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Hannity Nostalgic For Clinton-Impeachment Days

Reported by Ellen - January 12, 2007 -

Americans may have broadly rejected President Bush's Iraq plan but Sean Hannity and FOX News predictably used the issue to attack Democrats and liberals. Hannity and Michael Reagan used the now-familiar feint of accusing Democrats of politicizing the war as cover for doing exactly that, themselves. But attacking Democrats ain't what it used to be. At the end of the segment, Hannity told the Democratic guest, Lanny Davis, ““Lanny, it’s good to see you. It reminds me of the old impeachment days.” With video.

Every time Bush gets in trouble, Hannity hams up his bullyboy theatrics. The bullyboy tone was apparent in his first question to Davis, “What is Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosis’s plan? Could you explain it to us?” As I posted yesterday when Hannity falsely asserted they had none, Reid’s and Pelosi’s plan is available on their websites (It essentially adopts the Iraq Study Group's plan). Once again, Hannity's question makes him either the lyingest man in news or the most ignorant.

Davis correctly summarized their positions. (But I’ll bet you dollars to doughnuts, as my mother used to say, that Hannity repeats these questions to the next several Democratic guests.)

“Let’s not play semantics. Redeploy is another word for surrender, retreat,” Hannity said dramatically. With even more flourish, he added, “Retreat! Surrender! Give up! … Our military, the greatest military in the world, you’re saying we can’t win this war? We’re gonna lose and we’re gonna leave in defeat?”

Hannity turned up the Hanctimony yet another notch. “If America was united, if America put its energy, time, resources into winning, instead of politicizing this,” he began to Michael Reagan.

Any time Hannity accuses someone else of politicizing something, you can rest assured that’s exactly what he’s about to do. Sure enough, he started waving a sheet of paper around as he accused his favorite scapegoats, John Kerry, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, etc. “of hurting and undermining the war effort” because they had changed their opinions about troop strength.

Kirsten Powers, substituting for Alan Colmes, did a decent job of pointing out that plenty of Republicans were adamantly opposed to the escalation. “I think we need to stop acting like it is only Democrats or, frankly, only liberals that are criticizing this war.”

Davis said, “It’s inaccurate and imbalanced” not to acknowledge the depth of opposition. “We have two-thirds of the American people speaking, that they have lost faith in this policy.” He added pointedly, “This should not be a partisan issue.”

Michael Reagan told Powers “Let’s go along with that for a moment,” as though he were doing her some big favor. Then, he continued by accusing Senators Brownback and Hagel, Republicans critical of Bush’s plan, of “playing the politics” because Brownback wants to run for president and Hagel is running for re-election. (Note: SOTU has an excellent timeline showing that Hagel has been a long-time critic of the Bush administration and has not changed his position since the last election.)

Powers responded by reading a comment from a Congressman Keller and asked, “What’s his motive?”

Reagan couldn’t answer, of course, so he reiterated the World War II comparisons that nobody seems to be buying. “Maybe we shouldn’t have sent reinforcements to Germany.”

There was more than a touch of wistfulness in Hannity’s voice at the end. “Lanny, it’s good to see you. It reminds me of the old impeachment days.”

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