April 24, 2009

Bill Maher: GOP is like a guy dumped by his wife

Posted: 08:55 AM ET

By Bill Maher, host of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher"

If conservatives don't want to be seen as bitter people who cling to their guns and religion and anti-immigrant sentiments, they should stop being bitter and clinging to their guns, religion and anti-immigrant sentiments.

It's been a week now, and I still don't know what those "tea bag" protests were about. I saw signs protesting abortion, illegal immigrants, the bank bailout and that gay guy who's going to win "American Idol." But it wasn't tax day that made them crazy; it was election day. Because that's when Republicans became what they fear most: a minority.

The conservative base is absolutely apoplectic because, because ... well, nobody knows. They're mad as hell, and they're not going to take it anymore. Even though they're not quite sure what "it" is. But they know they're fed up with "it," and that "it" has got to stop.

Here are the big issues for normal people: the war, the economy, the environment, mending fences with our enemies and allies, and the rule of law.


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Ted   April 24th, 2009 9:05 am ET

Bill, I always liked you on Larry King´s show, you have no fear and say what you mean. Just keep shooting of your mouth and show us the real face of politics and political persons, male or female. Do you think Ms. Pelosi is ready to be the President, she is the third in line and God save the nation if that ever happen.

Mike   April 24th, 2009 10:29 am ET

Wow Bill, you are so smart! Your commentary on "it" was just fascinating. However, if you ever choose to use the mass of tissue between your ears you will plainly see what "it" is. "It" is the rise of socialism and a government of, by and for the government. If you are such a big fan of taking from the rich and giving to the poor then please send me some of your money so I might change my mind and openly accept socialism as well. I take checks or money orders.

It totally floors me that when a protest for gay rights or abortion rights takes place it is portrayed as such a warm and fuzzy exhibition of free speech in this country. However, when a so called "Tea Party" is reported on it is portrayed as an evil attempt by the right wing fanatics to control and manipulate the population. But hey, don't worry CNN when you hit some financial hard times you will be bailed out as well. That way after the government takes over the banks they will then take over the media as well. Welcome to a brave new world.

Now I am off to see what I can do to get on Janet Napolitano's list. Oh wait, I disagree with this administration so I am guessing I am already on it.

Pietro Sirianni   April 24th, 2009 10:34 am ET

They are mad as hell because the old order is dead. Nothing scares a small mind more than change. The status quo has changed and they are fighting like radical islamic groups to take us back in time. Progress can not be stopped by any man or group of men., and perhaps thats what makes them angriest.

Terry, TX   April 24th, 2009 10:46 am ET GOP. Hope, change and diplomacy will change the world...wait the UN could always send a letter of condemnation. Russia and China wouldn't sign haven't they heard Obama is going after Bush and Cheney...we could always send NATO to the coast of Pakistan and they will catch the bad guys and then release them of course...goodness....just wringing my hands here...we could never have a mortal threat like 9/11....because don't want to go there Barack and Hillary ...might end up in jail a decade later...what to do...what to do. Didn't Pakistan get the memo of hope and change...well send it to them Bill...didn't we give them money...doesn't bowing work. What to do...what to do?

What is it going to take? Well Bill suggestion.

Why don't we let the environmentalist in the EPA, Geithner, Rachel Maddow, Keith Olberman, Bill Maher, PETA, Hillary, Holder, Emmanuel, ACLU, ACORN, LULAC, Bill Ayers, and the black caucus,..... go and handle the global crisises...start with Pakistan... you guys need to be our BOOTS ON THE GROUND....with Janet Napitalano leading the group...RIGHT IN FRONT.....

Since our current administration and Bill Maher doesn't trust our honorable CIA and FBI and National Guard and Border Agents...and our honorable soldiers.... protecting our Nation.
You guys go handle it...handle soldiers for you...
I like the soup Nazi on Seinfield..sorry.

Terry, TX   April 24th, 2009 10:59 am ET

Sorry...I left Pelosi out my dream team leading the my last post...I want her right behind Janet Napitalano covering Janet's back.

Thomas H. Small   April 24th, 2009 11:24 am ET

Dear Larry King: I have to admit that you do a great show. I especially like this week's interview with "Dog" the Bounty Hunter who has a tv show on A&E. You do great interviewing & I hope you wil have interesting people & celebrities in future broadcasts.

Sincerely, Thomas.

Terry, TX   April 24th, 2009 11:57 am ET

I am rolling on the ground with laughter...GREAT POST. I guess I am on that list too...I bet you won't find Mr. Maher and Mr. King on that list.

Demond   April 24th, 2009 12:30 pm ET

Bill Maher is right, the GOP should stop whining and get on with the work of the people. Obama has. He has in less than 100 days restored world respect to the USA. How? He showed respect to the world. In this day and age the do as I say and not as I do approach just doesnt work.

