March 06, 2004

Bill Maher

Bill Maher's Friday night politics party on HBO is a regular stop for me on the television train. I like Bill. I don't always like his takes, but I appreciate the objectivity he is willing to demonstrate. He is pretty objective for a guy who obviously leans left. He's fair and balanced with his guests too, like Dennis Miller as I described a couple of days ago. Bill's panels will have at least one conservative. Last night's show had Stephen Moore, the head of Club for Growth. That's the gang who did the ad skewering Howard Dean that showed in Iowa before their caucuses. The ad was hilarious.

He's also had Heather Wilson on his show twice. She's the Republican Congresswoman from right here in Albuquerque. Once on the panel, and once Friday following her upset in a committee hearing over Janet Jackson's boob slippage. Which i never saw, Heather's fit that is, I've got Janet on tape. :-)

I don't like it when Bill makes fun of middle and southern America. Sometimes those entertainer-types out in California forget how many millions they alienate when they do things like Bill's "Kobe Teeth" character, making fun of rural patriots, people like many of my family members.

Maher makes no secret of the fact that he dislikes Bush, but will still call a spade a spade. A couple of weeks ago the issue came up of jobs going overseas, and he pointed out that in New Delhi, the people there can add, unlike the people here, because of our deficient educational system. He then went on the relate bad American schools to the fact that we can't fire a bad teacher, because the teachers' unions own democrat politicians. He is willing to be objective and even expresses approval of some of what Da Prez has done, I just can't remember offhand what that is.

I'll comment on his future shows if so inspired. By the way, Bill has a blog.

Posted by Wayne at March 6, 2004 03:46 PM
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