Bill Maher, much loved and hated political pundit extraordinaire, has penned an odyssey length Op-Ed on this year’s presidential race, saying that it is finally a “Bill Maher Election,” that is, it is an election all about “new rules.” New rules, he says, that are largely being written by the outsider candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.
No one thought a politician could survive, much less stay in the lead for as long as Trump has, based on a campaign of braggadocio and utter contempt for political correctness. But the younger generation is leading a movement to prize authenticity above all. Trump is a petulant child, but at least that’s real, they seem to be saying. Bernie, too, is as real as real gets. (So real he doesn’t even own a comb.)
Saying that Hillary is unfairly demonized, but just seems to be a terrible campaigner living in a different era, Bill Maher threw his endorsement to her competition for the Democratic nod, Bernie Sanders, whom he called “the Occupy movement come to life.”
There’s been enough “no one thought it could ever happen” stuff this year — Trump! — that until anyone proves otherwise, Bernie has earned the right to be considered absolutely viable. Will a conservative state like Indiana vote for a socialist? Probably not, but then again, as I say, this stuff has never been on the table, and these voters have never been activated. They’re like a sleeper cell: Let’s see if they can assassinate the old way of doing things.
Maher says that he is calling Bernie Sanders plan, “where you pay more in taxes, but you get more free: health care and free college,” Sanders’ “New Deal,” basically the best thing since FDR. Looking at his easy, overwhelming victory in New Hampshire and tie in Iowa with the juggernaut Clinton campaign it is clear that Maher isn’t the only one that feels this revolution is the best thing in forever for the American people. In fact, some of the Millenials that Sanders have inspired are actually getting “feel the Bern” tattoos.
When it comes to those that would say, out of pride in their candidate, that they won’t vote for the other should they be nominated, Maher simply stated that he tells his fans (who are overwhelmingly Sanders’ supporters) that it is like when you are on a plane, and you can’t get your first choice for a meal. A hunger strike is not called for, at that point you just take the Chicken.
As for “the Donald?” Well, in this new rules election, Maher compared Trump, unfavorably, to a Tourette’s patient when it comes to his verbal filter.
Maher notes that Trump has leveraged the “gun issue” to his benefit. As a natural campaigner, “[Trump] has a sense of what his audience wants and what works for them like nobody I’ve seen in a long time in politics.” One of the things his base wants and that Trump is very good at delivering, is the evisceration of his competition. Trump’s skill set includes attacking Muslims, getting into Twitter wars, temper tantrums, attacking his opponents verbally, and suing people. But his base likes him, and his hatred, demagoguery, and feel 4th-grade level vocabulary are “genuine.”
How did we fall so far as to accept this man as a candidate? That, Maher says, is Sarah Palin’s fault.
Slamming the “quitta’ from Wasilla” as the source of the Republican party’s willingness to swallow unlimited and patently false amounts of low-level bullsh*t, Maher said:
All of this probably would not have been possible without Sarah Palin. She got the country used to someone on the level of a car show spokesmodel being presidential timber. John McCain is the one who opened the Book of the Dead and let the monsters out. Trump may be their savior, but she was the immaculate misconception. She is beyond parody and beneath contempt. I almost feel bad making fun of her because I think she’s on meth or something. I’m not kidding. It’s crazy, the way she acts.
Let’s face it, though, one of the reasons that people are following the election this year as if it were a brand new season of “Honey Boo Boo” meets “Big Brother” is that it is a “blood sport.” As Maher said, “But that’s why we love politics, right? It’s all so crazy, fascinating and unpredictable.”
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