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Bill O'Reilly Comes Unhinged Over the SCOTUS 'Political' Marriage Decision: VIDEO

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Bill O'Reilly argued on his show last night that the Supreme Court has morphed into a political organization, citing the DOMA and Prop 8 cases and linking them to SCOTUS upholding Obama's health care law.

O'Reilly believes SCOTUS is looking for "loopholes" to exploit.

Juan Williams and Mary Katharine Ham joined O'Reilly to analyze the ruling and when Juan Williams told O'Reilly that Roberts "made a decision based on what he thought was in the political best interest of the court" O'Reilly became unhinged, screaming "But that's not his job! That's not his job, Juan!"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Is there anything that O'Reilly doesn't come unhinged over?

    Posted by: Taylor | Jul 2, 2013 10:31:07 AM


  2. Appointing George W. Bush president well in advance of the Constitutional deadlines for voting procedures, and declaring corporations to be legal citizens for political purposes weren't political acts, but defending the 5th Amendment and the Constitutional requirements for standing in federal court is?

    Blowhard. Go away.

    Posted by: Lymis | Jul 2, 2013 10:35:40 AM


  3. @Lymis: Welcome to FOXWorld.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jul 2, 2013 10:41:36 AM


  4. And gutting the VRA was OK?

    Fox isn't news, never has been, it's party pablum for a captive audience.

    Posted by: JONES | Jul 2, 2013 10:47:34 AM


  5. It could be argued that the Supreme Court has morphed into a political organization, with 2 obvious exceptions being the DOMA and Prop 8 cases. As usual, O'Reilly has it backwards.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jul 2, 2013 10:48:25 AM


  6. "Comes unhinged"?

    When was he ever HINGED???

    Posted by: Houndentenor | Jul 2, 2013 10:51:56 AM


  7. And this just has to be said:

    When it comes to conservative wingnuts and other right-wing brainfarters, you guys are taking the very BEST screen grabs to illustrate these articles!

    XD

    Posted by: El | Jul 2, 2013 10:54:07 AM


  8. O'Reilly Falafel Loopholes! We didn't forget.

    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/file/oreilly-falafel-suit-turns-five

    Posted by: NYCangel | Jul 2, 2013 10:57:26 AM


  9. O'Reilly Falafel Loopholes! We didn't forget.

    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/file/oreilly-falafel-suit-turns-five

    Posted by: NYCangel | Jul 2, 2013 10:57:27 AM


  10. SCOTUS became a political organization when they handed down the Bush/Gore decision. Now it's when they vote in a non-partisan fashion when it's the exception.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 2, 2013 10:58:21 AM


  11. What O'Reilly got unhinged about was Roberts supposedly thinking about the "best interests of the Court" in making his rulings. Isn't he right about that? Aren't the justices supposed to rule on the constitutionality of things and not think of how its rulings are going to look?

    Posted by: Jack | Jul 2, 2013 11:02:22 AM


  12. Total nutjob!!!

    Posted by: s | Jul 2, 2013 11:13:22 AM


  13. Poor Bill, he comes unhinged if there is a vagina in the same room as him.

    Posted by: Michael Barber | Jul 2, 2013 11:15:31 AM


  14. I'm with Houndentenor. O'Reilly can't *come* unhinged because he hasn't been hinged in recent memory. The are shutters in OK City that are more firmly attached than Bill O'Reilly's sanity!

    Posted by: Caliban | Jul 2, 2013 11:22:14 AM


  15. Jack: No, O'Reilly is wrong even there. The Supreme Court cannot enforce its own rulings. It relies on other branches of government for that. For the Court to retain its effectiveness, then, it must retain its legitimacy. It must not only do justice, it must *be seen* to be doing justice.

    The Court has been a political entity since 1789, when it was invested with the fundamental political authority of the judiciary.

    Posted by: BABH | Jul 2, 2013 11:36:22 AM


  16. Faux News never disappoints. Fair and balanced all the way!

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jul 2, 2013 11:36:34 AM


  17. I bet he cheered the Voting Rights Act decision. And every single other decision that went his way.

    Posted by: Steve | Jul 2, 2013 11:38:33 AM


  18. I lost count of how many times he used the word "loophole." This was an opportunity to get a right-wing meme to combat the SCOTUS ruling that doesn't make them happy.

    Posted by: Troy | Jul 2, 2013 12:42:13 PM


  19. HEY, BILL-O! why didn't you add the Citizen's United (CUB) decision with them? as well as the workplace harassment decision and the other 'activist' standings he & the others did just this year? they ain't much different.......

    Posted by: mike/ | Jul 2, 2013 1:00:57 PM


  20. Society's progress seems directly proportional to an increase in conservative unhingement. DOMA's repeal is now excoriated as a political maneuver yet it's passing was not. Nothing should surprise us by now how conservatives react - bullies in triumph and sore losers in defeat.

    Posted by: Homer | Jul 2, 2013 1:01:20 PM


  21. It's been a long time since I had civics class but wouldn't it have been impossible to challenge the constitutionality of DOMA when it was enacted in 1996, because marriage equality wasn't legal in any of the states at that time?

    I always thought that the only way to challenge the constitutionality of a law is to have a court case that makes it's way up to the Supreme Court. Since marriage equality first happened in Massachusetts, there was nobody in 1996 who could bring a lawsuit forward.

    It would be like Congress voting to outlaw IVF in 1900. It would be impossible to challenge the constitutionality of that law until it was possible to even have IVF treatment.

    At that point, once someone was denied IVF treatment, they could sue and, if that lawsuit made it to the Supreme Court, the law could be declared unconstitutional.

    Posted by: Bob | Jul 2, 2013 2:46:51 PM


  22. Republicans have this fascination with the eighteenth century. They just can't let it go. Ah, the glory days! Every now and then the twenty-first century interferes and they go nutz.

    "Everybody equal?", harrumphed the elephant, "That's not what our white Caucasian Christian forefathers meant at all! It isn't, it isn't, it isn't!!!" ...and they bang their rattles against the sides of their cribs for emphasis.

    Posted by: Time Marches On | Jul 2, 2013 3:01:09 PM


  23. Not a good debate at all. They got their facts wrong and don't know the law very well. Prop 8 was a Roberts decision, not Kennedy, and had they taken the case they could have still ruled against Prop 8. His real beef should be with Gov. Brown and the federal district court. There were no cases against DOMA in '96 because there were no gay marriages anywhere at the time. The DOMA case has no bearing on how states define marriage so there's no danger polygamy will be coming down the pike.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 2, 2013 3:33:53 PM


  24. I am tired of the far-rights cry of judicial activism. Many of us didn't like the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission SCOTUS ruling --- It's time to just shut-up ---
    I wish the far-right would take all this money and energy and use it to actually help people instead of trying to hold down people.
    I guess insecure people feel the only way they can assert themselves is to try to hold down other people. Get a life; help a life!

    Posted by: Daya | Jul 2, 2013 3:50:18 PM


  25. He needs to leave and go shopping for loofahs.

    Posted by: greenfuzz | Jul 2, 2013 4:20:10 PM


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