Thursday, August 27, 2009

Bill O'Reilly is an obnoxious douchebag

"Talking Points Commentary," Aug. 26, 2008, with my notes in italic:
  • Early this morning Ted Kennedy died from brain cancer, leaving behind a 46-year-record legacy in the U.S. Senate.
Also leaving behind a 28-year-old civil rights activist in an Oldsmobile he drove off a bridge while drunk.
  • Unfortunately, there have been some vicious postings on the Internet about Senator Kennedy and they are disgraceful.
I think this is a reference to this "Talking Points Commentary" about Kennedy being "posted on the Internet." "Vicious" and "disgraceful"? Couldn't have said it better myself!
  • If you're a religious person, you know that personal judgments should be made by God alone.
Unless you post negative things about Ted Kennedy, in which case God has deputized Bill O'Reilly to condemn you as "vicious" and "disgraceful." Moral Consistency [TM] is a registered trademark of Bill O'Reilly LLC; patent pending; all rights reserved.
  • All of us are flawed and none of us have the right to demean a public servant who has just died. . . .
Saddam Hussein should have tried that "public servant" defense before they hanged him. Obviously, the Bill O'Reilly Principle here is that, once somebody becomes a "public servant," this negates whatever First Amendment rights you might otherwise have.
  • There is no question that the Chappaquiddick incident where a young woman drowned in his car haunted Kennedy throughout his life.
Classic use of passive-voice construction to obscure Kennedy's active agency in the euphemistically described "incident." Also, as noted previously, she didn't drown, she asphyxiated. But you, Bill the Bozo, wouldn't know anything about the facts of this case, because your "talking points" were prepared by your underpaid 26-year-old staffers while you were playing racquetball at the health club. "Vicious" and "disgraceful."
  • Kennedy was responsible for some excellent legislation . . .
When you've got the kind of wealth and privilege that can turn an open-and-shut case of vehicular manslaughter into a misdemeanor "leaving the scene of an accident" charge, it's a piece of cake to get yourself elected and re-elected to the Senate for 46 years, during which time, yeah, you might be "responsible for some . . . legislation." Anyone who's willing to accept Bill the Bozo's judgment as to what constitutes "excellent legislation" should avoid becoming involved in politics, or even voting, and for that matter, you probably shouldn't operate heavy machinery, either.
  • Talking Points believes the Senator was well-intentioned in public policy . . .
Also "well-intentioned": Robert Mugabe, Timothy McVeigh, Pol Pot, Charles Manson . . .
  • Like him or not, he was a patriot . . .
Who conspired with the Soviets to undermine Ronald Reagan's policies during the Cold War.
  • . . . who was well thought of by many conservatives.
Name one. You can't. There aren't any.

Because you, Bill the Bozo, are not a conservative. You are an obnoxious douchebag and we understand that you are bound by the Douchbag Honor Code, which requires douchebags like yourself to say nice things about fellow douchebags when they die.

So if you, Bill the Bozo, get run over by a bus tomorrow, this means that Geraldo Rivera will be obliged to denounce me as "vicious" and "disgraceful" when I write "postings on the Internet" reminding people what an obnoxious douchebag you were.

On the other hand, if Geraldo Rivera gets hit by a bus tomorrow, this means that when the Grim Reaper comes for you, Bill, there may not be a douchebag sufficiently obnoxious to defend you.


  1. What about Michael Kelly’s 1990 GQ essay, A Sober Look at Ted Kennedy? It is on line free to all who seek it. Not a pretty picture.

    Kelly went on to edit the New Republic and died in Iraq in 2003, the first reporter to die in the war.

  2. Thanks for a Big Boy finally saying that O'Reilly is NOT conservative. Dammit, I broke my mouth screeching that for the last four years.

  3. Here is an excerpt from Michael Kelly’s 1990 essay, A Sober Look at Ted Kennedy:

    For his hard public drinking, his obsessive public womanizing and his frequent boorishness, he has become a late-century legend, Teddy the Terrible, the Kennedy Untrammeled. In Washington, it sometimes seems as if everyone knows someone who has slept with Kennedy, been invited to sleep with Kennedy, seen Kennedy drunk, been insulted by Kennedy. At Desirée, a private Georgetown club where well-heeled fat men mingle with society brats and party girls, Kennedy is known as a thrice-a-month habitué and remembered by at least one fellow customer for the time he made a scene with his over enthusiasm for a runway model during a club fashion show.

    A former mid-level Kennedy staffer, bitterly disillusioned, recalls with disgust one (now ex-) high-ranking aide as “a pimp…whose real position was to procure women for Kennedy.” The fellow did have a legitimate job, she says, but also openly bragged of his prowess at getting attractive and beddable dates for his boss. The former staffer also recalls attending a party at Kennedy’s McLean, Virginia, mansion and finding it “sleazy and weird” to see that senator had apparently established as his live-in girlfriend a young woman known to the staff as the T-Shirt Girl, a New Englander who had previously sold tees at a beach resort and who had reportedly met the senator through his son Teddy junior.

  4. "* who was well thought of by many conservatives.

    Name one. You can't. There aren't any."

    Orrin Hatch.

  5. By Golly Gum I am delighted you have told the truth about Bill O'Reilly! He is just as you say. Long needed saying out front and vivid. Thanks!

  6. Well said McCain. O'Reilly is a glaring example of a grossly bloated ego. Speaking of bloated,they found a deep-V Chris Craft to bury Teddy in.

