His name is Bill O’Reilly.
No! Not that Bill O’Reilly, (the former TV Host) but Bill O’Reilly the Political Consultant.
His family’s bloodline is quite impressive. Bill’s full name is William Frank Buckley O’Reilly. On the Buckley side, his family has been involved in America’s Conservative Politics for many, many years.
His uncle Bill Buckley founded National Review in 1955. Then another relative, Jim Buckley was a U.S. Senator from New York and a Federal Judge. Priscilla Buckley was the long-time editor at National Review.
Bill O’Reilly, now all these years later, stood in front of me, arriving with his coffee thermos travel mug in his left hand, and subscribing to self-deprecating humor when discussing his family lineage and laughs.
“It’s very lucky to come from an illustrious family. But the one thing that I prove is that even the best jeans fade in the wash.”-Political Consultant Bill O’Reilly.
But the plot gets interesting. Like some conservatives, Bill O’Reilly is not “feeling” President Trump, and didn’t even vote for him the first time around. O’Reilly feels Democrats…at least for now…are playing their hand right…running a Rose Garden strategy of keeping Joe Biden on quite the low profile in Delaware due to the Corona Virus.
“It’s that old adage. You don’t get in the way of your enemy committing suicide. And that’s right! Trump was just murdering himself at those briefings. He causes lots of controversy. He’s also very good at tying you up. If you put some fodder out into the field, Trump’s very good of blowing it up and making it controversial. So I think the Democrats have been wise to keep him (Biden) in that basement. And I’d keep him there as long as you can. Avoid live interviews… Go out and put videos out so it looks like he’s engaging the public, engaging the press. But don’t go live with Dominic Carter. Don’t do it!!! You know….cause he’s going to Joe Biden on you. You know.”-Political Consultant Bill O’Reilly
Let’s face it folks. The Republican candidates in 2016 had no idea what to do with Trump and full Disclosure here. I have moderated debates with Hillary Clinton, Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, and even interviewed Nelson Mandela. Sitting across from Bill O’Reilly I said let’s get down to business. “Is it fair to say that you have been a consistent conservative critics of President Trump….and if so, why?”
“Yes, I have been, you know, since…. since he first announced in 2015. I mean, really, because I’m a New Yorker and I’m aware of the way he operates and how he does business and, and doesn’t pay bills. And to me, there was always a lack of honor there. And, you know, when I saw that, that Republican presidential field, the primary field in 16 it was really an All Star cast of 16 or 17. And they had some damn good candidates in that race. He stood out right away. I think he lit it up in the press, he knows how to do that. I mean, that’s his genius is to he knows how to gain attention. And I think the standard, you know, Republicans in that race, had no idea what to do with him. And he definitely, you know, tapped into into that vein, but yeah, I was not a supporter from the beginning. You know, I asked myself a million times, you know, why I’ve been so stridently opposed to Trump. And I you know, the honor thing comes up in the rest of it, but from a selfish reason. He ruins…. he’s ruined the party’s chances in places like where I work, and he takes legitimate issues and he makes them almost unable to be sold. He takes the worst part of an issue and he blows it and he, you know, he makes he makes immigration reform or logical things… he makes them so negative and toxic, that you can’t promote them without sounding like a jerk. And so, you know, that’s part of it too, but I’m not a supporter. I’m not I’m not a Democrat. You know, I’m not a Democrat. I voted for Evan McMillan in 2016. And I’ll probably write my daughter’s name or something. And, you know, this year, I just, I’m stuck in between, and it’s unfortunate.”-Political Consultant Bill O’Reilly.
Dominic Carter: “And so your not going to vote for President Trump?”
Bill O’Reilly: “No.”
Dominic Carter: “The first rule of being a Vice Presidential pick is do no harm. What do you make of the Democratic ticket?”
