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Rendell Demolishes Hannity’s Sestak “Criminality” Meme

Reported by Ellen - June 3, 2010 -

Gov. Ed Rendell appeared on Hannity last night (6/2/10) and told Sean Hannity in no uncertain terms why his theory that the White House illegally dangled the Secretary of the Navy position to persuade Rep. Joe Sestak not to run for Senate holds no water: Because the timeline is dubious at best and the administration did not want Sestak to give up his seat.Will Fox News take note? I doubt it.

Despite the fact that numerous legal experts have opined that no crime occurred, college drop out Hannity continues to suggest otherwise (formerly, he insisted a crime had been committed). When Rendell brought up former Attorney General Michael Mukasey’s opinion that a crime had not been committed, legal eagle Hannity dismissed that by saying, “That’s one person.” Hannity almost certainly knows it’s far more than just one person saying that but he continued to cling to his theory.

Rendell acknowledged that the White House should respond to questions about the matter but he also pointed out that Ray Mabus, the current Secretary of the Navy, had been nominated in March, 2009, whereas Specter didn’t switch parties until April. “They’re not going to pull a nomination to give it to (Sestak),” Rendell said. He also noted that Mabus was confirmed in May, 2009. Sestak declared himself a Senate candidate in August.

Not that that sank into Hannity’s partisan-at-any-cost brain. “What’s the difference between this and Rod Blagojevich?” Hannity disingenuously asked when he almost certainly knew damned well what the difference was – a little matter of extortion.

But perhaps the most damaging-to-Hannity thing Rendell said about the supposed job offer was, “(White House Chief of Staff) Rahm Emanuel and I had discussions about this. We very much wanted to persuade Congressman Sestak to stay in the House and run for his seat. ‘Cause he would have won his seat easily and now that’s a seat that’s up for grabs. So I know the administration did not want to offer him a job that would have meant that he would have to leave Congress.”

Funny how Hannity didn’t have a response to that but ended the segment soon thereafter.

Rendell was one of very few Democrats to appear on Hannity to discuss this case, compared to many, many partisan conservatives. I doubt his comments will be given much attention by anyone on the show in the future. But we will.

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