It was his chance to prove his point that waterboarding is just a harmless frat-boy hazing trick as Rush Limbaugh says it is.
After all, if Hannity didn't have so much say-so, he'd be no more than just a harmless frat-boy
Despite his quite public promise, and that Keith Olbermann has generously offered to give $1000 for each second he lasts with the wet towel stuffed in his mouth, and wa-wa poured up his nose Sean Hannity, the selfish chickenshit who hates our freedom has flew de coop.
(Maybe in his dark heart, a Catholic schoolboy corner remains that knows that waterboarding is immoral, of dubious effect and specifically illegal. Millions across this great nation cheered at the very idea of the spectacle of Hannity being waterboarded. Many offered to help. "If face-slapping is not torture, maybe Sean would allow me to slap him," says an impartial observer, "It's a way old fantasy of mine.").
Hannity was shamed by actor Charles Grodin into agreeing to subject himself to waterboarding to benefit a charity for the families of U.S. soldiers. Actually, it was Hannity who came up with the idea for the charity for the troops.
Our favorite response to Hannity and his chicken-hawkish, bravado-sogged defense and euphemizing of torture was from political analyst Lawrence O'Donnell who told Olbermann Thursday: "The reason Sean Hannity thinks torture is a good idea, the reason Sean Hannity thinks it works, is because it would work on him."
O'Donnell says there are two kinds of people in the world: 1) warriors, who number less than 1% of all people, and 2) the rest of us. He said he's like Hannity: "[I'm] one of those cowards just like Dick Cheney who has refused to subject myself to anything more dangerous occupationally where I might lose even a tooth."
That's Hannity's approach to life, he says. Al Queda, (like our own military warriors) are different: They've devoted their lives to destroying their enemies, and are willing to die... "Sean Hannity thinks torture would work on them because he has never, never known the kind of commitment... Our enemies are more committed than Sean Hannity will ever be."
Christopher Hitchens is a non-committant as O'Donnell descibes as are so many of us including the Bushite warmongers, but he's no liberal wuss, either. He supported the Iraq war from the gate, and actually agreed when asked by his Vanity Fair editor to be waterboarded. He didn't last long. see that spectacle here.
After the experience, his answer to the question, is it torture? was, "Yes, of course."
(Photo: Christopher Hitchens loves war, hates torture and God)
We extend the invitation to any of these couch-fierce righties to take the true test as Hitchens did. (Hitchens of course is an outspoken atheist which makes him by definition having more guts than Hannity).
Author and TV Newser guy Michael Wolfe has written: "I once filled in for the hapless Alan Colmes on the Hannity and Colmes Show, and Hannity spent the whole show completely obsessed with the placement of every strand of his hair. That guy's not going underwater (even for a major ratings coup)."
Why conservatives and the Republicans continue to let a talking points-spewing tool like Hannity and an out-of-control, self-promoting bluster-blimp like Rush Limbaugh provide their public faces define their patriotism is beyond us.
Barry Goldwater must be roiling in his box.