bells and ribbons. Only problem was, we among the great unwashed didn't like Ward. After Roberts, who is now no more than a footnote in the political history of Idaho, Labrador asked for, worked hard for, and did receive, the support of a big, big segment of Idaho's 1st Congressional District voters, Republican and conservative Democrat, alike.
(Yes, in my county there are many people who call themselves Democrats, but are conservative in thought, word and deed. It is an outgrowth of 160 years of history, and it is slowly changing for the better. This "Democrat county" has voted for the Republican presidential candidate all the way back to 1996, when they voted for Clinton over Dole.)
Real people, little folks, average citizens put Labrador in office, and we are prepared to keep him there for the foreseeable future. He came home and chaired the Idaho Republican convention last weekend. I have no special connection to him, but have talked with him several times, and been in venues where he spoke several times. I believe he will make an outstanding Majority Leader, and perhaps, someday, Speaker.
Good freaking grief!! Are you trying to say that Bill Bennett is a DEMOCRAT or even a RINO?? You PURISTS make me ill.
He's written a book about at least one Mormon (who lost badly!). But he himself is not a Mormon, as far as I know.
Are you saying he is not a Democrat??? You the crap are you smoking and I might as well call YOU out as a RINO. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, people like YOU are the reason the Republican party has turned limp/ Have fun voting for Romeny for the third time.
Karl Rove, is that you???
Bill Bennett WAS a Democrat until Reagan tapped him for his admin.......there is NO one who thinks Bill Bennett is a Democrat.....except you.
He’s a squishy RINO, I actually have his program on as my alarm clock every morning. I cringe at the RINOisms coming from him and his guests every morning. Pretty effective alarm.
OK...name two things he squishy on?? For crap sake, your WIFE doesn’t agree with you 100% of the time!!!
His, and others; too.
Does America REALLY 'need' another fella who cannot see the lies of Mormonism actually making big decisions that would affect the REST of us?
Read the comments of that thread. Bill Bennett has a problem with Tea Party conservatives such as Ted Cruz. THAT should tell you this guy is an establishment Republican which is a RINO. Wake the F up!!!
Bottom line is he FREQUENTLY has RINO guests on his program. If that isn't obvious then you clearly are a RINO yourself if you find THAT acceptable.
1 Timothy 4:12
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.