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Hannity: If Democrats Win In November “Is It A Victory For Terrorists?”

Reported by Ellen - August 23, 2006 -

Once again on Hannity & Colmes (8/22/06), Sean Hannity did his best to divide and polarize America by trying to make Democrats seem like terrorism-abettors. His guest and cohort in divisiveness was a Katherine Harris look-alike who claimed that if Democrats win in November, “It would be a loss for America.” They each insisted that Bush has done a good job in Iraq.

Hannity set the stage for his attacks by asking in a teaser at the beginning of the show, “If the Democrats win, if they win in November, is it a victory for the terrorists? Some people are saying that.”

Hannity began the discussion by cherry-picking the latest poll results. He crowed that a new Gallup poll indicated a Bush bounce from the foiled London bomb plot. He also gleefully reported that Democrats’ prospects are the lowest in a year. He conveniently ignored other polling data indicating otherwise. He then repeated his earlier smear by asking if voters will agree with Joe Lieberman that support for withdrawal from Iraq “will be taken as a victory by terrorists?”

Chairwoman of the Virginia Republican Party Kate Griffin quickly agreed. “It would be a loss for America.” For smear bonus points, she added the grammatically dubious statement that Democrats would continue a “frenzied pursuit of this cut and run approach.”

“They don’t even want us to interview Osama Bin Laden’s bodyguard,” Hannity lied.

Bob Beckel gave a feisty defense. “I’ve just about had it with this.” He demanded to know whether Griffin thought Democrats were traitors. Comment: I wish he had demanded to know whether they thought Americans were traitors, as most Americans disapprove of the job Bush is doing and want the troops to come home from Iraq.

“I never suggested that,” Griffin said. Oh, of course not. She just said, “They have been advocating that we turn tail and run home.”

Beckel challenged, “Will you say yes or no, has George Bush done a good job in managing the war in Iraq?”

Hannity, off-screen, chimed in “Yes.”

Griffin said Bush has done “an excellent job.”

Beckel ridiculed the notion that Iraq was going well. Griffin looked shocked, shocked when he said that the reason Iraq is so unstable is because the war created more terrorists than had been there before.

But Griffin quickly recovered her Harris-esque claws. “The only ones talking about traitors are the Democrats.” She claimed that Democratic criticism is “Undermining not only the president of the United States, but they’re undermining our troops and our mission.”

Comment: I wish Beckel would have asked if Republican criticism from Senator Chuck Hagel and Rep. Walter Jones was undermining the war, too. I also wish he had asked why it’s bad for the country to criticize the President but it’s OK to call the majority of Americans who disagree with him terrorist-abetters.

Hannity seemed genuinely taken aback by Beckel’s indignation. “When we say you’re weak, it doesn’t mean you’re a traitor!” Hannity explained. Oh, thank goodness!

Then Hannity added, “A lot of the Democrats HAVE undermined the president.”

Once again, I think it is just outrageous for FOX News to suggest that the majority of Americans are terrorist-abettors. If you agree, contact FOX News at comments@foxnews.com or hannity@foxnews.com or colmes@foxnews.com. Visa sponsored last night's show again. You can contact them via their webmail.