Former President Bill Clinton went on Fox News’ top rated show last night and used Bill O’Reilly to sabotage the GOP primary.
Here is the video from Fox News:
O’REILLY: No but he– it’s going to be — I think it’s going to be a referendum in President Obama anyway no matter who it is. You worked with Newt Gingrich? You respect him?
CLINTON: I respect his ability to think and do and I eventually hammered out a little reproductive relationship with him.
O’REILLY: Do you respect him as a man?
CLINTON: I don’t disrespect anybody who works with me in good faith. I think he was way more political than I would have been. He — he’s defended what he called “scorched earth” politics and I certainly was the beneficiary of it. But I think that —
O’REILLY: Did he use unfair tactics on you?
CLINTON: It depends on, you know — not in his mind.
O’REILLY: In your mind?
CLINTON: I don’t think about it like that. I either liked it or I didn’t.
O’REILLY: Was he an enemy of yours while you were in the White House?
CLINTON: Until he got to be Speaker and until the government shutdown changed the public mood.
CLINTON: Yes we worked together for five years.
O’REILLY: Would you would you vote for him?
CLINTON: No I’m going to vote for Obama.
O’REILLY: And why wouldn’t you vote — or just take the President out of the equation, again a good Democrat. Why wouldn’t you vote for Newt Gingrich? Why — why would you not cast a ballot for him?
CLINTON: I can’t take that out of the equation. I believe in a whole different direction in energy policy. I think the President has done a good job on foreign policy. And I think that we’ve got a better economic strategy now going than one is he likely to implement.
I thought the best thing he said in the campaign though Gingrich was what he said two debates ago in the foreign policy debate that how this immigration issue should be handled. Then the very next day he said he didn’t like the Ninth Circuit decision, so he just wanted to get rid of the Ninth Circuit and then he mentioned some other decisions. And then he’s going to fire federal judge so —
O’REILLY: He’s on this program tonight Gingrich. He is coming up right behind you.
CLINTON: I bet he’ll be very entertaining.
O’REILLY: Well we’ve challenged him on that.
CLINTON: But anyway, I — let me just say this, when we were working together, I enjoyed it. And I think he has a lot of knowledge and I think he comes up with some quite creative ideas. The primary, the purpose of the primary is to test everybody’s strengths and weaknesses.
O’REILLY: Yes the middle.
CLINTON: And everybody has strengths and weaknesses. And this is actually got an interesting dynamic between — now between Newt Gingrich and Governor Romney.
O’REILLY: What about Romney? Do you know him?
CLINTON: A little bit. I always, unlike you, I like the Massachusetts health care bill. And the Massachusetts system is more expensive than the rest of America. But it was before the health care bill passed. And inflation and health care costs in Massachusetts have been less than in the country as a whole since it passed.
O’REILLY: Ok if you had to vote between Romney and Gingrich — if you snuck up to New Hampshire because anybody can vote in that primary you go for?
CLINTON: I am not going to get in that Republican primary. No, no way. You could ask me any kind —
O’REILLY: All right.
CLINTON: I also like Huntsman, you know. And if I voted for him I would be in the one percent. But he arguably has the most consistently conservative economic record of anybody.
Bill Clinton went on Fox News and told a conservative audience of three million or more that Newt Gingrich worked with him for five years in order to get things done. Clinton also was certain to remind Republican primary voters about RomneyCare and Gingrich’s stance on immigration. The topper, though, was Clinton’s Jon Huntsman has the most conservative economic record of all the GOP candidates.
As he did in his interview with Newsmax, and his appearance on The View, President Clinton is masterfully manipulating Republican primary voters so that they like none of their frontrunners. There can be no doubt that Clinton would love to see Gingrich win the nomination, but it appears that Clinton is also out to dampen GOP enthusiasm for all of their candidates.
He reads the polling. He knows that Republican primary voters are starting to question whether or not Romney and Gingrich are true conservatives. There is nothing that Bill Clinton could have said that would have hurt Newt Gingrich more than pointing out twice how well the two of them worked together for five years. The icing on the cake was Clinton’s proclamation of respect for Gingrich.
Fox News is supposed to be the conservative big dog, and Bill O’Reilly is their flagship pit bull, but the big dog was heeled and the pit bull was neutered by Bill Clinton. The former president played along and gave Fox some stale bread about how the media favored Obama over Hillary during the 2008 Democratic primary, but he has been making those statements anywhere and everywhere for four years.
What is even more laughable is that the geniuses at Fox News let Bill Clinton discredit the Republican frontrunners before they got their sound bite about the media favoring Obama.
Bill Clinton has made himself a player in the Republican primary by constantly heaping unwanted praise on the Republican frontrunners. Republicans still despise the Clintons with a passion, so any positive words from Bill Clinton about one of their own are certain to raise skepticism with the GOP base.
It isn’t an accident that Bill Clinton keeps going on national television and praising the Republican frontrunners for positions that the GOP base hates.
Bill Clinton is the best politician of his generation, and Fox News and Bill O’Reilly were no match for the former president.