On his radio show today, Sean Hannity, Cliven Bundy’s BFF as of last night, said that Bundy’s “Negro” remarks are “beyond repugnant to me. They are beyond despicable to me. They are beyond ignorant to me.”
“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro. … I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”
Anybody surprised by this? What say you now, Dean Heller and Sean Hannity, and all you morons defending your fellow moron? I especially love that “family life” part. Oh, yes, family life on the ole plantation. Getting raped by the master, having your husband and children sold to other masters so you never saw them again. Good times…
Over at the Daily Beast, Andrew Romano calls Games of Thrones “the most cynical show on TV.” I can only assume he’s never watched Sean Hannity.
“I totally get the very correct desire to avoid violence. But allowing a bunch of militia freaks and gun-toting thugs to run off federal agents trying to act against a rancher who’s refused to pay grazing fees for using federal lands for 20 years seems like a very, very bad idea.”
Josh Marshall, Talking Points Memo
Amen to that. Fox News has really outdone themselves on this story. Sean Hannity didn’t challenge Cliven Bundy when he claimed his cattle aren’t on federal land. That’s because in Bundy’s alternative universe, there’s no such thing as federal ownership of land. I doubt Sean would be so sympathetic if a bunch of young African-Americans took over a federal building in New York City. But when it’s an old white guy in a cowboy hat, Sean doesn’t call him out for the criminal he is.
I know Sean (“Death Spiral”) Hannity won’t see it this way, but the demographics of Obamacare so far aren’t that bad. They had hoped about 40% of those signing up would be 18-34. So far, it looks more like 24%, so the insurance pool is older and sicker than they’d like.
But, there’s three more months of open enrollment, and it was always expected that the old and sick would sign up first, since they need coverage more desperately, and the young and healthy would be stragglers. That’s how it played out in Massachusetts when Romneycare first took effect.
Also, the Kaiser Family Foundation says that even with this pool, the insurance market should be stable, with premiums rising maybe a percent or two. If the risk pool improves as expected, that will help keep premiums down.
Looking a lot better for the Prez (and Dems running in 2014) than it did three months ago.
Devout Catholic Sean Hannity played part of the McConnell secret strategy session tape, but not the part where they laughed at St. Francis and “Brother Donkey, Sister Bird.”
I’m sure Hannity knew that some of his Catholic viewers would say, hey, they’re not laughing at Ashley Judd, they’re laughing at me and my religion.
Lots of attention this morning on Mother Jones‘ release of a taped confidential Mitch McConnell strategy session where they discuss oppo research on Ashley Judd, who has since decided not to run against McConnell in Kentucky next year.
McConnell’s camp is comparing the tape’s release to Watergate and has gotten the FBI involved. Mother Jones has explained they didn’t get the tape through a Watergate-type bugging, which leads one to believe there was someone in that room who isn’t exactly loyal to McConnell.
Anyway, during the meeting a McConnell aide played a tape of Judd on religion saying, “I’d like to think I’m like St. Francis in that way. Brother Donkey, Sister Bird.”
This reference resulted in uproarious laughter, with the aide saying, “That’s my favorite line so far. Absolute favorite one so far.”
The group seems ignorant that St. Francis, in dealing with his many infirmities, referred to his own body as “Brother Donkey” and that he was known for preaching sermons to flocks of birds. His famous poem,”Canticle of the Sun” refers to various manifestations of nature as “Brother” and “Sister.” Since God created everything, we are all brothers and sisters.
Now imagine that an Obama campaign group had been caught on tape laughing about Brother Donkey and Sister Bird. Wouldn’t they have been chastised for their ignorance about St. Francis and Catholicism and for laughing at the Church’s most beloved saint? Wouldn’t Sean Hannity have hit the roof about this lack of respect for Catholics, about this war on Catholics?
Mitch McConnell is a Southern Baptist. Recently Southern Baptists and Catholics have made common cause over issues like abortion and marriage, but the history between the two groups is a pretty nasty and contentious one, with a long-standing hatred for “Papists” among the Baptists.
Our new Pope took the name Francis for a reason. Mitch McConnell has some ‘splaining to do.
Charles Krauthammer was on Hannity tonight, and I agree with his take on Obama’s gun control proposals.
He said that all the items in the executive order list are “useless.”
He also said that there is “less here than meets the eye” because all the meaningful stuff requires congressional approval, and that won’t be forthcoming.
I’m way beyond discouraged, I’m totally disgusted.
President Obama has appointed his current White House Chief of Staff, Jack Lew, to replace Tim Geithner as Secretary of the Treasury.
Lew has been Director of the Office of Management and Budget twice, under Clinton and Obama, so he knows his numbers.
A solid, uncontroversial pick.
Poor Hannity won’t be able to sneer about “tax cheat Tim Geithner” anymore, although I’m sure he’ll find disparaging things to say about Lew. Right now he’s very busy smearing Chuck Hagel. So many hated Obama appointees, so little time.
With the emphasis on madly…
Charles Krauthammer has gotten a lot of press for his comment to Sean Hannity that Obama is trying to provoke a “civil war” in the GOP.
Now pretend that Bush is president, that the Dems control the House, and that the GOP has a majority in the Senate, but not a filibuster-proof one.
What would Krauthammer say if Bush was trying to keep us from going over the cliff?
He wouldn’t say Bush was trying to provoke a civil war among Dems, he’d praise him for trying to reach out to what he’d call the “reasonable” Dems, who weren’t “crazy, far-left types with San Francisco values.”
Bush would be heroically trying to save the country, while the Kenyan Muslim Socialist is heinously trying to destroy it.
We need intelligent policy debates about the right level of taxing and spending, but all we’re getting is stupid personality attacks.