Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly expressed shock — and dismay — at what he called some conservatives' "demeaning" comments about presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.
O'Reilly, in his Talking Points Memo, lashed out Thursday at conservatives' attacks on the former House speaker's conservative credentials.
"I'm surprised by the right wing," O'Reilly said. "I've known the speaker for about 10 years and to me, he's a bona fide conservative.
"He may wander off the reservation sometimes but that just shows he's not a zombie."
While some conservative voters question Gingrich's conservative stance, others see him as "an avenger and someone who won't take any guff from the president or the media," O'Reilly said.
The irony of conservatives attacking a conservative was not lost on O'Reilly.
"A year ago, if somebody told me that the committed right would be attacking Newt Gingrich on ideology, I would have laughed. Scornfully! But that is what's happening today," O'Reilly said.
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