October 23, 2008

In a classic case of IOKIYAR, Newshounds catches Karl Rove echoing the same meme on Hannity & Colmes for which Sean Hannity was only to happy to use to castigate Barack Obama last summer.

In his “just wondering” voice [..], Hannity asked, “I'm trying to understand, if John Murtha's referring to people in Pennsylvania as racists and as rednecks, and we know what Barack Obama said about bitter Americans clinging to their guns and religion with antipathy towards those that aren't like him. He was talking about the people in the state of Pennsylvania. I'm trying to understand, why would anybody in Pennsylvania vote for him when he said that in a, you know, in a real moment, that he didn't think he was being recorded?”[..]

“Well, he's got a problem,” Rove replied. “[..]James Carville once famously referred to Pennsylvania as Pittsburgh on the west, Philadelphia on the east and Alabama in between. I think that was his way of sort of mimicking what John Murtha said. But it's a conservative part of the state. And then if you take the far southwestern corner, over there near Pittsburgh and the suburbs, that's coal country and that's the kind of people who really do cling to their guns and their faith.

Um, huh? Not that I disagree with the assessment, but wasn't this the most horrible thing that Obama could have said -- a campaign killer, if you will -- this past spring? Wasn't that the statement that you said was elitist and disrespectful to rural voters?

Of course, Hannity is too delusional to note the hypocrisy, so thank goodness for Alan Colmes for calling Rove on the double standard:

Colmes said with good-natured mocking, “Hey, Karl, you didn't just say people cling to their guns and faith? I don't believe you just said that. You didn't say what Obama said.”

Rove smiled but he began stammering. “No, no. I'm just... I'm quoting Obama. In quotes.” Rove made quotation marks in the air.

Colmes said, “I didn't see the hand quote thing.”

No one did, Alan. They weren't there. It was just that big, lying, ought-to-be-in-jail hack politico pulling his usual crap.

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