Bill O’Reilly: “Yeah, I think she was really a perfect choice. I had to do a prediction contest and I went with Val Demings the whole way through, and Kamala Harris was my second one because they both had a law enforcement background. And I thought that was really smart of Biden and I don’t know whether this was the thinking but I can presume it…. is because Kamala Harris has a law enforcement background….You gonna get that blow back from the left! And that’s exactly what moderate voters need to hear. That’s what non-Trump Republicans need to hear and center right Independents… they need to hear….. the left being unsatisfied with the pick! And they got that enough!! It wasn’t that much of a blow back, but it was enough where some, you know, on the far left, you know, grumbled about her law enforcement background”
“But what about the AOC crowd? The AOC’s of the world. The far left?”-Dominic Carter
Bill O’Reilly: “They’ve got no place….They’ve no place to go!!!! I mean, they’re not gonna you know, they’re not gonna go with Kanye, they’re not gonna go third party”
I can’t believe I’m saying this….but stopping at this point is required. Yes….Kanye West.
“Can you believe we actually have to mention Kanye West….and you have to mention it because if he siphons off a couple percentage of the black vote…of the African American vote…it could re-elect President Trump.”-Dominic Carter:
Bill O’Reilly: “Yeah, it was so obvious what they were doing from the beginning. And that’s, you know, that’s the kind of….. that’s really not proper politics. That’s that’s not fair game. It’s not how it works. And I’ve been involved in dozens of campaigns where, where someone in the back of the room comes up with the idea. Let’s get Steve to run, you know, let’s get somebody else out there to do it, but you don’t actually go through that. But yeah, it is unbelievable that you have to, you have to factor in Kanye. But… But you do to some extent because if they get them on, you know, the ballot in three or four places, you know, that could be the case. But for Kamala Harris, she’s, you know, I think people got it right. I forgot who wrote it first, but she was both groundbreaking and the safest pick out there.”
“History making. She covers every box. She’s got a little bit of everything. She’s got law enforcement. She’s a grown up. She’s, you know, she’s been an executive as an Attorney General. She’s Black but also Asian. She’s, she covers a lot of boxes.”-Political Consultant Bill O’Reilly on Kamala Harris.
So obviously we needed to stay on the ticket topic.
Dominic Carter: “Okay. So here’s what we know. Biden, in terms of his victory and the nomination….Black women were key to that…..And they are also a pillar, if you will, of the Democratic vote, in terms of turning out what Democrats need, right? So does Senator Harris….at the end of the day ignite the base that Biden must have to turn out and win?”
Bill O’Reilly: “I think she definitely helps it. And I mean, that’s been…that’s been a constituency that’s been growing over the years. I mean, 20 years ago was always African Americans were the least registered… at least less likely to turnout. And a lot of troops on the ground. And a lot of campaign plans have completely changed that, where you saw black women in particular in the Doug Jones race, were really made the difference in that race in Alabama. And then you see it in Georgia as well. And to the point where the most reliable voters in America are black women. So yeah, I think if there was any waning passion for for Biden among African American women, I think Kamala Harris definitely shores that up, which is just one of those reasons. If you look at all those little boxes again, she checks them all. It was a really smart pick. And also, you know, imagine poor Mike Pence has to go into a debate with her, you know. I mean she’s she’s the prosecutor you do not want. you know, she comes in on the heels and it’s like, uh oh, you know, No contende. It’s time to plead.”
Dominic Carter: “So places where Democrats need the votes to turn out. Wisconsin, Michigan, , Pennsylvania, North Carolina and elsewhere, of course. President Trump for his part has called senator Harris, quote “mean, nasty and disrespectful.” A video put out by the Trump campaign labels her “phony.” Does that help Trump or hurt Trump?”
Everyone knows “How Trump Rolls” The attacks on Kamala Harris
Bill O’Reilly: “I don’t think it helps Trump but I’m not sure it hurts him any more either…. because it’s kind of factored in. I mean, everyone knows how Trump rolls. And that’s how he does it. He’s very good at at the monikers he’s got one for everybody. He hasn’t quite you know, “sleepy Joe.” I’m not sure if that’s the right one. I’m not sure she’s the “phony Kamala.” Maybe it’s effective. It works. I mean, it works in politics. He’s good at tactics. He’s a tactical politician. he’s not strategic but he’s tactical. He never stops, so he’s you know, sometimes you can go without a strategy when you’re just bowling ahead forward. I don’t think it’s a push to be honest with you. I think people expect him of it, even like the nonsense about about Kamala Harris’s you know being born in America and that anchor baby thing I mean that’s awful… that’s gonna rile up the press. It’s gonna rile up a lot of of Biden’s supporters. But I don’t think that’s really in play. I think that the issues in this race are COVID, COVID and a little bit of the economy.”
