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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Health Care Revolt In D.C.
Opening the show with a bit of a scratchy voice, Sean explained how he “pigged out” at the new Yankee Stadium last night while watching the pin stripes win their 27th World Series title. Sean nearly made himself sick after downing a cheese steak and some pasta before the first pitch had even been thrown. Thoroughly disgusted with himself, he vowed to hit the elliptical machine to sweat off any extra pounds. The turnout in Washington D.C. for yesterday’s health care rally was staggering. Many Hannity fans took pictures which were posted on (Click Here). The massive crowd of protesters chanted, “kill the bill” in opposition to the bloated health care reform bill being pushed by the White House. This event drew conservative “tea party” members but unlike past rallies this was officially sanctioned by House Republicans. Protesters want those who attended the rally to track down their elected officials and put pressure on them to think twice before voting for the $1 trillion health care overhaul being pushed by Democrats.

Michele Bachmann
Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-MN), who planned and developed the anti-health care reform protest, joined Sean on the NewsMaker hotline to discuss the overwhelming turnout. Bachmann thanked Sean for helping generate such a tremendous interest in the protest. “It all started with your show Sean,” Bachmann explained, “Can you believe 20,000 Americans would leave their obligations across the country to show up for this rally?” By the time activists started arriving at the Capitol around 8:30 a.m., it was clear no Republican leader could stay away. A seemingly endless lineup of lawmakers and conservative All Stars, including The Great One, Mark Levin - demanded that the health care bill be thrown away. Bachmann’s office and Pelosi’s district office were swarmed by the protesters after the rally ended, and the floor outside the House Speaker’s office was covered in pages of the bill.

GOP Chairman Michael Steele
In the show’s final hour, RNC Chairman Michael Steele joined Sean to talk about the big victories for the Republican Party on Election Day. Steele was particularly happy with the victory in the New Jersey race. “That race was important because it is such a Democratic stronghold. It has been such a back yard, if you will, for – as part of the strength of the Democratic Party on the East Coast. And I thought the win there helped us send a new signal.” The combination of victories in New Jersey and Virginia helped reinforce the idea that the RNC wants to return to its conservative principals. “The combination [of victories] really gave us the opportunity to do a translation, if you will, of conservative principles in the 21st century to a broad spectrum of voters,” Steele concluded.

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Michael Steele

Michael Stephen Steele (born October 19, 1958) is an American political figure, currently serving as the chairman of the Republican National Committee . He is the first African American to chair the Republican National Committee and the second to chair either major U.S. party's National Committee after Ron Brown , who chaired the Democratic National Committee . [2] Steele was also the first African American to serve in a state-wide office in Maryland , as the Lieutenant Governor of Maryland from 2003 to 2007, where he chaired the Minority Business Enterprise taskforce and actively sought expanded affirmative action policies in the corporate world. He was the first Republican elected to the office. From 2003 to 2005, Steele and Lt. Gov. Jennette Bradley of Ohio were the highest-ranking elected black Republicans in the United States. Steele held this distinction solo from 2005 to 2007 after Bradley resigned to become Ohio State Treasurer. Steele ran for a... More >

Michele Bachmann

Michele Marie Amble Bachmann (born April 6, 1956) is the United States Representative of Minnesota's 6th congressional district and member of the Republican Party . She is the third woman and first Republican woman to represent Minnesota in Congress. She defeated her Democratic challenger, Elwyn Tinklenberg , in the 2008 election in a race that had gained national attention following her controversial televised call for the media to investigate members of Congress for perceived anti-American bias, including Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama . The 6th congressional district includes the northern far suburbs of the Twin Cities along with St. Cloud . She won 50 percent of the votes in the 2006 election , defeating Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party candidate Patty Wetterling and the Independence Party 's John Binkowski . Bachmann served in the Minnesota State Senate from 2001 to 2007.