On This Week, Huffington confronted Hewitt about Ohio State-USC football game comment

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On This Week, Hugh Hewitt claimed that a comment he made during the June 25 edition of his show -- that the September 13 Ohio State-USC football game will "probably [be] the last football game we'll ever get to see before the United States gets blown up by the Islamists under Obama" -- was distorted by Arianna Huffington.

During a panel discussion on the June 29 edition of ABC's This Week, Hugh Hewitt claimed that his comment that the upcoming September 13 football game between Ohio State University and the University of Southern California, will "probably [be] the last football game we'll ever get to see before the United States gets blown up by the Islamists under Obama" was distorted by co-panelist Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post website. Huffington said: "Hugh Hewitt, on his show this week said -- and I quote Hugh -- that he's trying to get tickets to a football game between USC and Ohio, and he said it's probably the last football game we'll get to see before the United States gets blown up by the Islamists under Obama." Hewitt responded: "Take 10 seconds of distortion. ... Ten seconds of distortion followed by hours of fury. Here's what I said. I was talking about the attack on the Jewish student in Paris who had been attacked for wearing a kippah. And then I went into a very long conversation about the level of danger in the world today. And then I used irony to chart the fact that we are living as though there is no war in this world. Talking about football tickets, changing the subject."

In fact, during the June 25 edition in which he discussed the reported attack on a Jewish student in France and made his comments about the USC-OSU game, Hewitt predicted that Obama would not be able to deal strongly with terrorists, at one point calling an Obama election "an invitation to disaster." Hewitt asserted that "here we are in the 1930s, and we're about to elect Chicago's Neville Chamberlain as president. Forty-odd percent of the United States think that Barack Obama is qualified to be president. That in itself ought to send ice water through your veins. It is an invitation to disaster. They will not mess around with John McCain. We get four years at least with John McCain, of additional reticence on the part of the jihadist crazies running Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas." He went on to claim, "[Y]ou put Barack Obama in there, and it's running wild time. They're going to see him for the punk politician he is out of Chicago. For a kid who doesn't know anything, a lightweight."

Additionally, during a discussion with a caller Hewitt claimed, "Obama has promised everyone everything, and at an expense that's ridiculous, but he doesn't know what he is doing when it comes to the key issue of our time -- the existential threat to the world. He is a patsy." Hewitt continued: "He is an absolute pushover, and the bad guys know it, and that is why I'm feeling that in the end -- I've got a couple of pessimistic emails here -- I just do believe that this country is not going to vote for appeasement. I just don't think that they are going to go, and say, 'Yeah, we'll go with the rookie.' "

Hewitt also discussed his appearance on This Week during the June 30 edition of his nationally syndicated radio program, claiming that a "good time was had by all, including Arianna trying to get me." Hewitt subsequently said: "She was reading something from my show, when I did the big, long monologue on the Jewish kid with the kippah, who got beaten up in Paris, and I ended up talking about the Ohio State game, and how we were going to get attacked if Obama won. I had to go to the Ohio State-USC game at USC before, because they're not going to be back here before we ever get attacked again. It's just -- irony is lost on the left completely." After again claiming that Huffington "doesn't get the irony of talking about USC and Ohio State at the end of a long monologue about getting hit by terrorism," Hewitt asserted: "I believe we're going to get hit by terrorists under Barack Obama. I defy anyone to tell me that he is a stronger candidate against terrorism than John McCain."

From the June 29 edition of ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos:

STEPHANOPOULOS: On that issue, we also saw this week, Charlie Black -- of course, a McCain adviser -- come out and say a terrorist attack would end up helping John McCain. McCain obviously did not condone that, took it back right away. But, Byron, let me ask you this. You know, that was considered a Michael Kinsley gaffe, that he actually spoke the truth.

I wonder -- and right now, is it still true, that an attack, if it were to happen, God forbid, would redound to the benefit of John McCain.

