GOP candidates take note.
Last night Bill O’Reilly, the most popular and arguably powerful man on cable TV (certainly O’Reilly himself thinks so, last month he declared himself as powerful as the president) and ostensibly the Voice of Fox News (now that Beck is gone) gave his take on the GOP line-up to Glenn Beck.
The only person who will be happy to hear it is Mitt Romney.
Need further proof Fox is tacking back to the ‘middle’? This is it. Need further proof that somehow O’Reilly has rebranded himself the most reasonable person on cable news? This is it.
It’s also a succinct playbook on how Fox News, long-considered the most powerful arm of the GOP — they trained their sites on Perry in the last debate and he has yet to recover — is planning on covering the coming election year.
Herman Cain: “When I had Herman Cain on the Factor he didn’t know anything about foreign policy. He couldn’t answer the questions I posed to him.”
Rick Perry is the “great unknown…He hasn’t come on the program yet, we’ve invited him….He’s got to come in pretty soon.” I think that was a mistake obviously…I have compassion, and I think you do too, for the taxpayers.”
Rick Santorum: “I like the Senator, but he’s an ideologue. And I don’t think this is the time in American history for an ideological guy in the office. I think we need a problem solver, preferably an economic problem solver and the ideology has to take a back seat until then….Rick Santorum is locked into a certain way of doing things.”
Michele Bachmann: “I don’t think the Congresswoman has enough experience to lead at that level. Because you got the Chinese people, you got Putin coming back. You got these people who basically you got to go mano a mano with them. Can Michele Bachmann do that? Not at this point.”
Mitt Romney: “I think he’s a very good economics guy. And it might be enough this time around…I can tell you what he’s going to do. He’s going to be Dwight Eisenhower. If you like the way Eisenhower governed, you’ll like the way Romney will govern….he [Eisenhower] was basically a moderate Republican who governed in an unobtrusive way. He wasn’t a flashy guy.”
Full GBTV interview below.
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