Poster Boy(s)

Some of the giants of literature have defined for us what constitutes an idiot. For instance, William Shakespeare, in Macbeth, Act V, Scene V, states:

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,

And then is heard no more: it is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing.

 

And then there was Benjy, the neutered idiot from William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury (1929). For obvious reasons, Benjy couldn’t help himself, which brings us to the present day, and currently neutered idiots Sean Hannity and Devin Nunes. Living in a grotesque world of fantasy, Hannity and Nunes pass time as bootlicking Trump enablers, competing mightily for the title “Poster boy for village idiots.” Common sense directs us to bestow the award upon both.

Sean Hannity is a conspiracy theorist who styles himself as a “conservative,” but he is in fact an embarrassment to true conservatives. Now the garden-variety conspiracy theorist―like Alex Jones―suffers a paranoid delusion disorder (PDD), and actually believes the conspiracy he is promoting.  On the other hand, Hannity understands quite well that he is using blatant fabrications to roil up his viewing audience, which for the most part is comprised of harmless but gullible old white folks. What makes Hannity a dangerous idiot is the fact that his audience is a reliable bloc of voters come Election Day.

During the 2016 presidential election cycle, Hannity concocted and aired a large number of conspiracy theories, mostly about Hillary Clinton and Democrats. Primarily, Hannity focused on Clinton’s health and sobriety. All of his claims were subsequently proven false by fact checkers. Nevertheless, Hannity was undeterred in his parade of fabrications.

Hannity’s most egregious departure from the reservation of truth involved a young worker for the Democratic National Committee named Seth Rich. Rich was slain in what Washington D.C. police reported as a botched robbery attempt. Hannity immediately began reporting on his nightly program that Rich was slain by Democratic operatives because he was the source of leaked DNC emails that proved embarrassing to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Hannity only backed off on his outrageously false claims after his sponsors began cancelling advertising contracts, stating that he would “return to the Rich investigation in due time.” He then turned to other items in his infinite universe of conspiracy theories.

Devin Nunes is the ringleader of a scorched earth campaign aimed at discrediting the Department of Justice and FBI, apparently as part of a plan to deflect attention away from the investigation headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller III into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.  Nunes authored a “memo” which Donald Trump has been claiming “fully exonerates the Trump Campaign of collusion with Russia.” Problem is, the misleading and error-filled “memo” landed on the public as a dud.

One media outlet reported that the House Intelligence Committee chairman’s latest comments “underscored that he is either ignorant of, or fully willing to ignore basic facts concerning the Trump-Russia investigation.” The comment in question? Idiot Nunes appeared on a Fox News production of Fox & Friends and when queried about the investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia, Nunes suggested that George Papadopoulos was not “such a major figure” and questioned why he wasn’t a target of surveillance instead of ex-Trump aide Carter Page. Nunes continued: “As far as we can tell, Papadopoulos had never even met with the president.” This claim, of course, was debunked by the Liar-in-Chief himself when he posted a photo on social media showing Trump and Papadopoulos sitting at the same table during a national security meeting at Trump Tower.  Everyone in the country, including Nunes, had seen the photo.

Nunes is a dangerous idiot because he heads up one of the more important committees in Congress. His job as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is to provide oversight over the  Executive branch, but with his “midnight runs” to the White House, Nunes has been caught red-handed acting as a lawyer and mouthpiece for a corrupt president.

If Shakespeare were alive today, the bard would be writing…not about Falstaff and discretion being the better part of valor….but how Hannity and Nunes are perfect examples of the unfortunate truth that the idiot’s mother is always pregnant.

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