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Tom DeLay Gets Standing Ovation From Un-balanced Hannity & Colmes Audience

Reported by Ellen - September 25, 2006 -

Sean Hannity happily practiced the same double standard he never stops complaining about in others during Friday night’s (9/22/06) special “Thank you, America,” 10th anniversary edition of Hannity & Colmes. On a near nightly basis, Hannity fixates on any minute transgression by a liberal or Democrat and whines that they have gotten off too easily. Patrick Kennedy’s intoxication, Cynthis McKinney's scuffle with a Capitol policeman (for which she was not indicted), Rosie O’Donnell’s harsh criticism of radical Christians all received more than one Hannity & Colmes discussion. But Tom DeLay, indicted for money laundering, implicated in the Jack Abramoff scandals, admonished by the House Ethics Committee and criticized for inciting violence against judges, received a standing ovation from the un-balanced, lily-white crowd that comprised the audience. Need I mention that no questions were asked about the legal charges still pending against him? With video.

One wonders if the applause and ovation were truly spontaneous or if the crowd was egged on by Hannity & Colmes producers. Either way, Hannity showed not even a trace of concern that DeLay’s alleged violations were not receiving the same scrutiny as Cynthia McKinney’s, for example. Instead, Hannity gave DeLay a warm welcome and seemed sympathetic that DeLay was forced to remain on the ballot in his district.

Any private feelings of hypocrisy Hannity may have suffered were pushed aside as he and DeLay used the occasion to compare Democrats to Hugo Chavez. Hannity asked, “I hear the things that this president has been called by leaders in the Democratic Party and then they’re mad and they’re upset over what Chavez says. Is there a little hypocrisy there?”

DeLay took the bait. “It is amazing that the words that the Democrat leadership has used are almost identifical to the words that Chavez used. I don’t think they’ve called him a devil yet. But they’ve called him liar.”

During his session with Alan Colmes, DeLay tried to take credit for the budget surplus under Clinton. The “fair and balanced” audience didn’t seem to have a single liberal or Democrat. The group was so enthusiastic about DeLay’s assertions, each member might have come straight from a Republican pep rally. If not, some strategist should have hired them right after the show.

Props to Alan Colmes for not letting the audience stop him from asking Delay some tough questions (albeit not about any of his legal troubles). Colmes asked, “How is it you had, under Bill Clinton, the biggest surpluses in history, now under Bush you’ve got the biggest deficits in history?”

“No, no, no, under Bill Clinton and the Republican Congress.” DeLay said airily. He wagged his finger. “Bill Clinton didn’t do anything.” The crowd erupted into cheers.

“No, you know what the difference is?” Colmes asked. “Bill Clinton worked with the Republican Congress. He was behind the earned income tax credit.”

“Don’t rewrite history,” DeLay hypocritically told him. “He didn’t get to introduce one thing.”

Actually, it was Tom DeLay doing the rewriting of history. According to the conservative Washington Times, “President Clinton massively expanded the EITC in 1993… Although the EITC was designed as a program to help low-income families with children, President Clinton expanded it in 1993 to include childless families, including such undeserving - but legally qualifying - families as a part-time wage earner in law school. By 2002, according to Mr. Clinton's 1993 program expansion, families earning more than $34,000 - more than twice the current poverty level for a family of four - would qualify for the EITC.” (May 14, 1997)

As Colmes continued to engage Delay in debate, Hannity interrupted. “We’ve got to run,” he said, at three minutes and nine seconds into Colmes’ turn. Hannity had taken three minutes and fifty seconds. That double standard didn’t seem to bother him, either.