Bill O’Reilly on Tax Cut Debate: Boehner ‘Was Caught In A Tanning Bed’

By Kate McCarthy

Sep 14, 2010 9:58am

Rep. John Boehner "was caught in a tanning bed" and "didn’t really hear what was going on" during the public debate over tax cuts, Bill O'Reilly told me today. That is how he explained Boehner’s "blink" on the tax cut stand-off when the Ohio Republican said he would vote to extend just the middle-class cuts if it was his "only option."

“The whole thing is class warfare,” O’Reilly told me.

“What the president is telling us is he is saying, ‘Look, the upper tier you’re going to have to be responsible for the tax revenue primarily and the other people will get a tax cut.’ [Obama] is saying, ‘Look, I don’t really care about these people who earn a lot of money but I want to help you,’” he said on “GMA” today.

But Obama has more to worry about than just a tax cut debate – the Fox News anchor said the president has a “leadership problem.”

“And if [Obama] gets whacked, if he loses the House, that’s just going to get worse,” O’Reilly said. “So this is a huge election for President Obama himself.”

But if Obama loses Congress could that help him in 2012 as many believe it helped Bill Clinton when the GOP regained control in 1994? O’Reilly said "no" because we now live in a “hyper world.”

“This is a heightened media, everything is blown up the second it happens on internet and cable. So it is no longer those rules and the perception gets out there much quicker than it did,” he said.

So what will happen this November? O’Reilly said it will be another “brawl” and Republicans will try to create “an image of chaos.”

“They want to say that President Obama just can’t govern,” he said. “That’s the end game.”

O’Reilly, author of the new book “Pinheads and Patriots,” also had words of caution for the Tea Party.

“I say in ‘Pinheads and Patriots’ that the Tea Party primarily are patriots because they go out and they tell people what they believe and they get involved. That’s patriotic. I don’t care really what your ideology is,” O’Reilly said.

“However, if the Tea Party people basically attack President Obama personally, that diminishes their movement…If they say he is a Muslim, if they say he was born in where –  Indonesia. I mean this really hurts their overall message of ‘get off our back,’” he said.

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