Bill O’Reilly is an idiot. Well, by his own admission, he was an idiot briefly earlier this year when he guaranteed that the Supreme Court would reject the individual mandate in President Obama’s health care law.
O’Reilly promised in March that he would apologize for being an idiot if the Supreme Court found the individual mandate constitutional. When the Supreme Court passed the ruling last week, O’Reilly fans (and mostly his critics) waited to see of Big Bill would stick to his word.
“I’m not really sorry, but I am a man of my word, so I apologize for not factoring in the John Roberts situation… Truthfully, I never in a million years thought the chief justice would go beyond the scope of the Commerce Clause debate and into taxation. I may be an idiot for not considering that.”
O’Reilly spent the rest of the show criticizing John Roberts, the Supreme Court justice credited with passing the Affordable Health Care Act, for giving the federal government too much power.
“The truth is John Roberts wanted to find a way not to strike down a congressional law, and he found one… It is hard to believe Justice Roberts does not understand the enormous power he has delivered to the federal government.. According to his reasoning, the feds can now use the IRS to hurt any American who does not do what the feds think they should do. How is that different from a totalitarian government using agencies to control behavior? China does that, Cuba does that.”
Here’s the clip. Do you think Bill O’Reilly is an idiot?