On episode #318 on “Real Time with Bill Maher” which aired on 5/23/14, Maher and his panelists discussed the primary elections. Maher said comedians had a field day with far-right Tea Party loonies: Christine (I am Not a Witch) O’Donnell, Todd (Legitimate Rape) Aiken, and Sharon (2nd amendment rights) Angle.
[Note: I did a news print poem, Legitimate Lunkheads, about Todd Aiken.]
This year, more mainstream Republicans seem to be winning in the Republican primaries. Or maybe not. The Tea Party has moved the Republican party so far to the right that there is no difference anymore, except one difference, the current crop knows not to say loony things in public.
Maher cited all the reasons why John Boehner is the new head of the Tea Party. Just look at the bills he has brought (or refused to bring) to the floor of the House and his own votes.
· Shut down the government
· Repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)—50 times
· Derailed immigration reform
· Cut food stamps
· Repealed the ban on energy inefficient light bulbs
· Voted to stop studying climate change
· Voted to investigate Benghazi for the eighth time
I will add not extending unemployment benefits, andnot allowing a vote to raise the minimum wage, and also one for equal pay for women.
How is John Boehner not the head of the tea party?
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Guests for May 23, 2014
Jose Antonio Vargas: journalist, filmmaker, and the founder of “Define American” an organization dedicated to immigration, is most famous for his New York Times article, “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant.” His new documentary, Documented is in theaters now.
Sarah Silverman: comedian, writer, and actress, author of The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee, star of the former (very funny) TV series, The Sarah Silverman Show. She is in a new movie titled A Million Ways to Die in the West, based on a novel by Seth MacFalane.
David Frum: senior editor at The Atlantic, political commentator, former George W. Bush speechwriter, and author of several books, the most recent being a novel, Patriots
Michael Smerconish: political talk show host on Sirius radio and CNN, and the author of several non-fiction books. His most recent book is a novel about a talk show host, Talk: A Novel
Anna Devere Smith: actress, playwright, and professor, currently featured in Showtime’s Nurse Jackie.