WHERE THE PATIENTS HAVE TAKEN OVER. Now, it is important to remember here that Sean Hannity has already proved himself incapable of experiencing combat with an opponent any more vigorous than Alan Colmes. So we should probably be grateful that Sean has found a cause for which he�s willing to lay down his life.

In a more sensible media universe, of course, anyone who said something this preternaturally idiotic into an open microphone -- Kyra Phillips made far more sense accidentally earlier in the week -- would be patted gently on the head, handed a complimentary company pen, and sent off toward the commissary with the rest of the tour group from the nervous hospital. Is there nobody at FOX who looks at the people who say things like this and wonders, "How in God's name did I end up in this monkey house?"?

--Charles P. Pierce