If history was any indicator, Thursday night’s on-air exchange between radio show host Bill Cunningham and Fox News analyst Tamara Holder was destined to devolve into utter chaos.
Facing off once again on Fox News’ “Hannity,” the conversation was supposed to be about the debt ceiling, but ended up erupting in finger-pointing, shouting, a comparison to actress Farrah Fawcett and the doling out of “Hannity happy candy.”
While the host opened with a question about the nation’s finances, Holder re-routed, having brought some goodies along with her in what Mediaite assumed was a peace offering. But it didn’t take long before some negative quips led the on-air duo toward another bombastic clash.
“I feel like conservatives are so angry,” Holder said, going on to reference their fight earlier this summer. “I think this is a proper opportunity for you to apologize, not to me, but to the viewers for taking your attack personally.”
“Really?” Cunningham responded.
Holder offered up her “Hannity happy candies” and said that guests owe it to the viewers to focus on the issues and to not be so angry.
And that’s when the floodgates really opened.
When Hannity finally refocused the guests on the debt ceiling, Holder noted that President George W. Bush raised the limit eight times during his presidency.
In issuing the factoid, she was attempting to highlight the disparity between the compliant reaction among many during those times and the angry responses coming now from some conservatives.
“This woman has lost her mind. There’s no question about that. Let me help you with math,” Cunningham said, going on to say that the national debt has increased monumentally from almost $10 trillion to nearly $20 trillion under Obama. “Is 20 greater than 10, Tamera? Earth to Tamera. Is 20 greater than 10.”
That was apparently Holder’s breaking point.
“Are you talking me like I’m an alien or because I didn’t go to Catholic school,” she said (Cunningham had mentioned that he had a Catholic education earlier in the debate).
Rather than back away from what was certainly shaping up to be yet another epic clash, Cunningham responded that Holder doesn’t look like a Catholic girl.
To say that the liberal commentator didn’t appreciate the quip is an understatement.
“What do I look like?” she asked, with Cunningham wasting no time in responding.
“Farrah Fawcett wannabe,” he rebutted.
Holder, seemingly besides herself, turned to Hannity and claimed that her right-leaning opponent is representative of a typical conservative who bashes people on the basis of their views. As for Cunningham, he was still stuck on his previous comments.
“Farrah Fawcett. What’s wrong with Farrah Fawcett?” he asked.
When, again, Hannity brought the conversation on track, the two couldn’t help themselves. They just kept going at it. “Get your finger out of my face!” Holder snapped. “You live in some alternative universe,” charged Cunningham.
The epic and uncomfortable exchange is below: