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Sean Hannity And The FOX News Conservatives In A State Of Denial Over Election Results

Reported by Ellen - November 9, 2006 -

Far from being disconsolate over Republicans losing the House and, in all likelihood, the Senate, too, Sean Hannity shrugged off the election as “a pretty common trend” that people would likely make too much of. FOX News must have had a hard time finding pundits to support that theory because they put forth two of the unlikeliest election “experts” on TV to discuss the aftermath: convicted liar Oliver North and disgraced and indicted ex-Congressman Tom DeLay.

DeLay has become something of a regular on Hannity & Colmes lately. I wonder if he’s up for a regular gig now that it’s pretty clear he won’t be back in government any time soon. It’s hard to know whether DeLay dazzled or dissuaded the producers. When Alan Colmes asked DeLay to explain Bush’s untruthfulness last week about keeping Rumsfeld, DeLay insisted there had been no flip-flop. “It’s a president that didn’t want to tell you or the press that he’s in the process of making a decision and making a change. It happens all the time. He waited until he made the final decision and then he announced it. What’s wrong with that?”

Nothing, if anyone can believe such a ridiculous statement, and if there hadn't been a little event like a midterm election in-between. Unfortunately, Colmes’ time was up so he never had a chance to respond.

During Hannity's portion of the interview, it took him, North and Delay no time at all to dispel any ideas that the election might represent a verdict on the Bush administration. Instead, they spun it into an excuse to attack Democrats. “Let me put a little perspective here,” Hannity began. “(Losing seats) is a pretty common trend.”

Oliver North agreed that the loss was simply a “historical trend.” The real issue, North claimed, is, “will the new Democrats who are now going to take power in both Houses of Congress, going to stop blaming America first?” Comment: By any measure Democrats now make up the majority of Americans so North seems to be the one blaming America first.

DeLay added that the Democrats “are going to be very clever” and not reveal how liberal they really are. “They were very clever in running a whole campaign without an agenda.” He insisted that the 18 Congresspeople who won (presumably in Republican districts) would have a very difficult time getting re-elected. DeLay and Hannity emphasized that margins of victory were “razor thin.”

North later claimed, "George W. Bush’s legacy is going to be defined by one thing: The outcome of the war. He’s now got a very focused agenda. He’s not going to go down as the Jerry Ford of the 21st Century."

Suddenly, there was a thin crack in Hannity’s denial. He admitted Republicans might have had a hand in their own undoing. But Hannity didn't think the reason Republicans lost was because of the war, or the scandals, the corruption or Katrina but because they abandoned the principles of Reagan conservatism. He blamed “their reckless spending, because of earmarks, because they didn’t embrace security at the border, because of Dubai Ports.”

DeLay added that Republicans “did not articulate an agenda.”

Comment: Isn’t that what he just accused Democrats of not having done?

In Part 2 of the interview, Hannity started his own attacks on the Democrats. “One thing (Democrats) did say is they want to cut, run and redeploy to Okinawa to quote John Murtha.” This is a blatant distortion of Murtha’s plan (the thing DeLay said Democrats didn’t have) but nobody on the panel seemed to care. “What are (the troops) thinking tonight?" Hannity asked.

Maybe they voted Democratic too.

I predict that the fissures in Hannity’s denial will grow as the reality sinks in that the American public has resoundingly rejected the Bush Administration and the Republican Congress. I wonder whom he'll attack then.

You can watch the interview on FOXNews.com.