Bill O'Reilly: Donald Trump on a Roll
By: BillOReilly.com StaffApril 29, 2011
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By Bill O'Reilly

A brand-new Rasmussen poll out Thursday says according to likely voters in the upcoming Republican primaries, Donald Trump now leads the GOP pack with 19 percent; Mitt Romney has 17 percent; Mike Huckabee, 15 percent; Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich are tied at nine percent.

So there's no question that the birther deal has helped Mr. Trump -- at least in the short-term -- among committed Republicans.

However, among all Republican voters, the situation changes drastically. A brand-new Fox News poll says Mitt Romney leads with 19 percent; Huckabee, 17 percent; Palin, 9 percent; and Trump, 8 percent. He's actually down three points in the FNC poll since early April.

But the larger question is: What do independent voters think? We don't know yet, but polling on that should be out shortly.

In the meantime, here is the brand-new BillOReilly.com poll question: In a matchup between Mitt Romney and Donald Trump, who would you support? That should be interesting.

"The Factor" is hearing that the Democratic Party is overjoyed that Donald Trump is disrupting the GOP apparatus. Wednesday night in New York City, President Obama made light of the situation:

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PRESIDENT OBAMA: My name is Barack Obama. I was born in Hawaii, the 50th state of the United States of America. No one checked my ID on the way in. But just in case…

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But this is serious stuff if you think about what's happening inside the Republican Party. Donald Trump has the money to mount a long campaign, and obviously he's taking no prisoners. So the GOP establishment now has to deal with something it could not have imagined just a couple of months ago.

Meantime, the Democrats are trotting out a new strategy to exploit the situation. Here's Barney Frank:

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REP. BARNEY FRANK, D-MASS.: I was driving back from a meeting at a credit union in Massachusetts a week ago listening to the radio to a Republican who was a serious leader of the conservative Republicans in Iowa defending Trump and saying, "We're glad Trump is out there because we want someone to confront Obama." And it really is shameful that the supposedly responsible leadership of the Republican Party has not repudiated him.

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Ah-hah. The Democrats are going to try to brand Republicans as irresponsible, and they'll point to Trump to make their point.

Karl Rove and others say it is early in the presidential election process, but I'm not so sure about that. Mr. Obama is on the road raising huge money. He wants to have $1 billion at his disposal for 2012. The Republicans, meanwhile, are still trying to sort everything out. Advantage: Obama.

And that's "The Memo."

Pinheads & Patriots

Prince Charles is a big player at the royal wedding, even though he has a rather dubious resume.

Click here to see Prince Charles dancing!

Let me say this gently. Some things just should not happen. So is Prince Charles a pinhead or a patriot for that exposition? Please vote on BillOReilly.com.

Wednesday night we brought you a rapidly aging Robin Williams:

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ROBIN WILLIAMS, COMEDIAN: If he's elected president, he's going to turn the White House into a casino.

JOY BEHAR, CO-HOST, "THE VIEW": I think so, yes. That's true.

WILLIAMS: I also believe that the hair is actually "The Donald." That's actually the creature. The moment -- the moment he goes home, Donald gets home at night, he sits down and all of a sudden, the hair goes, "How are we doing today?"

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Well, 89 percent of you felt those remarks were pinheaded; 11 percent patriotic.

— You can catch Bill O'Reilly's "Talking Points Memo" and "Pinheads & Patriots" weeknights at 8 and 11 p.m. ET on the Fox News Channel and any time on foxnews.com/oreilly. Send your comments to: oreilly@foxnews.com.

Transcript Date: 
Thu, 04/28/2011
Transcript Show Name: 
O'Reilly Factor