In the lead-up to the November 4 election, Fox News host Sean Hannity warned (10/26/08) that an Obama victory would represent “a complete liberal takeover.” He opined that a Democratic electoral victory would herald “an unchecked, ultraliberal government, passing the most liberal agenda under the most liberal president in U.S. history.”
Citing the National Journal‘s flawed survey that called Obama the “most liberal senator,” Hannity called the Democratic nominee “more extreme than Barbara Boxer or Russ Feingold, and even the admitted socialist Bernie Sanders.”
So what’s a conservative news channel to do when the American people turn out in droves and give this “extreme” agent of a “liberal takeover” 364 electoral college votes?
Remind viewers that his platform was actually, er, “center-right”! That’s what Hannity and Fox analyst Karl Rove claimed on Hannity & Colmes (11/5/08):
ROVE: Let’s make it clear. He [Obama] ran a center- right campaign. He said….
HANNITY: I agree with you.
ROVE: Center, absolutely. It was.