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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Mar 20, 2012, 09:25 AM

77. Bill Maher is a comedian

no doubt that a lot of us liberals/progressives enjoy his anti-Republican rants but he is clearly a comedian and not even remotely considered a serious political leader for the Democrats the same way that Rush Limbaugh is for the Republicans. For instance, the Dems have NEVER made Bill Maher an "honorary member" of Congress like the Republicans did back in 1995. Dems don't regularly go on his show to grovel and beg his forgiveness if they deign to speak against him and/or vote in a way that he doesn't agree with. As for the Dems supposedly endorsing all of Maher's comments, including some of his "off-color" ones by way of accepting his Super Pac contributions, well, let's see the Republicans refuse to accept Super Pac contributions from people whom have said some of the same stuff (and worse) before they start calling us out on Maher. They are trying really hard to play the "false equivalency" and/or "victim" card because one of their main cheerleaders has royally screwed up and tarnished the GOP in the process- though it's not like they couldn't have just said that Limbaugh was wrong about this one thing and moved on. Their repudiation of Limbaugh and his disgusting comments was tepid at best and their attempts to try to splash Limbaugh's scandal all over the Dems by using occasional comedic off-color remarks from Maher suggests to me that they are really more interested in trying to contain the fallout from Limbaugh's comments more than repudiating them and making it known that the Republican Party does not endorse such views. Is Bristol, et. al suggesting that we have to start screening/censoring comedy acts if they seem at all sympathetic to Dems?

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