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Sometimes They Fool You By Walking Upright

Constitutional opportunist Bill Maher continues to validate my raging hatred of him.

First, the Republicans attempt to kneecap Christine O'Donnell's campaign (First, they throw McCain under the bus, and now a bunch of Tea Partiers.  And then that asshole on the phone wondered why I refused to donate to their campaign fund).  Then, Karl Rove missed the memo saying they are to back O'Donnell and continued to talk about how she has no chance.  Now, Bill Maher is getting in on the act.  He apparently has dug up footage of O'Donnell from his talk show in 1999 where she said she "dabbled in witchcraft."

So fucking what?!?

I know pagans.  Thanks to the whole, "First do no harm," thing, they are a lot less likely to bug me about my religious beliefs than my fellow Christians.  She's not doing anything stupid like the $cientologists.  More importantly, she said she "dabbled", and that was over ten years ago.  Maybe she gave it a whirl and found it wasn't for her.  Her religious beliefs are personal, and have nothing to do with how she would govern.  She could say she worships the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and as long as she upholds the will of the people, I'd think she's kookie, but I wouldn't care.

Maher is bringing up information with no relavent context.  And why?  For a guy who slams organized religion as much as he does, this little tidbit does nothing more than inflame the very organized religion he blames for the sorry state of the modern world, many of whom would be O'Donnell's own supporters.  This isn't someone posting a YouTube video, Maher was mining a show from over a decade ago, and he's playing off the very attitudes he claims are so negative.

When it comes to wrapping himself in the Constitution, Maher is almost in a class with Washington politicians.  I'd like to see him run, just so he can experience the shit he dishes out from the safety of his isolation.


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Sep. 19th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
Bill Maher...who listens to this guy? Seriously. He's not funny and he's not particularly insightful. He's just bitter and mean. Gag.
Sep. 19th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
I think it has to do with a concept in stand-up called "clapter". It's where you say things that aren't particularly funny, but they reflect the values and ideas of the audience. They are applauding as a sort of, "Yeah, you said it! Someone else who sees what I see!"

Clapter has several problems. The first is that it doesn't produce anything new, it only exists because of preconceived notions already held by the audience. A good compare and contrast is Lenny Bruce and Andrew "Dice" Clay. Bruce challenged the preconceived notions of his listeners and forced them to view their biases in the open. Clay simply reaffirmed the gender biases and claimed he was giving voice to people shut out. (The greatest irony was that, even during the hieght of Dice's popularity, Bruce was still playing better venues. People still talk about the impact Bruce had on comedy and the world. Dice is an entry in "Where Are They Now?" and "Dead Or Not?"

Maher is smart and snarky, so he draws people who would love to be so self-satisfied with their own insight. It's ego and projection, not talent. Compounding this is the fact that Maher undermines himself quite frequently or will adopt the stupidest stances (his explanation of why public breast feeding should be banned had me ready to put my fist through my TV). He like Rat in Pearls Before Swine -- he adopts the stances he does not because they make sense, but because the stances he takes proves how intelligent, enlightened, and superior to everybody else he is. The fact he's been doing this for so long and his cult of personality hasn't wised up yet tells me they aren't as smart as they like to think they are.
Sep. 20th, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
Bill Maher = Asshat

The perfect equation...
Sep. 21st, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
I like it. Simple, elegant, but explains a great deal.

Good to see you posting again, man. Keep getting better.
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