Hugh Hewitt, a nationally syndicated radio host on the Salem Radio Network and law professor at Chapman University School of Law, says that Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan should be on the list for any of the Republican candidates for president as a vice presidential pick.
Why Sen. Sullivan? Sullivan’s dedication to national security.
Hewitt’s column, which appeared in the Washington Post last week, put Sullivan on a short list for consideration as vice president or at least in a high cabinet position, along with these other Hewitt favorites: Sen. Tom Cotton (Ark.), Sen. Joni Ernst (Iowa), Rep. Mike Gallagher (Wis.), former secretary of state Mike Pompeo, and former national security adviser Robert C. O’Brien.
“All are serious about the state of the world; all are serious about national security,” Hewitt wrote at the end of his column that was primarily about the war between Israel and Hamas, and the sharp left turn that the Democrats in America have taken.
“Anyone watching what has happened on U.S. college campuses in the past seven weeks has to objectively evaluate the young left’s direction and consider its advance guard already in the House (in “the Squad”) or in the bureaucracy and objecting to President Biden’s support of Israel. They must conclude that the Democratic Party is not simply drifting leftward; it runs a real risk of heading to the hard left,” Hewitt wrote.
He pointed out that among Democratic voters age 18 to 34, a NBC poll shows that 70% of them disapprove of President Joe Biden’s handling of the war.
“This is a generational shift, and a dire one for Israel. It isn’t a huge leap to imagine that this hard left will shape the future of the Democratic Party. If Democrats win in 2024 or 2028, there would be an ever-increasing number of powerful people who are committed to the poisonous ‘oppressed/oppressor’ framework for interpreting the entire world,” Hewitt noted.
“Israel is engaged in what ultimately amounts to a war for survival against a genocidal enemy — Hamas is just its vanguard. The war right now is being waged in Gaza, but Hezbollah’s terrorist legions await on Israel’s northern border with Lebanon, and Iran, the deadliest threat, bides its time. There isn’t a middle ground here, any more than there is a middle ground regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine or China’s genocide of the Uyghurs. In fact, this is one confrontation — whether the front line is Gaza, or Ukraine or, eventually, Taiwan,” Hewitt wrote.
That’s why all the Republican nominees should start detailing who would be included in key positions in their administrations.
“Let’s compare that list with the new generation of Democrats, the voices who will likely shape the party for years to come,” Hewitt said. For him, the U.S. Marine Reservist from Alaska should be included in the next Republican Administration, possibly as vice president.
Hewitt writes for the Washington Post about law, politics, media bias, and society in general. He is a former official in the Ronald Reagan Administration, and former president and CEO of the Richard Nixon Foundation. Sullivan is a regular guest on his nationally syndicated radio show.