The mood was pretty grim over at Faux "news" following President Obama's speech on immigration this Thursday. After carping about the president's motives for taking action now and attacking him for playing politics to make the poor old Republicans look bad, Bill O'Reilly did his best to try to get Charles Krauthammer to call the President Obama "a bad person."
Krauthammer wasn't biting:
O'REILLY: Anyone listening to you tonight and what you just said will then take away that the president is a complete phony, that he's doing this for venal reasons, not compassionate reasons and that if you put that together he's a bad person. Is that what you mean to say?
KRAUTHAMMER: No of course not. What I'm saying is that he's a very skilled politician who has used the issue for six years the way many politicians so, but it becomes somewhat offensive when he pretends it's for such high principle. And the facts I brought up are the ones that show...
O'REILLY: So you don't think (crosstalk) and all that is factual. So you don't think he's a principled man though. You think he's doing this for political reasons.
KRAUTHAMMER: Look, whatever the motives are, the fact is you can have honorable debates on the substance of the policy. I have been writing for ten years that I would support the legalization of eleven million illegal immigrants for some of the reasons that the president had spoken of because we're a generous, a great nation and we don't want to see people living in the shadows, but only, only if the country can be assured that this will be the last cohort, the last eleven million who will come in illegally and if that's the case I think there'll be a consensus in the country. Shut the border. Reduce the river of illegal immigration to a trickle and the country will rally around the legalization.
And that's likely to happen just about the time hell freezes over. Old SourKraut may not have wanted to call President Obama evil, but he's just as bad as Bill-O with the dishonesty and pretending that Republicans have the slightest intention of doing anything about this problem. They like the cheap labor and want them living in the shadows with no protections. And they're more than happy to keep the issue alive to keep their base worked into a frenzy.