I happened to tune into the Sean Hannity Show on our local conservative talk station. I expected him to be saying something about the election or about Republican strategy going forward. Instead, Hannity was conducting one of those annoying faux "man on the street" interviews, where the point is to prove how stupid the general population is, and enforce the audience's feeling of superiority. The "Jaywalking" segments on the Jay Leno Show are of the same type.
Hannity had obviously planted callers in advance, because they were set up with a list of pictures; the same four pictures for each participant: of Donald Rumsfeld, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Britney Spears. Predictably, the people he had selected to respond could identify Britney Spears but not the other three. The horror!
One woman self-identified as a Democrat and could not identify Reid or Pelosi. She was appropriately chastized. Another woman also identified as a Democrat. She identified Reid and Pelosi, but Hannity pressed the point, asking the woman to name one thing that Pelosi had done in office. The answer is not much, other than oppose all the stuff that the Republicans were doing. I can't really think of much that Pelosi has done; she's hardly been a maverick as minority leader.
Hannity is obviously handling the loss by ignoring the real cause — that is, massive dissatisfaction with Republican foreign policy — and explaining to the Republican base that people who vote for Democrats are stupid and uninformed. Well, whatever makes him feel better.
More generally the spin among conservative talk hosts has been that the loss is actually good for the party, weeding out moderates and 'big government conservatives' who have violated the party orthodoxy in the interest of winning elections.
"I feel liberated, and I'm going to tell you as plainly as I can why," said Rush Limbaugh, "I no longer am going to carry the water for people who I don't think deserve having their water carried."
But it's not really possible for Limbaugh to "carry water", since he doesn't engage in independent critical thinking. It was rather impolitic of him to tell his audience flat out that he doesn't represent his own honest opinions.
O'Reilly tried to wish the Iraq situation out of existence, saying, "I don't ever want to hear Shiia and Sunni again."Powered by Sidelines