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Bill Maher’s favorite GOP candidate: ‘I would vote for Ron Paul if I had to pick’


This might not be the first endorsement 2012 Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul wants, but it’s an interesting one coming from a mouthpiece of the left.

On CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” on Tuesday, HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher appeared and gave his analysis of the 2012 Republican presidential field the night after a debate in New Hampshire showcased on CNN. According to Maher, there was not a whole lot to applaud that appeared on the stage.

“No, of course it got even worse,” Maher said. “It’s tough sledding there, as a progressive, as a sane person just to watch that, to see that Republicanism has — it’s really become a religion. And when I say religion, I mean they just have a series of baseless assertions that they cleave to, you know, and it’s like, if there was just one sane person in that room to give perspective, but there wasn’t.  So you have seven people up there who are all claiming things like, you know, things we know don’t work, like reducing taxes will somehow magically increase revenue and, somehow, by keeping the profit motive in the health care system, that’s going to solve that problem.  So, you know, it’s very hard for someone to watch that debate who is not in that bubble. And I am not in the bubble.”

However, Maher admitted there was one Republican candidate he liked – libertarian darling Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul.

“I would vote for Ron Paul if I had to pick,” Maher said. “I mean, Ron Paul is at least not a panderer. He’s sincere. He’s got the right ideas about getting our troops home.  And I like Ron Paul. I think he’s cut from a different cloth than the rest of those people, who are, of course, selling their souls to the corporate interests who back them, and who have just horrible, society-killing ideas about America and either don’t know what’s real or don’t care.”

By society-killing, he referred to former Republican Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s tendency to champion various conservative stances.

“You know, the — well, like Tim Pawlenty and every one of them competing for this idea of continually reducing taxes, when we are in the — on the one hand, they’re screaming about how we’re in debt, and, on the other hand, the answer is to somehow decrease revenues,” he said. “You know, they all act like God created the world in January of 2009, and then Barack Obama completely screwed it up.”

And when it comes to Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Maher is still not a fan in spite of her performance Monday night but still rates her ahead of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

“She did well by what standard? Because she’s able to speak in complete sentences?” Maher said. “Yes, I heard that analysis, ‘Oh, she was very effective. She spoke in short sentences and was good.’  You know, I mean, the standards are so low. Let’s be honest. We’re judging her against Sarah Palin. That’s what it is. And, yes, compared to Sarah Palin, she does look better, because Sarah Palin comes off as a complete airhead, like a ditzy housewife, a stewardess, I think I called her in the past, whereas Michele Bachmann actually works. Sarah Palin is not a worker. Obviously, Michele Bachmann, she is a lawyer. She’s in Congress. She studies. She gets her facts wrong, but at least she sounds like someone who is a professional in her field. So, compared to Sarah Palin, yes, big winner.”

  • re-finder

    Is it even possible to know what is true anymore?  The real fight is always going on behind the scenes and you and I are never privy to the real intent and purpose of much legislation and the machinations that are destroying our country.  Research in one area shows the incredible influence the Zionists have and other research reveals that the number of Jesuit educated representatives in Congress is also incredible.  One thing for damn sure is it is not the American people that are in control of our government.

    Since I entered politics, I have
    chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest
    men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture
    are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there
    is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so
    interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they better not speak
    above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.

    Woodrow
    Wilson, The New Freedom (1913), Doubleday, pp.
    13-14

    Franklin
    D. Roosevelt, letter to Col. Edward Mandell House (21 November
    1933)

    Behind the ostensible government
    sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and
    acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this
    invisible government, to befoul this unholy alliance between corrupt
    business and corrupt politics is the first task of statesmanship.

    President Theodore
    Roosevelt, “The
    Progressive Covenant With The People” speech (1912

    Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not
    against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,
    and against the worldly governors, the princes of the darkness of
    this world, against spiritual wickedness, which are in high places.

    We are defenseless against a tyranny that we don’t even admit exists, much less understand.

  • dante808

    Bill is smart compared to Sarah Palin, but doesn’t seem to realize he is a mental midget compared to Ayn Rand or Ron Paul or…me, for that matter. He should start comparing himself with heavyweights like Thomas Jefferson or Rand, to show how pitiful his reasoning is. He’s funny sometimes, but you get a big head thinking your political views are valid when you match logical abilities with Hollywood Celebrities.