BYRON YORK (National Review White House correspondent): I think it is. And if you look at the polls of voters on what issue do you trust McCain or Obama more, McCain loses on everything --

STEPHANOPOULOS: Except national security.

YORK: -- except terrorism. So that's his one issue. And it -- you know, and Black has said, "I shouldn't have said it. I didn't mean it." McCain really criticized him for it. But it is self-evidently true. But it's something that nobody can, or should, be talking about.

HUFFINGTON: But it isn't just Black, it's Hugh. Hugh Hewitt, on his show this week said -- and I quote Hugh -- that he's trying to get tickets to a football game between USC and Ohio, and he said it's probably the last football game we'll get to see before the United States gets blown up by the Islamists under Obama.

HEWITT: Classic lefty tactic there, Arianna.

HUFFINGTON: Why?

HEWITT: Take 10 seconds of distortion --

HUFFINGTON: The truth is a classic leftist tactic?

HEWITT: Ten seconds of distortion followed by hours of fury. Here's what I said. I was talking about the attack on the Jewish student in Paris who had been attacked for wearing a kippah. And then I went into a very long conversation about the level of danger in the world today. And then I used irony to chart the fact that we are living as though there is no war in this world. Talking about football tickets, changing the subject. But I wish the left would focus on the danger that this country faces right now --

KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL (The Nation editor and publisher): The danger this country --

HEWITT: -- which is extreme.

HUFFINGTON: I think it's really important, it --

VANDEN HEUVEL: But it's not going to be dealt with through military escalation.

HUFFINGTON: First of all, it's really important here to say that I just quoted something you said. Every word is exactly what you said.

VANDEN HEUVEL: Yeah.

HUFFINGTON: And that is going to be the fear-mongering technique --

HEWITT: Arianna, do you think that we live in a dangerous world?

HUFFINGTON: -- that the right is going to use in this election. Of course we --

HEWITT: Do you think we live in a world with Islamists who want nukes and weapons of mass destruction?

HUFFINGTON: I believe that we live in a dangerous world, and I believe that John McCain's election would make it much more dangerous. That's what I believe.

HEWITT: That's our central difference.

From the June 25 edition of Salem Radio Network's The Hugh Hewitt Show:

HEWITT: I read an online number of newspapers from Israel, because it's important to keep track of what they are saying. They're on the front line of the struggle with jihadists and Hezbollah and Hamas. One of them is Israel Today, and you know about Haaretz and you know about the Jerusalem Post, but Israel Today -- I wonder if Yoni reads that. I'll have to talk to Yoni about this in a moment. We haven't heard from Yoni. Yoni mad at us? I hope not. I really don't want Yoni to ever be mad at us.

Yoni and Scott are my personal instructors on firearms -- the two of those guys together. But, anyway, I read Israel Today, and I went there, it's triple-W-dot-Israel Today-dot-C-O-dot-I-L. Triple-W-dot-Israel Today-dot-C-O-dot-I-L. And -- well, John in Minnesota carries their weaponry, but they can teach me how to use it.

Here's the headline. This just -- it's one incident. It's just one incident, but it's so jarring. "Jewish boy beaten into coma in Paris." Let me read you the story. A 17-year-old Jewish boy was severely beaten in Paris on Saturday evening in what families and friends are calling a serious act of anti-Semitism. According to a French Jewish group, the boy was surrounded by some 15 people while walking home in a largely Jewish neighborhood. He was easily identifiable as a Jew, as he was wearing a kippah. The gang proceeded to beat the youth, some reports said with iron rods, until he was unconscious. He slipped into a coma, from which he woke on Tuesday. French police told the Associated Press they had questioned five people in the attack. The investigation is still ongoing. Also, over the weekend, a synagogue in a Jewish elementary school in Western Canada were defaced with graffiti and hate-messages.

In related news, the results of a survey conducted recently in Britain, published in the Sunday Telegraph, revealed that Muslim youth in the United Kingdom are increasingly radicalized. The report noted that radical Islamic leaders operating in the UK are having far greater success than in the past at attracting young Muslims to their causes. The researchers who conducted the survey warned that the trend is so severe that they fear the number of British Muslims willing to participate in terrorism may have increased significantly.

