So I had a long drive on Thursday and listened for a bit to Sean Hannity’s radio show, against my better judgment. His guests were Jay Sekulow of the ACLJ and Terrence Jeffrey of Human Events and they were discussing the announcement that Attorney General Eric Holder was stepping down. The next 10 minutes provided a perfect example of why right wing talk radio is so utterly vapid.
Hannity kept expressing his fear that Holder was only stepping down so that Obama could appoint him to the Supreme Court when a vacancy inevitably appears in the next few months. He never did explain why Holder would need to step down for that to happen or why he thinks there will be a vacancy any time soon. But he was just sure this was the reason, despite the fact that Holder is 63 years old and thus a highly unlikely nominee for the court (none of the last four nominees for the court have been older than 56 as presidents have sought younger nominees to lengthen their legacy).
Sekulow kept saying over and over again that there must be some reason why the resignation happened today. Why today and not tomorrow, he wondered? Why now and not 6 months ago? There has to be some reason for it, he said repeatedly in conspiratorial tones, though he never even attempted to offer any reason why that day was of any significance at all. At one point, Hannity asked him why he thought it happened today rather than some other day and he repeated Hannity’s speculation about a Supreme Court appointment.At no point did either of them even attempt to come up with a coherent argument as to why his resignation on that particular day would have anything at all to do with whether he would get a Supreme Court nomination. If he had resigned 6 months ago, would that increase or decrease his chances of being nominated? I can’t imagine why and they didn’t seem to care, even thought that was the reason they were offering for why it happened that particular day.
The whole thing was utterly devoid of anything remotely approaching a coherent or logical analysis of the situation, just vague and conspiratorial speculation that something must be going on.