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.