As far as moving the Republican Party further into the conservative precincts, the numbers simply aren't there. Exit polling found that 35 percent of voters described themselves as conservative right now; 25 percent liberal; 41 percent moderate.
So while the right is still powerful, ideology is not going to win the national election any longer. The President is indeed a liberal guy. But he ran as a populist who wants to give working Americans a break. His acolytes pushed the far left nonsense. He didn't.
However, behind the scenes Mr. Obama has embraced just about every far-left cause. And that is cause for concern. Because in his final term, only the House of Representatives stands between Barack Obama and a far left ideological administration. Thank God for that check and balance.
On a personal note, Americans who voted for Mitt Romney are understandably disappointed tonight. But should accept the situation setting themselves up as the loyal opposition. That's the way it's always been in America.
I believe things happen for a reason. And that fate swings hard and in unexpected ways. President Obama won fair and square, to use a cliche, and we should all respect the vote.
What's very important to me is that you, whom I'm sworn to look out for, were satisfied with The Factor's election coverage. About 40,000 of you voted in our BillO'Reilly.com poll; and 80 percent believe we were fair while 20 percent dissent. I will read some of those dissenting letters at the end of the broadcast.
But even more impressive was that more than seven million Americans watched this program, The Factor, on Monday evening the night before the vote. By far, the largest audience of any prime time news program. The reason? We tell it straight, fact-based and nothing hidden. You may not agree with me on everything but what we do here is fair, bold and sometimes fresh and not beholden to anyone.
And that's the way elections should be covered.
And that's "The Memo."
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