Weinergate Is Over
Sean began Thursday’s show covering the day’s big headline that Congressman Anthony Weiner has resigned his position in the lower house. “One of the things I took away from this, especially for kids, is that when people act in inappropriate ways and then compound their mistakes with lies, you become a laughing stock,” offered Hannity, “Public officials should be held to some standard of conduct.” So now, twenty days later, Anthony Weiner found himself paying the price for his indiscretions and forced to spend the afternoon closing the book prematurely on his promising political career. This is all a very good lesson for us all, no doubt. To listen to the coverage of Weiner’s resignation, click here.
The New Media Revolution
Blogger Andrew Breitbart stopped by the show to discuss the resignation of Anthony Weiner. Breitbart, the man responsible for breaking this story, was seemingly not surprised by the resignation. “What a day,” began Breitbart, “This is vindication on any number of levels and could have happened in two days but he went through a process of trying to blame everyone including me and we learned that the cover-up is always worse than the crime.” Hannity, referring to Weiner’s accusations that someone had hacked his Twitter account, pressed Breitbart, “This is personal for you though because he was willing to destroy you in the process.” Breitbart, one of those accused of possibly hacking the account, was quick to respond, “He went to attack me on CNN and I hope that people will recognize that this is the tactic that the liberal media has used when bad news comes from the internet front.” As this story clearly tells us, it’s critically important in this new modern era of digital media, that we don’t immediately dismiss news because it doesn’t come from traditional media sources. To see video of Breitbart’s coverage of this scandal, click here.
Bo Dietl and Tamara Holder
Retired New York City homicide detective Bo Dietl and Tamara Holder joined together to debate Anthony Weiner’s resignation. “Tamara has been defending him the whole way,” laughed Sean, “Now you’re not defending him?” “I never defended him, the guy is a creepy scumbag,” Holder fought back, “Personal conduct has never been defined in the House rules and only four people have ever been expelled from Congress.” Holder continued, “Whether you like him or not, this shouldn’t be the test case to decide what personal conduct is or is not acceptable.” Dietl disagreed, arguing, “What’s going to happen when a kid is suspended from school and he points out that his Congressman did the same thing.” Holder countered, “Kids are already doing this and Congress should create some rules but Justice Scalia said it best when he said, ‘If you’re going to have a criminal viola tion than you must define what the conduct is that’s illegal’” Hannity offered his thoughts saying, “I have a morals clause in my contract and if you did this in the office you’d be fired and now, all of a sudden, a Congressman does it and sets himself up for blackmail, he should resign.” Thankfully Congressman Weiner’s resignation allows us all to move beyond this and focus on those things that are more important, like lower taxes and less government spending.
Mitch McConnell, the longest-serving U.S. Senator in Kentucky’s history, is the Senate Republican Leader in the 111th Congress. Elected to that position unanimously by his colleagues on November 18, 2008, he is the 15th Senate Republican Leader and only the second Kentuckian to lead his party in the Senate. The first, Alben Barkley, led the Democrats from 1937 to 1949. Leader McConnell previously served, again by the unanimous vote of his colleagues, as the Republican Leader in the 110th Congress and the Majority Whip in the 108th and 109th Congresses. McConnell also served in leadership as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 1998 and 2000 election cycles. McConnell currently serves as a senior member of the Appropriations, Agriculture and Rules Committees.