  7. I detest the term D****bag. Extremely derogatory toward women. There has to be a better pejorative.

    I have never confused BOR as a conservative. He is BOR party of one. Period. Ratings before principles.(I cannot understand his ratings either!)I intended to watch Beck describe the push back from his recent shows on the czars. Now I will just find it on the net. Thx for the heads up.

    I am late because of reading the excellent piece by Kelley as linked by Glen Reynolds earlier. Very illustrative. I do believe Orin Hatch has been kind to TK but one must remember he is a gentle man and stated in the piece that he would never change places with TK...

    I think Rush nailed BOR well in his lengthy NYT feature. BOR= Ted Baxter.

  8. Stacy, I admire so much about you (Southern, smart, eloquent, funny), but nothing as much as your refusal to suck-up to douchebags like O'Reilly in an effort to get a spot on his show. You've pretty much ended any chance of that, so bravo. Although money's tight, as an added incentive to keep it up, I'm making a donation to the McCain-Kennedy-Kopechne MHCF.

  9. I turned him off after that POS segment.

    The romanticizing of the man's life is simply too much. He gives overweight, pasty, white men a bad name.

  10. Note O'Reilly's completely value-free construction: "There is no question that the Chappaquiddick incident where a young woman drowned in his car haunted Kennedy throughout his life."

    Substituting "caused the death of a young woman he was trying to pork" would be at least a little more honest. And "haunted?" There's not much evidence of Kennedy being ever truly "haunted." He wasn't even haunted when he was still wet with Massachusetts pond water and she was still possibly alive. Sitting in the turret of a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun didn't seem to "haunt" Jane Fonda either. It was just another value-free "incident" that conservatives were mean and gauche to mention.

  11. Apparently, like Citizen Kane remembering the lost love of his life, Teddy's final words were "I'm coming, Mary-Jo, I'm coming!"
    In an ironic, ineffable coincidence these are the very same words that Mary-Jo heard just before she died....!
    When a man dies we Jews have the option of saying one of two things: a) may his soul rest in peace or b) may his death be an atonement for his sins.
    I've chosen c)....

  12. According BO'R: There is no question that the Chappaquiddick incident where a young woman drowned in his car haunted Kennedy throughout his life.

    "there is no question," really? Does this mean BO'R could read ol' Teddy's mind? And just when did this 'haunting' supposedly occur?

  13. By the way, O'Reilly parades his "Catholicism" a lot, too. But little that he says actually matches what the Church teaches.

    Blowhard, yes.

    Blowhard. That's all of it!

  14. O'Reilly is extremely popular. Anyone have any idea what kind of people actually like him? Can't figure this out.

    He's not a statist, he's not conservative, he's not libertarian. He's just contrarian. He has no core principles. He appears to be an extremely insecure and arrogant windbag.

  15. Kn@ppster:

    Robert asked the leprechaun to name a conservative. Not sure that Hatch qualifies.

  16. Bloviating Bill has been touchy about how celeb's are treated since he got caught trying to force one of his producers into an affair using pathetic, middle-aged- guy double entendres and obscene phone calls. Talk about not taking resposibility--- he managed to keep the settlement quiet.

  17. Look, sometimes, sometimes, Bill has his uses. Don't throw baby out with bathwater just because he gave the pro-forma praise to the dead murderer.

    It's not like he was eulogizing Mengele. Bill makes Olbermann his bitch every night. That's use enough.

  18. Ouch.

    Well said.


  19. Mr. McCain, LOVE your blog!!!! I don't see hwere what you have to say is negative- unless the facts are sinply in the way, as usual for O'Reilly and the Dems.

  20. O'Reilly: There is no question that the Chappaquiddick incident where a young woman drowned in his car haunted Kennedy throughout his life.

    Jules Crittenden: Meanwhile, listening to ”Reflections on Sen. Kennedy … Lion of the Senate” on the Diane Rehm Show on the drive home last night, I was deeply moved to hear Newsweek’s Ed Klein tell guest host Katty Kay about Kennedy’s love of humor. How the late senator loved to hear and tell Chappaquiddick jokes, and was always eager to know if anyone had heard any new ones. Not that Kennedy lacked remorse, Klein quickly added, seeming to intuit that my jaw and perhaps those of other listeners had just hit the floorboards. I gather it was a self-deprecating manuever on Kennedy’s part, exercised with the famous Kennedy charm, though it sounds like one of those “I guess you had to have been there” things.

    Quoted from and linked to your posting at:

  21. It amazes me (and I don't know why) that BOR is so middle of the road when it comes to this administration. The bright studio lighting really highlights his true colors through all that pan makeup.

  22. Fantastic post...thank you! I shamelessly linked my post to yours.......

  23. Well, I couldn't agree with you more and I shamelessly linked to you...however Google seems to despise me so I cannot create a link.

  24. Just remember, when Dubya dies, we'll be talking about him this same way. Probably another DWI in his background that he got "passed" on besides the arrest in Maine. And, let's not forget his likely cocaine-induced service work at the George Foreman youth center in Houston in 1972.

    In another 25-35 years before he passes, more will come to light.

    So, if you want to speak ill of the dead, remember that what comes around goes around, in many cases.

  25. Hey Gadfly: I don't think we'll find any dead women [or men] in GWB's history.

    It's people like you that give the semi-noble term 'gadfly' a bad name.


  26. I find myself wondering who would want to appear on the BO'R program in the first place. Has anyone ever gotten more than four or five words out of their mouth before O'R interrupts?