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9 comments November 9th, 2008at 10:09pm Posted by Eli

Barack Obama not actually a socialist.

Try to contain your amazement.

Entry Filed under: Blogosphere,Economy,Obama,Politics,Republicans


  • 1. spocko  |  November 9th, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Really? I heard on talk radio that he is. Talk radio is very popular. Millions of people listen, so they must be right.

  • 2. Eli  |  November 9th, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    It’s a fad.

  • 3. spocko  |  November 9th, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    So. When someone in talk radio knows that Obama is NOT as socialist and still says it, is it slander? Maybe our legal professor President-elect could answer that question.

  • 4. spo cko  |  November 9th, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    Actually I was running a bunch of those questions through my head again.

    There are people who believe that now that we have won the White House that talk radio has been proved irrelevant and that we should just let them be because of “free speech”. I think that is a mistake, but I don’t think the fairness doctrine is the answer, but mostly because Hannity is saying that is what he is most afraid of. I think that any attempt to revive it would be exactly what he would want. “They are picking on me. They are trying to shut me up! They don’t want to hear the truth!”

    Hannity just called himself a journalist. I think that we should take him at his word and ask him to do the same kinds of things that real journalists do. When you make a factual error in a report, you correct it. Let’s ask him to be factually correct. If he can’t do that well needs to NEVER refer to himself as a journalist ever again.

    I haven’t figured out what to do about Hannity. For Rush the plan is to get him off his radio show into situations where he is challenged. Unstructured situation where people can actually question him are a perfect place for his bizarreness to be seen. He is smart, he doesn’t need to do that, so he won’t.
    I think that he will self destruct with drugs. Addicts have lots of relapses. We just haven’t heard of his yet.

    Hannity wants to be loved by everyone and is actually a good bully debater. I think someone needs to put a private eye on his life, especially his finances. Republicans that don’t want to pay any taxes do a lot of stupid stuff. I’m sure that with the same scrutiny that he gave Obama he would turn out just peachy.

    I wonder how he would stand the “associations” test he gave Obama. I wonder how many people who denounce him? I wonder if he is following the guidelines of the Catholic Church.

    “Sean do you or your wife use birth control?”
    “That is a very personal question!?” Well do you? Yes or no it’s an easy question. Yes or no, don’t wait for the translator!

    “Sean you sat in that pew for 20 years and you STILL didn’t follow the rules of the Catholic Church? How about the good news of Jesus Christ? Don’t tell me you have because I sure don’t see a lot of love thy neighbor coming our of your mouth. And if you are more of an Old Testament person I would like to know if you are personally doing on the 8th commandment. You do know that one don’t you? You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.! Actually that is the 9th commandment, but you didn’t know that. How about 6? Adultery. That commandment was broken by your false idol Ronald Reagan, (you break the first commandment every day on this show first by worshiping Reagan and then by calling Obama the Messiah when you KNOW that he is NOT. That is taking the Lord’s name in vain. You are actually Mocking the lord when you do that!”
    How often do you go to confession? When was the last time you went? Tell me? You know it’s a sin to lie.

    How many times did Newt Gingrich and John McCain committee adultery? They are KNOWN sinners yet you associate with them. What is the deal with that?
    etc. etc. etc..

  • 5. Eli  |  November 9th, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    Unfortunately, the trick is getting them into situations where they have to answer those questions. Hannity is perfectly capable of lying and shouting down any inconvenient questions thrown at him, as he did with Robert Gibbs’ question about anti-semitism.

  • 6. spo cko  |  November 10th, 2008 at 12:17 am

    Eli: I totally agree. You know I studied Donald Rumsfeld’s response to the press and I spotted one guy who “got him” he did it by being prepared and using his EXACT quote in context. Rummy had always been able to weasel out of things by saying, “I never said that.” because it was usually a paraphrase.

    if I was questioning Rummy that is what I would do.

    With Hannity the trick is to get him with someone he WANTS to like him. Res over at Eschaton says that he is very insecure about his intellect and being from the “wrong side” of the tracks. So you get some FEMALE celebrity that he want to like him and set up an interview with her. He wants Hollywood to like him, maybe they could lead him on and then say, “We will let you in our club if you denounce Reagan. ” He will do it than they video tape it and show it to the world!

    Or to save the complications, a Hannity sex tape would do.

  • 7. Eli  |  November 10th, 2008 at 12:19 am

    Any idea who would fit the bill? Susan Sarandon? Scarlett Johanssen?

    Also, I think a Hannity sex tape would sap my will to live.

  • 8. spocko  |  November 10th, 2008 at 12:53 am

    Janeane Garofalo. He wants her. Bad.
    Scarlett Johanssen would be good too, but she wouldn’t be motivated enough. Janeane would do it for the good of the country.

    A Hannity sex tape would be JUST the thing. It would need to be pathetic and funny. Actually, if we work on the theory that what the Wingnuts preach that they hate is what they actually do, what would we find out about Hannity?

    He’s all “Great American this and Great American that”
    What if we found out that he was working for a Terrorist nation? I think that the he should be found getting money from Pakistan to say nicer things about them. He will say it is part of a PR campaign and will start saying nice things about Pakistanies but it will be revealed the money comes from Bin Laden.

    Or something else very very UnAmerican. He hates, football or baseball or his mother or Apple pie.

    He is a bully on TV and on the phone. Maybe his life out side TV he likes to be a submissive.

    For Hannity to fail it will have to come from internally. Of if he breaks a law because like lots of stupid rich people he thinks he can break the law.

  • 9. Eli  |  November 10th, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    Huh. Janeane did cross my mind, but I figured she wasn’t his type. I don’t think she’d be very good, though – she tends to be unprepared and undisciplined. Maybe Rachel Maddow could put on a Garofalo mask or something…

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