Posts Tagged ‘Bill Maher’

Scarborough: How Santorum Blew It

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Here’s Joe Scarborough on how Rick Santorum’s lack of discipline cost him a historic chance at derailing Mitt Romney’s nomination. Although the media will continue to pump up the upcoming contests, Santorum’s loss on Tuesday increasingly make it look as if Mitt Romney will go on to win this thing.

Scarborough:   

When Santorum should have been talking about his grandfather’s working-class roots, he was talking instead about your wife’s birth control pills. When he should have been connecting with blue-collar Catholics, he was instead insulting their martyred president. And when Mr. Santorum should have been talking about how the grandson of a coal miner graduated college with two advanced degrees, he instead mocked the aspirational idea that we should send more of our kids to college.

Or, as Bill Maher said in a slightly more impolitic manner, “the only thing more popular than Kennedy is fucking and college, and he attacked those too.”

Santorum had something good going. His working class midwest roots, passion and Catholicism were a contrast with Romney’s Ivy League “vulture capitalism” experience and fundamental uncomfortability in his own skin. As a frustrated GOP operative said “All Santorum had to do to win Michigan was turn his Iowa speech into a fucking TV ad and stick to it on the stump.” But Santorum couldn’t keep the focus on the economy, because that’s not really his passion. He’s a rabid cultural conservative at heart and he couldn’t hide it.  

If Romney lost in Michigan, all of the political discussion this week would have been on how Romney had shown fatal weakness and how GOP establishment members were plotting to sabotage his candidacy in order to nominate someone else at a brokered convention. Instead, the conversation is about how Santorum could have collapsed so spectacularly, why Romney keeps sabotaging himself with gaffes and flip flops after key wins, and why the GOP is arguing about issues that were settled by the American people over 50 years ago. To be sure, Romney doesn’t like this narrative either, but it sure as hell beats “how do we get rid of this stiff?”

And so, the last non-Romney falls. Certainly, Santorum and Newt may continue to dog Mitt for the months leading up to the convention, but it’s increasingly likely that Mitt will be taking on President Obama in November.

How Would Jesus Poll?

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Ep. 226: September 30, 2011 – Overtime

With the media all hyped up about Republican Flavor of the Month Chris Christie, Bill Maher reminds us that not only might Republicans sour on Christie once they learn more about him, but Republicans wouldn’t vote for Jesus himself if he were running in the Republican Presidential Primary.

Bill Maher Explains the Budget with Dinner

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

This is great (start at 3:39).

I’ve been saying all along that the thing the Tea Partiers never understood is that the bulk of Federal spending is in programs that people in the Tea Party actually like (like Social Security, Medicare and Defense).

The initial Republican budget goes after things like NPR, Planned Parenthood, earmarks (less than 1% of the budget), but as Maher points out, that is like trying to decrease your calorie intake by cutting back on the garnish on your giant plate of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and mac and cheese.

It’s easy to don a tri-corn hat and rage against how Obama’s a Socialist, but it’s harder to cut programs that you like and surveys consistently show that Americans like a lot of programs and don’t have a firm grasp on what their money is spent on.

The wake up call is coming.

Say What Again!!

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

Last week, Bill Maher said on Real Time:

“I thought when we elected a black president, we were going to get a black president. You know, this [BP oil spill] is where I want a real black president. I want him in a meeting with the BP CEOs, you know, where he lifts up his shirt where you can see the gun in his pants. That’s — we’ve got a ‘motherfuckin problem here?’ Shoot somebody in the foot.”

A typically outrageous  Bill Maher comment which prompted my conservative uncle to send me this ”how come it’s okay for him to say it but not for me” response from Grumpy Old Man Arnold Ahlert.

But it did get me thinking: maybe Obama might want to consider getting a little Medieval on Tony Hayward.

I gotta think the new attitude would give him at least a temporary bounce in the polls.