[Cross-posted at Crooks and Liars.]
There's something about Anthony Weiner that seems to really get under Sean Hannity's skin. Maybe it's the way he makes both Hannity and his guests look like utter buffoons. That might have something to do with it.
Such as when Michele Bachmann went on with Hannity and Weiner the other night, producing hilarious exchanges such as this one:
HANNITY: Here's my point, $3.7 billion, we have nearly $5 trillion now accumulated Obama debt, $5 trillion. You tell me how much you are willing to cut out of the budget?Weiner later repeated that Bachmann's little bit of projection was "ironic". No kidding. After all, this is the congresswoman who's been running around (mostly on Fox) for the better part of a couple of weeks now claiming that there is $105 billion in health-care reform implementation "secretly" tucked into the budget -- even though it's one of the most publicly debunked bogus republican claim in awhile. The Washington Post's fact checker dismissed it as "bordering on the ridiculous", while PolitiFact dismantled it as well.
WEINER: Well, let me ask you something. Is it accumulated Obama debt when President Bush left office, there was 700,000 job losses that month. There are more private sector jobs created under President Obama in his two years --
HANNITY: That's a lie.
WEINER: It is a fact.
HANNITY: Congressman, I know you are a Democrat and I know you're a bitter partisan. But in the month of February --
WEINER: No, I'm just a partisan.
HANNITY: Stop it. In the month of February our deficit --
WEINER: Don't call me names, Sean. It is almost St. Patrick's Day you are going to call me names?
HANNITY: Yes. Our deficit was $223,000 for the month. In 2007, if we are looking at real dollars and real money, we paid less in a year than we did for the month of February!
WEINER: Well, look, I will tell you this. The deficit right now comes from three places. One, unfunded wars, two, enormous numbers of jobs lost a tragedy that President Bush drove us into this cliff and three tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.
HANNITY: Congresswoman Bachmann, you know, George Bush has been out of office for nearly 2-1/2 years he can't get over it. Barack Obama's budgets nearly $5 trillion in debt. He won't mention where he would cut. I'll ask you the same question --
WEINER: What do you mean he?
HANNITY: That would be you! Congresswoman, where would you cut?
BACHMANN: You know, Sean. I had no idea that Representative Weiner was such a reader of fiction. He's a huge fiction reader because that's all of his numbers. I wanted to mention --
WEINER: Bachmann, I don't think you want to go there. I don't think you want to go there, Bachmann.
I also liked the parting shots that Weiner got in:
WEINER: I believe when there are millions of Americans not working because of the Bush decisions that we do have to take care of those people and that adds cost, no doubt about it.If Weiner keeps this up, they'll never let him back.
HANNITY: Congressman, you're going to have to man-up. You have to sit at the table and put your pants on --
WEINER: Make it three on one or four on one next time, I'm ready for you.
HANNITY: You are a star. Just go look in the mirror.
WEINER: I love these balanced debates.
HANNITY: Yes, well, that's what it is.
BACHMANN: Tell me about it.
HANNITY: Tell me about it.