Opinion: Bill Maher mockingly calls ‘Republicanism’ a ‘religion’ but would vote for Ron Paul

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Bill Maher was a guest on ‘Anderson Cooper 360' Tuesday night, talking about the winners and losers of Monday’s GOP presidential debate. Maher was brutal in his analysis of the candidates but said he would pick Rep. Ron Paul for president because of the congressman’s sincerity and desire to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq.

On Ron Paul:

I’d vote for Ron Paul, if I had to pick. 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.

On analysis by others that Michele Bachmann did well during the debate:

She did well by what standard? Because she’s able to speak in complete sentences? 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.

On Republicanism:

Republicanism has 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.


On why Anthony Weiner should resign:

Not because I think he did anything so incredibly awful. I mean, Dick Cheney used to go out and shoot birds by the hundreds that were like in a cage. To me, that’s a lot more psychotic than anything Anthony Weiner ever did. But the point is this is America. We have to live in reality.


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-- Tony Pierce