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|"With the first primary votes less than two months away, it's time for The Factor to begin our presidential coverage in earnest. We'll have two correspondents roaming the country, asking the candidates questions that are important to you. That way the contenders will not be able to dodge us. The latest polling data is in, and here is how I see this thing. Even though Hillary Clinton took a hit in last week's debate, she is still just about a lock for the Democratic nomination. Senator Obama is very talented, but his campaign advisors have restricted access to him, which has destroyed his chances. John Edwards has no chance, it is a vanity run. On the Republican side, Pat Robertson's endorsement of Rudy Giuliani solidifies his lead and makes him the big favorite. Senator McCain has made a comeback of sorts, but illegal immigration has hurt him dramatically. Senator Thompson's campaign remains a mess and he has no shot. Governor Romney is waging a smart and well-organized campaign, and if anyone can defeat Giuliani, it is Romney. In the general campaign, Senator Clinton will be the favorite, with the American media on her side and unlimited funds from the left. Mayor Giuliani could give her a good run because many independents and conservative Democrats will vote for him; if Romney is the nominee, it will be harder. So there you have it, concise and up to the minute."|
The Factor called on conservative pundit Monica Crowley for her analysis of the Democratic field. "I think there's more of a race than you let on," Crowley stated. "The debate last week was a total disaster for Hillary Clinton, and it has shattered her aura of invincibility. Politics is all about perception and momentum, and the polls are going in the wrong direction for her." Turning to the GOP, Democrat strategist Liz Chadderdon predicted a rough road for Rudy Giuliani. "I think Pat Robertson's endorsement of Giuliani is not going to hold much weight with hard core conservatives who are the party's base. The man is more liberal on social issues than I am. He's 'Mr. 9/11,' but there are voters in South Carolina who want to talk about abortion and gay marriage. Truthfully, I think Governor Mike Huckabee is the sleeper in this race."
News Link: Latest presidential polls
|After marijuana was found in his backpack, a 17-year-old Tucson student was reported to police, who discovered that the young man and his family were here illegally. The family was deported to Mexico, setting off a protest by other students and school officials. The Factor welcomed Arizona Republic columnist Joe Garcia, who accused immigration officials of overzealousness. "Does the punishment fit the crime? In this case, I don't think it does. Even his brother was yanked out of middle school and deported. There has to be some compassion and humanity and logic." But The Factor endorsed the deportation. "Any illegal immigrant who commits a crime has to go, which is why I have no sympathy for the boy and his family. They shouldn't be here in the first place."|
News Link: Student deported, protests erupt
|At Waukegan High in Illinois, two self-proclaimed lesbians were voted the school's "cutest couple." Psychiatry professor Laura Berman called it a positive step in the acceptance of gays. "Homosexually is becoming, thankfully, more normalized. Many teens are very clear that they are seriously attracted to the same sex, and these girls are not flaunting their sexuality any more or less than a heterosexual couple. If they're in love, they have the same right to express their love." The Factor called the "cutest couple" honor inappropriate for a high school. "A lot of parents don't want to normalize homosexuality in a public setting among minors. Private behavior belongs in private settings, not in the high school yearbook."|
News Link: Lesbians voted "cutest couple" at high school
|When former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw appeared on the "Brian and the Judge" radio program, the hosts asked him about reports that Rosie O'Donnell would join MSNBC. It was a subject Brokaw was not eager to address, saying "that's somebody else's responsibility." FNC's Judge Andrew Napolitano elaborated on Brokaw's evasiveness. "He was warm and charming, and he was on to sell his new book. But he did not want to talk about Rosie, who is the epitome of irresponsibility. MSNBC is a left-wing network, but she is far beyond left-wing." The Factor again questioned the wisdom of hiring O'Donnell. "General Electric, which owns NBC, has to know she is the 'epitome of irresponsibility. You have a major corporation paying a woman millions of dollars because she is irresponsible."|
|The Factor was next joined by Dennis Miller, who gave his observations on the rash of anti-war movies, including "Lions for Lambs" with Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. "I want our troops to know," Miller said, "that there are some people in Hollywood who are going to flirt with saying our kids are the bad guys. We know they aren't. Listen, I need one thing from Robert Redford, I need great movies. I could care less what he thinks about anything. I need one thing from Meryl Streep, and it's not 'The Muslim Wears Prada,' it's her great acting." Miller, a staunch Giuliani supporter, was downright giddy over Rev. Pat Robertson's endorsement of his candidate. "It is seismic, if not Krakatau-ian, in nature. This is the first time we've had the right schism off and say there's something more important than abortion, and that's not getting blown up."|
News Link: Pat Robertson endorses Rudy
|Internet cop Mary Katharine Ham began her segment with the news that Amy Fisher, formerly known as the "Long Island Lolita," may soon be "exposed" on the web. "The announcement came that Amy Fisher has a sex tape coming out. Conveniently enough, the tape was sold to the company releasing it by her then-estranged husband, who she is now back together with. She's been making money off this incident for many years, and it's awfully convenient that her estranged husband sold this video." Ham also revealed another sordid site on the Internet. "There's a former cop who thinks the 'war on drugs' is a bad idea, so he tells drug dealers how to evade police drug busts." The Factor denounced the ex-cop and others who encourage bad behavior. "These people are just vile and it gets worse and worse."|
News Link: Amy Fisher sex tape floating around
|Wednesday's Patriot: Male model Fabio, who reportedly got into a shoving match with George Clooney. The Factor lauded Fabio for one simple reason: "Clooney says some nasty things about us, so we're taking Fabio's side. Yes, we're that shallow." And the Pinhead: The anti-war group Code Pink, which put on a mock waterboarding demonstration. "We would be happy," The Factor quipped, "to set up a real waterboarding experience for Code Pink."|
News Link: Clooney and Fabio in shoving match
News Link: Code Pink stages waterboarding protest
|A sampling of your emails:|
Brent Hazel, Phoenix, AZ: "Bill, as a GE stockholder, I object to Jeffrey Immelt hiring Rosie O'Donnell. Jack Welch would have never done that."
Verna Charter, Eagle Rock, MO: "If Rosie joins NBC News, I will never watch it. But I'll continue to pray for her."
Gloria McNay, Mobile, AL: "O'Reilly, what's the big deal? Rosie is very nice."