Sunday, August 23, 2009
...make absolutely sure you do not so much as hint to Sean Hannity that he ought to run for president. Your divine say-so seems to be important here, so unless You have it in for the Republican party -- and there is a no small locker of evidence that, in fact, You do -- please direct Your inspiration elsewhere.
The Republicans have a lot of lightening rods. The GOP needs fewer lightening rods and more really smart and competent executives willing to run for president, plus a body of solid ideas that can be packaged, or repackaged, for an electorate that is increasingly worried about the state.
People like Hannity and Limbaugh are most effective doing what they already do...embolden the troops. They are appreciated by people who already agree with them and, it seems, truly despised by leftists...both of which is appealing to me...
There's no way that Hannity could do much good as a "center-right" politician.
Actually, I take that back...he would probably bring about gridlock.
And as we all know...anytime you have a collection of silly ideaologues trying to run the business of the US Governemnt using social engineering...well, gridlock is a very GOOD thing.
I am beginning to fear that we are beyond the capacity to actually put a competent man in charge of our government. The weeding process for a presidential run is so corrupt, the average cultural literacy of the electorate is so banal and the monolithic beast that we have wrought in Washington is so entrenched that the best we can do is to throw monkey wrenches into the gears and hope that nobody fixes it for a few years.
Maybe a Hannity or a Palin could do that...and if they could, that would be a good thing.
For what it's worth, I heard the segment on the show where it came up. Hannity was doing one of his freedom concerts in Ohio and a local host (disremember the name, but it was the one McCain threw under the bus for including "Hussain" in BHO's name) brought up the idea of Sean running for prez.
I got the idea that Sean was politely trying to get him to STFU about the idea...
I hope Hannity is smart enough not to trade a radio/ TV gig that nets him good cash money and publicity with very little stress, for all the irritations (petty and major) of a political camapaign.
If he does run he'll be toast in two months.
I wandered in to join the "I like Hannity, and is he freekin' nuts?" chorus, but given what Red County Pete says, one wonders if we are being suckered for the 11,589th time by our media betters.
Of course it's just another way to make the political right look less than serious, to blow this story into something it is not.
And in the remote chance that there is any seriuousness to it at all..... Sean,..... Sean, my good man.....
As 'Hot Air' so eloquently puts it --
While driving from Princeton to Ohio for a baseball extravaganza, I also heard the exchange when it was broadcast. Hannity was taken aback at the question when it was asked, and then tried to dodge the point when the question turned into prodding. My impression is that he thought the idea ridiculous, but I never have listened to Hannity on the radio before so I'm no expert on his style and mannerisms.