by Scoobie Davis
Yes, Virginia, Alan Colmes Does Have A Sack
I was concerned when I heard that con man Ted Sampley would be on Hannity & Colmes last night. For those of you not familiar with my views on Colmes, to paraphrase the late great Charles Bronson in Mr. Majestyk, Colmes is in the wrong line of work. So I emailed Colmes the recent column by Joe Conason on Sampley the founder of Vietnam Veterans Against Kerry (scroll down to yesterday's post). (At the time, I didn't know about this excerpt from Susan Katz Keating's book, Prisoners of Hope: Exploiting the POW-MIA Myth in America--via Roger Ailes; Sampley is a complete nutcase and a ghoul).
However, last night, Colmes mopped the floor with Sampley. When Sampley called Kerry "a traitor," Colmes' response was to point out that Sampley had also called John McCain a traitor. (To his credit, Hannity also rebuked Sampley for calling Kerry a traitor). Colmes mentioned the loony article by Sampley titled "The Manchurian Candidate" (it's mentioned in the Keating excerpt) in which Sampley portrayed McCain as an undercover KGB spy. Colmes ended the segment by telling Sampley, "You're slurring Kerry just as you slurred McCain a number of years ago."
That same night when the discussion was gay marriage, Hannity tried to portray Kerry as flip-flopping on the issue because of his current opposition to gay marriage and his recent opposition to an anti-gay marriage amendment. Colmes was quick to point out that Kerry was not inconsistent--he opposed the amendment in question because it also restricted civil unions, which Kerry favored--along with Dick Cheney. Also, a couple of nights ago, when Hannity brought up the subject of the photo of Kerry and Jane Fonda in the same audience at a 1970 anti-war rally, Colmes quickly countered that 1) the photo was taken two years before Fonda's infamous trip to Hanoi; and 2) it wasn't a photo of Kerry with Fonda but it just showed them in the same audience.
I was willing to give up all hope for Colmes when recently he told Katherine Harris that they were friends, but he's worth a second look.