"I see they brought that idiot Jon Stewart back from the dead... I know you’re a rich liberal. Are you donating money to those families, the 46 million American families on food stamps, Jon? Hey, Jon, are you helping out the 50 million Americans in poverty? Hey, Jon, are you going to help use your wealth from all your comedy writers that lay out the material for you, are you going to help pay down the debt that Obama’s accumulated?” -- Sean Hannity, responding to Jon Stewart's righteous smackdown of him and Fox News on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Thursday
The best thing about Sean Hannity is that he's so wonderfully predictable. For all the unrepentant reactionary dipshits Fox News gives a TV home to, nobody -- and I mean nobody -- is as unimaginative in his worship of the GOP and its point of view as Hannity. He's incapable of thinking for himself, choosing in lieu of an actual set of informed opinions to simply be a human fax machine delivering party talking points day after day, night after night. Hannity isn't even conservative so much as he is unfailingly "Republican." Whatever the party embraces, whoever it nominates, whatever it believes at any given moment -- that's what Hannity embraces and espouses.
This is why it was so easy for Jon Stewart to specifically hammer him over his shameless hypocrisy the other night: because Hannity doesn't remember anything contradictory to his current opinion that he might have said two years or even two weeks ago. All that matters is what the Republican party is doing and saying right now at this very moment. In the pea-sized brain underneath Hannity's "I can put you in a new car regardless of your credit history" haircut, there are no complex thought processes to cycle through and there's no cognitive dissonance to overcome; there's no internal conflict or unfortunate moral compass to have to navigate by. There's only the almighty word of the party -- the big cartoon bulldog he, as the little yapping chihuahua, wants to be in the presence of and do the bidding of 24/7.
It's because of this that, as you notice in the comment above, Hannity doesn't and can't actually address Stewart's accusations -- accusations that were backed up by video clip after video clip of Hannity lauding Donald Trump for the exact same things for which he's spent seven years criticizing Barack Obama. Stewart nailed Hannity hard with his own words and yet all Hannity can do to respond is what the GOP and its media arm at Fox News have traditionally done in the face of criticism for their blatant hypocrisy and ethical bankruptcy: adopt a ramrod straight posture of righteous indignation, insult, and call their enemies "liberal elites." That's all Hannity's got because that's all the party has ever had.
Lord knows it doesn't have actual facts or genuine moral authority to back up its bullshit. Especially not now.
Oh, and by the way -- the national debt guys like Hannity love to bitch about? A substantial portion of that is the result of Bush-era tax cuts which had to be extended to stimulate the dead-in-the-water economy after the 2008 crash and military spending on the wars Obama inherited. But you won't hear that from Hannity, nor will you hear about how the national deficit has shrunk by a trillion dollars under Obama. Because Hannity, not surprisingly, is the real idiot here.