|Bill O'Reilly looks back and sees only other people's follies|
Write this down: Bill O'Reilly has accused his namesake Bill Clinton of 'sleazy' political pandering to the gays.
Clinton, O'Reilly said, was a 'phony' because he signed the Republican written and introduced (and Republican Party platform endorsed) Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 1996 rather than face the wrath of voters over the issue.
In a further bit of impressive historical revisionism O'Reilly then accused Clinton of signing DOMA, a toxic bit of homophobia barely disguised as a bill, because it was 'popular' rather than principled.
'You can change your mind on the issue, but you have to explain that in context other than politics,' said O’Reilly. 'How, somehow, you evolved on this issue? I’m willing to listen to that. But I don’t believe any of this is sincere, it’s political. It’s just awful.'
If you're gay, and even if you're not, it's quite remarkable to infer that O'Reilly now 'cares' about us.
Not only that but he now apparently wants to protect us from 'sleazy' and 'pandering' politicians like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama who 'don't care about gays.'
In another surpassingly strange come-to-Jesus moment O'Reilly cooly admitted that, when it comes to marriage equality, 'the compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals. That is where the compelling argument is. We’re Americans, we just want to be treated like everybody else.'
For your information, this isn't a minor switch in O'Reilly's longstanding hostility to marriage equality. It's a complete reversal, framed to look like a longstanding endorsement. 'The Homosexuals' aren't buying it, Bill.
For over a decade O'Reilly has mocked and decried every same sex marriage defender who appeared on his program. He didn't only stop there. He has defended the St. Patrick's Day organizers for excluding gay Irish marchers:
'But I don't want these people intruding on a parade where little children are standing there, watching,' he announced, breathlessly.
In recent years he has also claimed that same sex marriage will lead to inter-species (man on duck, women on dolphin) marriage:
'One of the arguments against gay marriage, that we just spoke about, is that if it becomes law, all other alternative marital visions will be allowed…'
Who's the phony, Bill?