When something goes down a bit off-color on live television, the best place to read the pulse of the nation is online on Twitter. Moments after the debate ended on Thursday evening, People began to remark that Fox host Bill O’Reilly seemed to be a bit more off than usual.

Was he drunk?

As users online pointed out, the classic signs were there. Slurred speech, seeming inability to focus, and a general loss of control. Twitter virtuoso and comedian Patton Oswalt kicked off the observations.


First, there was the near-miss of O’Reilly almost spouting the “Saturday Night Live” intro as he brought the debate back to New Yor – erm, Detroit.

 
Then there was this:

Was that a drunk hiccup, or did O’Reilly forget how to say “durability”? Either way, it doesn’t look good for the Republican scumbag. But then again he is standing on the literal representation of the dying party he helped to murder. I might be getting a bit drunk too if I were him.

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Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at srobinson@ringoffireradio.com