On his nationally syndicated radio show, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly said that House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) "doesn't have any power anymore." Attacking Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean, O'Reilly said that Dean has "no GOP equivalent." He then continued, "I guess Tom DeLay might be the closest, but he doesn't have any power anymore."
From the September 20 broadcast of Westwood One's The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly:
O'REILLY: Now, I don't have anything personally against Bill Clinton. I thought he did a pretty decent job managing the economy. I thought he was a disaster in foreign policy, and I think that a lot of his soft terrorism programs led to 9-11. I do believe that in my heart. But in managing the economy, he did a pretty damned good job. See, I'm not a Clinton-hater at all.
But the mail that I get -- anti-Clinton -- is just as vicious as the anti-Bush stuff that I hear. It just -- look, most of these people who have this kind of emotion invested in their political points of view have some kind of emotional damage. There's a reason why they hate Bush with a passion. I mean, Bush is a nice guy. Clinton's a nice guy. I mean, you talk to them one-on-one, they're not bad guys. So why do you hate them personally? Why? That's on you.
So people are bringing their neurosis to the table. Whether they're insecure about their intellect, you know, I don't really have time to delve into it. Once I see a Howard Dean -- and there is no GOP equivalent of Howard Dean. I guess Tom DeLay might be the closest, but he doesn't have any power anymore. Once I see Howard Dean out there viciously attacking people personally, I just say this guy doesn't deserve to be where he is, and he's shaming the Democratic Party.