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Leftist Ideologue Bill Maher Befuddled by Mid-Terms

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Posted on November 9 2010 10:00 am
Walter Hudson is a political commentator and co-founder of Minnesota's North Star Tea Party Patriots, a statewide educational organization. He runs a blog entitled Fightin Words. He also contributes to True North, a hub of Minnesotan conservative commentary. Follow his work via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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One difference between a political commentator and an ideologue is that the former understands his opposition. Here at NRB, one of our primary objectives is to seek and convey an accurate understanding of the ideologies we oppose. As a result, it never surprises us when a socialist acts like a socialist, or when an Islamist acts like an Islamist. We do not have to agree with people in order to understand their point of view.

Despite a professed capacity for empathy, pundits on the Left seem to have more difficulty than conservatives when it comes to understanding those with whom they disagree. Bill Maher is such a pundit. On Friday’s Real Time, he asked panelists Dana Gould, Fareed Zakaria, and Rep. Darrell Issa to explain last Tuesday’s election results.

How could people who are struggling – really struggling, economically, worse than they have in so many decades – Why did they pull the lever for the party that says out front, “We’re not gonna extend unemployment benefits.” [The Republican’s] big plan seems to be give… rich people more money, or let rich people’s kids inherit more money. I just want to know why they voted Republican…

There is much within the phrasing of his question which indicates why Maher cannot answer it. His reach into the psyche of voters is bound by his ideological zealotry.

In Maher’s Bizarro world, government allows people to have some money, to hold some property, and have some input into the conduct of their own affairs. Looking at last week’s election results from this perspective, Maher cannot comprehend why voters don’t appreciate the crumbs off their master’s table. In an exchange with Congressman Issa, this Bizarro view was further manifest.

Maher: I mean, you say you don’t want spending increases. But isn’t keeping the Bush tax cuts the biggest spending increase we could possibly imagine? It is spending. It’s just spending to put money –

Gould: They were set to expire to begin with because they were unfunded.

Maher: Right. We never could afford them in the first place.

Issa: They were set to expire because of the Byrd rule, which only allowed you to have ten years under certain provisions without a two-thirds majority in the Senate.

Gould: I think I know a little bit more about government than you, Congressman.

The last line was a joke meant to save face. Indeed, Maher and Gould have no idea what they’re talking about.

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