Bill O'Reilly was David Letterman's guest on Late Night.
Letterman had a field day.
He was slamming Rush Limbaugh. He mocked Glenn Beck.
O'Reilly was dissing Limbaugh a bit, too.
Before O'Reilly left talk radio 4 weeks ago, O'Reilly and Limbaugh were competitors. O'Reilly's ego got the better of him, and he took credit for helping Limbaugh's ratings go through the roof.
I think O'Reilly is inflating his numbers more than just a little.
Letterman was so annoying. He said he wants Limbaugh to be the face of the Republican Party.
LETTERMAN: He's tubby. For a long time he had his housekeeper buying illegal drugs. And I thought, 'Well, if this is what the Republican Party needs, there ya go.'
Letterman is such a hack, such a mean, spiteful man. That was on full display when he mercilessly tormented John McCain after he cancelled as a guest.
Letterman gave Limbaugh a backhanded compliment.
Letterman said, "He's too smart to believe what he's saying."
Letterman was at his most offensive when talking about President Bush and Vice President Cheney. He savaged them. Letterman is deranged. He hates Bush and Cheney, positively hates them.
LETTERMAN: A year ago we had a guy on the show, a seating... sitting Democratic congressman, and during the commercial I said, 'What do you think will be George Bush's legacy?' And he said to me, 'George Bush, when he's out of office, should be arrested and tried for war crimes.' And I laughed. I thought, this guy's a kook. But now, I see that there... this is gaining some traction.
O'Reilly said that we should give Bush a break, but Letterman was having none of it.
When O'Reilly said that Bush presided over an economy that collapsed, Letterman interjected, "Presided or ignored?"
O'Reilly stood up for Bush, saying that the Dems were in power in Congress for two years. Barney Frank, Chris Dodd and the others did nothing for the economy.
I think that truth got Letterman more riled up. Speaking of how history would judge Bush, he wanted to know what would vindicate him. He brought up Iraq.
Letterman said the ONLY positive thing he's heard about the Bush administration is that Bush was a supporter of Africa. That's it.
O'Reilly added that Bush kept us protected after 9/11. O'Reilly said, "That's big."
No kidding. It's huge.
Letterman kind of dismissed that.
LETTERMAN: But now, what about, and then 500,000 Iraqis killed, 5,000 American men and women killed... for what reason? To get rid of Saddam Hussein? To turn that country into a hotbed of terrorism where it hadn't been a hotbed of terrorism before?
I'd like to know Letterman's source for his numbers on Iraqi deaths.
Anyway, O'Reilly said he wouldn't defend going into Iraq. He said it wasn't worth it, calling it "a historical mistake." He said he wouldn't justify it, but he was glad we won the war.
Letterman ranted that Bush screwed up by not focusing on Afghanistan. O'Reilly argued that it wasn't that simple.
Letterman then went off on Paul Bremer and his role in the war in Iraq. He started yapping about Bremer and Central America.
O'Reilly didn't know what Letterman was talking about, but Letterman kept attacking Bremer.
LETTERMAN: He's the one that they believe brought death squads to Iraq?
O'REILLY: I don't believe that for a second.
O'Reilly added, "Thank God for Gen. Petraeus, who got in there and turned it around."
LETTERMAN: As ignorant as I am, and there are few people more ignorant than I am, I didn't realize the deficit that this country had established for itself, or been forced into for eight years, until the previous tenant left the house.
O'REILLY: The money deficit you talking about?
LETTERMAN: The state of the United States globally... Until we got a guy in there who was actually, and who knows if he's doing the right thing but at least he's doing something, but to me the United States government was essentially closed for eight years.
Letterman was foaming at the mouth. He accused Bush of negligence. Obviously, Letterman is a big Obama fan. Apparently, he approves of Obama's unprecedented power grab, his shredding of the Constitution, and his war on the private sector.
Then, Letterman brought up Dick Cheney.
He said, "Let's talk about Cheney. Cheney's the venal one, right?"
O'Reilly said, "I don't have much use for the Vice President... He wouldn't come on my program."
LETTERMAN: It seemed to me like his idea was, 'Let's just get in, and get as much money for our rich buddies, and get out, and that'll be it.'
Letterman was dead serious when he was making these remarks. He wasn't joking in any way. He sounded just like a fringe Leftist loon.
I remember when Letterman used to be funny. That was so long ago.