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Hannity says that Obama is all about marketing and race

Reported by Chrish - June 23, 2008 -

Guest blogged by Scott

On last night's Hannity's America, 6/22/08, the lead story was all about Senator Barack Obama: his 'inexperience' and his 'liberal agenda'; his 'support' of Palestinian groups and his supposed hatred of, and pandering to, Israelis; the ever popular red herrings, his 'links' to William Ayres and Rashid Khalidi; and the old song and dance about The Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Nothing to see here, keep moving along.

Author and self-proclaimed conservative, Shelby Steele was Hannity's guest to explain 'why Obama can't win.' Steele said, "I regret that subtitle. I don't argue that in the book. He can definitely win." Hannity then asked if former Rep. Geraldine Ferraro was correct when she said that, "if [Senator] Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position." Steele agreed with Ferraro, "What else would recommend Barack Obama, other than the fact of his race? Not to demean him in any way, I think he's an extremely talented politician." Then Steele went off the deep end completely, "But I think his greatest talent is bargaining; his ability to relax whites, to give whites an opportunity to show themselves as virtuous, as not racist, as having overcome our racist past."

Then, describing a conversation with a conservative, black, friend who was conflicted about who to vote for in November, Hannity said "Shouldn't we be looking at a person's character; not at all at skin color?" Steele said that he was sorry to hear of so many black conservatives that felt this way. That black conservatives were finding it hard to choose between race and ideals, and that The Community should not let race cloud their minds.

Of course Hannity had to drop in mentions of The Reverends Sharpton and Jackson as a contrast to Senator Obama. Where Jackson and Sharpton were of the mind that 'you're a racist until you prove to me that you aren't', Senator Obama takes the stance that 'I won't make my blackness an issue if you don't.'

Hannity continued tossing softballs at Mr. Steele. He actually asked, "Do you think that in some ways we're the victims of a marketing campaign? That we're listening to the soaring rhetoric, and people are fainting, and that people have an unwillingness to really look at his thin resume, his radical associations, and his very left-of-center views?" Steele couldn't pass up that fungo, "Absolutely. It has been his tactic from the beginning, it's worked very well for him, he has ... nurtured a kind of invisibility as a candidate. He precisely does not want us to know what he thinks and what he really feels, and that way he is a kind of projection screen that Americans have projected their desire for racial innocence onto."

After the break came everyone's most remembered potato merchant, former Vice President Dan Quayle. Their conversation was about VP Quayle's selection by George the first, until, at about midway, Hannity came out with this, "Do you think Senator McCain needs to unify the party and get conservatives on board more?" Compare that to this tidbit, "What do you think about Senator Barack Obama? His phenomenon? His pretty thin resume? Uh, but he won his nomination, he's got a lot of negatives as far as I see it, pretty left-wing agenda; what do you think of him? Can he win this election?" And former VP Quayle came back with a good-un, "He can win. I think John McCain has a good chance to beat him, but the odds would be, in a normal year, for the Democrats to win ... And I know there's a lot of interest in Barack Obama being inexperienced and all that, but Sean, we do elect inexperienced presidents: Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, this president didn't have a lot of experience," Hannity couldn't let anyone compare the Archangel Bush to those heathens Clinton and Carter, "He had executive experience."

In closing, Quayle said he prefers to characterize Senator Obama as a 'risky choice' rather than 'inexperienced' and Hannity came right back with this nugget: "You're being a lot more gracious than I am because I say 'radical'."

So it's goodnight and thank you Mr. Vice President.

My Comments:
It seems to me that Mr. Steele is saying, if I may, that Senator Obama can win if he acts like a good house negro.
Hannity claiming that character should be the determining factor, and not race? Hannity? Really?
A marketing campaign? You mean like the one that got us into Iraq, Sean? That kind of marketing campaign?
McCain might need to unify the Republicans, and Obama's "got a lot of negatives?" Wow. That's fair and balanced reporting, huh?

About the lack of experience of those other presidents, Sean:

  • President James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr.: In 1962 [President Carter] entered state politics, and eight years later he was elected Governor of Georgia. Carter announced his candidacy for President in December 1974 Source: The White House Official Web Site

  • President William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton (Blythe III): Clinton was elected Arkansas Attorney General in 1976, and won the governorship in 1978. After losing a bid for a second term, he regained the office four years later, and served until he defeated incumbent George [H. W.] Bush and third party candidate Ross Perot in the 1992 presidential race.Source: The White House Official Web Site

  • President George W. Bush: President Bush served for 6 years as the 46th Governor of the State of Texas.Source: The White House Official Web Site