Bill Maher looks to a bleak future as the shelling of Democrats looms — deadline
Bill Maher instinctively knows the doom that awaits Democrats on Election Day on Tuesday, as polls show the arrow pointing down for Big Blue,
So, despite a few jokes at the top of the show, he spent most of Friday Real Time trying to figure out how things went so wrong for an administration that came into office with the most votes in history and control of the legislature.
This week’s panel discussion included a senior political correspondent for The The New York Times and the author The Trustee: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breakdown of America, Maggie Haberman and The Washington Post CNN columnist and anchor Fareed Zakaria GPSFareed Zakaria.
None of the guests agreed with Maher’s rather bleak assessment of the Democrats’ outlook.
Maher questioned why the Supreme Court returning abortion to the states had so little effect on voter sentiment.
Zakaria had a simple answer: “The biggest problem is the economy and inflation.” He said people are as pessimistic as they were in the Great Recession of 2008, and noted that inflation is “more corrosive than people realize.”
Haberman pointed out that the White House’s embrace of the left is what they are fighting for.
Maher agreed, noting that parents see children returning to school after an absence and facing more social messages than education. “People want education, not indoctrination.”
The discussion shifted to Ukraine and how a change in legislative control could affect how the US handles that relationship.
“It’s going to be a real problem if the Republicans take the House,” Haberman said. “Not everyone wants to pull (funding) back.”
Zakaria painted it in worse terms. “If Russia wins, we are destroying the post-World War II order.” He added: “This should not be a partisan issue.”
Finally, the discussion turned to immigration and the open borders fostered by the Biden administration. Maher said Latino voters don’t necessarily support Democrats as much as the party imagined.
Zakaria insisted: “Americans generally do not have a problem with immigration. I lived that life myself. But they see a system that has collapsed, a breakdown of law and order, rules.” The result, he said, is that “people look at this and say the whole system has collapsed”.
Haberman noted that “many Latino voters feel that the Democratic Party has taken away their giving.” That sentiment “will probably play out on Tuesday.”
Maher’s “New Rules” editorial was even more desperate. He mourned the end of democracy on Tuesday. He said no one is paying attention to the Jan. 6 congressional hearing or other issues of serious importance. “Anyway, no one can be sure of anything anymore.”
What will follow is endless talk about impeaching President Joe Biden, he predicted. “This is a ‘this can’t happen to us’ moment. We just don’t feel it yet.”
He concluded: “That’s why I invite you to vote”, he said and added that we should enjoy the time left for democracy. It’s like a McRib, here for a while and then gone, he said. “So enjoy it while you can.”
Earlier in the show, Maher spoke with Richard Reeves, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of About Boys and Men: Why the Modern Man Struggles, Why It Matters, and What to Do About It.
Boys struggle, both agree, and the education system is not adapted to their needs. Because of this, with more women attending college, men have not been able to keep up. It’s not good news for women either, as their marriage prospects diminish if there are too many men in mommy’s basement with no great prospects.
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