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The Hannity Doctrine (Why It Makes Sense)…

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      Matt K. Lewis

      Matt K. Lewis is a senior contributor to The Daily Caller, and a contributing editor for The Week. He is a respected commentator on politics and cultural issues, and has been cited by major publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times. Matt is from Myersville, MD and currently resides in Alexandria, VA. Follow Matt K. Lewis on Twitter <a>@mattklewis</a>.

Two questions have plagued me lately: How many Democrats who support the no-fly-zone in Libya would oppose it if Bush were president? And how many Republicans who oppose it now would have supported it if Bush were president?  (In both instances, my guess is, quite a few.)

In some cases, of course, this is rank hypocrisy and pure partisan politics.  On the other hand, there is a certain logic to such a double standard — especially if you sincerely doubt whether or not your political adversaries are competent.  (After all, it might be a good idea to call a certain play when you have your starting quarterback on the field, but that same play might be a very bad idea if you lack confidence in his replacement.)

Sean Hannity has been arguably the most coherent voice articulating what, I think, is the most honorable and defensible argument in favor of this position.

“I don’t have confidence in [Obama]” … “His policy is incoherent,” Hannity recently explained to Sen. John McCain on Fox News’ “Hannity.”

Obama “doesn’t have the political and moral courage to do it right,” Hannity added.

McCain, who — like him or not — has been consistent in supporting intervention regardless of who is in the Oval Office, agreed, admitting: “It is incoherent when you say, ‘Gaddafi must go’ and then say ‘the mission is only there for humanitarian purposes.”

Clearly, the president has bungled the communications part of this.  The American people aren’t clear on the goal, or on what defines “success.”  Even the biggest hawk may be hesitant to engage in war under those circumstances.  My guess is there are a lot of patriotic Americans who, whether they can espouse it, or not, essentially subscribe to The Hannity Doctrine.

Tonight, of course, President Obama will have the opportunity to change that narrative.  Let’s see if he changes some minds …

  • irwinhandleman

    you lost me at “hannity” and “coherent”.

    first of all, most liberals aren’t with the president on this. second of all, are you referring to the john mccain who was palling around with gaddafi 18 months ago? the guy who was trying to give him our defense equipment? yeah, he’s been real consistent on this.

    keep watching hannity though, i’m sure he makes tons of sense to you.

    • etpietro

      co·her·ent  [koh-heer-uhnt, -her-]
      –adjective
      1. logically connected; consistent.

      Han-ni-ty [Han-ni-tee]
      -proper noun
      1. Your intellectual superior; the guy who is kicking MSNBC’s & CNN’s butts every single night.

      Does that help? Or are you still “lost”?

      • GT

        Oh snap! (applauds Etpietro)

      • irwinhandleman

        way to avoid my point. it must suck not to have the facts on your side.

        and fyi, i don’t work for msnbc or cnn, so i’m not sure how that relates to me. thanks for the help though.

        • truebearing

          You lost me with your failed, pathetic attempt at painting Hannity as incoherent. Instead, overwhelmed by irony, you incoherently chose to attack McCain, a slow moving and confused target. I guess slow and confused is more your style.

    • mikeshopro

      Didn’t the President just give Gadaffi 1.7 million dollars for his air force?