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O'REILLY: In the "Personal Story" Segment tonight, how is she doing? How is Hillary Clinton performing in the Senate after 100 days?
With us now from Washington is a reporter who is tracking Mrs. Clinton, Vincent Morris from The New York Post.
Has Mrs. Clinton accomplished anything in the first hundred days?
VINCENT MORRIS, "HILLARY WATCH" COLUMNIST: Well, that's a good question, and it depends what you mean by accomplished. She's -- has she changed the lives of any Americans? No, probably not. But in the world of the Senate where things get done in very small increments, she thinks she's on the right path towards getting some legislation approved.
O'REILLY: Oh, so she's -- well, she's on the path. What -- what path? What legislation? What's the first thing...
MORRIS: She's introduced...
O'REILLY: ... she's going to do?
MORRIS: She's introduced some bills. She's yet to have hearings on anything significant, but...
O'REILLY: Any -- anything that you see that has promise?
MORRIS: Well, she has a bill for -- for redevelopment for upstate New York, and that has promise, but that bill is a long way from being approved. It hasn't been...
O'REILLY: All right. So she's trying to -- she's trying to build her base up there because she knows she needs that to win again.
O'REILLY: All right. Now does she ever see her husband?
MORRIS: They don't see one another that often, but, interestingly, you know, they just came off of vacation together, and the former president is in Washington this week. So she has been seeing him.
O'REILLY: All right. Where did they go on vacation? I mi -- I was on vacation, so I -- maybe I missed that. Where did they go?
MORRIS: Yeah. They went to the Dominican Republic, but a lot of people missed it because there wasn't really much coverage of it. It was sort of hush-hush.
O'REILLY: How long were they gone?
MORRIS: About a week.
O'REILLY: About a week?
MORRIS: They went around Easter.
O'REILLY: In the Dominican Republic. OK. That's fine.
Now she's not going to the Yankees celebration with President Bush on Friday. The New York Yankee, world champions. They're getting their accolades, you know, from the president. She's not showing up to that. A lot of eyebrows being raised. Why isn't she going?
MORRIS: Well, she says that she has a long-standing obligation to speak at a teachers' conference in Rochester on Friday. It sort of depends. She...
O'REILLY: What do you think?
MORRIS: Well, I know she's going.
O'REILLY: She's going to Rochester.
MORRIS: She's going to Rochester. She's not going...
O'REILLY: Yeah. Well, why isn't she going over to -- see, this is a photo op that almost every New York politician would dive in to get.
MORRIS: Sure. And there will be a lot of New York politicians there.
O'REILLY: Yeah. Schumer will be there.
MORRIS: Well, I'm not positive Schumer will be there.
MORRIS: I asked him yesterday, and he wasn't -- he wasn't sure, but...
O'REILLY: I bet you Schumer...
MORRIS: ... I'll bet he'll find a way to get there.
O'REILLY: Yeah. I bet you Schumer shows up with a little hat on, you know. So -- but why -- what's the message, that Hillary Clinton is just not going to do anything or never going to cooperate with President Bush, never going to be in his purview at all, just forget it?
MORRIS: I -- I don't think she's trying -- going out of her way to slight the president or the Yankees. I think she -- she likes the Yankees, and she's willing to give President Bush a chance, but she only found out about this...
O'REILLY: All right. So you're accepting her...
MORRIS: ... about the Yankees yesterday.
O'REILLY: You're accepting her -- had another previous engagement.
MORRIS: I'm accepting it at face value.
O'REILLY: But you know what?
MORRIS: She says she only...
O'REILLY: You know what's interesting? She wouldn't go to the World Series, the subway series, because she was afraid she was going to get booed. That's why she wouldn't go because...
MORRIS: Right. In fact...
O'REILLY: ... every politician was there.
MORRIS: I know. She hasn't been to a game in a long time.
O'REILLY: No. She won't. She doesn't make personal appearances like that unless she's guaranteed that there won't be any acrimony directed toward her. Now I don't see Mrs. Clinton as being a force in the Senate, and to be fair, it's very hard for a rookie senator to go in and make any kind of splash, although she has major money and name recognition. Do you see her being a force?
MORRIS: Well, she's not a force yet, but I do -- because of that name, that Clinton name, there's a certain mystique there, and the fact that she, you know, has ambitions. You know, she wants to be a great senator. That's...
O'REILLY: But I don't think she's got the gray matter to do it. I don't think she's smart enough to do it.
O'REILLY: No, I'm being -- you know me. I just don't think she's smart enough to do it.
MORRIS: Oh, I don't know. You may be selling her short. She's pretty crafty.
MORRIS: She's -- she's learned the rules pretty quickly. I really...
O'REILLY: But there's a difference between crafty, though, and smart. You know, I looked at her record in Arkansas when she was in charge of education. Terrible. And we all knew what happened with the health-care thing. I just don't think she's that smart. I mean, I know she went to Yale and all that, but -- you know...
O'REILLY: I don't like her anyway, but...
MORRIS: Well, she did get elected from New York, so...
O'REILLY: Yeah. She was smart enough to get elected from New York, Mr. Morris. Undeniable. And thank you very much. We appreciate it.
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