We've noted that most right-wing media have been willing and eager to go back to the same well of discredited and false smears of Elena Kagan in their effort to take down her Supreme Court nomination.
But not Sean Hannity.
Yes, it appears that the case against Kagan is so weak that Hannity -- who basically uses his show to act as a GOP spokesman - isn't even going through the motions.
Tonight, on the first night of her confirmation hearings, Hannity mentioned Kagan in passing before turning to a discussion of the Supreme Court's ruling today on guns. According to a Nexis search, it was the first time her name had been spoken on his show in more than a month.
Incredibly, Hannity did not find time in today's show to devote a segment to Kagan's nomination - but in his defense, he needed to preserve time for an extensive segment on Rod Blagojevich. There wasn't even any discussion during Hannity's Great American Panel -- though there was time for plenty of discussion of Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
In fact, since her nomination by President Obama, Hannity has devoted only two segments to Kagan. One was a falsehood-laden introduction to Kagan on the day of her nomination; the other was a tedious discussion with Media Research Center's Brent Bozell about the media's coverage of Kagan (SHOCK: It featured a "liberal slant.")
Kagan was also briefly mentioned on four additional editions of Hannity's Fox program between her nomination and the start of her hearing. Hannity made passing mentions to her on May 11, May 17, and May 27. On May 12, during an interview with Sen. John McCain, Hannity asked about what he falsely characterized as Kagan's "effort to kick military recruiters off campus," a falsehood reiterated during that evening's panel.
And that's... it.
It's not like Hannity doesn't care about Supreme Court nominations -- his Fox show featured extensive discussion of Sonia Sotomayor on the evening following her first day of hearings. The program opened with a long segment on her record that featured progressive David Boies and conservative Jay Sekulow; the show also included anti-Sotomayor commentary by actor Jon Voight.
I guess Hannity hasn't found a Kagan comment he can distort quite as easily as he could Sotomayor's "wise Latina woman" quote.