Now, have you heard any of those stories? Did you hear about the British survey? Did you hear about the defacing of the synagogue, and the Jewish elementary school in western Canada, of all places? I thought Mark Steyn was the hate-crime guy up in Canada, but mostly, had you heard that a 17-year-old Jewish boy was severely beaten into a coma in Paris? Welcome to the new Europe.

And I guess, when I read through this, I thought to myself, here we are, debating -- well, we're not really debating. Obama is ducking. Here we are, we've got an out-of-control United States Supreme Court. Today they struck down a Louisiana law that made it capable for child rapists to be murdered -- to be executed, even if they didn't murder the child. A clearly constitutional exercise of state-authority struck down 5-4 by the same court that gave the Gitmo detainees their habeas rights. It's like Alice Through the Looking Glass. Now, child rapists have got protection from the Supreme Court inventing 8th amendment ambits. And we'll talk to the smart guys in the third hour about this, but then I -- it's unworldly. We're -- next hour I'm going to replay for you the interview I conducted with John McCain in yesterday's third hour, in case you missed it. In which he says we've got to prevent a second Holocaust. And here's why I've been depressed all day -- nobody really believes him. I do. I know where we are in the world -- we are on the edge of the knife. What's that famous phrase from The Lord of the Rings? I wish you could find that, Generalisimo. We are balanced on the edge of the knife. When we come back, we have to play a little bit of Men of the West Stuff. We have to go back to our Men of the West Stuff.

It's -- it is so precarious right now. There is so much momentum behind radical jihad, in Iran, in Hezbollah, in Hamas, in the diaspora of radicalized Muslim youth. It doesn't mean that it's anywhere near a majority of Muslims; it's not. But it is enough. Neither were the Nazis a majority of Europe when they started out. But here we are in the 1930s, and we're about to elect Chicago's Neville Chamberlain as president. Forty-odd percent of the United States think that Barack Obama is qualified to be president. That in itself ought to send ice water through your veins. It is an invitation to disaster. They will not mess around with John McCain. We get four years at least with John McCain, of additional reticence on the part of the jihadist crazies running Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas.

All right, John McCain goes in there with that Nixon-like don't-mess-with-me attitude, and the jihadists get that. Until they get their nukes. And they may even abandon a nuke -- you put Barack Obama in there, and it's running wild time. They're going to see him for the punk politician he is out of Chicago. For a kid who doesn't know anything, a lightweight, who can walk off -- talk off of a teleprompter. With no experience in anything, no understanding of anything, and they're going to push him. They're going to push him hard. They're going to -- they're going to absolutely going to push him around, like Jimmy Carter. At least they had to wait awhile to figure out that he was a punk kid from Plains, Georgia, who didn't know anything either. And that is the reality that we're facing, is that Euorpe is falling deeper and deeper into an anti-Semitic grip. Hezbollah is armed to the teeth. Israel is led by this knucklehead [Ehud] Olmert, who survived today because he agreed to be replaced in September. In essence, they did a deal in Israel today that Olmert gets to keep his job until September, and then he will get thrown out by Kadima. I was hoping for early elections, because we have to get [Benjamin] Netanyahu or somebody who is serious -- even Barak -- Ehud Barak -- is better than Olmert.

We're manning up in Europe. That's the good news. We've got [Silvio] Berlusconi back in, in Italy. [Nicolas] Sarkozy in France. [British Prime Minister] Gordon Brown has turned out to be serious, and if he gets thrown out, he'll be replaced by his -- hopefully Liam Fox, his minister of defense in a new conservative government. The only problem we have in the world right now in terms of being ready is here in the United States -- is we're tired. A lot of you people are tired. You're driving around right now, and you just wish it would all go away. You really just want to be left alone, and you'd like something to happen to the gas prices, and I understand that. I'd like something to happen to the high gas prices, too. I'd like them to go down, but they're not going to go down because the don't-drill Democrats, the triple-D Democrats, will not go get any oil. Do you know what the price of oil is going to be?

