With the election just a couple days away, instead of dwelling on the rat bastards who have run the economy into the ground, I thought I’d write about the rat bastards who have run politics into the ground.
The highlight of the “Real Time” episode with Bill Maher Friday night was Maher’s undeniable assertion that most of the belligerent, know-nothing assholes who are dominating modern politics belong to the Republican party, a position greeted with derision by his 2 right wing panalists, the laughable airhead Margaret Hoover and odious National Review blogger Reiham Salam. Hoover attempted to laugh off the comments while Salam went positively apoplectic, contorting his face into a demonic scrunch while babbling about fairness. At one point, Salam looked as if he wanted to slug the affable Lawrence O’Donnel for agreeing with Maher, thus proving the point.
But the show will likely be remember for 2 things: actor Zach Galifianacis smoking a joint on live television and Maher’s “controversial” comments, based on the fact that “Mohammed” is the most popular baby name in Great Britain, that Muslims are taking over the world.
“Am I a racist to feel alarmed by that?” Maher asks his guests. “Because I am. And it’s not because of the race, it’s because of the religion. I don’t have to apologize, do I, for not wanting the Western world to be taken over by Islam in 300 years?”
Pundit Juan Williams, of course, was fired from NPR last week for similar comments, mainly because about the only thing wimpier than Juan Williams is NPR. But I’m guessing Maher’s job is safe because his long time antipathy towards religion is a known commodity and HBO is not NPR. But at least for the moment, Maher is getting kicked around by the hanky-wringers in the blogosphere for his comments and Maher’s lib credentials may have taken a hit.
But will Maher apologize? Doubtful. He’s got a week to prepare for another show and plenty of future oppurtunities to burnish his street cred.
But let’s compare the Maher’s “incident” with some other recent assholery. How about the beer-gutted Timothy Profitt stomping the head of a protester prior to a Rand Paul-Jack Conway senatorial debate in Lexington, Kentucky? Profitt certainly wasn’t apologetic and, in fact, requested an apology from his female victim (a position echoed by lard bucket Rush Limbaugh).
“I don’t think it’s that big of a deal,” Profitt said. “I would like for her to apologize to me to be honest with you.”
Of course, right wingers never apologize for their lies, thuggery or bigotry; they revel in in. Take Meg Whitman (please). After her California governorship candidacy was damaged by revelations that she had employed an illegal immigrant for nearly a decade, what was Whitman’s response? Typically, she tried to lie her way out of the situation and then, ultimately, went on Fox News to say that her former housekeeper should be deported. Yes, that Meg Whitman is tough on illegal immigration.
But it’s also beginning to sink in that the likes of Paul, Marco Rubio, Joe Miller, Sharron Angle, Jim Demint, and Carl Paladino are likely to be holding the reigns of power for the forseeable future, propelled into office by a motley gang of intolerant and uninformed teabaggers. And there’s plenty of blame to go around. That Democrats have lost the support of both women and the poor demonstrates the result of timid politics and diminished expectations.
Maher shouldn’t have to sweat the Muslim comments for too long. He’ll be able to draw yucks from plenty of soft targets for the next couple of years. But the laughs will come harder for the rest of us.