"Their problem is themselves. Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Because if that's who they are and they're the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the State of New York, because that's not who New Yorkers are."Andrew Cuomo decried extremist conservatives in a recent statement and all hell on the Right broke loose.
Sean Hannity Responded:
“I want you to know that and I can’t wait to get out of here,” he said. “I really can’t. I don’t want to pay their 10 percent state tax anymore. I live in the second-highest property-taxed county in the entire country in Nassau County. I can’t wait to sell my house to somebody who wants it. I can’t wait to pay no state income tax down in Florida or Texas.”So did Glenn Beck and Ted Cruz:
Of course, Hannity's friends far and wide, decried Cuomo's "vile" statement.
"State GOP chairman Ed Cox demanded Tuesday that Cuomo, a Democrat, apologize. Cox accused Cuomo of "poisoning New York's politics with divisive rhetoric at a time when New York needs to be united to address its continuing economic problems."
"Divisive rhetoric" is, of course, something the GOP knows wholeheartedly, since they have enabled Right Wing extremists (aka the Christian Taliban) for years. In fact, after Beck became dismayed at the comments, he said that he might expatriate to another country. Thereafter he had on John Hagee, the pastor who told atheists to take the first plane out of the country. Right Wing Watch: Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is Glenn Beck.
New York's Sigh of Relief
New Yorkers, both City and State, deal with bombast in their own way: while tsk-tsking Cuomo for being so intolerant of narrow minded conservatives, they are breathing a collective sigh of relief. The reaction to Rush Limbaugh's exodus was one of "Thank goodness, now maybe someone with taste will redo his godawful apartment!" so the reaction to Hannity's possible departure was "Let's help you pack, Sean!" Of course, Hannity is not quite as big as FOX News (an admirable target for emigration), but his absence will quiet the skies over the empire state, giving the people a rest from the righteous arrogance they distrust: their conservatism has always been more quiet and moderate, giving them the feel of dignity ... and honesty.
"The governor was making the point that he makes often: New York is a politically moderate state and an extremist agenda is not politically viable statewide," said Cuomo's counsel, Mylan Denerstein. "New York has a long history of electing Democrats and Republicans statewide who are moderate rather than on the extreme ends of the political spectrum. That is an unarguable fact."Which One?
It's doubtful that Hannity will follow through with his threat, however, seeing that his $20 million-a-year at FOX can't be matched and for that amount, anyone would deal with high state income taxes. After all, $2 million in taxes can't mean much to someone who lives in this:
Hannity's worth is estimated at $35 million, but he won't be able to afford his lifestyle's upkeep on less than that $20 million. So if he does upchuck New York, whither will he go? Both Texas and Florida have way too many illegal immigrants for a staunch Irish-American to feel comfortable. And although Glenn Beck has promised to set up Hannity in his own media fief, it's doubtful that he can guarantee a lifestyle that, to say the least, would be greater than his own. Florida may have Limbaugh, but there have been no offers yet. Nevada? Too much money on casinos and not enough on media. Arizona? Too close to John McCain. Iowa? He'd have to go in as a "start up". Michigan? The ghost of Detroit is too depressing. Hawaii? Think of the cost of all those private jet jaunts!
Alaska! That's it! The state having the smallest population, but the largest land mass and certainly no one to call him an "extreme conservative." He'll be king!
And except for the Mrs. Moosburger, he'll be practically alone!