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There is simply nobody more qualified than Stephen Colbert to commemorate Bill O’Reilly’s ouster by Fox News. As the Late Show host said yesterday, “I owe a lot to Bill O’ Reilly. I spent nine years playing a character based largely on him.”

As Colbert acknowledges, they didn’t agree about anything but “he has been a guest on this show and I take no pleasure in his downfall. I’m not going to publicly gloat.” He then asks the producers to take the camera off him so he can gloat privately. Moments later comes a “satellite” appearance by “O’Reilly’s biggest fan, conservative pundit Stephen Colbert.”

Yes, that guy is back again, standing in front of a log structure somewhere in the woods — with an invitation for “Papa Bear” to join him and Jon Stewart in their mountain hideaway, delivered in the most seductive terms.

Back on set, the real Colbert has a few words about the New England Patriots’ visit to the White House and the Georgia Sixth Congressional District primary. It’s all fun, even if O’Reilly was truly “a self-righteous landfill of angry garbage.”

Senatory Lindsey Graham with President Trump

Photo by The White House

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

In a worst-case scenario for Republicans — and a best-case scenario for Democrats — the GOP would not only lose the White House in November, but also, would lose the U.S. Senate and watch Democrats expand their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. Journalists Olivia Beavers and Juliegrace Brufke, in an article for The Hill, discuss the possibility of a major blue wave in November and the fears that Republican activists are expressing behind closed doors.

Some Republicans are privately expressing what Beavers and Brufke describe as a "growing sense of doom." A GOP source, presumably interviewed on condition of anonymity, told The Hill, "If the election were today, we would lose the House, the Senate and the White House."

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