So in the course of bloviating about how Michelle Obama put her foot in her mouth this week Bill O’Reilly then, likewise, stuffed a loafer into his own pie-hole.
I inadvertently had O’Reilly on the radio while driving this afternoon, and kept listening out for hell of it (he’s on the same station as Tony Kornheiser). I was actually more disturbed by the callers I heard this afternoon than by O’Reilly’s slip yesterday. One called in to say that though she is a lifelong Texas Republican, she switched parties for the primary so she can vote for Hillary Clinton. Why? Because she was terrified that a man with the middle name “Hussein” who attended a madrassa (a false charge, BTW, that O’Reilly didn’t bother to correct) could potentially be our next president.
The next caller incoherently rambled on about how America will be as disappointed with Obama as Massachusetts has been with Gov. Deval Patrick. O’Reilly cut him off before he could finish. But it’s pretty clear where the guy was headed.
This could all get pretty ugly.
PS: Please spare me the accusation that I’m equating opposition to Obama’s policies with racism. I oppose most of Obama’s policies. Opposition to his policies is one thing. Making implicit (or in this case, not-so-subtle) appeals to racial and ethnic ignorance, such as the O’Reilly callers this afternoon or the National Review post yesterday conflating interracial marriage with Black Panther Marxism is something else entirely.