Fox News announced it hired longtime Democratic strategist-cum-pundit James Carville as a network contributor, meaning he’ll be making more appearances like the one he made in December with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. To tee up that conversation, O’Reilly cited a Fox News poll finding that 67 percent wanted to see a delay in the implementation of Obamacare. Carville opined that there should be no delay. This discussion ensued:
O’Reilly: All right, I’m sorry to be rude. It really doesn’t matter what you think, James, because 69 [sic] percent of the country wants it to be delayed. So it’s 69 [sic] percent against Carville.
Carville: All right, Bill. You asked my opinion. I gave it to you.
O’Reilly: No, no, no. No, I asked your opinion on the fairness of it, not the worthiness of it, the fairness of it.
Carville: Look, 60 percent of the people believe that the earth is 5,000 years old or something. That doesn’t mean that it’s right. I think it’s working better and I thought all along that it’s going to work. And I think it — I think it will. And as we go further into the year, I think you are going to see support increase for it.
O’Reilly: So you think it’s fair to impose this system even though seven out of 10 Americans feel it’s unfair and they want it delayed?
Carville: Right. I think it’s. . . .
O’Reilly: You are taking that contrarian point of view.
O’Reilly: Would it not be fair to delay it a year? If it’s so good according James Carville — so worthy, so necessary is it going to be worthy, necessary and good this time next year?
Carville: I think now that we’re making real progress and insurance companies now see it’s going to work to put half a billion dollars worth of advertising in it, I think it would be ridiculous.
O’Reilly: Well they are doing that because they make money, not because they think it’s going to work.
Carville: Well, again they think it’s going to work.
O’Reilly: It’s going to work for them. Are you flacking for the insurance companies?
Fox News contributors must get paid well.