Laura Ingraham hosted "The O'Reilly Factor" on August 7th. The "Talking Points Memo" focused on the recent spate of townhalls in which attendees have been very vocal in their questioning of legislators on proposed health care reform and the Democrats attacks on these citizens exercising their First Amendment right of free speech.
Ingraham spoke to Juan Williams about this and Williams said that the poll numbers favored Obama's health care reforms until the GOP and conservatives started criticizing the reforms that were being rushed through Congress - while Ingraham noted that this is their right to ask questions and comments.
Ingraham spoke to GOP strategist Kellyanne Conway and pollster Scott Rasmussen about President Obama's falling poll numbers, particularly in the areas of health care, the economy and the deficit. Rasmussen said that unless the economy turns around, his approval ratings will dip below 50% and he will have difficulty with his agenda and Democrats will have problems keeping Congressional seats. The difference between his personal popularity and that of his agenda were noted.
Ingraham spoke to Roll Call's Paul Singer about the Congress ordering up $500 million worth of jets to ferry them around and the rank hypocrisy of this given that various members excoriated auto executives for their use of corporate jets when they were coming to Congress to beg for bailout money.
Ingraham spoke to Lt. Col Ralph Peters about the Obama administration not using the term "the war on terror" instead employing various vague terms to describe the US and coalition forces efforts in Afghanistan. Peters pointed out that this is a very tough fight and that downgrading what it really is is inappropriate and that the soft power approach may not work in this rugged and very traditionally Islamic country.
Ingraham spoke to Missouri conservative Kenneth Gladney who also happens to be an African-American and who was beaten at the townhall being held by Congressman Russ Carnahan. Gladney said he had set up a table and was distributing buttons and flags when he was attacked by four men and was eventually hospitalized overnight. His lawyer who was with him at the event confirmed Gladney's account.