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Eric Bolling Takes on Bernie Goldberg, Defends Cruz Filibuster on O’Reilly

The Five co-host Eric Bolling appeared on The O’Reilly Factor Thursday night to address the criticism lobbed his way by frequent O’Reilly guest Bernie Goldberg as well as the substance of the criticism: whether Ted Cruz‘s tactics on Obamacare are working. Bill O’Reilly argued that Republicans just sitting back and letting “chaos” ensue would be better for them in the short term.

Bolling said Goldberg’s a “nice enough guy,” so he didn’t understand why he took the personal shot. O’Reilly acknowledged that Goldberg came across as “snippy” and “condescending,” but acknowledged his basic point about Cruz’s potentially damaging strategy for the GOP.

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Bolling said Cruz knew he wouldn’t change anything, instead playing it smart and forcing the liberal media to actually cover this. O’Reilly suggested that instead of preventing Obamacare implementation, they should “allow this tsunami of chaos to overwhelm President Obama and his party” and they get the benefits. When O’Reilly denounced the “personal animus” from conservatives against “squishy” moderate Republicans, Bolling pointed out that John McCain started it by calling Ted Cruz and Rand Paul “wacko birds.”

O”Reilly said, “We don’t justify bad behavior by pointing to other bad behavior!”

Watch the video below, via Fox News:

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