Dennis Miller Debates Patriot Act, Prods Walters to Call Pelosi 'Terrific'

After some very controversial remarks on Wednesday’s edition of The View comedian and neoconservative Dennis Miller appeared on Thursday. After discussing John McCain’s announcement and the recent feud between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, Miller joked about Nancy Pelosi’s rapidly blinking eyes, leading Barbara Walters to defend her as "terrific." Miller also debated Rosie O’Donnell on the finer points of the Patriot Act. The exchanges are below.

Joy Behar: "How about Nancy Pelosi, what do you think of her?"

Dennis Miller: "Well, listen. If they pick her as the VP, I’m not going to be able to watch State of the Unions. Because if she is back there like, with the blink- it looks like she was signaling the Carpathia that she hit an iceberg or something."

Barbara Walters: "I think she’s terrific."

Miller: "Yeah I know she is because you both like those Hermes scarfs that, you know, that they wear."

Walters: "That’s not why- watch it buddy. That’s not why I think she’s terrific."


Dennis Miller: "Now I’m for George Bush right now, and guess what, if Hillary Clinton’s our next president I’m for her. We’re in a bad bind right now. We have to get behind our guy. [Applause] We got to stop all this fighting."

 Joy Behar: "Even if he's delusional and wrong?"

Miller: "Listen it is a beau- it's a tough job. I might think Hillary’s delusional if she gets in and decides to pull out. All I'm saying is I'm on this country's side right now and I'm behind our guy."


Behar: "So are we."

O’Donnell: "But Dennis, do you believe- Wait a minute."

Behar: "We're all on this country's side."

Rosie O’Donnell: "Don't you believe democracy demands dissent? Don’t you believe that like the Patriot Act has robbed us of us our civil liberties in this country, that fear has taken over from faith in democracy, in the Constitution?"

Miller: "No I don't."

O’Donnell: "I do."

Elisabeth Hasselbeck: "In terms of war don't you think it should be a little different, Dennis?"

Miller: "You know, the whole thing about the library books that they don't want people checking library books, I swear to God, Rosie, just research this so the next time we talk, I don't think that statute has been used once."

O’Donnell: "The Patriot Act?"

Miller: "No, no, the looking in to people's library record. Now listen when Woodward and Bernstein looked into Howard Hunt's library records, it was thought to be one of the seminal moments in American democracy. It’s thought to be a benchmark moment of what this country’s about. Now listen, if we want to Ramzi al Kaboom because he took four bomb cookbooks out in a month, all of a sudden it’s wrong? We’ve got to stop the acrimony."

O’Donnell: "If we sacrifice liberty for perceived security-"

Miller: "We’re not Rosie."

O’Donnell: "- you don't deserve either."

Miller: "You know what? Listen, I’ll agree with you up to a point but if you're asking me if I don't want to check phone calls between here and Saudi Arabia and Iraq, just to be free and blown up, I don’t agree with you."

O’Donnell: "You can check anything. It’s not just Iraq. They can check anything. And it’s un-American. But, anyway we like you still."

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