There will be no more tax loopholes, no more lobbyist, and no more kickbacks for government contracts for the GOP to get rich off of. And have any of you noticed how there has been no comments from Bush and Cheney so far. If the Gop was doing the right thing those 8 long years, why aren't these two speaking out?

hugh ~ california   April 24th, 2009 12:48 pm ET

"But it's been almost 100 days, and your country is not coming back to you. She's found somebody new. And it's a black guy." –Bill Maher

These words by Maher hits the nail on the head! Republicans just cannot get over the fact that American voted for a black guy over a flag waving patriotic white dude, so they will continue to grunt and growl and snarl until Obama is no longer our president. They will call Obama names and label him an ultra-liberal, socialist, communist, whatever the hell they can dream up, oh ya, he's not even an American citizen! That one takes the cake. Conservative right-wing angry white men in the formerly powerful Republican party will have to realize sometime soon that the GOP is shrinking, and if they continue to be led by the likes of Limbaugh and Gingrich they will continue to shrink while the rest of the country grows toward more the center.

Terry, TX   April 24th, 2009 1:24 pm ET

“But it’s been almost 100 days, and your country is not coming back to you. She’s found somebody new. And it’s a black guy.” –Bill Maher"

Wow with this insight and ability to distinguish colors... what position should Bill Maher hold in this administration?

"If conservatives don't want to be seen as bitter people who cling to their guns and religion and anti-immigrant sentiments, they should stop being bitter and clinging to their guns, religion and anti-immigrant sentiments." -Bill Maher

Now that was not original...I heard Obama saying that to a California group. The only angry ones I am reading are Democrats and a celebrity. Lighten up...sorry you can't see the humor of no hope and no change...but I never have had faith in politicians...thus never disappointed.

hugh ~ california   April 24th, 2009 2:01 pm ET

Republicans can paint a picture anyway they want to, the fact still remains; it is made up of the majority of white Americans who do not want other races running the country. Republicans cry foul every time someone mentions race, but I don't give a hoot in hell what their response is. The GOP shows their "true colors" in being led by such angry ultra right-wingers llike Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich! Well, you guys on the political right-wing fringe still have the "Good Ol' Boys Network" to cheer about!

Terry, TX   April 24th, 2009 3:00 pm ET

@hugh -california..."The GOP shows their “true colors” in being led by such angry ultra right-wingers llike Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich! "

How about the "true colors" of the creepy left...and their ultra left-wingers like Pelosi, Reid, Chris Dodds, Rep Murtha, Janet Garofalo, Chris Matthews, Michael Moore, Joy Behar, Bill Maher, Al Gore, Richard Belzer, Schumer, Perez Hilton, Paris Hilton, Senator Leaky Leahy, Geithner, Boxer, Rachel Maddow, Keith Olberman, Rep Conyers, Rep Maxine Waters, Rep Boxer, Rep Meeks, Rep Davis, Franklin Raines, Rep Clay, the ACLU, ACORN, Cafferty on CNN, the Attorney General, Janet Napitalano, ...on an on... My list trumps your list.

Michael C. McHugh   April 24th, 2009 3:24 pm ET

Obama is very smart. He's going to split the Republican party so much that only the right-wing crazies will be left. It will become a southern and regional party, locked into second place for years if things keep going in this direction.

hugh ~ california   April 24th, 2009 5:51 pm ET

@Terry, TX,
I could care less how many names you can type on a list. You're just a right-wing conservative living in denial. Been to any right-wing think tanks lately? Maybe a "skinhead" rally? No? I thought your traitor Texas Gov. Rick Perry was considering seceding from the Union. He goes on my list–if I wanted to make one to trump yours–but I'm not impressed on how many names one can type. Big deal.

Pietro Sirianni   April 24th, 2009 6:41 pm ET

Let's all be honest with each other here. The republicant party is now run by radicals that the country looks at with a laugh. Obese old white guys with AM radio shows that southerners with a pre-civil war mentality call into regularly is more like a circus side show than a political party.

I guarantee you this: Faux news will be jumping ship too soon. They are finding it increasingly hard to find sponsors for their radical, anti-American agenda, and as true republicants they will throw away their principals to make a buck.

The Grand Old Party is over.

Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 24th, 2009 9:03 pm ET

Bill Maher ((( ROFL )))

Are you referring to the bible holding, gun toting, sphincter slammed shut Americans???

robert   April 24th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

Radical, Bible holding, gun toting, sphincter slammed shut Americans...sounds like the founding fathers of this country. Who were you speaking about?

