“No, of course it got even worse. It’s tough sledding there as a progressive, as a sane person just to watch that, to see that Republicanism has really become a religion. And when I say religion I mean they just have a series of baseless assertions that they cleave to, you know. And it’s like if there was just one sane person in that room to give perspective, but there wasn’t. So you have seven people up there who are all claiming things that we know don’t work like reducing taxes will somehow magically increase revenue and somehow by keeping the profit motive in the healthcare system that’s going to solve that problem.”
Maher told Cooper that the Republicans have “society killing ideas about America, and either don’t know what’s real or don’t care.” He went on to say, “They all act like God created the world in January 2009, and Barack Obama screwed it up.”I think the record of Republican legislation since 2010 proves Maher’s point.
When asked to clarify he answered, “this idea of continually reducing taxes when on the one hadn’t they’re screaming about how we’re in debt and on the other hand the answer is somehow to decrease revenues.”
Maher nailed that one. It didn’t work for Bush and it’s difficult to believe anyone would think it would work now.
“They all act like god created the world in January of 2009 and then Obama completely screwed it up.”
Asked if he thought Bachmann did well, Maher said, “Of course not. She did well by what standard? Because she’s able to speak in complete sentences?” As he pointed out, “The standards are so low. Let’s be honest. We’re judging her against Sarah Palin.”
Needless to say, Maher is neither a Bachmann nor a Palin fan. But as he pointed out, Palin is not a worker where Bachmann “actually works.” He thought if anyone won it was Mitt Romney. As for Newt Gingrich, “he’s a nut and I think people are finally coming around to this.”
Maher is speaking as “that sane person” in the media that we need. Sad to say that we depend upon comedians and satirists like Maher, Stewart and Colbert to keep it real.