Dominic Carter: “Political Consultant Bill O’Reilly. You mentioned the vice president has to debate Senator Harris, October 7 in Salt Lake City. What will that debate look like? And you know where I’m going with this… Buffalo NY, a few years ago, when Hillary Clinton went up there to debate and Rick Lazio and he said “sign this sign this” and that was the end of his campaign.”
Bill O’Reilly: It’s… I think it’s not gonna be a free for all. As is my guess. It’s gonna be a very measured debate. And the reason that I say that is that both Vice President Pence and Senator Kamala Harris are preparers. She’s a prosecutor, she does her homework, you could see when she took on Joe Biden, I think her blood pressure probably went down as she was attacking them. Like she’s….. you do not want to like I said before…. you do not want her to draw her as the attorney against you. She’s very well prepared at the same time. pence is very measured as well. He’s incredibly respectful of women, which may tie him up a little bit. I mean, to the point where he famously won’t go out with a woman one on one. And it’s, um, and I can respect that that’s, you know, with between….his values. But I think she’s going to be….. she’s going to come after him. And I think it would be very difficult for him to find the right way to defend himself and to attack back…. because he is so respectful. It’s going to be an interesting debate. I think, going into the debate. The expectations, though, are so high for her, that he may you may do better than expectations.”
Dominic Carter: “What’s the game of expectations as it relates to this debate coming up?”
Bill O’Reilly: “Yeah, I think that, you know, the the internet, the Twittersphere, or the, you know, the Instagram sphere is all predicting that Kamala Harris is gonna wipe the field with him. And I think if she doesn’t do that there’ll be some victory for him there.”
Dominic Carter: “Ok. Biden’s Choice for number two….Does that show that he’s willing to listen to those who disagree with him or those that have attacked him? We all know how senator Harris during the primary went after him strongly. So does the pick give him some credit or not?”
Bill O’Reilly: “Yeah, I think I think it does. And, and I think Biden is very good at sensing where the MIT where his party is. And Biden always seems to be at the middle of his party. And so I think he shifted to where he needs to be. He understands that the so much of the enthusiasm coming out of the Democratic Party is from black and Latino voters. It’s from female voters. And I think it was a very logical and strategic Pick. Biden is a really nice guy and even, you know, Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina….a Republican, a conservative Republican, I think he called Biden the nicest guy in the Senate. He was the nicest one out there. He’s not gonna hold that grudge. And I think that does. That does probably, you know, bode well for him. I think people appreciate that because she really did take his head off. And but he’s willing to, you know, be a big boy and put it down I think it was it was a very smart choice.”
But do Democrats have to worry about repeating history?
Dominic Carter: “In terms of Hillary Clinton. I think you can agree…one of the reason she lost is she ran a rose garden strategy, even though she wasn’t the incumbent, and she played it to safe…and it seems like Biden, in this day of Corona virus is playing it safe trying to run out the clock. One. Do you agree with that? And is there tremendous risk?
Bill O’Reilly: “I totally agree with that strategy. And I think that’s ….I don’t know whether…. at some point he’ll need to pivot. And he seems to be doing that, you know that now with, with Senator Harris coming on board, but I’ve totally agree with that strategy is the old adage, you don’t you know, you don’t get in the way of your enemy committing suicide. And that’s right. I mean, Trump was just murdering himself at those briefings. He causes lots of controversy. He’s also very good at tying you up, if you put some fodder out into the field. Trump’s very good at blowing it up and making it controversial. So I think that I think that the Democrats have been wise to keep him in that basement. And I keep them there as long as he can do and, and to avoid live interviews. I mean, go out and put video so it looks like he’s been like he’s engaging the public and engaging the press. But don’t go live with Dominic Carter. We don’t don’t do it. You know, I mean, because he’s gonna he’s gonna Joe Biden on you. You know. I mean, I think you’ll see a lot more of her than him, but he is it seems like he’s going out there a little bit more, trying to address that that conversation. You know, that concern there. By the way. Speaking of the Clinton’s, Bill Clinton shouldn’t be within 1000 miles of that convention. And If he goes strolling in there with Hillary, you know, that’s just that’s just stupid. That’s dumb, you know, with Epstein out there and the rest of it. I mean, I, you know, that’s I’m not a Democrat, I’m not looking to give advice, but I wouldn’t get them anywhere near there.”
