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Saturday, March 8, 2008

“Before you get off on the bullshit part of the answer…”

posted by on March 8 at 12:31 PM

Bill Maher lays into Terry McAuliffe on Real Time. It’s required viewing.

Via Sullivan.

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Not much of laying into. In re the bullshit part of the answer, in 1992 it WAS "...the economy, stupid."

Posted by umvue | March 8, 2008 1:04 PM

He missed a great set-up.

"Hillary trumps McCain on foreign policy/"

If by 'Trumps' you mean agrees with almost all the time.

The more I see of Hillary's campaign, the less I like her.

Seems she only cares about HER winning the Presidency, not the Democratic Party.


Posted by Daniel | March 8, 2008 1:06 PM

TPM on Hillary's trumped-up foreign policy experience. The headline is "Please." Ha.

Posted by elenchos | March 8, 2008 1:09 PM

Mr Savage- first of all your past appearances on this show have been fantastic, I'm pretty happy seeing you be part of it, which surprised me at first

And yeah I am glad Maher brought up how Clinton practically said McCain would be better qualified for president than Obama. McAuliffe's answer to that "c'm on Bill, toughen up" really took me aback. What the fuck, these establishment democrats are nuts. Maher should have followed up saying ok Terry, if Obama is the democratic candidate, hasn't Clinton put the McCain campaign in a MUCH better position to possibly defeat Obama in November?

Mr. McAuliffe, when is the last time you can remember democratic rivals in a primary saying the republican nominee for president would be better than a fellow democratic challenger?

Posted by Brian | March 8, 2008 1:22 PM

What exactly was bleeped out? Was it something they would have said on Deadwood?

Posted by marie | March 8, 2008 1:24 PM

Bill Maher's show seems to have an unexpected technical error (several times with that screen) every 3 shows, I swear. Even problems with security guards not handling unruly audience members. Usually Maher seems more pissed about this sort of thing. Who knows, it may have been on McAuliffe's end. But I really doubt anything was bleeped out, just about anything flies on this show. Even when Maher had to throw out the 9/11 truth movement heckler they didn't edit it out of the show.

Posted by Brian | March 8, 2008 1:29 PM

Funny how once the question of BILL's own "foreign policy experience came up, McAuliffe wove, dodged, and... oops... what happened to the feed?

Posted by Andy Niable | March 8, 2008 1:33 PM

(Bill CLINTON's foreign policy experience that is, not Bill Maher's)

Posted by Andy Niable | March 8, 2008 1:35 PM

Thanks for explaining. I wish this story had taken a more violent and/or expletive-filled turn. Just cos nothing good is on HBO now.

Posted by marie | March 8, 2008 1:44 PM

I thought Jeremy Scahill was going to launch across the table and choke Joe Scarborough. Why is it that guys who have their own TV shows can't shut the fuck up when they're the guest on someone else's show?

Also, thanks to Terry McAuliffe, I now know that there weren't terrorist cells around the world when Bill Clinton was running for President in 1992 like there are now. Except for that group in 1993 that bombed the WTC. We didn't hear from them again, did we? I wonder whatever happened to them...

Posted by Mac | March 8, 2008 1:56 PM

I can't watch this. I find myself wanting to scream at Clinton people on the TV like I scream at Bush people. Blech.

Posted by Michigan Matt (soon to be Baltimatt) | March 8, 2008 1:58 PM

Last year I just felt sort of so-so towards Clinton. I might have voted for her. Watcing her campaign makes me feel hostile towards her.

She whines about how everyone is out to get her, but all the animosity brewing from me is coming straight from her.

Posted by KB | March 8, 2008 2:02 PM

Turn this upside down: how in the hell does Clinton "trump McCain on national security"? She has ZERO national security credentials. She's already described how she brought peace to Northern Ireland by having a cup of tea. What other experience has she got, really? Besides just saying it over and over?

McCain will DESTROY her in this area in the general election, since the only thing that distinguishes her he's got far more of.

Posted by Fnarf | March 8, 2008 2:39 PM

@13, Agreed, Fnarf, and even though saying a lot of pro-Obama things automatically gets one branded "OBAMATON" on the Slog, one CAN still have an open mind and, at the same time, look at Hillary standing next to McCain at the debates, and after Senator Clinton tries (correctly) to lambast him about his support of the war and "the surge," he simply smiles and say, "and you voted to authorize it, fund it, and voted for Kyl-Lieberman about Iran, so apparently we're on the same side here. But I've been to war, have you?" etc etc etc...

Posted by Andy Niable | March 8, 2008 3:18 PM

Yup. And Lieberman is going to be his veep, so there goes Clinton's lunch pail and Northeast vote.

Posted by Fnarf | March 8, 2008 3:26 PM

Here's another unrelated question: Why the fuck has Texas only counted 41% of its caucus votes? That's embarrassing.

Posted by Fnarf | March 8, 2008 3:28 PM

If she's the nominee, Clinton better get new advisers and a new theme for the general. Because if she runs on experience -- esp. foreign policy -- against McCain, she is toast.

The strategy of her campaign may be good against Obama, but it will be a disaster in the general.

Posted by gnossos | March 8, 2008 3:35 PM

this election is NOT going to be decided on national security. the economy is going to be in the fucking TOILET by november.

have you noticed that gas is $3 fucking 50 a gallon?

she IS a monster, you know.

Posted by maxsolomon@home | March 8, 2008 3:46 PM

@18, I always thought liberals wanted high gas prices to promote whatever idiotic causes they have. Heck, according to some of your liberal friends, they think it should be higher (like Europe's). Maybe you should cross over & join us.

Posted by President McCain | March 8, 2008 3:52 PM

Yeah, gas should be $5 a gallon, rising to $6 in 2010. What's yer point?

Posted by Fnarf | March 8, 2008 4:18 PM

@20, I assume you are addressing #18. I can afford and will pay the higher cost for gas. So, it's not a problem for me.

Posted by President McCain | March 8, 2008 5:10 PM

This race might be close (Hello, Texas!), but Hillary is far ahead of Barry when it comes to ruining the Democratic Party. Her actions might well prove to be unforgivable, so score TWO for the GOP, Hillary will be diminished (even if she's not the nominee) and the Dees will lose in November. Go McCain!

Posted by Go McCain | March 8, 2008 6:19 PM

Lance Cpl. Drew W. Weaver

Hometown: St. Charles, Missouri, U.S.

Age: 20 years old

Died: February 21, 2008 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Unit: Marines, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Incident: Killed while conducting combat operations in Anbar province.

Posted by DW | March 8, 2008 6:45 PM

terry does excel at answering different questions than the ones that were asked.

Posted by infrequent | March 8, 2008 6:49 PM

21: Well, good for you. Being on the left and actually believing that prices should be jacked up until putting gas in the car is untenable, I don't drive myself, and I save a shitload of money as a result. I'm glad you can absorb the cost, but I'm more happy that I don't have to shoulder it at all.

Posted by Jay | March 8, 2008 7:28 PM

Hell, forget about raising gas prices. Why not ration it? Give everyone 30 gal/month, put federal charges for hoarding or selling it on the black market, and enforce those regs.

Same with tires: one pair per year.

THAT's how you fight terrorists. Take away their money.

But we're too stupid, fat, and selfish to be pried out of our cars like that. We might have to interact with people or something awkward like that. Much better to put a yellow ribbon on your car and vote Republican. That will make everything minty-fresh.

Posted by catalina Vel-DuRay | March 8, 2008 7:50 PM

@10 - Yep that was the weirdest part of the interview. Apparently it's now part of "common knowledge" that the bad guys sprung up from nothing on 9/11 and that there's absolutely no point whatsoever in looking at how they got there.

*Always* been at war with Oceania. *Always*. Anyone who tells you we used to run guns for them? Well that sort of bastard probably's some kind of wet simp anyway...

Posted by bakfiets | March 8, 2008 7:59 PM

I`m sitting there watching this, and having an incredible sense of deja vu. I remember these people! Spin, spin, spin. The rest of the country remembers them, too. They`re the reason George Bush is president. I`m feeling at this moment not quite sure I would vote for Hillary in the general, now. I`m not entirely sure I would. Multiply that by millions of independent voters and....

President John McCain, ladies and gentlemen!

Posted by Grant Cogswell | March 8, 2008 9:33 PM

I didn't think there was anything all that unusual about that interview. Didn't particularly think that Maher "laid into" Terry, nor did I think that Terry's answers were any different than any other politician or campaign worker's would have been. Their job is to try to make their candidate look good, so of course he's going to try to answer the questions in a way that makes her look good. I thought this clip was going to be alot more interesting...

Posted by Julie | March 8, 2008 9:33 PM


you get points for coming up with the most laughable and worst idea on how to fight terrorists. gas rationing and prohibition.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | March 9, 2008 12:22 AM

#28, get a grip Grant

Sorry to spoil your late night bashing haze

Nov. vision ....motivated by a fierce and absolute desire to end the Bush years and not vote in War McMonger, millions and millions of old and new Democrats and astute Indies will fund, volunteer and vote in a winning national Democrat ticket ...

Welcome President _____________________ Now Sir/Madme, deliver America from the evils of the past eight years. Thank gods, angels and Mother Earth.

Posted by John | March 9, 2008 3:33 AM

Grant I thought your man Nader had something to do with it. You didn't support Gore because of the Clintons?
Who knew?

I like Obama although I think he is a bit of an empty suit. He hasn't stayed with anything for very long nor does he have much of track record of actually doing things. Look up his community work - he himself says he probably got more out of it than the people. He gave a speech in 2002, as did hundreds of elected across the country, but later he said while running for the Senate that he would have voted for the 2002 resolution.
After the speech what did he do to work against the war?

I will vote Dem whether it is Obama, Clinton or Gore.

Posted by McG | March 9, 2008 9:41 AM

Aw, I`m just trying to be scary. But seriously, though, yuck. Oh, Ralph Nader, the gift that keeps on giving. Hindsight is 20/20.

Posted by Grant Cogswell | March 9, 2008 2:24 PM

bu..bu...bu..bu...but... before you get off on the bullshit part of the answer....

love that.

Posted by M | March 9, 2008 6:43 PM

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