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Before an interview with a Sacramento ABC affiliate yesterday, Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina said into an open mic:
I find it really surprising that on the first day of the general Meg Whitman is going on Sean Hannity. Did you hear that? I think it's bizarre. I mean, she's never been on Sean Hannity. I think it's a very bad choice actually. You know how he is. ... But why, after saying no to all these people, would you go on Sean Hannity? That's not the one you would do. ... Sean Hannity is not an easy interview, you know?
VAN SUSTEREN: And I see that you learned the first lesson about getting caught on a hot mic. And I listened to it, and as I listened, I thought, Uh-oh, Sean's going to be mad at you. [...]
FIORINA: I talked with Sean a little earlier this evening and I apologized because what I was trying to convey was that he is a tough interview. By the way, that's his job. It's his job to be a tough interview. And I'm going on his show on Friday night and really looking forward to it.
Why did Fiorina apologize to Hannity? Obviously, she is aware that by upsetting him, she risks upsetting the greatest ally Republicans have on Fox News. Just as Republicans who criticize Rush Limbaugh inevitably apologize to Limbaugh, Fiorina is proving that Republicans cannot afford to lose Hannity's support either.