This, in turn, led to “the pivot,” in which Hannity hastily dropped the topic of Barr's hearings and went back to red meat and potatoes of Republican victimization. Hannity questioned why Mueller had not used the broad mandate of his investigative mission to examine Hillary Clinton’s emails. Hannity piggy-backed on William Barr’s inflammatory statement that Trump’s campaign had been “spied upon,” never acknowledging the legitimate predication that had to have been established before any investigation into the connections between Trump’s campaign and Russia could commence.
No, people, MSNBC and CNN are not Fox News. Chris Hayes is not playing the same game as Sean Hannity. Hayes maintains the demeanor of a journalist, and is governed by the urgent requirement to speak truth. Hannity seems to find his inspiration in the world of televangelists, with its high-testosterone preening and screeching, all while preaching a gospel of fealty not to the United States, but to Donald Trump.
All, of course, with Sean Hannity's generous help.
So Bernie Sanders decided to go behind enemy lines and speak directly to Trump's base. He realized that allowing the base to listen exclusively to Sean Hannity was to acquiesce to the polarization that fuels Trump's power.
If you don't shake the faith of Trump's base, he keeps his Senators, he keeps his job, and he keeps crushing the checks and balances that make our nation a democracy governed by the rule of law.
We must try to get to Trump's base.
Sure, you can say that you will never change their minds. And I will say that you can never do it if you don't even try. You sure as hell will never do it if you leave the megaphone uncontested in Sean Hannity's hands.
How are the Democrats ever going to have the slightest chance of making a dent in Trump’s base if they are unwilling to appear on the most effective medium to reach them? Sure, it may be hard to change a single mind… but do you concede the battle without engaging?
At a minimum, the Dems could put Trump on the defensive in front of this own people. Why not challenge him on his home turf? Why concede? Open up a second front!
Let’s go, Dems! Game of Thrones is almost over. Crazy Like Fox is going to be the next mega-hit! There are 18 of you and you all can’t be on Rachel every night. Fan out. Flood the zone. Want to get back some of your sizzle, Beto? Go toe-to-toe with Tucker Carlson. Amy, show us that midwestern get-along stuff by showing up on Fox and Friends. Kirsten Gillibrand, you may score more air time on Fox than you’ve been getting on Blue TV.