If Sean Hannity and Senator Ted Cruz really believe in the shutdown strategy they’ve long been advocating as a means to derail the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, why are they now pretending it’s not theirs?
You may recall that Sean Hannity was for shutting down the government before he started acting as though he were against it. For example, in July, Hannity advised Republicans “to just put their foot down, stand on principal and stop calculating what political impact is going to be felt here. Fund the rest of the government, but just defund Obamacare. And then if the Democrats want to shut down the government, then let them shut it down.” In March, Hannity's message for Republicans who oppose Affordable Care was, “to shut the government down and be labeled, ‘The full faith and credit of the United States is in jeopardy’ – which is not true - but if they really want to do that, that’s what it will take. I want them to do it.”
As for Cruz, The Atlantic Wire noted today:
If you’ve forgotten, Republican leaders were initially opposed to shutting down the government. House Speaker John Boehner spoke out against it. But Cruz and other conservatives campaigned for the strategy. In a speech September 19, Cruz said the last shutdown had a pretty a good outcome: “If House Republicans hadn’t stood up in 1995, we wouldn’t have seen those kind of public policy results that benefit the country,” Cruz said. “Because Republicans stood their ground.”
But now that the PR doesn’t seem to be going so well for Republicans, Cruz and Hannity are backpedaling so fast, it would be funny if there weren’t so much at stake.
Fox News did its part for the PR lies by calling its video of Cruz’ visit to the Hannity show: Sen. Cruz urges lawmakers to move beyond partisan politics.
But Hannity and Cruz spent nearly 7 minutes on a national cable news network pretending that they’re fighting a Democratic government shutdown.
“This is Harry Reid’s shutdown,” Cruz said, proving he’s dishonest as well as cowardly. And then for more giggles, he called it, “the perfect example of liberal arrogance.” Yeah, that’s putting aside partisan politics, alright. For extra putting-aside-partisanship points, Cruz brought up the debunked GOP attack line, “Apparently, their view is, the president should negotiate with the nation of Iran but not with Congress.”
Hannity actually sounded like he was reciting scripted lines as he said, “I want to understand this. …(Harry Reid) is going to subordinate, literally, compassion and decency for partisanship? He won’t keep the parks open? He won’t allow the vets to go to World War II? He’s not going to fund the NIH? Even if it’s gonna help one kid with cancer? I mean that’s pretty sick."
Not as sick as pretending you’re against this after demanding others be for it. But Hannity had more compassion and non-partisanship as he added, “What a twisted, old…” His voice trailed off as he realized he might be going a bit too far in his description of Reid.
But wait, there’s more. Cruz said, with a straight face: “Harry Reid and President Obama believe this shutdown benefits them politically. So they don’t want it to end.”
So, Ted, is that an admission that your plan backfired so now you’re trying to pretend it was a Democratic idea all along? Or just a quick way to try to duck the heat that's coming from your own party?
Cruz went on to promote the very scheme Bill O’Reilly called him out on the night before – trying to fund those parts of the government that are popular in order to continue his (futile) battle to defund Obamacare. But, of course, Hannity was all for the charade. “They don’t want to open the VA,” Cruz said with his concerned face, “because Harry Reid wants to hold veterans hostage in order to force Obamacare on everyone. …He thinks veterans don’t deserve the same treatment that men and women of the active military do. …We need to honor those commitments and we need to put the partisan politics of Barack Obama and Harry Reid behind us.”
Have you upchucked yet?
If not, you might want to take some ginger ale before reading further. Hannity trotted out a line I heard at least two other times on Fox today, not counting the hyping on Fox Nation: that the Obama administration sent more guards to the World War II memorial than it had to Benghazi. But you have to give Hannity style points for sounding like he had just thought of it.
“Well, Sean, I don’t think anyone is surprised, although I think we’re saddened every day by the political gamesmanship of this administration,” Cruz said in his saddened voice.
“Partisanship trumps everything in the world of Reid and Obama,” Hannity said, without a trace of irony, as he closed out the interview.