Nothing John McCain did dishonestly in his life counts because he was a POW. So says Sean Hannity after he got caught attacking John Edwards and trying to play the average Amercian guy who just doesn't understand how Edwards could have cheated on his wife and then lied about it."Why should we trust you?" SH says. Colmes attacked Hannity over this as the two argued. An emailer said they rarely ever talk back to each other since it's not the format of the show. Colmes smacked Hannity around and asked the same question about John McCain's first marriage...
‘My marriage ended because John McCain didn't want to be 40, he wanted to be 25. You know that happens...it just does.'
Hannity: I'm not getting this. Explain to me and I'm wondering if you can't keep the promise to your family, can't keep your promise to your wife, you're having an affair, you're lying about the affair repeatedly, why should the American people trust you when you say you're not going to lie to them? Why should we trust you?
Colmes: And by the way, that's a great question Sean asks and so Amanda, if that's true and you can't trust somebody who had an affair. How can we trust John McCain to be President of the United States---he cheated on by his own admission on his first wife, he didn't keep his martial vows, he didn't keep his pledge to his first family...
Hannity: Thirty years ago after five and a half years of being a POW
Colmes: Excuse me Sean. You've had your chance to speak, I'm up. John McCain cheated on his wife, right. Amanda? So how do we trust John McCain? He cheated on his wife, why do you have a double standard and John McCain's running for President? John Edwards is not. John McCain's wife was in a car accident. John McCain's running for President, what about his affair?
(H) After five and a half years in a POW camp. (C) That has nothing to do with it. So it's OK to have an affair on his wife.
UPDATED: Silent Patriot says: Truncated transcript via Newshound, who has a great detailed recap.
Hannity: “If you can’t keep a promise to your family, can’t keep a promise to your wife, you’re having an affair, you’re lying about the affair repeatedly. Why should the American people trust you when you say you’re not gonna lie to them? Why should we trust you?”
Colmes: “That’s a great question Sean asked. Amanda, if that’s true, you can’t trust somebody who had an affair, how can we trust John McCain to be president of the United States since he cheated, by his own admission, on his first wife? He didn’t keep his marital vows. He didn’t keep his pledge to his first family.”
Hannity: "He was in a prisoner of war camp! [He cheated on his wife] after five and a half years in a prisoner of war camp!!11! "
Ouch. I think FOX should reconsider their decision to attack Edwards over this. They have their own philanderer they need to help get elected after all. And really, is there a bigger right-wing hack on the planet than Sean Hannity? I'm not trying to be snarky. Isn't he the worst out of all of them?
They came back for a brief segment after this and Hannity was mocking Edwards and flipping his hair and said that you cannot compare the $400 haircut guy to the POW and that McCain said he was a different person after what he went through in Vietnam. So if life deals you some hard knocks anything is alright in Hannity's book.
The wingnut mentality is a wonder to behold, no?
(rough transcript. Sorry, I didn't have a chance to write up more)