Or maybe right now there is a certain level of tension with Iran factored into the price of oil. But when the shooting starts -- and it's going to start. As certain as I am of anything that I've ever broadcast, Iran has been at war with the West since 1978, and they're not going to change, and the trends in the world are not going to get better, and the violence in the world is not going to go down until there is a cataclysm with Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas. Give them the credit of what they say and what they believe.

Look at the fact -- why would you beat up, to the point of death into a coma, a 17-year-old Jewish boy for wearing a kippah? By the way, what the heck's a kippah? I don't know what a kippah is. One of my Jewish friends, send me an email, hewitt@hughhewitt.com. What's a kippah? I know, nice goy, doesn't know anything. But what's a kippah? And why would you -- what is it about the hatred? I know anti-Semitism has been around as long as anti-Semitism -- as long as the Jews have been here, which is forever, anti-Semitism has been here. But it's just one of those things where you just become completely amazed at the indifference of the American people to the threat around them, that we would -- we'd go get Chicago's Neville Chamberlain and put him in power.

It's an invitation for the Islamists to go on the warpath. I was talking to a friend today who's trying to help [Foundation for the Defense of Democracies senior fellow and Fox News contributor] Walid Phares get the word out, and I want to help with that, too. And John McCain and I disagree on so many things, but at least he -- the most important thing, he gets it. He gets it. He gets it. What is it that's hard to understand? Hannah in San Francisco, KNTS. Hi, Hannah.

CALLER (Hannah): Yeah, hi. Well you just asked a question if the jihadists know the difference between John McCain and Obama, and I was going to say they probably do. The problem is the people who vote for him, those thousands and thousands of young people, they don't -- they don't get it, and they don't give a hoot, and they don't know what he's all about, and they don't care.

HEWITT: And they do not understand the peril in which the world sits right now.

CALLER (Hannah): No. They don't know anything, in fact.

HEWITT: All right, Hannah. That's it. I've got a new book coming out, probably next week or the week thereafter, directed at young Obama voters. And it's a little book -- a little tiny book -- because they don't have much of an attention span, and I'll be telling you about it next week. But the fact of the matter is, they've got to understand this. It's 1933, it's 1938 -- I don't know what it is -- but Jewish boy beaten into coma in Paris. Wow. 1-800-520-1234, we're coming right back on the Hugh Hewitt show.

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HEWITT: Kippah. Kippah's a yarmulke. Did you know that?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, it sounded appropriate.

HEWITT: Well, I didn't. Did you know that? Kippah?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I would guess it was.

HEWITT: I got about 5,000 emails in a nanosecond. My Jewish audience is concerned that I do not know what a kippah is.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: But they are Internet-savvy.

HEWITT: They are Internet-savvy. I'm sorry. I blame Dr. Jerry for that -- my dentist.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Is somebody now calling you to tell you that to tell you that, too?

HEWITT: Yes. Now my phone -- it's Leonard. I put it on the microphone, Leonard.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Is he telling you what a kippah is?

HEWITT: He's probably -- I'm sure he is. He's telling me what a kippah is. But their friendly neighborhood goy has no idea that you can have two words for the same thing. You know, why wouldn't the Paris -- why wouldn't the Israel Today newspaper say yarmulke as opposed to kippah? I suppose it's fewer letters, but I digress. I just think people are not aware of what's going on out there. Bill in Phoenix, Hi, Bill.

CALLER (Bill): Yes, hi. How are you doing?

HEWITT: Great. Thank you.

CALLER (Bill): By the way, it's kippah. That's Hebrew.

HEWITT: Oh, now I'm getting hit for the pronunciation!

CALLER (Bill): Well, it -- that's the Hebrew word.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He can't even pronounce English words.

HEWITT: Yeah, I can't even pronounce English words. What do you want from me? OK, go ahead.

