Hugh Hewitt: Conservative Radio King Prefers Barack Obama Over Ron Paul

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Hewitt can't stomach Ron Paul's "nuttery"
Poor Ron Paul.

The veteran Texas congressman running for the Republican presidential nomination by arguing for dramatic changes to the federal government can't get love from Orange County-related political figures.

This week, conservative radio host/lawyer/author Hugh Hewitt--a former, post-presidency aide to Richard Nixon, declared that he'd vote for Democrat Barack Obama over the libertarian-leaning Paul in a general election contest.

On his national radio broadcasts and in blog posts, Irvine resident Hewitt has repeatedly mocked Paul's "baffling" and "incoherent" foreign policy and national defense stances.

Indeed, Hewitt's best word for Paul is "nuttery."

Former Irvine state Assemblyman and GOP U.S. Senate candidate Chuck DeVore, now a visiting senior scholar at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, shares Hewitt's view. He said polls showing a strong Paul candidacy are wrong. He predicted Paul won't finish above fourth place in the upcoming Iowa caucuses for two reasons.

"I have firsthand experience with Paul supporters and they don't deliver," said DeVore, who is backing Rick Perry and still firmly believes the Texas governor will defeat Mitt Romney for the nomination. "And half of Paul's supporters aren't Republicans."

Costa Mesa Congressman Dana Rohrabacher also isn't impressed with Paul. Rohrabacher, the senior member of Orange County's congressional delegation, recently endorsed Romney and, in Twitter posts, has ridiculed Newt Gingrich and Paul.

Another prominent local Republican donor/activist, who asked for anonymity, called Paul "a nut, a freak, a loser," but admitted he is "stunned" by "all the bad choices" for Republicans in the race to topple Obama next November.

Despite the stinging attacks, Paul enjoys a vibrant, loyal base of supporters in OC. One of those is Allan Bartlett, a member of the local Republican central committee. Bartlett disputes DeVore predictions about Paul and Perry in Iowa.

"Is he kidding me?" said Bartlett. "Ron is running first in some polls and his guy Perry will be lucky to finish in fourth place. That guy can't even debate. He's finished."

Bartlett says he understands why some OC Republicans despise Paul.

"Ron's support is strong across demographics and especially for Republicans who are just tired of the candidates and the leaders that we've been getting," he said. "The one thing about Ron is that he tells the truth and some people don't like that."

According to Bartlett, no current Republican president candidate generates more excitement in Orange County than Paul, a claim he says would become obvious if the candidate holds a public event here before the June California presidential primary.

"It would be huge, ginormous," said Bartlett. "Ron has the most devoted support here. There is some [lesser] excitement for Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum, but not for Newt or Mitt. If the nominee is Newt or Mitt, a lot of Republicans in Orange County will be holding their noses like they did with John McCain in 2008."
 
--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly


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Croixwood2002
Croixwood2002

Another Clear channel drone. clear Channel is owned by bain Capital and bains largest stock holder is Mittens Obamney. Go suck the big on Hugh look at your picture on here. You even look like a dope..

Johan Moreno
Johan Moreno

LOL. Nice thinking Ltpar. I gotta start preparing for that Civil War that's going to happen when Obama gets re-elected.

Sergeant Castle
Sergeant Castle

I no longer pay any attention to King.   He is still trying to figure out why Michelle Bachmann isnt more popular with Republicans and keeps blaming it on her gender.  

I guess he does not believe the voices in her head have anything to to with it:  http://www.politicususa.com/en...

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rednip
rednip

I heard that Ron Paul read 'Tale of Two Cities' and thought it was a good plan for the future.

PrvPar
PrvPar

Ltpar lol I thought if he would get elected there would be a civil war like so many people like your self predicted back in 2008.  What happend 3 years in and no mention of one?  Frankly I am dissapointed but this time is diffrent right?

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VungNoo

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Briansays
Briansays

not a conservativenot a conservativea crony corporatist/fascist

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Peaceful_Idiot
Peaceful_Idiot

Another prominent local Republican donor/activist, who asked for anonymity, called Paul "a nut, a freak, a loser," 

This is considered journalism? Seriously?

juvus
juvus

People like wars that much? I can't believe how many people are coming out with knives against Ron Paul because he doesn't believe we can afford to be everywhere protecting everything.  This is mind blowing.   The GOP is truly weird.  I happen to believe that Ron Paul's chances of winning the presidency are greatly underrated.  It's really a good thing for him.  In war as in politics being underrated is never a bad thing.  But they obviously have a part of them that believe he could win this. Why else would ALL the candidates and democrats be coming after him. 

Briansays
Briansays

"visiting senior scholar at the Texas Public Policy Foundation"

best oxymoron i've seen in some timehopefully he goesto/stays in texas

Ben Doverheeritcomes
Ben Doverheeritcomes

Hewitt seems to be another guy who thinks that the US should be in the business of directing the affairs of other countries. Why should we care what he thinks?

