Hannity In A Panic Over Possible Karl Rove Indictment
Reported by Ellen - October 12, 2005
Finally a discussion about the Valerie Plame investigation on Hannity & Colmes! I think I know why they steered clear of it before - Hannity can't take it. The prospect of his beloved Bush Administration getting into serious hot water sent him into a frenzy of Democrat-bashing that may have diverted his TV audience but will likely do nothing to help Karl Rove, Scooter Libby or anyone else involved in the outing of CIA agent Plame avoid indictment.
As usual, Hannity's venom started with the claim that the other side was doing the attacking. Talking to Democratic strategist and FOX News Contributor Kirsten Powers, Hannity said, "I see your party - if anyone in the country stubs their toe, it's George Bush's fault. If there's a bee sting, it's George Bush's fault. If you get a hangover, it's George Bush's fault. You have no vision for national security, homeland security, for the economy. All you guys want to do is bash Republicans. Good luck. That's all you got."
Just once, I'd like to see a Democratic guest confront Hannity on his subject-changing sleight-of-hand. He does it every time his side is in trouble and it's quite predictable. Hannity is, in essence, a one-trick pony.
Powers has been a frequent-enough guest on the show that she should have been prepared for Hannity's theatrics. But she seems to have become rattled by him. In attempting to answer his ridiculous comments that had nothing to do with the subject of Karl Rove being called before the grand jury, Powers made the astounding claim that Karl Rove had, in fact, outed Valerie Plame. Later, she admitted that "we don't really know what's going on" but that "somebody's lying."
Meanwhile, Hannity could not control himself. At the mention of the word "lying," he began to imitate Clinton saying "I did not have sexual relations" (as if that has anything to do with Plamegate).
Still riled, Hannity turned to conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham and said, "This is all they've got. You stub your toe? Blame Bush. Bee sting? Blame Bush. And what's missing from the Democratic Party - not that I want to help them - I want them to just go down this dark hole that they're falling into. They don't have any vision to help the country. It's all negative. It's all the politics of personal destruction and I don't see them winning elections with this strategy, do you?"
Ingraham then went off on her own Democrat-bashing related to a New York Times article about Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.
Finally, Colmes stepped in and said, "I know you want to change the subject to Katrina but this is not about the Democrats. ...The special prosecutor is not about Democrats vs. Republicans."
At least Ingraham was then able to discuss the Plame investigation calmly. Hannity could barely discuss it at all.