Can Anyone Save America?
By: Bill O'ReillyDecember 16, 2015
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First, a brief recap of last night's debate.

Trump dominated the conversation afterward because of his testy exchanges with Jeb Bush.

Those who liked Trump going in still like him.

Those who find him lacking still find him lacking.

Jeb Bush was more feisty than usual but with nine folks on the stage, his time was limited and he will most likely not see too much benefit.

Ben Carson did not score many points and his descent in the polls will probably continue.

The Cruz-Rubio back and forth was interesting.

Both men are articulate.  Cruz is more conservative, Rubio a bigger threat to Hillary Clinton should he get the nomination.

Chris Christie scored points on fighting terrorism and that should help his numbers in New Hampshire, where he is making his stand.

Carly Fiorina, Rand Paul and John Kasich were fine, but none of them did enough to move their poll numbers in my opinion.

After the debate Charles Krauthammer and I had our own back and forth over Trump.

Charles believes the man is unqualified to be president and says some of Trump's statements are quote “nonsensical.”

I see it differently.

Donald Trump understands the anger sweeping America today and is tapping into that anger.

He is not concerned that much with policy; he is running on emotion.

His campaign strategy has been brilliant, but if you take what he says literally he can be a frightening guy.

I see many of his statements as over the top rhetoric designed to get him votes, not necessarily in-stone policy pronouncements.

That's my job as an analyst to alert you as to what is going on.

Dan Rather, God help me, sees it the same way:

DAN RATHER, FORMER CBS NEWS ANCHOR“So each time he says something that strikes even a majority of the population at large as outrageous, it's a tactical move to appeal to the more conservative hard right -- if you like the phrase -- base that heavily influences the outcome of primary caucuses.  So I would prefer to see these as tactical moves, but they can be very dangerous.  What he said about Muslims -- and, let’s not delve into his motives on things -- but the effect of that is a great advantage for ISIS.”

For the record, I don't think anything Trump or any other politician says helps or hurts ISIS.

What could hurt is alienating Muslim nations who might help the USA defeat these savages, and I told that to Mr. Trump last week on this broadcast.

Finally, Talking Points does not endorse candidates, does not root, does not promote.

I am a registered independent who watches all powerful people and holds them to account.

Trump has brought politics center-stage by sheer force of personality and that is a good thing.

Whether or not he would be a good president is quite something else.

And that is for you to decide.

And that is the memo.


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