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Who's to blame?

Who's To Blame?
John Hlinko, Democratic Strategist and Founder of Left Action and Michael Barone, Senior Political Analyst at the Washington Examiner joined Sean to discussed who would shoulder most of the blame if no fiscal cliff deal is reached. Barone explained that it has been widely perceived that if no agreement is reached in the fiscal cliff negotiations, many more voters will blame congressional Republicans than blame Barack Obama and congressional Democrats. "Voters' predictions of how they will respond to an event are not always reliable. For that reason I have tended to discount polls that say far more will blame Republicans than Obama for going over the fiscal cliff. Another reason is that individuals are usually more popular than groups, especially Congress. Presidents almost always are more popular than Republicans in Congress or Democrats in Congress," Barone explained. However, new polling data now shows that going over the fiscal cliff may be more dangerous to Obama than has generally been assumed. Voters focus more on the president than they do on congressional leaders. It seems likely to me that both Obama and congressional leaders would suffer in public opinion if we go off the cliff. That's what happened after the failure of the grand bargain talks in summer 2011.

Newt Gingrich
Sean spoke with the Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, in the show's second hour about the looming fiscal cliff and the tragedy in Newtown, CT. Newt felt that the reason the Obama administration seen unwilling to compromise as we head towards the fiscal cliff is because Democrats want to humiliate the Republican party by conceding virtually nothing. But, at the end of the day Gingrich explained, the real people that are hurt are the hard-working middle class. Gingrich went on to explain that as our debt ceiling continues to rise we are now borrowing $.40 of every dollar spent. Newt told Sean that we can just look at France, Spain and Greece to see where the future lies for America if we do not curtail our out of control spending. Gingrich also shared some thoughts on the massacre at Sandy Hook, and, while he acknowledged what a horrendous tragedy it was, explained that gun control is not the solution. "More lives have been saved by guns than lost," Gingrich explained. The former speaker noted that states and nations that adhere to the concealed carry laws have seen a drastic decrease in the crime and murder rates in their locales. Chicago, Obama's home state, on the other hand, has seen more death and destruction this year and has set record death tolls via murder.

White House 'Fiscal Cliff' Strategy A 'Trap'
On 'Hannity', Sean explained why he opposes 'Plan B, a bill introduced by John Boehner yesterday. "The problem that I and other true conservatives have with Boehner's "Plan B" is that it punishes the very people responsible for creating jobs in the country." Sean explained that Boehner is falling directly into the president's class warfare trap instead of fighting for the principles that handed his party to the majority. "Boehner was sent to Washington, like all Republicans, to reduce the size of government and cut taxes. Not the opposite. As a result, I think it's time we go back to the drawing board and draft up a conservative solution to the so-called fiscal crisis, which is generational theft, borrowing 46 cents of every dollar we spend. We'll call it "Plan C" - Hannity's plan. Sean was joined from Capitol Hill by Congressman Jason Chaffetz, Congressman Tim Huelskamp and Congressman Louie Gohmert with some very unique insight as to where things stand with the fiscal cliff discussions. To watch the discussion please click here.

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Newt Gingrich

Newton Leroy "Newt" Gingrich (born Newton Leroy McPherson ; June 17, 1943) is an American politician who served as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. In 1995, Time magazine selected him as the Person of the Year for his role in leading the Republican Revolution in the House, ending 40 years of the Democratic Party being in the majority. During his tenure as Speaker, he represented the public face of the Republican opposition to Bill Clinton . A college history professor, political leader, and author, Gingrich twice ran unsuccessfully for the House before winning a seat in the election of November 1978. He was re-elected 10 times, and his activism as a member of the House's Republican minority eventually enabled him to succeed Dick Cheney as House Minority Whip in 1989. As a co-author of the 1994 Contract with America , Gingrich was in the forefront of the Republican Party's dramatic success in that... More >

Michael Barone

Michael Barone is senior Political Analyst for the Washington Examiner. A resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, he is also a Fox News Channel contributor and co-author of The Almanac of American Politics.