The show aired Friday, March 28, 2014. TMR is broadcast live M-F from 10:00 am — noon on channel 2.
If Sean Hannity and Mark Levin aren’t tools of the establishment, they would be on a crusade promoting the anti-establishment candidates in the upcoming GOP primaries.
I’m not talking about a casual mention of a particular Senate race here and there, or a rant against one of the establishment’s candidates; I’m talking about interviewing these largely unknown candidates and dropping their names with increased frequency with each approaching primary. Name recognition is key if these unknown candidates are to have a fighting chance against the well-known, well-financed establishment incumbents.
If Hannity and Levin had integrity and the courage of their professed convictions, they would be repentant for their wholehearted endorsement Orin Hatch, a card-carrying member of the permanent political class and more RINO 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 as a stalwart conservative on their shows, and 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 FreedomWorks and its head Dick Armey for prompting a radical, open-borders, pro-amnesty position, and viciously smeared Liljenquist in spite of the fact that Hatch was an original sponsor of 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,” Levin proclaimed.
Hatch’s voting record called into question his ability and desire to uphold the Constitution and defend liberty and freedom, but Levin was undeterred. He doubled down to endorse and support the mascot for big-spending Beltway entrenched incumbents who routinely crossed the aisle to promote and pass the Democrats’ destructive policies.
Hatch was the antithesis of the Tea Party spirit. 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 proved he was part of the overall problem and epitomized everything Levin said he opposed on his radio talk show; yet, Levin gave Hatch 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 and the conservative grassroots. His endorsement gave Hatch more of the trust of Utah’s Republican primary voters in one of the nation’s reddest states.
Primaries are where the fight for the soul of the GOP takes place. Primaries are where the GOP’s RINO/neocon establishment should be ousted. Primaries are where the grass roots lets the party know that “we’re mad as hell, and we’re not taking it anymore.”
Sean Hannity’s and Mark Levin’s endorsements have enormous credibility, but they put their shows’ ratings and personal interests ahead of their professed beliefs. The truth is what they say and do adheres to management, advertising, and FCC guidelines. That’s the way it is, 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 your conservative warriors 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.
If you take me up on my challenge be prepared for great disappointment and the bloom to fall off the rose.