CALLER (Bill): That's OK. And anyway, I wanted to talk a little bit about the world-wide anti-Semitism. That is never going away, because the Islamic book, the Quran, basically Jew hatred and Christian hatred, and basically anybody who is no Islamic as the interpreter wants them to be. That's why the Sunnis kill the Shiites, the Shiites kill the Sunnis.

HEWITT: Well, I understand that we're never going to get rid of anti-Semitism, and a lot of it's got nothing to do with Quranic verses. A lot of it -- you know, the Nazis weren't Muslim, but a lot of Muslims are anti-Semitic. It's just that, in other eras, when the West is united and strong, it dare not raise its head. It's when the West is weak and uncertain about what it stands for, especially the protection of religious minorities, that it does come out of its underground sewers and breed.

CALLER (Bill): And also, I think a lot of it's related to the weakness that the Israeli government is showing now. When Israel is strong, you don't have the terrorism, but you have such a weak government, the terrorists feel they can get away with it, and look, they have been getting away with it. Look at all the terrorism that comes out of Gaza on a daily basis. Yoni Tidi -- Yoni the blogger talks about it a lot on your show. By the way, I do have a show on the Middle East here in Phoenix on the same affiliate, KKNT.

HEWITT: Oh, well, Bill, what time's it on?

CALLER (Bill): It's on every Sunday at noon here in Arizona. It's on the web at Middle East Radio Forum-dot-org.

HEWITT: Hey, this must be Bill Strauss, then.

CALLER (Bill): No, William Wolf.

HEWITT: Oh, OK, William. Good to talk to you. Thank you, friend. Bye. Genevieve in San Diego. Hi Genevieve.

CALLER (Genevieve): Hi. I just called to tell you I'm a black woman born and raised in Philadelphia, living in Spring Valley, California, right now, and I knew what a kippah was.

HEWITT: Well, you didn't pronounce it right. It's a kippah.

CALLER (Genevieve): It's a kippah, but I knew what a kippah was.

HEWITT: Well, all right. You know, you're ahead of me on that one. You got an advantage, but no need to rub it in. The story stays the same. Frank in L.A. Hi, Frank.

CALLER (Frank): Hey, Hugh. I totally agreed with your monologue at the beginning. My big concern is that John McCain won't say so, vigorously and forcefully, where do we find a Republican conservative spokesperson who the media cannot ignore, who will say the things you said with force and energy, who will show Obama for who he really is, will not let him play these word games. I'm very, very concerned, as you have expressed. Bumy biggest concern is that we do not have a mouthpiece out there who will get the attention of the world.

HEWITT: I think -- I think McCain's getting better. And Frank, listen, did you hear him yesterday on the program?

CALLER (Frank): Part of it, yes.

HEWITT: OK, I'm going to replay it next hour. He's getting better, and I think he understands that this election, if it's going to be won, it's got to be won on the big issues, not on the little ball.

We can't beat Obama at outbidding people. Obama has promised everyone everything, and at an expense that's ridiculous, but he doesn't know what he is doing when it comes to the key issue of our time -- the existential threat to the world. He is a patsy. He is an absolute pushover, and the bad guys know it, and that is why I'm feeling that in the end -- I've got a couple of pessimistic emails here -- I just do believe that this country is not going to vote for appeasement. I just don't think that they are going to go, and say, "Yeah, we'll go with the rookie."

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HEWITT: Jim in Concord, California, calling in with a particularly inane comment. Hi, Jim.

CALLER (Jim): Hi. Here's my inane comment. You said earlier that the -- all the Muslims are killing the Jew in France. Welcome to the new Europe. Remember the --

HEWITT: I didn't say that, Jim. Jim, I didn't say that. I said 15 people surrounded and beat a Jewish youth senseless into a coma, reflecting the rising tide of Islamic extremism in Europe. I was specific and said that, in fact, the vast majority of Muslims are not anti-Semitic. So that's just a correction. Go ahead.

