Dennis Miller sounds off on FOX haters, Bush's Latin American tour

This is a partial transcript from "The O'Reilly Factor," March 14, 2007, that has been edited for clarity.

BILL O'REILLY, HOST: Thanks for staying with us. I'm Bill O'Reilly.

In the "Miller Time" segment tonight, our intrepid social observer is a very busy guy. His national radio program on Westwood One debuts March 26. And he's appearing in Vegas April 6th through the 8th at the Orleans Hotel with Charo. Is that true? Dennis Miller joins us now.


O'REILLY: She's not on the booking, but she'll be there.

MILLER: I'll have your name (ph). Right.

O'REILLY: Indeed. Charo and Dennis Miller, everybody. All right. You've been on the program for about two months.


O'REILLY: And now you go out, and people obviously see you here, and at the same time, FOX is being attacked by the far left bloggers. They hate us. Has any of that spilled over? Have you felt anything like that? How do people see you now that you're on the program?

MILLER: It's my — it's my airport theory, Bill. When I walk through an airport, you'll hear a lot of, "Hey, Dennis, love you on FOX. Love you on FOX."

Now, when you get to the VIP lounge of that airport, probably somebody who's not going to dig you on FOX as much. It's the swells to a large degree.

O'REILLY: OK. But they never say anything to you, do they?

MILLER: I would say this. First off, all my good friends in Hollywood have never said a thing to me except they're glad I have a job. A lot of them don't dig FOX. A lot of people out in Hollywood I know seem to hate FOX in absentia. I don't think, honest to God, that many of them have ever seen it. It's sort of a buzz word. O'Reilly, Halliburton. You know what I mean?

O'REILLY: Yes, sure. But that's because they live on the far left Web sites that spit out this propaganda on a daily basis. Do you look at those?

MILLER: Yes, I do, because I don't want to — one of the things that draws my ire is when people don't try to consider all of it. And I don't want to become that person. So I will read the Daily Kos. And I'll go on to the Huffington Post. And I also listen to Limbaugh. I'm trying to get all of it.


MILLER: And one thing I've noticed about these blogs is they've turned into the ideological equivalent of "Girls Gone Wild". They'll open up in the morning, and they'll say something really outlandish or preposterous with Cheney as far as, you know, I'm trying to kill him. And somebody immediately goes on and says, "Wish they had got him." That's the flash.

O'REILLY: Right.

MILLER: And then by noon, Arianna comes in, pulls it, takes it off. You know, says well, we won't have that here. They get the flack.

O'REILLY: The far left blogs are the "Girls Gone Wild" of the political arena. I like that. I like that.

MILLER: Listen, I think people are making a mistake, though, in not considering FOX to be a major player in this next election.

O'REILLY: Of course it is.

MILLER: It's — I don't want to get into the details. I don't exactly know what's going on right now. But I will say this. I think there are more people who are going to be predisposed to get up that morning, like an adult, go right to the voting booth, and they're going to be watching FOX. I think the people in Kos might be at home blogging.

O'REILLY: The independent studies say more liberals and independents watch this network than conservatives. I mean, you combine the liberal and independent, there's more. So you would think that they would went — look, anybody has a problem with "The Factor", they're invited on here to tell me what their problem is, and they'll be treated respectfully.

Now, south of the border, we have this big dog and pony show in the Yucatan with President Calderon and President Bush.

Now I'm saying to myself, this is a big charade. Neither one of these people really wants to solve the immigration problem. Calderon makes far too much money with narco-trafficante (ph) dollars and illegals sending money home. And President Bush has made the calculation that anything he does is going to hurt the Republican Party with votes.

So they're both going, "Yes, we're going to do it. We're going to do it." But they're really not.

MILLER: They're both down there hedging their pesos. I see where Bush, though, came back into the country illegally in the middle of the night last night so that the L.A. Times would finally write something nice about him. He snuck back in, as I understand.

O'REILLY: Calderon was a coyote. I loved it when Bush went, "the coyotes." And I was like "Whoa!" He's got the pronunciation down.

MILLER: You know my theory on Bush with Mexico is he started out as — with the silver spoon.

O'REILLY: Right.

MILLER: And he made that long mosey from Yale to ya'll. I think he feels reflexive guilt about his childhood. So he likes to — befriends these people. It's genuine. I think...

O'REILLY: It is genuine. When I asked him, and I asked him really tough before the 2004 — before the 2004 election. I asked him, "Hey, you know, your immigration policy is ridiculous." I didn't say that, ridiculous. But I said, a lot of people aren't liking this.

He said to me that's my policy. He does feel sorry for the migrants, for the people. But at the same time the unintended consequences are through the roof. They're terrific.

MILLER: You know something? I think your interview with President Bush points out the quandary here. And I always say to people when I hear you're about to interview him, I go, "Watch O'Reilly interview the president. I'm telling you, it's not a lay down. There's respect for the office."

O'REILLY: Have to. Right.

MILLER: As he does. Bush, completely respectful of the office. He's the president, but he respects the presidency. But I've watched you interview him, and I thought good for him for stepping up to that.

O'REILLY: Yes, I mean, Cheney won't — Cheney will not — we have asked Cheney at least 50 times to come on the program. And you know — you know what he said to Leahy? Remember that, the senator from Vermont?

MILLER: Oh, yes. Said the same thing?

O'REILLY: Yes. That's what he's saying to me. He won't come on. But when John Kerry came on, it was the same kind of thing.

MILLER: I saw Kerry, the interview.

O'REILLY: I respected him when he was on. He answered the questions. He admitted that he was foolish for not coming on in 2004. Because again we had a lot of independents watching here; it's not all right wingers.

MILLER: Well, the — listen. The Dems best watch that. They need to be on here if they think they're going to win this next election.

O'REILLY: Now Rudy Giuliani is your man, and you're going to campaign for him. That's the first time you've really campaigned for anyone.

MILLER: Well — listen, Giuliani and I coincide a lot more than Bush and I. I just admire Bush's stance at this time in history against radical Islamic fundamentalism. I think he knows it's going to make him hated for the rest of his time on this planet. And I look at that, and I go, wow, I don't see that in a politician. That makes me respect him.

Socially, there are a lot of things I don't agree with Bush on. I'm actually more in simpatico with Rudy Giuliani. I just know that when I watch that Obey guy and Pelosi the other day talking about our extraction from Iraq, did you see that? They were talking about Representative Obey and Nancy Pelosi.


MILLER: They couldn't even get the dates right. It was like Burton and Liz when they were drinking at noon. It was just so crazy out there. I remember watching that thinking for God's sakes, this Obey guy is like denser than Iridium, No. 77 on the periodic chart.

O'REILLY: That's what Congress ought to do, trying to explain — but you know, that's why Democrats here on these blogs, because we'll come after them. They're going to cannibalize their own. They're after Pelosi now. I mean, you know, Cindy Sheehan and her crew, they're throwing stuff at Pelosi's house.

MILLER: Well, listen, Cindy Sheehan, you and I differ a little on once you lose your kid you're so devastated I don't even — you know what I mean? God bless her. She can say whatever she wants. She paid the ultimate ante in my book. Even if it's anti-American, it's a mother who lost her kid, and I can't imagine. So you know, like she can — I'm giving her a pass. I'm just so heartbroken.

O'REILLY: All right. You and David Letterman, you can do that all day long. All right, Dennis Miller, everybody. We'll see you next week.

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