Dave of Detroit   April 24th, 2009 11:58 pm ET

I find it interesting when the moral fabric that made the U.S. the great Nation it became is now mocked and set aside for the Immoral, anything goes, "I have the right to do anything I want to do and no one has the right to correct me"attitude that now prevails. Well, here's a few thoughts that may not be so popular-The Bible was once used to teach children to read and the Nation was Literate. Sticks were placed in a stand by the teacher's desk and used on student's that misbehaved and the children learned to behave-strangely, I have Catholic Friends that still brag that they didn't get away with anything with the Nun's that taught them. The reason we don't have school in the Summer is because the children had work to do on the farms and learned responsibility, and finally, a man's word was his bond and could be trusted, family was family in time of need, and a friend was a true friend, and crime was virtually non-existant. Now look over the topics for discussion and tell me how the world has improved...

John Doe   April 25th, 2009 12:33 am ET

Okay, Larry, this is VERY Important. I'm a youth from some central southern state, and am wondering your professional opinion and help. I put this on here b/c I wanted to get this to You and Bill Marher is also interested. All of this stuff on UFO's, and inter dimensional beings, is real, isn't it? Type in you tube, word for word, "UFO's the Truth" and listen to the guy that claims to be the head over the Military Arm of Nato, please just do that and help me help people, before it's too late. B/c you never know whats around the corner. Btw, you're an awesome reporter, or anchor, whatever, your an excellent informant. Thanks for being a part of cnn I watch you more than anyone for answers, and I'm wondering on this. I've seen maybe and interdimensional being floating through a field, crazy or not, I have. I just have seen it. I watched it for 45 minutes, I wouldn't leave untill it left. So help me, They're Real, I dont know what else to type, this is a blog though so what does everyone think. . . . . I'm scared to hear, but Larry what do you think and will your bring more attention to this?

World citizen   April 25th, 2009 6:44 am ET

Bill: you are right on the dot.

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Dave of Detroit   April 25th, 2009 7:54 am ET

Bill-I am not anti-immigrant, I am anti-illegal Immigrant. I cling to my religion as it is the only thing that sustains me in a world gone mad and I am happy for you and others that have managed to adjust to a lawless and dark world. I do not cling to my guns as I would hate to kill another human being or have them kill me accidentally with their weapons. I am not bitter but saddened to see what a Great Christian Nation has become. Finally, the idea of humor in degrading the values and standards of a Christian society and mocking a Savior that was put on public display once for mankinds salvation is hardly a tribute to a man of your intelligence.......

Terry, TX   April 25th, 2009 10:23 am ET

@hugh ~ california
I don't run down every democrat.....just the current creepy democratic you don't have them in your party...I've got my list of good Democrats...just didn't apply here...Bill Maher was on.

Think tank…you guys haven’t even figured out Bush and Cheney are no longer the current administration...newsflash Barack Obama. Does the Think Tank know that Texas is the only state in Union that can secede legally…NOT that they are going to secede. You see we were smart to put it in paperwork before we agreed to be part of the Union.

So the points you have made to me…is NOT to join your Think Tank and whatever the bankrupt Sanctuary State of California does… the rest of the Nation needs to do the opposite.

I just have to listen to the last 90 days of what’s been done…you know in the here and now....being an American Taxpayer and Independent Voter…people better pay attention who counts in an election. We don't perceive politicians as heroes...not Republicans or Democrats ..we speak our mind regardless of the the creepy extremist left or the extremist right...we don't have to...we always complain when we see any current administration acting stupid with tax money...sorry you don't choose to exercise that freedom...obviously your only choice is to vote democrat in life and as American go guy...the constitution allows it.

My last words…The subject of murdered people is sad and heinous....but they have already caught this's not like she is out on the loose and Grace and her clone have not covered the subject thoroughly ....7 days a least 2 hours a day. Actual, factual ...observable. Do you know Nancy Grace gets more viewers than Larry King…on stuff like that the public goes to Nancy Grace…I go to her because I don’t like her clone…the only thing she refuses to cover is children murdered in honor killings by family members.

Pietro Sirianni   April 25th, 2009 11:49 am ET

Terry is wrong there is no provision in the law that allows Texas to secede legally.

Joe G. (Illinois)   April 25th, 2009 3:40 pm ET

If you were to ask the Devil about hell I’m sure he will tell you that he owns the place.. And that he has the majority.. And so when a Bill Maher’s or a Borak Obama’s types seek to overplay the issues by undermining the obvious.. Then they only go to reinforce.. Yes.. You guessed it.. The obvious.. The higher the walls, the stronger the efforts they implement, the easier and better off the Conservatives and morally just people are.. Thank you.

hugh ~ california   April 25th, 2009 4:03 pm ET


You are constantly defending Republicans, but not any Democrats that I've noticed. You can perceive whatever you like about politicians all you want to. I for one am not interested in your opinions. I don't like your one-sided comments and probably never will.

jay hern   April 25th, 2009 5:04 pm ET

Bill your exactly right about most all you stand for. When will the communist party of the U.S (Republicans) stop winning and let the country get on with moving forward. They need to get a bag of weed and chill. And Bill I think I know why they don't want to legalize weed. I'ts because the THC is a cure for most physical problems. The pharmisuetical industry whould go out of business.

