Bill Maher hits the nail on the head
Bill Maher started the panel of his show on shaky ground. He addressed the Berkeley issue stating he intended to give the commencement speech at UC Berkeley while urging Liberals to act like Liberals. Free speech is not only free speech when you like the particular speech. I agree with that.
The show degenerated for a bit too long when Bill Maher and Rula Jebreal argued about his rather islamophobic stance. It will require Bill Maher and others to get off their high horse and understand why he is simply wrong by indicting a religion as opposed to those that misuse the religion. Rula Jebreal lived the Muslim experience and lives in the West. She is much more knowledgeable on the issue; more so than Maher and Sam Harris. I interviewed Rula Jebreal on the Palestinian-Israeli crisis and found her quite knowledgeable unlike many of the talking heads on TV.
Bill Maher hit it out of the park in his New Rule segment. He slammed Democrats for being insane, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
While not condoning voter ID, he said a truth that even President Obama articulated on Al Sharpton's radio show. Is it that hard for most to get an ID? "I am talking to people out there who wouldn't stand in line for an hour to vote," Bill Maher said. "but who camp out in front of Best Buy on Thanksgiving night to buy a TV three inches bigger than the one they already have."
Bill Maher acknowledges the reality that the Republicans are not running on anything. Democrats are throwing both their people and achievements under the bus. He asked how effective was Al Gore's dissing President Clinton during his run for the presidency.
Maher then goes on to enumerate real quantifiable Democratic successes.
- 63 straight months of economic expansion.
- A depression averted.
- A deficit reduced by two thirds.
- A healthcare law that's working and lowering healthcare cost.
- Two women on the Supreme Court.
- Bin Laden is dead.
- Stock Market at record heights
- Unemployment down from 10.2 to 5.9%.
- Gas prices are down.
One of the most important statements Bill Maher made was to urge Democrats to stop chasing polls. They should move them. In effect that is what Republicans did. They moved the polls by being forceful in deceiving Americans on both the economic realities and the genesis of the failures that prevented even better results for the middle class.
There are three days left for Democrats to make a case. While it may be difficult, it is not impossible. Politicians must be held accountable for their real achievements. Empty rhetoric need not apply.