HBO host and political analyst Bill Maher, who two years ago said Christians suffer from a neurological disorder that “stops people from thinking,” last night unleashed a scorching tirade of insults on President Bush, calling him a rube, dolt, vain half-wit and “a Gilligan who cannot find his a–.”
“The people who were defending [Bush] were saying, ‘Well, he’s just inarticulate.’ But inarticulate doesn’t explain foreign policy. I mean it’s not that complicated. The man is a rube. He is a dolt. He is a yokel on the world stage. He is a Gilligan who cannot find his a– for two hands. He is a vain half-wit who interrupts one incoherent sentence with another incoherent sentence [audience cheers and applause]. And I hope I’m not piling on.”
“Political comedy is effective in inverse proportion the competence of the leader,” Maher explained. “In other words, the bigger the fool, the easier for us. And this man, come on, let’s get real. I mean, [MSNBC host] Joe Scarborough did a whole week of panel discussions on whether he was an idiot. And when you’ve lost ‘Scarborough Country’ … .”
Leno joked that Maher actually voted for Bush in the last election.
HBO’s Bill Maher appearing last night on NBC’s ‘Tonight Show with Jay Leno’
“The alternative actually would have been a better president both times,” Maher said. “Al Gore would have been a better president. John Kerry would have been – not because they’re Democrats, [but] because they read! They’re readers. Ooh, what a concept.”
At one point, Maher spewed his venom for both major political parties.
“The Republicans are bad because they have to be held back. They are the party – and I give them this credit – they are the party of ideas. Big, stupid ideas. The Democrats have lately been the party that either doesn’t have ideas, or will not defend their ideas.”
He pointed to last week’s non-binding resolution in Congress against the troop surge in Iraq, calling it “a legislative version of ‘Oh no you didn’t!’”
Regarding the troop buildup itself, Maher noted:
Here’s George Bush, the decider, deciding all on his own that this is a good idea. This was not a recommendation from our commanders on the ground. This was not a recommendation from the Iraq Study Group, as you know. It’s not supported by the American people. It’s not supported by the Iraqi people. It’s just “President Charles in Charge” spitballin’, thinking outside the bun, and saying to himself, “Everybody else is wrong. I alone know what the right answer – I’ve got everybody else’s recommendations and then I, you know, I talk to the Big Guy.” … But this recovering alcoholic from Midland, Texas, he cannot be wrong at any point.
As WND previously reported, Maher drew the wrath of Christians after an appearance on “Scarborough Country” in February 2005 in which he launched an attack on matters of faith.
“We are a nation that is unenlightened because of religion. I do believe that. I think that religion stops people from thinking. I think it justifies crazies. I think flying planes into a building was a faith-based initiative. I think religion is a neurological disorder. If you look at it logically, it’s something that was drilled into your head when you were a small child. It certainly was drilled into mine at that age. And you really can’t be responsible when you are a kid for what adults put into your head.”
The television host said at the time he was convinced evangelicals’ influence would wane.
“When people say to me, ‘You hate America,’ I don’t hate America. I love America. I am just embarrassed that it has been taken over by people like evangelicals, by people who do not believe in science and rationality. It is the 21st century. And I will tell you, my friend. The future does not belong to the evangelicals. The future does not belong to religion.”
The broadcaster was contrasting American efforts to those taken by suicide hijackers who piloted passenger jets into the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
“We have been the cowards, lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away,” Maher said. “That’s cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building – say what you want about it, it’s not cowardly.”
Editor’s note: A video clip of Bill Maher’s appearance on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” can be seen here.
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