Tim Russert, Paul Krugman, and Rowdy Roddy O’Reilly

Hope you got a chance to see Tim Russert’s interview show on CNBC this weekend, because it was a classic. His guests were Paul Krugman and Bill O’Reilly.

Now, it should be noted that I’m the only one of the 4 contributors at Will Carroll Presents who has defended O’Reilly, as I’ve felt that he is no rabid conservative, but a instead a Republican populist. Well I need to reform my point of view, because O’Reilly was completely rabid, doing his best to yell and use his imposing size to physically intimidate Krugman. (O’Reilly is 6 feet 4 and Krugman doesn’t look like a guy who could beat up ESPN’s John Clayton.)

Truly a pathetic appearance by O’Reilly, as he acted more like one of the Fabulous Freebirds than he did a responsible journalist. Krugman is not the most eloquent speaker (I mean he’s an economist), but he did a good job of keeping his dignity, while The FACTOR yelled at him like he was Al Franken, incarnate.

The most interesting part of the show was watching Russert, who I couldn’t determine if he was in shock or was trying not to laugh. Truly a surreal show.