Tell Levin and Hannity to Back anti-Establishment Senate Candidates
By Jerry A. Kane
If Mark Levin and Sean Hannity weren’t establishment tools, they’d be working tirelessly to promote the anti-establishment senate candidates in the upcoming GOP primaries, but they’re not.
Look, I’m not talking about a casual mention of a particular senate race here and there, or an occasional rant against one of the establishment’s candidates. I’m talking about interviewing these largely unknown candidates and dropping their names with increased frequency as each primary approaches. Name recognition is paramount for these unknown candidates to have a fighting chance against the better-known establishment incumbents and their well-financed campaigns.
If Levin and Hannity had an ounce of integrity and the courage of their professed convictions, they would be repentant for their wholehearted endorsement of Orin Hatch, a card-carrying member of the permanent political class and more RINO (Republican in name only) than Bob Bennett, who lost Utah’s 2010 primary to Mike Lee.
To jog your memory, Hatch was headed for defeat in 2012, but Mark Levin and Sean Hannity intervened to save his bacon. They endorsed Hatch, interviewed and promoted him on their shows as a stalwart conservative; then they relentlessly attacked Dan Liljenquist, Hatch’s challenger, who in truth was an actual conservative tough on fiscal issues, illegal immigration, and the GOP establishment.
Levin was the more ruthless of the two. He mercilessly attacked Liljenquist backer Freedom Works and its head Dick Armey for prompting a radical, open-borders, pro-amnesty position, and viciously smeared Liljenquist even though Hatch had been a supporter of amnesty and had sponsored the open-borders DREAM Act.
Levin endorsed Hatch without reservation knowing Hatch had been in DC since 1976; had promoted SCHIP (Obamacare for Children), TARP, the Law of the Sea Treaty, and Medicare Part D; and had voted to confirm leftists Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ben Bernanke, Timothy Geithner, Eric Holder, and Cass Sunstein.
“I endorsed Orrin Hatch a year ago and will continue to do so,” proclaimed Levin on Facebook.
Hatch’s voting record called into question whether he would uphold the Constitution and defend liberty and freedom, but Levin was undeterred. He doubled down his support for the big-spending, Beltway-entrenched incumbents’ mascot who routinely crossed the aisle to promote and pass the Democrats’ destructive agenda.
Hatch reflected the antithesis of the spirit behind the Tea Party movement. Following his vote in support of Eric Holder as Attorney General, he said, “I like Barack Obama and I want to help him if I can.” Hatch was actually part of the overall problem. He epitomized everything Levin said he opposed on his radio talk show; yet, Levin gave Hatch his unwavering support.
Levin has a reputation for being a constitutional scholar and a solid Reagan conservative and his endorsement of the six-term senator with a big-government voting record and nearly four decades of costly progressive partnerships carried a lot of clout with the tea party faithful and the conservative grassroots. His endorsement helped Hatch gain credibility and trust among Utah Republicans in one of the nation’s reddest states.
Hatch, of course, went on to win the primary and was reelected. About eight months later during his radio talk show, Mark Levin read the names of the 14 GOP Senators who voted for amnesty; and of course, sticking out like a sore thumb was the name Orin Hatch. Levin made a half-hearted attempt at an apology for backing Hatch, saying, “I could never endorse him again.” The horse is gone, so what’s the point in locking the gate now, Mark?
Primaries are where the fight for the soul of the GOP take place. Primaries are where the GOP’s RINO establishment should be ousted. Primaries are where the grass roots lets the party know that they’re mad as hell and not gonna to take it anymore.
Unfortunately Mark Levin’s and Sean Hannity’s endorsements wield enormous credibility among the tea party faithful and conservative Republicans, but too often they put their shows’ ratings and personal interests ahead of their professed beliefs. The truth is what they say and do adheres more to management, advertising, and FCC guidelines than it does to principles of liberty and freedom. That’s the true nature of the beast, and it’s naive to think otherwise.
Looking to talk radio for heroes and champions is like looking for love in all the wrong places. People who do it are setting themselves up for a major letdown.
But don’t take my word for it; use the available social media and ask the dynamic duo if they’ll go all out to help these anti-establishment senate candidates get the name recognition and raise the money to rid the GOP of its RINOs.
Those with the convictions to take me up on my challenge should prepare for disappointment when the bloom falls off the rose.