Calvin Freiburger

New Lingo, Same Nonsense: Bill Maher’s Repackaged Tea-Party Smears

Posted on September 16 2010 12:00 pm
Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College. He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.
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Arrogant, crass, accountability-hating “comedian” Bill Maher is at it again. The Blaze has the scoop on a recent conversation with CNN’s Larry King, in which Maher shares his brilliant thoughts on the latest primary election results and opponents of Barack Obama:

MAHER: Democrats should be very happy that people like Christine O’Donnell are winning elections, because in the general election, I think—now, of course the Democrats are going to lose some seats, probably a lot, but not as many as they would have if teabaggers weren’t winning the primaries, because I think voters are generally conservative. And what I mean by that is, when I say conservative I mean they’re not comfortable with people who are ‘out there,’ on the Left or the Right. And these teabaggers are out there […] I just think people—they understand our country’s in a lot of trouble; even people who are angry understand that crazy people are not gonna make it better.

The Delaware Republican primary has divided not simply principled conservatives from establishment centrists, which we’re all used to by now, but also solid right-wingers, with Mark Levin arguing that Mike Castle is a RINO of the worst order, while Charles Krauthammer thinks Christine O’Donnell’s many flaws totally undermine the good she can do for the country.

Regardless of whoever deserved to come out on top, it bears repeating that Maher’s operating from a highly subjective, all-but meaningless definition of “crazy” that encompasses people who take their faith seriously and more ordinary Americans than he initially lets on (indeed, he mockingly goes on to incredulously ask, “intelligent person? Larry, we’re broadcasting in America!”). And despite what he says here, his ode to moderation isn’t a two-way street: he condemns centrist Democrats as “corporatists.”

Of course, no lefty love-fest would be complete without a session of complaining about how crazy and beyond the pale Obama’s critics are:

MAHER: It was bad enough when we had these people called the birthers, who thought he was not born here […] last night, I identified this new group, and I’m calling them the Churchers. They’re the people who don’t think that he’s a Christian. He’s a secret Muslim, Larry. I guess you haven’t been paying enough attention […] what’s really scary is that more people think he’s a Muslim now-

KING: How did we get to this, though?

MAHER: Y’know, I have a theory that the Internet makes people stupider. And also Fox News makes people stupider.

Hey, Bill, how do you square that with the fact that most of the conservative media’s leading voices reject Birtherism? How do you account for all the ridiculous, partisan things non-conservatives have believed over the years independent of and prior to the advent of Fox News and the blogosphere, like the endless smears of George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan as a religious nut who was going to bring about nuclear Armageddon, the alleged racism of virtually everyone who runs for office as a Republican, or the academic Left’s utter refusal to let go of Marxism despite its record of spectacular failure. Hey, maybe it has something to do with the Democratic Party and left-wing media establishment, unlike their morally responsible counterparts on the Right, wholeheartedly embracing and promoting it…(And for the record, Obama is not a Muslim, but as Byron York and Ann Coulter explain, the president himself deserves much of the blame for people’s confusion.)

Oh, and falsely blaming Fox and the blogosphere for the actual fringe nonsense against Obama isn’t enough for Maher; he also presents “centrist liberal” as the “reality”-based characterization of the current president. Only if by “reality” you mean “fantasy” is Maher’s statement even remotely true—he’s certainly not a moderate on guns. Or abortion. Or the judiciary. Or capitalism. Or health care. Or—well, you get the idea.

Lastly, Maher says it’s obvious that opposition to Obama is “extremely racist”:

The one thing [teabaggers] hate is when you call them racist. The other thing they hate is black people. But they won’t say it.

Like we haven’t heard that before…I could spend a few dozen more words explaining how this is manifestly false (not to mention hypocritical), how conservative opposition to the Obama agenda is based on policy, not bigotry, and so on. But the fact is, Maher already knows better. He knows he’s lying before the lies leave his lips. Perhaps it’s best to simply observe that, since we hear so much of the racism smear from leftists and so little of anything else, maybe they simply don’t have anything else left to offer. To quote David Horowitz:

Enough. Enough. It’s boring. You’re boring.


Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College.  He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.

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