Skip to comments.OPEN LETTER TO BILL O'REILLY
Posted on 11/15/2008 6:51:17 AM PST by Gargantua
In your recent Townhall piece you posit that there are Republicans who feel that
Governor Palin is too unqualified to lead, so it's better for them if they maginalize
her now so they won't have to deal with her again in 2012.
You couldn't be more wrong.
Her assailants, from the Right and the Left (and the media..., ahem) have seen
what she has done in Alaska as Governor. Huge Oil Company lobbies shut down.
Oil revenues going into the hands of the voters. Powerful, entrenched "old boy network"
mavens gone, castrated, or in jail... Democrats and Republicans.
Palin's attackers have no misgivings about her ability to lead. They see what she's done
in just two years in the Great White North, and they are justifiably terrified. They watch her
draw 30,000 screaming rally-goers in the same city where Biden drew 400, and their
For one as astute as you to imply that their concern, for good or ill, is over her
qualifications or ability to lead... ...really only speaks to your own candor and integrity. You can fool
some of us some of the time, but you don't fool me with your subtle innuendo. And as for
Palin's public detractors; their redeeming speck is that they at least don't masquerade as a
spin-free impartial observer who is "looking out for me."
Standing in for your conscience
while it's on vacation,
(Name redacted for FR)
He’s also a hypocrite, imho.
Ain't that the truth! Just think about it for a minute: Obama is virtually annointed by the media, shoved down our gullets for 2 YEARS by every tv station, magazine, newspaper and talking head political expert under the sun, is praised as the "hypnotic new messiah..."
...and then fresh off his acceptance speech at the DNC convention (which should have been his ultimate triumph at the time!), he gets BLASTED into oblivion for a month by the mere appearance of Sarah Palin.
Talk about putting the fear of God into the puppetmasters who like to feel in control!
Holy crap. I never even thought what she did was possible! She is AMAZING.
Have you noticed that no-one bashing O’Reilly on this thread actually refers to any specific sentence in the column?
Conservatives need to get over the "agenda" word. Everyone has an agenda. You have an agenda. I have an agenda. Bill O'R has an agenda.
Yeah, I hear you, but this guy’s letter and BOR’s premise was all about knockin’ her out before she even started. In my mind, she’s got four years to go through the process ;-)
I was commenting on O’Reilly’s support of Obama (which is what the post I responded to was about).
Oreily is a first class idiot.
He has only RINOs on as if they are conservatives.
Oreily never left his “current affair” tv show media whoring.
I just pay he gets some SERIOUS competition from a real conservative.
Oreily’s milque tost MSM buffooner is useless for conveying real information.
You may well be right there. For me personally, I turned all these talk radio and TV guys off after my heart attack in March ‘07. I found all the endless, pointless blather to be about as useful as taking phone calls from my ex-wife. It can’t change a damned thing except my stress levels. With the ex, I figure if she’s seriously got some complaint, she can call a lawyer not me. With the talk radio, I figure I’ll find out soon enough when and if the shooting starts. Until then, I’ve got other things to do. I do turn on talk radio late at night if I’m coming home from a gig or something but that’s to see if I can catch an interview with someone who’s been abducted by aliens, but, even then, they sound so much like my ex-wife that I can’t listen for long.
While I agree OReilly is a blowhard, I do find him entertaining once in a while. I enjoy his bit with Dennis Miller.
As for Sarah, well... I love Sarah.. But I think Bobby Jindal is the far better choice.. Half of being a good President is being a great communicator like Reagan was. And I think Sarah has great values, a great family, and she gives a fantastic speech. But I’m not convinced she has an ability to articulate on-the-fly/off the cuff. That is critical. She has 3 years. It’s possible.. I would never underestimate this woman.
I humbly propose:
4 elected terms or no more than 10 years minus one day. The 10 years minus one day would cover any number of scenarios. Sitting House members with tenure longer than the above limit would be ineligible to run for their seat in the next election but would serve out their current elected term. The same would be true for Senators below
Going back to state legislatures electing Senators would be best. However, tackling the monumental task of ADDING an Amendment to the Constitution would be easier that ADDING one and REPEALING one (The 17th). We could work on that later. In that vein, term limits for Senators would be 2 elected terms or no more than 18 years minus one day.
All Presidential appointed and Senate approved judges under Article III of the Constitution. 12 years.
The aristocratic and tyrannical attitudes of our current Washington Establishment are garnering dissension, discord, and dissonance (pardon the alliteration) in The Land of The Free. Term limits will strike at the core of the issue.
I wasn't watching O'Reilly. I just read his article in "Townhall" posted here on FreeRepublic, where he asserts that there are members of the GOP who are attacking Sarah because they feel she is unqualified to lead.
That is the biggest pile of steaming pant-sauce anyone ever tried to sell me... including all Irishmen and their notorious penchant for blarney.
Life is too short.
Looks to me like O’Reilly has finally seen the light. If he hasn’t, he’ll find himself unemployed.
You are proving my point. He hides the poison seed so well that you actually don't see the slam on her in his stated position.
Read my post again... slowly, if need be... and you'll see my point. You might not agree with it, but you'll get it eventually. At least that's my story, and I'm stickin' to it.
Have your pal O'Reilly (or is this his mom?) ask me on the show for a debate. It'll be riveting right up to the point where his head pops like that guy in "Scanners."
You are correct.