How does this Political Consultant assess the Presidential Campaign thus far?
Bill O’Reilly: “I think it’s Biden’s to lose!!! I think it is at this point. And I think that the thing is as a strategist, the thing that drives me crazy and as you know, I’m not a Trump supporter, but Trump had a had a huge opportunity with this crisis, to grow his popularity. And I know that sounds crass, but crises are opportunities for politicians, and you look at what Governor Cuomo did and what his numbers are, and he really screwed up in the nursing home thing potentially.”
Dominic Carter: “Your talking about the Corona virus.”
Bill O’Reilly: “I’m talking about the Corona virus, but he took it he took it he took charge of it. He said I’ve got this and the people responded. You know there were a lot of problems with what he did. And there are a lot a lot of a lot of seniors died potentially because of mistakes that the administration made. But he said I’ve got this and Trump never did that. Trump has ignored the Corona virus largely ignored it to his complete peril. I think he’s right to be doing the culture wars and to do the you know, the crime and law and order. That’s absolutely a winner for a republican but until he deals with the you know, with Corona you know, the you know, it was it’s the economy dummy or the economy stupid was that was the the raging Cajun thing in 92. And now it’s just it’s the it’s Corona dummy, you know, I mean, unless you address Corona because that you know, if kids have to come home from school and parents can’t go to work, and and you still look like you don’t get it, you don’t really care that much and you’re dreaming and it’s going to go away. I don’t think you can win an election. I think yes. On the crime things. Yes. On the economic talk, but without looking like he pivots on Corona. I think it’s this is Biden’s election to lose at this point.”
How has the Corona Virus changed Politics? Also this Conservative agrees Republicans may lose the Senate.
First O’Reilly responded to Corona Virus impact on Politics
Bill O’Reilly: “It’s sad because it seemed like there was a truce for about 10 minutes. And where everybody was kind of, you know, freaking out together a little bit, especially in the northeast, where it first launched, but it’s now driven the divisions even deeper, you know, stupid, you know, fights over masks, and then the rest of it are out there. But I again, I’ll just gonna go back I think the Republican Party I’m not blaming all Republicans, but from the leadership made a major error and trying to push things back too fast. They went for the, you know, for the libertarian, we’re free, we’ve got to be out there, we’ve got to open everything. And I get that instinct, but there is something called the social contract. It goes back all, you know, goes back to Aristotle, it has been around forever, that, you know, you know, just because you have a driver’s license, you can’t drive 150 miles an hour. There’s some things you have to do to protect yourself, and everybody else, and this is one of them. And I think Republicans have pivoted and I think Trump is pivoting. But I think it’s become it’s certainly a liability for the party and I hope it addresses it because I’m really worried that the Senate goes down too and the house… and then you have, you know, you have the Democrats controlling all three and if the filibuster gets dumped, which President Obama now advocates… former President Obama’s advocating that gets really dangerous for Conservatives. We go Whoa, that’s a whole different story.”
Dominic Carter: “And it’s a whole lot of power.”
Bill O’Reilly: “That’s a whole lot of power. If you go from you know, 60 vote cloture, which is when they can cut the vote off to pure 50 vote in the Senate in the house. You know, Joe Biden’s a nice guy. I don’t see him standing up to the bills that could be coming through at him. And you could be talking about trillion-dollar new programs. Not the republicans have been so great with the with the fiscal books lately, but you could be seen a very different America. If that filibuster goes and I don’t think that Biden has the backbone is to veto things.”
