Barbara. I was wrong.

The Future.

The Future.

Barbara tried to tell me:

I did not expect to ever say this in my lifetime, RL, but you are wrong. Gentlemen, let Martha McCallum bear your children; I can understand that. But for verve, intelligence and charisma, Megyn Kelly is the best person at Fox — male or female — and deserves the prime spot she’s gained.

She was right. Megyn Kelly is the replacement in waiting for Bill O’Reilly. He’s a dimming apologist for old New Deal traditionalists. He doesn’t quite get what’s so wrong about Obama. To him it’s all just politics. We’re supposed to see a cascading series of national catastrophes as hopefully ratings-worthy partisan conflict. “Well, what’s on this side? What’s on that side?” And then bluster, bluster, bluster the difference before he promotes his new book and big words he can’t pronounce, like the Kennedy School dyslexic he is. (Who the hell writes all those books of his?)

Megyn’s new show is faster paced, not so obviously centered on her as some quasi-Cronkite-like presence. Though she is articulate, aggressive, incisive, relentless, sometimes witty, and yet not horribly loud. Her constant question is, what the hell is going on?

She puts up with no nonsense. She’s always in command. She has her facts at her fingertips. (Good ol’ Bill couldn’t cite specifics of polls about Hispanics turning against O he wanted to use as proof in a Juan Williams interview tonight. Wedged them into the next segment instead. Weak.) But Megyn’s not arrogant like Maddow or bullying like O’Reilly. Just a quick, tough host with a two-edged smile.

She’s O’Reilly’s replacement. What do the differences add up to? Something like journalism. Learned more from her show tonight than I learned from the last week of O’Reilly. He’s lazy and dull. She’s sharp and sexy. Oops. Did I say something wrong? I think not.

Barbara. No one else at Fox has this talent. When you’re right you’re right.

3 thoughts on “Barbara. I was wrong.

  1. Thank you, RL. I’m so happy that If I knew where your tents were I’d run down right now with a couple of succulent turkey drumsticks and some sausage and sage stuffing. For Raebert, of course; he’s my main concern, out there in the cold, poor baby.

    You are a gentleman for admitting your error. It will make a difference in my life too, because from here forward I will be able to watch Megyn without distraction from obsessive thoughts like “Did RL hear that question? I hope so.” “Isn’t he noting how carefully she listens, her quick follow up to that evasion,” etc., etc. Now I will be able to focus on the program’s content instead of my fears that you’re watching, unimpressed — possibly even hostile. I pray you can intuit my deep sighs of relief from across the Pacific.

    She’s gorgeous too. And sexy. I know that because every minute her face fills the screen my husband grins, dimples and twinkles his eyes naughtily. Inside his head he’s Cary Grant in a romantic comedy where Megyn’s trying to educate him on the perils of, say, reductions in GNP, while he’s getting ready to interrupt with “You’re so darned cute when you’re mad.” We’re both huge fans, though possibly for different reasons.

    Yes, she’ll take over prime time soon. The times I feel ashamed for conservatives is when I read the ratings O’Reilly and Hannity get. I find both to be unwatchable dullards, the sort of individuals who would inspire thoughts of suicide, along about St. Louis, if you happened to be either’s seatmate on a cross-country Greyhound bus trip. Megyn’s gonna be their downfall (I hope).

  2. P.S. Forgot to mention the thrill I got from seeing my name in your headline. Heh. There’s probably a lot of O’Reilly in me, too.

  3. Lady Barbara. So happy to hear from you. Especially since Lady Laird’s response to my apology post was, and I quote, “What’s with that chin?” And then something about Oz and witches and stuff. She was referring to Megyn, not you. You, she said, are gorgeous.

    Fortunately, Raebert’s back home. Didn’t like tent life. The couch is better somehow.

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