Bill Maher’s Sad Spin on the Election

Bill Maher was befuddled by last week’s election as he discussed the results with his Real Time panel, which included Time magazine editor-at-large Fareed Zakaria. Maher could not understand why voters would cast their ballots for Republicans.

The leftist ideologue stubbornly refused to accept the simplest explanation, that voters parted with President Obama and his Democratic party on ideology. In fact, the simplest explanation was so unpalatable to Maher, he conjured up a nonsensical alternative.

[The blue dogs] lost on Tuesday. Those [Democrats] who said, “You know what? I’m not with Obama. I disavow him, even though he’s my president in my party.” They lost.

What does that tell you? You know, it tells me that this election was lost when Obama didn’t back the public option. To me, that was the one key thing that said to the people – You know what? This is no different than the Al Gore Democrats, the old Al Gore playbook. “Let’s run from our achievements. And let’s not stand for what we believe in.”

To his credit, Zakaria did not let Maher get away with such cognitive acrobatics.

It’s difficult to imagine independents saying, “I’m gonna vote for extremely right-wing Republicans because Obama wasn’t left-wing enough… I think it’s more plausible to say that they perceived, rightly or wrongly, that he had moved too far left… Fundamentally, 85% of the country has healthcare and worries about cost. 15% [of the country] doesn’t [have healthcare] and worries about access. What [Obama] did was, he dealt with the issue of the 15% before he dealt with the issue of the 85%.

Zakaria is hardly a conservative apologist, but has a capacity Maher lacks to see beyond his own perspective. Indeed, it strains credulity to imagine voters turned out for Republicans in retaliation for not getting an explicit public option in Obamacare. If anything, voters holding to such far left ideology likely stayed home for lack of enthusiasm.

We shouldn’t give Zakaria too much credit though, as he fails to acknowledge how the cost concerns of those 85% of Americans he cites have been exasperated by Obamacare, while the access worries of the other 15% remain. It is not as though the minority was seen to at the expense of the majority. No one outside Washington got what they wanted, except for insurance companies who were lured by the short-term boon of an expanded customer base into ignoring the long-term death sentence of unsustainable mandates.

This election was a referendum on socialism. It was a rejection of elitism, arrogance, and the nanny-state. It follows that arrogant elitists who fancy themselves our nannies, like Maher, would be incapable of understanding that.

Walter Hudson is a political commentator and co-founder of Minnesota’s North Star Tea Party Patriots, a statewide educational organization. He runs a blog entitled Fightin Words. He also contributes to True North, a hub of Minnesotan conservative commentary. Follow his work via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

  • Birther101

    Leave it to Bill Maher to be 180 degrees out of phase with the truth.

  • jacob

    OBAMA and the Democraps failed to realize that you can fool some of the people some of the time but can't fool all of he people all of the time…

    Asides from the media ramming him down our throats, who, for all intent and purpose, knew anyting about this PARACHUTIST, ??

    To me, he was a repetition of the JIMMY WHO phenomenon, as I vividly remember the night of the radio interview in which this nickname was coined, when he stated his name was JIMMY CARTER and the interviewer said : JIMMY WHO ?? and then he added :

    Yes :
    The worst there ever was until now, when there is a clear toss up with OBAMA ! ! !

  • Kate

    Bill Who?

  • tagalog

    Please let the leftie commentators in our society keep on proclaiming that the failure of our left-wing political leaders is due to their not being left enough. Keep that one up, fellas!

  • USMCSniper

    Never mind, Bill Maher at his funeral will be the only guy all dressed up with no place to go.

  • therealend

    May Pelosi become the minority leader, Bill Maher, Behar and Olbermann remain on TV and may Biden, Clinton and Cater never stop talking. (no, I haven't lost my mind and don't subtract any points from me either, just think it through)

  • rtk_51

    If they could understand what had happened they wouldn't be blindly supporting the left, since they are advising the left to commit suicide, set back and enjoy the show.

  • Ben

    Actually, you are incorrect to say that the election was a repudiation of socialism. If, as you suggest in your article, that the reason why healthcare destroyed Obama was that he went for coverage for 15% of people instead of the base costs for 85% of people, then it must be that if he had gone after these costs, that it would not have destroyed him. But, to go after these costs would have required far more "socialist" measures than were actually implemented, such as crushing drug companies or socializing doctors' pay. Be careful what you wish for.

  • Ghostwriter

    Bill Maher is a dipstick. I still remember his little gem about driving cars being akin to terrorism. I'm amazed he's still on TV,spewing his inane twaddle on the rest of us.

  • Jim Johnson

    The primary concern of the public is unemployment . When people are out of work and out on the streets they have on focus:employment. What ever economic non sense caused the recession is not the immediate concern of the public or businessmen. They want one thing. "Get us out of this recession NOW"
    So what is the first thing Obama does? He cooks up a Rube Goldberg health care machine.
    The public was mystified . They couldn't understand why he doesn't go to work and turn the mess around.
    Instead of even trying Obama allows even larger number of immigrants into the US to compete with Americans for Jobs.
    Socialist,Moderate,or what ever who cares; he is not solving the most important problem at hand and that is unemployment.
    The major thought that seems to be on most peoples mind about Obama and his wandering mind is "Is he Nuts"

    Perhaps Bill Maher lives in a mayonnaise jar some where and doesn't get out much. But no one cares what causes Bill Maher to have such far off interpretations . He doesn't matter. The public only wants people who can solve the problem not in people who can only tell jokes.

  • nannygoat

    Even the die hard leftist burn outs are tired of Maher. He ain't funny anymore….he's a depressing, irrelevant commentator…..or is that a common tater? No difference.

  • Jim Johnson

    The primary concern of the public is unemployment . When people are out of work and out on the streets they have on focus:employment. What ever economic non sense caused the recession is not the immediate concern of the public or businessmen. They want one thing. "Get us out of this recession NOW"

  • Biodun

    i love this.