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Bill Maher Defends Ron Paul: ‘[He Is] In My Heart On Foreign Affairs, Not Barack Obama’
Mediaite ^ | January 13, 2012 | Josh Feldman

Posted on 01/14/2012 12:21:18 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

It’s no secret that Republican candidate Ron Paul is a favorite among liberal talk show hosts, but tonight Bill Maher vigorously defended the libertarian’s foreign policy positions and admitted they were more aligned with his own rather than President Obama. Maher fought with not just the panelists, but his own audience on this issue, dismissing most of them as “brainwashed liberals” unwilling to give Paul credit for taking a more progressive position on foreign issues than the president.

Maher admitted that Paul is the only Republican candidate who can get him to “rise out of my chair and applaud.” And while panelist Rob Reiner quipped this was only because of Paul’s position on drugs, Maher declared himself a supporter of Ron Paul’s views on foreign policy.

“One of the things he says is, ‘We’ve got an empire. And we should bring all the troops home.’ He’s the one who is, really, in my heart on foreign affairs, not Barack Obama.”

When Reiner noted that Maher’s sentiments only got him a “smattering of applause” from the audience, Maher responded by stating that it was because most of them are “brainwashed liberals.” This was met by a mixed reaction from the crowd, including an aside from Reiner that this is the kind of audience Maher attracts.

David Frum noted that many liberals are still opposed to Paul because of his views on the social safety net, but others like Maher are willing to overlook that because he is the only candidate in the race that doesn’t have a hawkish foreign policy position. Frum, however, gave credit to Rick Santorum, of all people, citing his willingness to talk about the middle class and upward mobility. He asked why Santorum gets no love from liberals for being more aligned with them on those issues despite his strong social conservatism as opposed to the love Paul gets despite being just as radical as his rivals (if not more so) on abolishing government agencies and other key issues.

Maher acknowledged that Santorum was the only candidate talking about upward mobility, but on other economic issues he’s still aligned with the rest of his party. Frum tried to argue that starting a dialogue was the best way to start coming up with policy solutions, but Debbie Wasserman-Schultz noted that “just because you say the word ‘middle-class’ doesn’t mean you’re for the middle class.”

Watch the video below, courtesy of HBO:

(VIDEO AT LINK)


TOPICS: Texas; Campaign News; Issues; Parties
KEYWORDS: billmaher; lping; obama; ronpaul; wot
Here endeth the lesson.
1 posted on 01/14/2012 12:21:28 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maher, Frum, Reiner and Little Debbie?

I couldn’t come up with a panel more brain-dead if I tried.


2 posted on 01/14/2012 12:28:47 AM PST by Darkwolf377 ( It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.--C.S. Lewis)
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To: Darkwolf377

Yep...no kidding.


3 posted on 01/14/2012 12:32:32 AM PST by dixiechick2000 (Proud barbarian TEA Party SOB and an evil Capitalist.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Darkwolf377; dixiechick2000

Get used to watching the libs fete (and fellate!) Dr. Paul for all they’re worth.

They’re just drooling in anticipation of him becoming the nominee, or, failing that, going Perot.


4 posted on 01/14/2012 12:36:53 AM PST by sinanju (ua)
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To: sinanju

I couldn’t imagine looking at the video clip. Seeing these obnoxious libs arguing over whether Paul is right on foreign policy, or if Santorum is half-bad or all bad, would make me lose my lunch, and every other meal for the past few days. I mean, man, what a depressing thought being in that audience—don’t those people have walls to stare at at home? It’d be a lot more interesting and a lot less angry.


5 posted on 01/14/2012 12:43:24 AM PST by Darkwolf377 ( It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.--C.S. Lewis)
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To: sinanju

“Get used to watching the libs fete (and fellate!) Dr. Paul for all they’re worth.”

Ha! I won’t be watching that kind of fest. I have too much respect for myself. lol


6 posted on 01/14/2012 12:45:30 AM PST by dixiechick2000 (Proud barbarian TEA Party SOB and an evil Capitalist.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Yer in my heart, your in my soul”.....


7 posted on 01/14/2012 12:46:15 AM PST by Carthego delenda est
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bill Maher is also a long time libertarian.


8 posted on 01/14/2012 12:54:27 AM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

‘We’ve got an empire. And we should bring all the troops home.’

Idiot...


9 posted on 01/14/2012 12:55:08 AM PST by Carthego delenda est
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To: Darkwolf377

Dollars to donuts they weren’t “arguing” at all. The good doctor/rep is their Great White Hope. If that kook gets nominated Obama will breeze his way back to a 2nd term.

That’s why they love Paul so.

Why do you think they spent eight years slobbering over “Maverick” John McCain? They knew he was a sure loser.


10 posted on 01/14/2012 12:57:40 AM PST by sinanju (ua)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; dixiechick2000
Maher responded by stating that it was because most of them are “brainwashed liberals.” This was met by a mixed reaction from the crowd, including an aside from Reiner that this is the kind of audience Maher attracts.

Rob Reiner and Bill Maher saying something perceptive in the same day.

Was the Guinness Book of World Records on hand to record this?

11 posted on 01/14/2012 1:24:54 AM PST by OddLane (If Lionel Hutz and Guy Smiley had a lovechild together, his name would be "Mitt Romney." -KAJ)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You can bring the troops home but they aren’t going to stay home. Paul has a simplistic child-like view of the world and an even lower understanding of history.

The most dangerous people on Earth are those like Ron Paul who shrug a lot.


12 posted on 01/14/2012 2:06:51 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Atlas shrugged and the free market survived.


13 posted on 01/14/2012 4:03:06 AM PST by goron (communism)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He has a HEART? He is VILE and EVIL!!


14 posted on 01/14/2012 4:06:49 AM PST by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bill Maher has a heart? Naaaahhhhh...


15 posted on 01/14/2012 4:39:15 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
But Paul just got a big evangelical endorsement in SC, and Maher despises religion. Just so confusing.
16 posted on 01/14/2012 5:35:53 AM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: throwback

Ronny and Bill have alot in common.
The both love Code Pink and hate Reagan and hate the GOP


17 posted on 01/14/2012 6:00:30 AM PST by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !H)
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To: goron

I would not trust the security of the free world and the capitalist system to an entertaining bit of fiction.


18 posted on 01/14/2012 6:18:36 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh, well, there you go. If this foul-mouthed paraphiliac is on board with Paul, I guess I am joining the Paulestinians, too.


19 posted on 01/14/2012 6:32:46 AM PST by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: OddLane

We’ve come full circle.

‘Meathead’ as the voice of reason. Who ever knew?

Somewhere, Carrol O’Connor is smiling.


20 posted on 01/14/2012 7:06:39 AM PST by pingman (Durn tootin'; I like Glock shootin'!)
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To: ansel12

“Bill Maher is also a long time libertarian.”

I am a conservative libertarian...though I don’t belong to their party because of folks like Ron Paul.

Mahar is a BIG ‘L’ Libertarian.


21 posted on 01/16/2012 11:44:25 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (Proud barbarian TEA Party SOB and an evil Capitalist.)
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To: OddLane

Amazing times we live in.

We live in a blue state and, at this moment in time, our best allies are blue people.

We, actually, have fiscal conservative dems!

Who ever would have thunk it?

Call Guinness ASAP! ;o)


22 posted on 01/16/2012 11:48:10 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (Proud barbarian TEA Party SOB and an evil Capitalist.)
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