Johan Moreno
Johan Moreno

Now, I'm a Democrat but I will say this about Ron Paul. I respect him. He's not afraid to have a unique stance on an issue and alienate voters.  He doesn't backtrack on his thoughts as much as the other candidates.

I will say this, it is going to be FUCKING hard for any of the Republican candidates to win the general election, unless Obama REALLY fucks it up. These candidates are simply way too conservative for the much needed independent voter. If they try to backtrack on any of their stances on issues, they will be criticized and lose their integrity. I really think that if Mitt Romney goes back to being the liberal Republican he truly is, he would have a giant shot against Obama.

LexingtonGreen
LexingtonGreen

Hugh Hewitt thought Arnold Schwarzenegger was a great governor.   That should tell you a lot about him.  If you are a big government nanny state statist, Hugh will love you.  If you advocate smaller government and personal responsibility, Hugh will call you nuts.

MikeParent
MikeParent

Who's Hugh?  Another puppet with his sponsors hand manipulating him.   It's funny how the Regan Rule got thrown out when the GOP "regulars" got threatened by an "outsider."  A dollar to a donut he avoided military service like the other "Strong Conservative" Chicken Hawks!

emberrased
emberrased

It's going to be an uphill battle for Dr Paul in any place where the leadership is run by the old guard republicans who have become RINOs in their old age. Many like Hewitt are actually actively promoting socialism. The idea that the Government might actually shrink is repugnant to them and so they would vote for someone like Obama rather than trust the Constitution many of them have sworn to uphold. These are the people who have ruined this country. We as a country are broke and many of these pillars governmental policy are to blame for the policies that have caused this and are making their living promoting those policy. Mr Hewitt claims to be  conservative, he is not. His own admission that he will vote for Obama over a Constitutional Conservative like Ron Paul is proof of that. He is a socialist pretending to be a republican and there are many, look closely at those who are the most critical of Dr Paul and they will be recognized. The truth is the job of saving the world needs to start here at home, we're broke and need to get our house in order first before we can help anyone else. Our country is in deep trouble and the work that needs to be done is here at home as Dr Paul is pointing out. We have no business running all over the world until we get our problems under control here.              When we hear Mr Hewitt make the statement he has made we know he does not have the best interest of the country in mind, ask yourself if his statement is reasonable knowing what we know about Obama and his spending never mind his far left leaning policies.

mitch young
mitch young

Run Paul is a real threat to the military-industrial complex, wants to stop sending white country kids to die (disproportionately)  as well as to the corporatist powers that Hew Hewitt serves. I wish Paul hadn't turned into such a squish on immigration -- he used to be pretty good on that. 

Theodore23
Theodore23

If these pundit/politicians can lie about what Ron Paul is saying, when we can directly hear what is coming from Ron Paul, I wonder if anything they say is true..I think Europeans are right when they say we Americans are brainwashed

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Ron Paul wants to stick it to fat-cats from both major parties which explains the animosity.  If only he'd get off his dumb social messages, and stick to financial conservatism, he'd have a legitimate shot at the WH.  

Sergeant Castle
Sergeant Castle

What few see is that Ron Paul is popular amongst both Republicans AND Democrats alike.   He may not win the Republican nomination, however, he and now Romney are the only two capable of beating Obama in a national election.

http://www.rasmussenreports.co...

Chuck DeVore
Chuck DeVore

Brian, 

Rather than trying to shoot the messenger, you ought to get busy saving California.  

Some interesting facts from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics: California has lost more people to interstate migration than any other state with Texas being the number one state to which Californians are fleeing; in the 11-year period ending August 2011, Texas added 1.1 million jobs while California lost 520,000 jobs.  

Ask yourself why.  Could it be California's high taxes, heavy regulatory burden, high energy prices, and the 6th-worst lawsuit climate in America?  I think so.  Perhaps you don't.  If not, ask yourself why Texas has been growing while California still has the nation's second-highest unemployment rate.  

All the best,

Chuck DeVore

Bruce
Bruce

Mike: you are right, HH did not serve in our military, he was just a bit young for Vietnam, so he had no reason to think he would get his butt shot if he served. So give the "Order of the Couch Colonel" medal and let it go at that. His bio states that he teaches constitutional law over at Chapman. So that makes him a brother of the bozo at 1600 who also taught constitutional law. Given that Paul is the only candidate that even comes close to asking the government to obey the freakin' law if you expect the citizens to, the hypocrisy of both Obama and HH and the other republicans is enough to get me to withhold my consent to be governed. I will not vote. I will not support the treasonous actions of the DC war crowd.

emberrased
emberrased

Your right Mike, and as a matter of fact I remember the good ole boys in the republican party were scared by Ron Reagan when he ran. They claimed he was a nut and said he would cause WW3 etc etc. His policy of cutting spending was scary to them and George Bush was their candidate. They hated Ron Reagan also and called him crazy. Much of what Reagan did that good was his policy and most of what he did that we are still suffering from(amnesty for illegals) were the policies of the advisers he kept in at the request of the Party.

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