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Before Caving On McCain, Hannity And Obenshain Play Tough By Attacking Democrats

Reported by Ellen - February 8, 2008 -

Sean Hannity and Kate Obenshain proved just what kind of great Americans they are during last night’s (2/8/08) Hannity & Colmes. With the all but inevitable nomination of John McCain, a candidate they will have to hold their noses to support (but almost surely will support), the two pumped up their own importance the same way losing candidate Mitt Romney did earlier in the day: by attacking their fellow countrymen (Democrats) and pretending to be patriots. But the two bullies were easily shown up by Alan Colmes and Democratic guest Steve Murphy. With video.

The 2008 campaign has turned increasingly unpleasant for Giuliani-supporter turned Romney-supporter and McCain and Huckabee hating Hannity. And when the going gets tough, bullyboy Sean Hannity goes on the attack. He was aided by the ever vapid but viperous Obenshain.

The video below is the second of a two-part discussion. Hannity tried to interrupt Colmes during his opening question and Colmes shut him up by saying, “May I speak please? Do you mind?” Colmes, continuing, brought up Romney’s attack-ridden withdrawal speech and John McCain’s like-minded “politics of fear” address to CPAC. Both speeches, in essence, alleged that a Democratic victory would destroy the country and bring about death from terrorist attacks. “Is that gonna work this time?” Colmes asked Murphy.

Murphy noted that Romney claimed Democrats would surrender to terrorists. But, Murphy continued, “The only person I saw doing any surrendering today was Mitt Romney and that’s why he had to surrender. Because of talk like that.”

The whiney, condescending Obenshain falsely claimed that Colmes had misrepresented what Romney said. Then she squealed, “Even you would have to admit that Mitt Romney showed a great deal of class and a great deal of concern for his country… He gave one of the best speeches I’ve ever heard him give, by far. It’s a shame he couldn’t have spoken like that all along.”

So here’s an excerpt of what Obenshain considers classy:

And Barack and Hillary have made their intentions clear regarding Iraq and the war on terror. They would retreat and declare defeat. And the consequence of that would be devastating. It would mean attacks on America, launched from safe havens that make Afghanistan under the Taliban look like child’s play. About this, I have no doubt.

As Obenshain squeaked on about how conservatives were going to coalesce around McCain in order to defeat the awful Democrats, Murphy piped up. “He got out of the race today because his portfolio is worth $50 million less because of the Bush (recession?)… He can’t afford to spend any more money on it.”

“Come on, Steve,” Obenshain helplessly screeched.

So Hannity came to what he thought would be the rescue, the only way he knows how, by ratcheting up the hostility. “You know what? You guys would hand Iraq over to Al Qaeda and Ahmadinejad and that makes you pathetically, disgustingly weak on national defense.”

But Murphy replied (though Hannity tried to talk over him by attacking Hillary), “Sean, the people who attacked us are living with impunity and out in the open in Pakistan right now and you are aligned with Musharraf instead of going and getting the terrorists in Pakistan. There is one candidate in this race who has said, ‘I’m gonna get the terrorists in Pakistan whether Musharraf likes it or not' and that’s Barack Obama.”

Hannity backed down and changed the subject.

By the way, since Romney is so concerned about winning the war in Iraq, I emailed his campaign earlier today and asked if we can expect his five sons to enlist pronto now that they will no longer be serving this country by helping him get elected. You can contact the Romney campaign here.