And of course, Bill Maher’s audience responds with delight over his bon mot (also at RCP):

One might think paying for HBO as a premium cable channel would entitle subscribers to high-quality entertainment selections. But for an hour Friday night, viewers were treated to a little misogynistic locker room humor with the channel’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

On Friday night’s airing of the show, host Bill Maher took a shot at one of the left’s favorite targets, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, by contemplating her reaction to the tragic events that have unfolded in Japan over the past nine days. …

“Did you hear this – Sarah Palin finally heard what happened in Japan and she’s demanding that we invade ‘Tsunami,’” Maher said. “I mean she said, ‘These ‘Tsunamians’ will not get away with this.’ Oh speaking of dumb twats, did you –”

Really? That’s all Maher has? The last time I recall hearing that particular vulgarity about a woman’s genitalia, I was in junior high school. It’s one thing to be crude and vulgar in making a trenchant or interesting point. Tossing out a crude reference to a vagina as a way of demeaning one particular woman betrays an utter lack of a point.  It’s even worse than otherwise in this instance, since Maher didn’t even have anything to criticize about Palin’s response to the crises in Japan; he had to invent something to make her sound stupid, and then call her names for a cheap laugh.  It practically defines the term juvenile, which applies equally to Maher and his audience on this occasion.

Maher has been nothing better than a giggly fratboy for several years now.  It looks like he’s aiming lower these days, in more ways than one.