Sean Hannity takes on GOP wobblies. From Conservative Victory to conservative challenge.
“Remember, George, this is no time to go
— Margaret Thatcher to George H.W. Bush,
August 3, 1990 on the eve of the Gulf War
You might call it The House that Hannity Built.
That House. The soon-to-be Republican majority U.S. House of Representatives.
Yes, absolutely, there were a few others involved in this accomplishment. A few millions of others, to be precise. The men and women of the Tea Party, the grass roots, rank-and-file Americans who took the heat, who did the work, who organized, marched, rallied and knocked on doors and called and e-mailed their friends and neighbors. Needless to say, Speaker-to-be John Boehner and all manner of House Republicans and their teams glimpsed victory and worked hard for it.
But on January 3rd 2010 that victory was nowhere in sight. To the contrary, there were news stories out there that reported the National Republican Congressional Committee was struggling, and that “financial woes are dimming the GOP’s bright prospects of making major gains in the House.”
One month later, on February 3, the Washington Post ran this headline:
Sean Hannity to address Republican fundraiser
Fifty days later, the morning after the talk radio star and Fox commentator made his appearance at that fundraiser for the NRCC, the group was counting up a massive $8 million dollar cash infusion thrust at them by Hannity admirers who swarmed the Republican congressional dinner to hear Hannity’s conservative message in person — and donate to House GOP campaigns. Within days the money was being pumped into anemic campaigns across the country.
A 60-plus seat sweep in the House, abruptly ending Nancy Pelosi’s tenure as Speaker and sending some of the most powerful of the chamber’s Democrats into retirement.
Now, a bare two weeks after the conservative landslide, the author of Conservative Victory: Defeating Obama’s Radical Agenda, the man who dedicated two years worth of his life to engineering what he called the “Stop Obama/Pelosi Express” with spectacular success is, to the fury of his critics, not about to go wobbly now.
Washington, the city with a pungent reputation for changing outsiders into go-along-insiders, is being flooded with enthusiastic, Hannitized House Republicans — many of them freshly elected after appearing on either or both of Hannity’s highly-rated radio and television shows.
Meanwhile, Hannity himself is already moving the next train out of the station. Steaming down the political tracks to the 2012 conservative future.
The Stop Obama Express is now rolling. And, to the delight of many conservatives, Hannity has no stops planned at stations named “Earmarks,” “Backtrack,” “Tweak” or “Forget We Said This.”
THE FIRST RESULTS of Hannity’s 2010 efforts were visible immediately. As the new class of House Republicans gathered in Washington, Speaker-to-be Boehner came out for an end to earmarks, the grossly exploited Congressional privilege that had infamously led to the Alaska “Bridge to Nowhere.” Having repeatedly called for an end to earmarks, Hannity had been typically blunt about the subject in his book, which was released a week after his appearance at the NRCC fundraiser:
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