Hannity interview illustrates GOP’s real problem.
It all began so innocently.
Senator Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican and newly minted if
long-shot 2016 presidential candidate, sat down with NBC’s Chuck Todd
for an interview. Riding along in the back seat of (presumably) an SUV,
the two discuss Graham’s presidential ambition. Todd poses a question
wondering about what Graham thinks of the country’s current state of
polarization. In a bit of a windy answer Graham blames talk radio, cable
TV, and money. Then he tosses the kind of political flare that rarely
gets tossed in today’s carefully restrained and
To illustrate his point, Graham conjures a scene of modern media
covering the Constitutional Convention in 1787 Philadelphia, replete
with satellite trucks surrounding Independence Hall and Ben Franklin
exiting the building only to be besieged by Fox’s Sean Hannity and
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. Translation: the two hosts are polarizing.
Hannity picked up on this, inviting Graham on his television show to discuss. Fatefully, Graham agreed. And in the doing (seen here) Graham quickly proceeded to illustrate exactly the problem that faces the Republican Party and the nation.
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