CALLER (Jim): But you did say -- but you did say welcome to the new Europe. Well I just remembered --

HEWITT: Yes, I did.

CALLER (Jim): I remember the old Europe where Christian Italy and Germany slaughtered 6 million Jews.

HEWITT: Hitler was not a Christian. Jim, just stop the nonsense. Hitler was not a Christian. He was a pagan crazy man. He was --

CALLER (Jim): No, he loved -- he loved Christianity. Read Mein Kampf's two chapters on religion. He loved Jesus.

HEWITT: Jim, Jim, OK, what's your proposition? It's all the Christians' fault, right? The Christians are behind this?

CALLER (Jim): Well I'm sorry, one-third of Hitler's army was Catholic, the other --

HEWITT: Yeah, I know Jim, it's all our fault. Anti-Semitism by Islamic extremists that result in the beating death, or the beating coma of a Jewish boy is all about the Christians. You betcha.

That's an Obama supporter. That's an Obama supporter. That's what we're up against. The Obama supporters do not want to look at the world that it is. They want to imagine a world where it's George Bush's fault. It has not got anything to do with the people who are arming Hezbollah to the teeth. It doesn't have to do with Nasrallah's unprovoked attack of thousands of missiles into Israel. It doesn't have anything to do with Hamas going over and blowing up people and sending rockets into southern Israel every single day. It's all the Christianists. That's -- that's the Obama world, and I don't think America is going to vote for an appeaser. That's an appeasement right there. You just heard a class-A appeaser. It's our fault. We did it.

It is just amazing to me. Shane in Colorado Springs. Hi, Shane.

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HEWITT: Sam in Menlo Park. Sam?

CALLER (Sam): Yeah, hi, Hugh. I just want to tell you from the point of view of this Jewish American -- and I think I'm pretty well informed on world Jewish affairs -- the guy who called up and tried to blame Muslim anti-Semitism on Christians is totally nuts.

HEWITT: Yeah, he is. I mean -- but that's an Obama supporter.

CALLER (Sam): Yeah, well that's why I'm not voting for Obama, and I'm working hard to convince other Jewish Americans to vote for McCain. You know, anyone who's tuned in, who's, you know, watching the program that's unfolding understands that Christians -- religious Christians in America are the Jews' best friends, and they are our vital allies in the fight against Islamofascism and rising anti-Semitism.

HEWITT: Absolutely true, but that does not include Obamicons. Thank you for the call.

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HEWITT: Kelly, Colorado Springs. Kelly.

CALLER (Kelly): Hey, Hugh. Want to talk about the Donovan Papers. Wild Bill Donovan was a colonel in the USS, and he set up the CIA. At the end of the Nuremburg Trials, they were going to shred and burn all the documents. They didn't want anything to do with them. He brought them back, and they were recently translated, and Hitler was planning on killing Christians next. There were 14 million people killed in the death camps. Six or seven million were Jews. The rest were Christians, as well as everybody else.

HEWITT: Yeah, they killed -- they killed gays, they killed gypsies, they killed political prisoners. But he wasn't a Christian -- silly Obama people think that stuff. Dale in Medina, Ohio. Hi, Dale.

CALLER (Dale): Hi, Hugh. I heard your earlier clips from Bill Richardson. The Democrats keep rolling out this bit about leases that aren't being drilled on, as if it's the evil oil company's fault, and they really don't want to drill.

HEWITT: Right.

CALLER (Dale): If they really believed in that, what would be the risk in allowing drilling in ANWR?

HEWITT: That's true. Just take the lease --

CALLER (Dale): By their logic, the fuel companies won't drill there.

HEWITT: Good point. Obviously an Ohio man. By the way, I -- I'm still trying to find two tickets to the Ohio State-USC game. And none of the USC people will give up their tickets to me. I'd pay fair price. They -- they know Ohio State's gonna slaughter the Trojans. They know that they're gonna slaughter the Trojans, and therefore they do not want me there at the bloodbath, since it's probably the last football game we'll ever get to see before the United States gets blown up by the Islamists under Obama.

