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by Josh Feldman
11:37 pm, August 24th, 2012Bill Maher
concluded his show tonight by going after the Republican party for
taking positions that he argued are just fantasies that have no place in
serious political discussion. He used the recent comments by
Congressman Todd Akin to argue that the GOP frequently
mistakes “superstition for science” and they do not have “grown-up
answer[s]” to important economic issues.
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After dismissing Akin as an “asshole,” Maher argued that the
Republican party as a whole is a party of “fantasy.” He said that it is
not a big leap to think that fundamentalist Christian politicians who
believe in creationism also believe in “tiny ninja warriors” inside
every woman that “lie in wait for bad people’s sperm.”
Maher said that Akin is not an anomaly in the GOP in mistaking
“superstition for science,” arguing that “they’re all magical thinkers.”
He extended the argument to the party’s economic beliefs, in particular
their desire to cut the deficit in a way that does not include raising
taxes or cutting spending. And as for “supply-side economics,” while
Maher said it was a failed experiment that no one should take seriously
anymore, he argued that Paul Ryan “still believes it.”
Maher joked that the Republican party is so committed to fantasy, the
symbol of their party might as well be a unicorn.
Maher contrasted the adult way of dealing with political problems and the way he argued the GOP handles them.
“The grown-up answer to our massive national problems is
‘Identify them scientifically and prioritize.’ The Republican answer is
‘There isn’t a problem, and anyone who tells you different is a liar who
hates America. We don’t have to make hard choices. We just have to
ignore science and math. That’s why God gave us values.’”
Maher concluded by running down a list of other policy positions the
Republicans support that continue along the “fantasy” trend, including
teen abstinence and global warming.
Watch the video below, courtesy of HBO:
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