“It gets me angry,” he said. “I do talk radio and most talk radio is conservative-dominated ideologues; Kool-Aid drinking idiots. Idiots. Screaming at you that this is socialism, this is this, this is that. ‘It’s Clinton’s fault.’ It’s Clinton’s fault? He hasn’t been in office in 8 years. It’s Bush’s fault! It happened under Bush’s watch.”
He trashed radio hosts for opposing a $700 billion bailout for the financial industry and called them “idiots,” “charlatans,” and “right-wing liars.”
Right-wing media has been so slow to call Bush a spade partly because they simply don't want or know how to admit they have been so wrong. That admission would call their judgment into question to ditto-headed listeners to whom they've been reassuring for years that everything's OK. (read our comment threads to read some of these Bush-botic never-say-I'm-wrong conservatives).
Talk radio has staked miles of credibility sticking up for a president who will forever be a Herbert Hoover, Warren G. Harding or Richard Nixon to history-learning school children .
In an obvious reference to Rush Limbaugh, Billo spouted: "These idiots, I mean they're misleading you, they're lying to you, They're rich, these guys. Big cigars, all of that. 'Oh yeah, my private jet' and they're saying, 'oh no, no bailout, ah ah, no way.'
(He's smarting yet from Rush calling him "Ted Baxter" in the New York Times Magazine a few months ago. (Baxter was the blowhearty news anchor on the iconic Mary Tyler Moore Show).
(photo: Baxter comma Ted)
Billo continued: "Hey, you're gonna get it! Not them! That foreign investment pulls out, we are toast. And they'll pull out if this bailout doesn't happen. Are you getting the message here? Walk away from these liars, these right wing liars. Walk away from them. They're not looking out for you."
He threatened violence the liberals too --such as Rep. Barney Frank, and Sen. Chris Dodd, (who are actually on his side for the bail-out).
I don't even want to talk about the far left. Barney Frank, DISGUSTING, POINTING FINGERS! It's YOU, you big fat toad! YOU, Frank, YOU, Dodd. Sitting there [...] It's YOU, Dodd! YOU, you knew!
I swear to God if they were in this room right now, I would hit them. Dodd and Frank, the House finance, the Senate finance. THEY KNEW, DON'T POINT A FINGER AT ANYBODY ELSE OR I'LL BREAK THAT FINGER OFF.
SO, YOU GOT CORRUPTION ON THE RIGHT AND YOU GOT CORRUPTION ON THE LEFT, and who gets it? YOU GET IT? You, the hard working person. The next politician that gets up there and points a finger, I'm going to go after them myself!
SHUT UP! FIX IT! THESE ARE PEOPLE'S LIVES! I got enough money in the bank, okay?
Here's the audio: it's scary!
Right-wing blabbermeisters reacted to Billo's tantrum.
Laura Ingraham (KVI m-f, 3-6p) promised on the radio Friday to remove what's left of O'Reilly's ball sac next time she 's on The O'Reilly Factor.
Squeaky Mark Le-VIN (KVI m-f, 6-9p) who, for reasons known unto himself prefers a faux French pronunciation of his name rather than the Jewish one, said: “What a buffoon! He doesn’t want to talk about socialism. He doesn’t want to talk about the beginnings of this scandal. No. The same guy who claims to have led the boycott against France that forced France to do whatever France was supposed to do. What a joke. What a moron. He doesn’t understand. He is Ted Baxter.”
(photo: Mark LeVIN. "prefers the French")
Billo finally saw the light about the Bush administration a couple weeks ago:
"He’s done. He’s through. … He will now go down in history… as an ineffectual leader. And I’ll tell you the reason why it’s poor leadership on his part. The people that he picked to run certain things have been disastrous. And no leadership and now Americans are getting hurt."
(Bush broke laws, ignored subpoenas, spent us into ruin, tortured people, fractured the English language , lied us into an intractable war, etc., etc. -- and folks like O'Reilly fiercely and publicly defended him. But when his incompetence fucked with their money, that at last was the bridge too far.
This is the conservative movement breaking up like an ice floe in the global warmth. i't a lovely sight.