I -- I would like to see Ohio State slaughter USC. This is what I'm living for right now. I'm keeping my -- all the bad news, I just focus on the Ohio State upcoming slaughter of USC. So if you are a USC fan willing to sell me two or perhaps even three USC tickets to the Ohio State game, hugh@hughhewitt.com, or if you're a Buckeye fan with those tickets back in Ohio, I'll trade you some Browns tickets. New York Giants, Monday night game? Think about it. Hugh Hewitt Show.

From the June 30 edition of The Hugh Hewitt Show:

HEWITT: So you don't want to have anything to do with Ralph Nader, but other than that, it was a fine time. A good time was had by all, including Arianna trying to get me. And George Stephanopoulos looked like her at -- like she was from Mars. She was reading something from my show, when I did the big, long monologue on the Jewish kid with the kippah, who got beaten up in Paris, and I ended up talking about the Ohio State game, and how we were going to get attacked if Obama won. I had to go to the Ohio State-USC game at USC before, because they're not going to be back here before we ever get attacked again. It's just -- irony is lost on the left completely. Katrina says to me afterwards, you know, irony is out of favor in New York after 9-11, and I -- that's right. Ralph Nader is the walking brownout of American politics -- of green rooms, at least.

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HEWITT: Disagreeing with Karen is Charles in Inglewood. Hi, Charles.

CALLER (Charles): Hi. I thought that you did do a good job, but I thought Arianna and Katrina was better, and I thought Arianna did catch you in a lie. You did say that, 'cause I happened to be listening to your radio at that time, and I thought she was right. She quoted you.

HEWITT: I didn't say -- I didn't say I didn't say it. I said she didn't get the irony.

CALLER (Charles): No.

HEWITT: I said she distorted it.

CALLER (Charles): But how could she distort it? She quoted you --

HEWITT: Because it's --

CALLER (Charles): -- exactly.

HEWITT: How can you distort it? Let me tell you something. If you had listened to a Jon Stewart monologue for 10 minutes, and you take a sentence out of it, are you distorting Jon Stewart?

CALLER (Charles): That's not what she did, though.

HEWITT: That's what -- she took two sentences.

CALLER (Charles): I watched the show, Hugh. She didn't do that. She quoted you. She even --

HEWITT: Charles, she did quote me. I didn't disagree with that. She just doesn't get the irony of talking about USC and Ohio State at the end of a long monologue about getting hit by terrorism. Obviously, neither do you.

CALLER (Charles): But it's not the first time that you have said that. You have -- you do try to push fear-mongering, and it's not working.

HEWITT: Yeah, wait, wait. Charles --

CALLER (Charles): Even the polls say it's not working.

HEWITT: I believe we're going to get hit by terrorists under Barack Obama. I defy anyone to tell me that he is a stronger candidate against terrorism than John McCain.

CALLER (Charles): If John McCain --

HEWITT: The whole country agrees with me, and if you want to call that fear-mongering, I can't stop you. Most of the rest of the country thinks you're insane, though, because everybody knows he's weak on this.

CALLER (Charles): If John McCain wins, we -- it makes no difference who is in the White House.

HEWITT: I know you believe that. You're just wrong. That's why we haven't been attacked since 9-11, and we were attacked on 9-11 because of the consequences of Bill Clinton's fecklessness, and if you go back to fecklessness, we'll get hit again. Now, I know you disagree with me on that --

CALLER (Charles): Because that's not true.

HEWITT: I know. That's your disagreement with me, and I say to the American people, if you don't care about people who don't care about homeland security, go ahead and vote for Barack Obama, and we will, to quote Jeremiah Wright, the chickens will come home to roost.

CALLER (Charles): OK, let me ask you one question then.

HEWITT: Nah, Charles, you're done. You had a good chance. Mark in Dallas -- hi, Mark, you're on The Hugh Hewitt Show.

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