Last night on Real Time, Bill Maher asked the most vexing question of the American political season: Why do so many conservatives think Obama's such a dangerous radical stalimaoinazi?
[Obama] didn't go on a spending spree. He didn't break up the too-big-to-fail banks. They've only gotten bigger. And fail-ier. That's not what liberals wanted. That's what conservatives wanted.
At the 2008 convention, Sarah Palin chanted "drill baby drill!" Under Obama, there's more drilling than ever. That's not what environmentalists wanted. That's what conservatives wanted.
Obama spent most of last year conceding the Republican premise that government needed cutting. That's not what progressives wanted. That's what the Tea Party wanted.
The Dow was at 7949 when he took office. Now it's 12000 and over, and corporate profits are at their highest ever. If he's a socialist, he's a lousy one. He could not be less threatening if he was walking home with ice tea and Skittles.
So the question remains. How could you guys be so unhappy with Obama while I'm so unhappy with Obama? You think you got coal in your stocking? I wanted single payer health care, a carbon emissions bill, gun control and legalized pot. If you get to carry around all this outrage over me getting that sh*t, shouldn't I have gotten it?
So just admit it. This isn't about what Obama is. it's about what you need him to be. Because hating him is what gets you up in the morning.
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Talk show host Bill Maher appeared on fellow talk show host Conan O'Brien's talk show last night to talk about President Obama's support for same-sex marriage and journalist Andrew Sullivan's claim that the commander-in-chief is the nation's first gay president.
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Bill Maher's MO is to take one excellent idea and coat it with a fine dusting of nuttery. (Maher is, for example, vocally pro-science and pro-reason, but he's famously skeptical of the germ theory of disease and "Western Medicine" in general.) That's what he was up to on Friday, in a generally hilarious segment in which he pointed out that, despite Mitt Romney's claims to the contrary, the candidate doesn't really give huge, tax-deductable donations to "charity." He gives huge, tax-deductable donations to the Church of Latter Day Saints, which is very different. Contributing money to an organization which builds "castles" for itself (Maher's apt word for Mormon temples) and spends millions to deny rights to LGBT Americans is charity in only the most attenuated sense of the word.
Maher then suggests that donations to cultural institutions, such as symphonies, aren't really charity either, and shouldn't count as tax-write offs. That's probably a less valid point. (Culture really is a necessary public good, just like public education, and unlike the promulgation of somebody's favorite brand of divisive supernaturalism.) Whatever. The segment's cool anyway. Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...
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AFTER THE JUMP, Bill Maher explains the secret and subtle process by which the modern GOP creates its talking points ...
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FOX News tries to excuse "entertainer" Rush Limbaugh while accusing Bill Maher of hiding his "reprehensible" statements under the "helmet" of "comedy", and Jon Stewart isn't having it.
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On last night's Tonight Show, Jay Leno asked Bill Maher how thrilled he is about Santorum's 'surge'. "He thinks life begins at erection," says Maher before launching into a rant about the GOP's obsession with gay marriage.
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