From Fox News chief Roger Ailes, talking about Barack Obama’s efforts to turn America into a socialist hellhole:
“I see this as the Alamo. If I just had somebody who was willing to sit on the other side of the camera until the last shot is fired, we’d be fine.”
Last night I was channel surfing and happened to land on Sean Hannity’s show for a few minutes. Marian walked in and wondered why I was watching it. “Doesn’t he just increase your blood pressure?” she asked.
I’d never really thought about it, but I realized right then that he doesn’t. Lou Dobbs increases my blood pressure. Chris Matthews increases my blood pressure. Maureen Dowd increases my blood pressure. But Hannity? Rush Limbaugh? Glenn Beck? Nah. They seem so frankly clownish, and so completely insulated in their little cocoon of viewers who already agree with them anyway, that they just don’t bother me much. That’s probably a little too lackadaisical on my part — they can still drive cards and letters into congressional offices, after all — but the fact is that they’ve lost their ability to push my buttons. Their particular brand of freak-showism just doesn’t seem so scary these days.