Sean Hannity's ratings must be slumping into oblivion. I can think of no other motivation behind his coup de main against Jon Stewart last night over the latter's mocking of Hannity's patently pixilated support of deadbeat-anarchist Cliven Bundy.
The Hannity segment was parody within parody--a ludicrous commentator ridiculing a professional satirist. It somehow seems to have escaped Hannity's notice that Stewart does his shtick on, uh, The Comedy Channel. So off went Sean, dissecting Jon's "news" analyses of the Bundy affair.
I had once thought it impossible to feel embarrassed for Sean Hannity, but he was up to the challenge. (You can take the challenge yourself; the six-minute Fox News segment is here.)
Erasing the slim-slimmer-slimmest potential for any lasting sympathy for Mr. Hannity, however, was this vintage, guilt-associating McCarthyite tactic deployed: "Did Jon Stewart ask Barack Obama," asked Hannity, "about his friendship [with] unapologetic domestic terrorist Bill Ayers?"
On the right, the old ways die hard. And for some, they never die at all.