If you're O'Reilly, Hannity or Beck, there's a very good reason to keep calling Obama a socialist, communist, radical destroyer of all America stands for. The ratings. You don't need a political majority to be a successful gabber on cable. You certainly don't need to persuade anyone. You need an energized minority. If you have had your sense of shame surgically removed, as these entertainers have, what could possibly lead you to moderate - or even have alternative views on your shows?

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