Dave of Detroit   April 25th, 2009 7:50 pm ET

Interesting arguements on the Political Parties-I am an Independent-voted for Reagan-never voted for Bush. Like Gingrich and even Bill O'Reilly and have a horrible time believing Al Gore lost a close election for giving Tipper a passionate Kiss and Kerry just blew my mind when he accused Bush of trying to revoke Roe vs Wade and lost the Prolife Christian vote and election. I am a former Union President and believe strongly that strong Unions make for good management-When Bill Clinton-who I also voted for and thought did a good job as President-went against the advice of all the Unions and signed the NAFTA Agreement, he cost the Democratic Party the Election and Al Gore paid the price-He lost the Union Vote. Bush was a Hawk-made no bones about he fact that he was the President of the Rich and had an incredible record of doing exactly the wrong thing at every key moment of his Presidency and can take real credit for coming close to destroying the Grand Old Party of Lincoln-His good Buddy Cheney was in conflict of Interest mode from the time of his acceptance of the Vice-Presidency to save his personal company from Bankruptcy through War Defense Contracts. Ireally liked it when the Democratic Party was the "working man's Party" and the Republican Party was the rich man's Party. Right now, the only Party lines I can see in effect is the Pro-lobbies Party-Correct me if I err! Obama is actually a rogue that his Party is afraid to control due to his popularity-He has been really interesting in this capacity!

Pietro Sirianni   April 26th, 2009 2:22 am ET

Joe G.

Didn't you now that Cheney is the devil? That makes you a satanist, you're sick.

Annabelle   April 26th, 2009 8:37 am ET

I am an old lady. FDR helped to feed me during the Great Depression.
Maybe that's why I am still in good health. Harry Truman saw to it that
I would not be governed by some other country. Kennedy inspired us
to greater things. As far as I know, Republicans did very little that would
make me proud. Ike played golf a lot. Nixon was a crook. I like Bill Maher.

Pietro Sirianni   April 26th, 2009 12:17 pm ET

Go Annabelle, go! As Annabelle shows us the proof is in the pudding.

pam   April 26th, 2009 5:34 pm ET

I agree w/Annabelle, I was born in 1931, times were tough, but we survived, neighbors were giving my family $2 a wk to survive,,we had faith in FDR,,,houses cost $4000 in those days,,we all had a 20 yr mortgage, nowadays young people want a 30 or 40 yr mortgage because they want more money for cars, vacations, pvt schools, more cash to spend,,but they do not pay for the house..then they are laid off..& no money,,,,to pay house payments,,they do not know how to sacrifice !!...they want everything & teach their children so..

Herb, UK   April 26th, 2009 6:45 pm ET

Bill Maher is definitely right to identify the paralysis of the Republicans. Problem is that he is not conceding to it's reactionary element and how they are trying to react against crises which were products of their own administration. It looks very confused for them, as they re-brand, but I agree that Maher's anology is an interesting one. It's a shame he didn't delve somewhat deeper – as in some ways I feel Mr Michael C McHugh has pre-empted Maher's analysis here. I agree with this observation – this skirmish may get more pronounced as time goes on. I have always wondered why the US was a pre-dominantly two party state also [though the UK is in a similar mess, in this case]. It's also interesting what Dave from Detroit refers to as Obama being a "rogue" element that the Democrat Party machine cannot control due to his popularity – I wish he might elaborate on that [I am actually trying to learn things here...]; but Annabelle seems to sum up a lot of the sentiments that I have read so far – I wish I had something consoling to say to John Doe, as I have known many people who have had these types of experiences also. Most are unfortunately still in rehab, though it is always a tough call; don't think you're crazy just yet, though!

Kelly Bickford   February 16th, 2010 10:27 pm ET

Bill Mahar should run for President in 2012!

irene mini   February 17th, 2010 4:49 am ET

I've always felt Bill Maher should consider running for office, either for President or other of his choosing. He has always made common sense which is lacking in todays society. He tells it like it really is and that's what we need to change this world around.

Think it over Mr. Maher, you'll go a long way. I'm sure there are many others who feel as I do about your logic.

Don;t let me down. I have so much faith in you. What can it hurt to try?

Go Bill Go! I'll even campaign for you.

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