O'Reilly: "[S]ecular-progressive judges" on the Supreme Court more likely if Pelosi becomes speaker of the House

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On his radio program, Bill O'Reilly baselessly claimed that "secular-progressive judges on the [Supreme C]ourt" are "more likely to come about if Nancy Pelosi and her crew" control the U.S. House of Representatives. However, the constitutional process for the nomination and confirmation of Supreme Court justices does not involve the House of Representatives.

On the October 11 edition of his nationally syndicated radio show, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly baselessly claimed that "secular-progressive judges on the [Supreme C]ourt" are "more likely to come about if [House Democratic Leader] Nancy Pelosi [D-CA] and her crew" control the U.S. House of Representatives. In fact, Article II of the Constitution states that the president, not the speaker of the House, "shall nominate" Supreme Court justices. Moreover, Pelosi is a member of the House, and the Constitution says the president must receive "the Advice and Consent of the Senate," not the House, to appoint Supreme Court justices. O'Reilly then claimed that Pelosi "never" sees "the world in black and white," which is "dangerous in a time of terror" in which "there are villains who want to kill us." O'Reilly concluded: "[I]f you don't accept that, your odds of dying go higher."

On the October 12 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly claimed the midterm elections are a choice between Pelosi's "San Francisco values versus Iraq chaos." He later described this choice as one between "San Francisco values [and] perceived failure overseas." Later, during a discussion about the elections with Fox News political analyst Dick Morris, O'Reilly asked if he -- O'Reilly -- had "frame[d]" the debate in a way that was "fair and balanced." Morris said O'Reilly had "framed it great" and that even though House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) "embodies what people hate about the Republican Party" that "Pelosi would be even worse." Morris added: "I have a story about San Francisco values, though. I was once on San Francisco television, Oakland TV, on Halloween. And the person before me was a transvestite nun."

From the October 11 edition of Westwood One's The Radio Factor:

O'REILLY: You know, I don't really care who wins the election in November. The only thing that bothers me is the Supreme Court because I don't want secular-progressive judges on the court, and they're more likely to come about if Nancy Pelosi and her crew are in there. And I don't like San Francisco values. But again, that's up to you. You want San Francisco values, you vote in the Democrats because Pelosi becomes the speaker of the House. Frightening to me, but I -- you know, you're smarter than I am as far as these things are concerned. You vote for who you wanna vote for. I'm not gonna tell you who to vote for.

I see the world in black and white. Nancy Pelosi never does. I think that's dangerous in a time of terror. I think there are villains who want to kill us. You know, and if you don't accept that, your odds of dying go higher.

From the October 12 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:

O'REILLY: Hi, I'm Bill O'Reilly. Thanks for watching us tonight.

San Francisco values versus Iraq chaos. That's the subject of this evening's "Talking Points Memo."

[...]

O'REILLY: If the Dems win the House, Nancy Pelosi will become speaker. However, according to the Fox poll, 43 percent of Americans have never heard of Congresswoman Pelosi. They know nothing about her. So the country is facing a possible big change, and almost half of us have no idea what the change might be.

Nancy Pelosi is a committed secular-progressive who embraces San Francisco values. Those are: a massive federal government that dispenses entitlements paid for primarily by affluent Americans. That is called income redistribution, or the shorthand, "tax the rich." San Francisco values also seek to exclude spirituality from the public square but embrace displays like the Bay City's gay pride parade, where Christianity is often mocked and demeaned.

Now, I'm not saying Congresswoman Pelosi is on board with that, but I am saying her district wants to ban military recruiting while setting up citywide pot shops, and that San Francisco is now perhaps the most far-left city the United States has ever seen.

[...]

O'REILLY: More than 60 percent of Americans believe the war is not going well. And you have a very difficult choice this November. Should Americans vote for San Francisco values or for perceived failure overseas?

[...]

O'REILLY: So that's the current picture. It could change, but with Iran and North Korea doing everything they can to make Mr. Bush look weak, the GOP is really up against it. We may indeed be saying "hello" to San Francisco values. And that's the "Memo."

Now, for the top story. [Inaudible] with us, political analyst Dick Morris. How about that? Now, did I frame that -- was that fair and balanced?

MORRIS: You framed it great. I have a story about San Francisco values, though. I was once on San Francisco television, Oakland TV, on Halloween. And the person before me was a transvestite nun.

O'REILLY: That was the anchor person.

MORRIS: Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. So I came on and I said I wore the craziest suit to Halloween. I came as a businessman.

O'REILLY: But, look, I don't want to be -- I really don't want to be unfair to anybody, but I didn't exaggerate. Nancy Pelosi does run or preside over the most liberal district in the world. Americans don't know who she is. I mean, it's stunning that 43 percent of Americans don't know her, 44 percent of them don't know Hastert. But that's the way it is.

MORRIS: But with Hastert, Hastert also embodies what people hate about the Republican Party. His son ran a music store, a record store, quit the job, moved to Washington, became a lobbyist for Google at a huge income every year solely because his dad is speaker.

O'REILLY: Of course, but --

MORRIS: Hastert inserted a rider into the appropriations bill for transportation to build a road a mile or two from a property he owned. He sold the property at over $1 million profit.

O'REILLY: OK, but they all do it. You know how dirty it is.

MORRIS: Pelosi would be even worse.

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Government, The Judiciary
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Fox News Channel, Westwood One
Person
Bill O'Reilly
Show/Publication
The Radio Factor, The O'Reilly Factor
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2006 Elections
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