  • Jdine

    CNN and obama are scared to let Gary Johnson in the debate.. He is a breath of fresh air compared to the other republican candidates. Its really hard for CNN to paint a pro-choice pro-gay rights, anti war GOP candidate who wants to legalize marijuana as a right wing extremist. I believe Governor Gary Johnson is Obamas biggest threat. His socially liberal stances will be attractive to democrat and independent voters. Not to mention he was a very successful two term(that’s one more term than mitt romney) republican Governor in new mexico a state that is 2 to 1 democrat. He left office with a billion dollar surplus and was arguably the most fiscally conservative governor ever. He is a true Statesman and practices good stewardship of your tax dollars. He also will not engage in mud slinging or name calling. He ran two campaigns in NM where he never mentioned his opponent. He will stick to the issues and not try to blame obama. I met Gary Johnson twice last year in my state of MO.. Once when he spoke at UMKC and another event he spoke at Missouri Southern State University. in Joplin Mo. He took the time to answer all my questions and sincerely listened to my concerns.. He is obviously working harder than the other candidates! For this he has earned my vote and support! If you have not heard of Governor Gary Johnson, Google him!

  • WayTooSerious

    Lots of people, who are like Bill Maher (for example) who are pro-taxes, imply that they think that swaths of government revenue is generated from the Taxes imposed on workers and the private industry.

    The INTEREST on our national debt is now greater than our entire GDP, of which we only tax a minor percentage. By eliminating (at least) Federal Income Taxes, we would enable more entrepreneurs to start new businesses of which AT LEAST SOME will become successful to grow into large businesses that will, possibly, eventually, and altogether, employ thousands to millions of people.

  • jorge soreass

    why do yo guys insist on writing what this fool says about anything. I value my german shepherds opinion on politics more than his. Irrelevant people should be ignored. Why do you give this clown an audience way bigger and much smarter and interesting than Maher. I rather watch paint dry than listen to this has been hefner hanger on

    • OldMexican

      Re: jorge soreass,

      why do yo guys insist on writing what this [Maher] fool says about anything.

      It’s a thinly disguised attempt by the neo-connish establishment at the DC to smear Ron Paul.

      “Bill Maher endorses him – well, then, Paul can’t be good, can he?”

      Seems like Paul’s anti-Fed message is resonating with the Beltway crowd, scaring them out of their wits. “If we end the Fed, how can we fund all of our profligacy? Nooooo! We can’t have THAT! Let’s smear!”

      • Justin

        This makes no sense. Bill Maher’s endorsement of Ron Paul is not a conspiracy. Just listen to yourself.

  • Jeffersonianideal

    It’s a left-handed endorsement of Ron Paul at best. Bill Maher never suggested he would vote for Ron Paul over the object of his affection, Barack Obama.

    Those who have followed Maher’s shaky career and even shakier political identity, will recall when he boldly announced his ties to libertarianism in the year 2000. That occurred when libertarian presidential candidate Harry Browne was a guest on Maher’s ABC program, “Politically Incorrect”. During the show, Maher introduced Browne this way:

    “He is the libertarian candidate, [Maher raises fist in support] yes sir, For President of the United States, Mr. Harry Brown right over here!”

    As Browne took his seat on the stage, Maher said to him, “Harry, good to see you my fellow libertarian.”

    Maher continued:

    “All week long we have had the candidates for President who can’t get the airtime that they deserve and I’m a libertarian, yes absolutely. We had Ralph Nader, we had Hagelin, we had the socialist guy.”

    Other quotable Maher quotes that evening included:

    “And that’s why I’m a libertarian.”

    “You and I are for the government getting out of our lives, what the republicans used to be for, by the way.”

    “But you see, free of Social Security, I betcha they don’t like that. You know, they don’t want to be free of the government goodies.”

    Maher slowly moved away from reasonable thinking to promote collectivist doctrines and to heap praise onto the leviathan state. His early interest in Ron Paul centered only around two of Maher’s own causes, ending the war and marijuana legalization. For this, Dr. Paul earned Maher’s personal hero award. During Ron Paul’s first appearance on Real Time, Maher claimed to be a libertarian but referred to himself as “Chairman Mao” in comparison to Ron Paul, his adherence to the constitution and his unyielding loyalty to maximizing personal liberty. Maher flashes his fake libertarian ID card every once in a while or when the democrats don’t live up to his expectations.

    Whenever Maher feels compelled to cheerlead ethical, libertarian political principles, he does so only in the hopes doing so will fulfill his own personal interests. Everyone else’s life, liberty and pursuit of happiness be damned. It doesn’t seem to matter to his studio audience. Their Pavlovian responses to whatever Maher says are precisely controlled with the blinking of an applause light.

    Maher vacillates back and forth depending on who is in office, who is running and which issues, according to him, deserve the most attention. For all his flirtations with libertarian virtues, Maher refuses to apply himself when it comes to comprehending and subsisting on a core value within the libertarian credo. Consistency.

  • teabagger

    yeah bill,,,,go ahead and call me a teabagger to my face,,,,,I DARE YOU!

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  • KGC

    “… You know, they all act like God created the world in January of 2009, and then Barack Obama completely screwed it up…”

    I agree! You can ask any Democrat, and they’ll tell you the truth — anyone with an ounce of sense knows God created the world in January of 2001, at which time George W. Bush screwed it up! I mean, really!