Talking to a Conservative, I had to get his take on Black Lives Matter.
Bill O’Reilly: “I make if you do small B, small l, small m and you could even do a capital B, sure Black Lives Matter. I’m in total agreement! I understand why people push back against the “All live matters”… even.
“And I was explaining this to my youngest daughter, you know, for years…you’ll have a shooting in Harlem. And it’s like two seconds on the news, if it even makes it, where a young girl gets killed is nothing. You can go get killed on the Upper East Side and it’s 10 days of news. I mean, let’s all be honest, that’s been going on for a long, long time. So I get it.” Political Consultant Bill O’Reilly.
Dominic Carter: OK. Is Police Brutality a problem?”
Bill O’Reilly: Sure, sure, absolutely. Yeah, I mean, you definitely see it and, and video cameras have brought it to light. I think for a lot of white people, frankly. And it’s like because, you know, we live our lives without seeing the looks, or getting pulled over. So a lot of whites don’t see it. I think video has opened up a lot of people’s eyes. There are some…. and I’ve talked to cops all the time, and a lot of cops will tell you, there are people who should not be cops that are on the force. And that’s got to be dealt with. I mean, there’s no question about it. But I do say and I’m not equivocating, here……The majority of police officers are good. And they do things that are that are instrumental. And we need them in the streets and they’ll lay down their life for you….. at times. But the training and the rest of it all has to happen. Absolutely. And bad cops have to go.”
But I had to go Full circle at this point….that Democrats have a shot at taking the Senate.
Bill O’Reilly: “Absolutely. Yeah!! Yeah, I think I think I mean, if I had to handicap it today, I’d say be a 50–50. And then with Vice President Harris, should that come to pass….. being the deciding vote.”
Dominic Carter: And McConnell…the majority leader says he’s optimistic and believes that they will hang on, but is warning it’s going to be tough. Do you agree?”
Bill O’Reilly: “Yeah, yeah. Oh, I agree. And I spoke with somebody who’s been in touch with senate people in Washington. And she said that their polling is optimistic for Republicans that they, they think that they can hang on… that Collins is closing. That a few other races are tightening up. I think a lot of it depends on what happens when kids go back to school, frankly. And I think you know, to me, this is a COVID election….because when people feel…when they’re worried about their health and their security, nothing else matters.”
There was also another topic I wanted to put to a conservative.
“When the President tweets, that’s aimed to suburban house wives…that they don’t have to worry about low income housing coming into their neighborhood…that would invade their neighborhood…what do you make of that type of tweet?” -Journalist Dominic Carter
Bill O’Reilly: “Yeah, I’m glad you brought that up because it’s an exact example of why I said in the beginning, that I don’t support President Trump, because there’s a legitimate issue there but he completely mangled it. The issue is that zoning doesn’t affect who can move into a neighborhood. It’s what can be there. So it’s not you know, zoning by itself is not discriminatory. What he made it sound like is we’re gonna get rid of public housing or public housing is coming in. We’re moving the ghetto into Scarsdale. You know, that kind of stuff. That’s the dog whistle stuff. That is dog whistle stuff, and it’s wrong. What I see as a conservative is that is that quarter acre zoning which HUD went after is the dream of Everybody, it’s a dream of every African American and every Irish family. And every Greek family of all Americans want that. And if you have a neighborhood or real estate agent that is steering African Americans away from one community, lock them up, lock them up and beat him in the back of the head while you’re at it. As far as I’m concerned, you know!!! It’s got to be the same rules for everybody in the same zoning rules. But when Trump goes out there, he makes it sound racist. And that’s not what it is. That’s not what that position should be.”
And I close with the non-stop comparisons for this Bill O’Reilly…to the other guy.
Bill O’Reilly: “Oh boy. Unbelievable. I used to…. when I lived in Manhattan, I would get his, besides the phone calls, I get his dry cleaning…. his mail. And my In fact, my answering machine was the number for his producer. Because I got so many calls. I got, you know… a couple hundred calls a week. And a lot, a lot of drunken calls at three in the morning, Mr. O’Reilly you’re the greatest, you know.”