Bill is lookin out for the “fairness doctrine”. The solution to Bill is just not to watch him.
It appears that Fox News in general is kneeling at The Messiah’s alter. Just the threat of invoking the “fairness doctrine” has had the desired effect.
Rush and others like him have not been intimidated so far. But I find these Talk Radio people harder and harder to listen to. They just keep repeating the same stuff over and over again. We know the MSM is biased. We know the demrats can break any law they want to—even the Constitutional requirement for US Pres. to be native born American—and get away with it. We know that most people running under the Pubbie banner are RINOs.
What is needed now is meaningful discussion about what to do about it. Watching the RNC flounder about is nauseating. It appears to me the lesson the RNC leadership learned from getting its a** handed to them is that we need to be more like the demrats. If that is true than what function does the RNC serve? The only thing I can think of is that it serves as the vehicle for putting and keeping RINOs in power.
As I thought, you can find nothing wrong in this column.
Are you a plant for Keith Olbermann or Chris Matthews?
It didn't surprise me in the least to learn that he aired Cameron's unsubstantiated rumors.
What’s wrong with his column is the fact that nowhere does he say anything positive about her talent and attributes. He only says that it’s not nice to be bashing her, as if to say ‘please lay off this poor soul, she’s gone through enough already.’ If that’s not spin, then what is it?
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This is not a compliment? I would be honored to be recognized as a strong pro-life voice.
I hear you though: He does not recognize the rest of her strengths... yet.
If I were writing a letter to O'Reilly, I would point some of them out. She is intelligent, charismatic, principled, wise and tireless. Most importantly, she is a proven leader.
We lost respect for Bill O’Reilly’s opinion years ago. He has become a total hack.
If you love Sarah, here are some wonderful pictures of her posted by Sen. McCain’s daughter on a blog:
That's wonderful. My husband plays guitar. It's a perfect stress reliever for him, since he usually plays before and after work. He's made friends all over the world online, through various forums, and usually hosts a jam once a year around his birthday.
O’Reilly is such a orally-flatulent popinjay
I think it will be a riot if we can look back 6 months from now and see that she was on everyone’s show but his. he will be even more in a tizzy.
Good job! I can’t stand that blowhole phony. And, since the election, do not even watch Fox anymore. (OK, I watched when I heard Skeletor’s (Colmes) wife was going to be on, just to see what kind of weirdo would marry him) I get my news here at FR, and a few other conservative sites I trust.
I’ll let you know when he moves to New Hampshire. It’s a small state and we’ll know it.
In the meantime, it’s too bad some of you with all this energy and great ideas wouldn’t expend some of it on the Democrats. They’re laughing their asses off at people like you.
no, but bee on the lookout four the spelleng police.
She'll be choosing the folks who will serve in the cabinet of the first woman President of these United States! ;o)
Oreilly was after Jackson for a long time on his show. wanted irs to go after his tax exempt status. Jackson got oreilly back tho. recall that scandal with a woman whom oreilly supposedly was having phone sex with? Jackson was behind that he got oreilly back but good. Now Oreilly has nothing to say but good about Jackson. Oh the irony.
He does swerve into the truth now and again though....but not enough for me to pay much attention.
As I said earlier, Billy knows exactly why they continue to hammer on her. She terrifies them because of her accomplishemnts, leadership ability, and off-the-charts drawing power. For him to pretend that 'nobody knows why they keep hammering at her' is a blatant attempt to denigrate her accomplishments and plant the seed of "that poor, helpless woman."
He is despicable for playing this role on behalf of the Dem and GOP Power Brokers whose only hope is to repeat that lie about Palin so often that it starts to become accepted as the truth.
That he concludes with his smarmy, maudlin, condescending: "This time, enough really is enough. " is the killer.
Here's the big, brave, all-knowing Bill O'Reilly coming to the heroic aid of the poor helpless broad in distress. I admit, it's subtle enough that it could sell with the pablum-eating sheep. His problem is that my mother didn't raise one of those.
When I see ANYONE in the media selling this patent horsesh!t about Palin, I'm calling them out on it. To quote John McCain, "You will know their names, I will make them famous."
For anyone to really believe Bill's position that "no one knows why they keep after her..." you have to agree from the outset that she has no remarkable accomplishments, and poses no threat to the Beltway Power-Merchants. If this were true, they wouldn't waste one more minute on her.
Think about it.
Actually, he says quite clearly that he believes she is being persecuted for her pro-life position.
The profanity is not allowed in the open forum.
There are hundreds os Pro Life politicians, none of whom are being assaulted, period. For him to claim that her Pro Life stance is the reason why they are after her is an obvious lie and an intentional distraction.
O'Reilly isn't that stupid. He's just covering his own butt, toeing the party lines to make sure he remains in favor with the Beltway Sphincters. It's how he continues to have access to the DemRep weasels for his show.
He's selling snake oil, and that's not really so different from what the rest of the media is doing. Why I take exception to it is because, unlike the rest of the steaming pantload media, he claims to be "Looking out for us."
He's a phony and a charlatan who is going after Palin (in his subtle, vile, deceptive way) because she snubbed his show.
Bill O'Reilly is a perverted womanizing blowhard who is lucky that he got a time slot with no real competition. He believes his inflated ratings make him something special. He is not unlike Bill Clinton, a perverted womanizing politician who took full credit for the dot-com economy ...until it burst.
Sorry, no time to answer. Bill O’Reilly is coming on.