Obama Super PAC chief: C’mon, you can’t compare Bill Maher to Rush

posted at 6:19 pm on March 8, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Greg Hengler. Alternate headline: “No, they’re not giving back Maher’s million dollars.” He had several messaging options here. One: “What Maher said is terrible but we’ve all said things we regret.” That’s my preferred choice but he can’t dig in on that one or else implicitly he’s letting Rush off the hook too and that doesn’t help his war-on-women talking point nonsense. Two: “Fluke is a private citizen whereas Maher’s targets are public figure.” That’s probably his best defense, but as KP noted in her op-ed the other day, it doesn’t explain why sexist nastiness is okay when directed at the latter but not the former. Three: “Maher’s a comedian whereas Rush is the leader of the Republican Party.” This is the one he ended up going with; Burton’s White House roots are evident in that vintage 2009 line about Limbaugh. Problem is, Maher’s “jokes” about the women he attacks are usually sufficiently vicious as to leave no doubt about his true feelings. He’s not Don Rickles ripping on people for funsies; when he calls Palin a “dumb twat,” it’s because he’s searching for language to express his contempt and ended up there. The “clown nose off, clown nose on” defense for comedians doesn’t work when your clown nose is never really on.

Four: He could have been honest and admitted that (a) they could really use a million bucks and (b) they want to stay on the good side of a guy like Maher who’ll spend the next eight months using his media platform to argue on Obama’s behalf provided that they don’t piss him off. This is another reason why guys like him, Olbermann, and Taibbi skate: It’s not just that, as doctrinaire liberals, they’re necessarily “pro-woman” no matter how anti-woman their language is. It’s that the left’s establishment doesn’t want to undermine people who carry their water on policy. If the price of statist advocacy is tolerating the occasional dropping of the C-bomb, hey. Two clips for you here in that spirit, then, one of Burton and the other of Jay Carney yammering about Obama “leading by example” so that he doesn’t have to actually confront the malfeasors on his own side. Exit question via Michael Moynihan: Does this guy usually issue public statements taking issue with all of the moronic things members of his faculty say? If not, why this time?


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To quote Rush: “Glittering prizes and endless compromises…shatter the illusion of integrity.”

tbradshaw on March 9, 2012 at 8:35 AM

I view both Maher and Limbaugh as clowns, so there is no difference. I refuse to listen to either of them as they are both at the opposite extremes and out of touch with most Americans. I am incensed that either of these people are wealthy enough to donate $1M. Neither of them contribute in a positive way to America.

lhuffman34 on March 9, 2012 at 9:32 AM

I’m still bummed that there was no proper investigation of that by the SEC.

There are other snippets of evidence out there that the financial meltdown was an act of financial terrorism. My money is on the democratics’ favorite Nazi stooge George Soros.

slickwillie2001 on March 8, 2012 at 9:10 PM

There is no way the 2008 bank run doesn’t have George Soros and the Dems tentacles attached to it.
It has always been my hope that our “new media” patriots will uncover the truth.

The 2008 bank run

redridinghood on March 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Why is everyone associated with Obama either a radical or racist (Ayers, Jones, Dunn, Wright, Bell et all..) or a swarmy d-bag (Messina, Plouffe, Aholerod, Carney, Gibbs, Burton, Jarrett et al)???

HumpBot Salvation on March 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

To call Maher a comedian would be to imply that he’s actually funny.

ZK on March 9, 2012 at 10:33 AM

This alternate reality that the democrats live in is breath taking! I’m speechless most of the time whenever my democrat friends justify ub their own unique way their hatred of republicans/conservatives, but see no wrong when democrat/liberals do the same thing. Their mind-controlled brain washing is thorough and hard to break through. I only wish the wishy washy republicans would be even half as agressive and rabid about defending conservative principles and conservatives as the democrats are about their own twisted and sordid philosophies and their reps. It’s no wonder we get clobbered and even in the current presidential primaries we’re putting forth a weak, milquetoast moderate (liberal) republican against all this rabid liberalism.

mozalf on March 9, 2012 at 10:42 AM

So in other words they’re letting Maher off the hook by defining degrees of offensiveness for his crass words? Do we say now that Sarah Palin got “mahered”? If BillyMa was as intelligent as he bills himself to be and consulted a thesaurus, he could find plenty of less- or non-offensive words to clearly and unmistakably express his opinion without having to resort to gutter-sniping. But he instead chooses to be BillyClown and to go for the quick, cheap, juvenile laff–as if he’s even funny at all. In my opinion, the way he speaks about others speaks volumes about what he thinks of himself.

stukinIL4now on March 9, 2012 at 11:22 AM

These people are all pukes. They need to be slapped around a bit and then dumped by the side of the road.

rjulio on March 9, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Is Cognizant Disconnect covered under Obamacare?

Portia46 on March 9, 2012 at 2:36 PM

That’s what we need, more Obastard appologists.

Colatteral Damage on March 9, 2012 at 4:27 PM

So in other words they’re letting Maher off the hook by defining degrees of offensiveness for his crass words? Do we say now that Sarah Palin got “mahered”? If BillyMa was as intelligent as he bills himself to be and consulted a thesaurus, he could find plenty of less- or non-offensive words to clearly and unmistakably express his opinion without having to resort to gutter-sniping. But he instead chooses to be BillyClown and to go for the quick, cheap, juvenile laff–as if he’s even funny at all. In my opinion, the way he speaks about others speaks volumes about what he thinks of himself.

stukinIL4now on March 9, 2012 at 11:22 AM

It speaks volumes about the left, as well, that they don’t find him offensive, react with glee at his language, etc.

Midas on March 9, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Meathead Carney:

[Obama] is in pursuit of a more civil discourse in our public space

Barry:


So I know who’s ass to kick

I want you to argue with them and get in their face

pain train on March 9, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Obama Super PAC chiefCoomunist propaganda minister: C’mon, you can’t compare Bill Maher to Rush

@Commie – Maybe you can’t compare them but I can….

-Rush Limbaugh is funnier and wittier than Maher

-Rush Limbaugh has the highest rated radio talk show whereas the tired old hack Maher has a little-watched show with poor ratings for its time slot

-Rush Limbaugh stated facts when he called Fluke a slut and a prostitute whereas Maher stated opinions attacking several Conservative women as “dumb twats” and c**nts”

-Rush Limbaugh had the class and decency to issue a true apology to political activist Sandra Fluke whereas Maher never apologized with even the Leftists’ standby, the Non-Apology Apology (“IF anyone was offended when I called that woman a c**nt, THEN I apologize)

CatchAll on March 10, 2012 at 6:20 PM

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