Now Sean Hannity is someone I have greatly admired over the years, since I first saw him during the Clinton impeachment on Fox News, heard him subbing for Rush Limbaugh, then tuned in when his radio show went national the day before 9/11. I got to meet him a year later and have met him several times in the preceding years (I have the photos and signed books to prove).
So it was disappointing to hear the following words yesterday from someone who has built his career as a “Reagan conservative.” (Business Insider)
“You own Hillary Clinton. National Review, you own it. Glenn Beck, you own it. Ted Cruz, you own it. ... She wins, I'm blaming all of you," Hannity said. "[Y]ou own all of her policies."
He added: "Yeah, I'm going to name names. I'm not sitting here and wimping out. I know there are people out there blaming me."
The conservative radio host first named Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and Cruz. He then went after members of the conservative media, particularly seeming to home in on Beck, whom he characterized as on a "holy war" against Trump.
Here's a glimpse of his fiery diatribe:
"Well, let me just say to all of you. And that includes the commentator class. That includes the Jonah Goldberg class that includes radio talk show hosts. Glenn Beck is like on a — it's a holy war for him at this point. I mean, he's off the rails attacking me every day. Blaming me for Trump. Well, no. I was fair to everybody, Glenn. Whether you want to admit it or not. I know I was fair. My conscience is clear. And I, frankly, I'm proud to pull the lever for Donald Trump with a clear conscience.Really Sean?
If you want to blame the Bushes, who are so cozy with the Clintons that they’ve become almost adopted members of the family, fine. You want to blame William Kristol and a load of other establishment Republicans who aren’t voting (or voting for any unknown candidate) because their guy ¡Jeb! Or “Little Marco” Rubio didn’t get the nomination, I understand. You want to blame Meg Whitman, Rep. Richard Hanna, Larry Pressler, Sally Bradshaw (a ¡Jeb! aide), Maria Comella, Hank Paulson, McCainiac Mark Salter, and several other RINOs who have publicly stated they will vote for the Hildebeast, that’s fine with me, because any supposed Republican who votes for Hillary deserves scorn (as well as a coat of tar and feathers).
But Ted Cruz? Isn’t that going too far, Sean?
All Ted Cruz did was say “vote your conscience” and everyone lost it. I don’t blame Ted Cruz for not publicly endorsing Donald Trump. I could not publicly endorse someone who insulted my father, or spouse, in such a horrible manner and did not have the decency to publicly make amends. After all, Sean, buddy, didn’t our political hero Ronald Reagan once quote something called the “11th Commandment” (Never speak ill of any Republican)? Seems to me under the iron fist of RNC Party Chair Rinse Preebus, the 11th Commandment has been tossed to the ash heap.
After such a vicious primary, moves would have had to be made to ensure party unity. Reagan had to do it in 1980, and Ford failed to do it in 1976. But Donald didn’t feel the need to do that, out of his own arrogance. (Real Clear Politics)
"I am confident that I can unite much of it. Some of it, I don't want. There were statements made about me that those people can go away and maybe come back in eight years after we serve two terms," Trump said Wednesday morning on NBC's TODAY show.
"Honestly, there are some people I really don't want. I don't think it's necessary. People would be voting for me, they're not voting for the party," Trump added.And The Hill:
“Does the party have to be together, does it have to be unified?” he said during an interview on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday. “I’m very different from anybody who’s perhaps ever run for office. I actually don’t think so.The same arrogance applies to Rinse Prewash (RedState).
“It is essential to victory in November that we all support our candidate,” Priebus said at the RNC’s spring meeting in Hollywood, Fla.
“This goes for everyone, whether you’re a county party chairman, an RNC member, or a presidential candidate. Politics is a team sport, and we can’t win unless we rally around whoever becomes our nominee,” he added, drawing applause from the audience.
“They’re trying out for our team. No one is forcing them to wear our jersey. We expect our candidates to support our party and our eventual nominee.”That’s not unifying the party, it is instead a Soviet-style order of shut your mouth, get in line and goosestep. Isn’t that how liberal Democrats (who don’t dare question the most corrupt Presidential nominee in history) are supposed to behave? You don't win an election by telling the grassroots of your party to go to hell. But that’s what we’ve come to expect under Rinse Prewash, who has used conservatives and the Tea Party movement for votes, just like how Democrats use minorities and special interest groups for votes, only to abandon them when it comes to governing.
Prewash has made it a personal mission to undermine anyone who rocks the establishment boat, from Newt Gingrich (in 2012), Ken Cuccinelli, Chris McDaniel, and most recently Ted Cruz. In order to undermine Cruz, he got in bed with someone who has been allied with the Clintons and said good things about Hillary in the past.
And if you want to know where I stand, Sean, buddy, in November, let me say I’m voting my conscience, and my conscience is hurting me right now. But I can with a clear conscience say I cannot sit on my hands and do nothing while Hillary is running for President. I am #NeverHillary.
I cannot vote for Gary Johnson, who is pro-abortion, pro-gloBULL warming, and whose whole candidacy is based on legalizing marijuana. Libertarians once had a lot in common with conservatives, however modern libertarians tend to be cheap, pothead liberals who don’t want to fight wars.
Gary Johnson campaign anthem
Likewise, I cannot endorse the #NeverTrump, because they have offered no viable alternative to the Trump candidacy, just a guy (funded by Romney, I suspect) whose name is mistaken with Egg McMuffin and has similar views on Supreme Court decisions as the putrid John Kasich.
So come election day, and should Trump lose (and it doesn’t look good now), I will say to you Sean, to Donald Trump, and to Rinse Prewash, don’t blame Ted Cruz. The blame goes to Trump and Preewash, who thought they didn’t need conservatives and a unified Republican Party to win.
If you want confirmation, ask ¡Jeb!, who also thought he didn’t need every Republican vote to win, and look where he is now.