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Republicans Throwing Senator Larry Craig Under The Bus? Loyal Operative Hannity Calls For Craig’s Resignation “If He Did It.”

Reported by Ellen - August 28, 2007 -

Echoing his sentiments on his radio show (H/T Chrish), Sean Hannity repeated his call for Senator Larry Craig’s resignation on tonight’s (8/28/07) Hannity & Colmes. “If he knows in his heart that he was guilty of this, I would say he needs to resign,” Hannity said in Part 2 of a two-part discussion about Craig’s arrest for lewd conduct in a men’s bathroom. Since Hannity is nothing if not a loyal foot soldier for the Republican Party it’s hard to imagine he made those statements without their backing. UPDATED WITH VIDEO.

Just the fact that Craig was the top story was another indication that Republicans are ditching him. Last night, Hannity & Colmes avoided any discussion of Craig. The scandals surrounding Alberto Gonzales and Scooter Libby, to name a few, have been rarely mentioned, much less given “top story” status, at least not that I recall.

Republican strategist Rich Galen complained about Republicans turning on Craig and then seemed to do just that, himself, as he relayed a psychologist’s explanation for why a high-profile senator would engage in such behavior. Perhaps Galen meant to offer it as a hypothetical, but he didn’t.

Hannity wondered why, if Craig was really innocent, he’d plead guilty, even to a lesser charge. Hannity even offered an opening for Democrat Bob Beckel to emphasize that Craig had several months since his plea in June to recant it. Why, now that he’s in the spotlight over it, is he suddenly saying he wants to re-open it?

Hannity also pointed out that Craig, in his public statement earlier in the day, had not denied the behavior in the stall (the foot-tapping, peeking in the stall, etc, detailed in the arresting officer’s report), other than to broadly proclaim he's not gay.

Predictably, Hannity brought up Clinton, repeatedly referred to him as a “serial abuser” of women, then said he didn’t want to talk about Clinton in order to “stay focused on this case.” When has Hannity ever avoided bashing a Democrat to “stay focused” on a Republican scandal? I can’t think of a single time.

The third time he brought up Clinton, Hannity said, “Let’s not play the back and forth hypocrisy thing cause I could spend the whole hour on Clinton and you know what? And his serial abuse of women. Let’s stay away from that.”

Alan Colmes quipped, “You already brought it up.”