What a tangled web we weave, eh Sean Hannity?
No doubt reacting to the myriad public opinion polls showing a precipitous drop in approval of the House Republicans that caused the government shutdown, conservatives all over the place have been trying to not only distance themselves from the shutdown, but to pin it all on the Democrats, especially President Barack Obama. The problem though, as the fine folks at Media Matters just pointed out — it’s most often a load of malarkey (to borrow a phrase from our Vice-President).
Below is a transcribed excerpt from Hannity’s show in March, provided by Media Matters. In it, Hannity clearly advocates for House Republicans to shutter the government as a means to de-fund Obamacare.
“Republicans right now, if they really want to — not just symbolically — if they want to repeal health care, Dr. Carson, Obamacare, they’ve got to shut the government down and be labeled ‘the full faith and credit of the United States is in jeopardy.’ Which is not true. But if they really want to do that, that’s what it will take. I want them to do it.“
So flash-forward to this week, and surely his Royal Swarminess would be giddy about this shutdown, right? He must be jumping for joy and proclaiming it as a major victory for himself and for his party, correct? Wrong. Seeing just how poorly the right is doing in the court of public opinion, Hannity is now one of those talking heads trying desperately to stick Obama with the blame for the shutdown he was in favor of just over six months ago.
In the clip below, watch Hannity try to pin everything on the Democrats and Obama: