#MittRomney u fucking loser, pack it in, when Black Elvis gets jiggy with his teleprompter ur dead meat
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) September 7, 2012
Okay, I’ll admit it- Sometimes it seems like I pick on Bill Maher. While tons of people say stupid things for which they are not held to account, I tend to focus on the ridiculous things Maher says. Some may wonder why. It’s simple, really. Maher is the sucker-puncher of political discourse.
Fearful of an honest discussion of the issues, Maher is the master of holding other people to a standard that he, himself, is unwilling or unable to meet. He discusses topics, but while others cite facts and display an understanding of the issues at hand, Maher slips in with a lame joke and brings the level of discourse down.
When he gets cornered, he excuses himself from the grown-ups’ conversation by saying an inflammatory, bold pseudo-joke and slips away while people are still reeling from the verbal sucker-punch. He is a fraud.
There are tons of people out there with whom I disagree, but I still view as valid as they bring something of merit to the table of political discourse. There is scarcely anything on which James Carville and I would agree, but at least he engages. Likewise, Alan Colmes elevates the level of discussion. Hell, I even enjoy laughing at “my” side; my favorite comedians are George Carlin and Lewis Black. It’s not that someone has to agree with me or that they can’t be funny; all I ask is that political pundits actually engage on topics, not throw up a smokescreen of insults and sophomoric jokes when the going gets tough.
I follow quite a few political pundits on Twitter. (https://twitter.com/GregCampbell_18) Most of them throw out a few jokes here and there, but with the main purpose being expressing a relevant point. On Thursday, Maher tweeted the above tweet that read, “#MittRomney u fucking loser, pack it in, when Black Elvis gets jiggy with his teleprompter ur dead meat.”
First of all, way to keep it both classy and intelligent, Bill. Nothing says, “I’m a professional” like calling a presidential candidate a “fucking loser.”
Recent polls show a dead heat between the two candidates. If that wasn’t bad news enough for the Obama Campaign, it should be noted that at this time in the 1980 election, Carter was 4 points over challenger Ronald Reagan, who won with a huge margin. And that was with Carter running a smarter campaign than Obama and with a better economy. So, if I were Bill, I might be a little more reserved with my oh-so-sophisticated election analysis.