At the end of the last series of Bill Maher, the highlight for many people came when Andrew Sullivan scratched his well-gluted posterior. The left cheek if I recall.
I now think it was a sign. Bill Maher is always talking about needing more conservatives on his show (and he’s right). And when he did – Andrew Sullivan and Ann Coulter – they trashed President Bush. !!!
Tonight’s episode was the best in a long time. Much much better than last week in fact (which was the show’s “bye week”).
I had a serious scare when I thought Ann Coulter was going to be one of the sit-down guests that I would have to endure all night. But no, she was on the TV screen ahead of former Iraqi soldier, current author Kayla Williams who was perhaps the most interesting person because she was “real.” She’s written
Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army
But Salman Rushdie was a pleasant surprise because of his humor; because as an intellectual he appeared as a wet one, not a dry intellectual.
Even Ben Affleck was a pleasant surprise, articulate about most things but most articulate about being a gun owner and – sort of – calling Maher on his shit about Florida’s newish “shoot-on-grounds” law.
I love those type of surprises. There is nothing one-dimensional about this show, despite what it’s empty detractors say; there are constant surprises.
I don’t know if it was the funniest moment but what struck me as the funniest moment of the entire show was the final “New Rules” about President Bush hiring his cronies – finding the first choice within a 30-foot radius of the Oval Office. There was sometihng aobut the deadpan delivery which cracked me up completely.
I will update with the transcript when I find it. It ended with (paraphrased), “At least with President Clinton when he said he was tapping the woman next door it was just for sex not for the United States Supreme Court.”