Maher: Democrats can win if they ‘stick to their guns’ like Republicans do

By David Ferguson
Saturday, June 9, 2012 10:31 EDT
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Maher gives advice to Democrats
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On Friday night’s edition of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher delivered some advice to the Democratic Party in the wake of the unsuccessful recall election against Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker (R). The outspoken Maher advised that if Democrats would be more stubborn and intractable and less beholden to polls and public opinion, then they’d get results and win more elections.

Sitting on a panel consisting of Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne, Business Insider editor Michael Brendan Dougherty and filmmaker John Waters, Maher conceded that Dionne was correct when he said that “outside money” played a huge role in this election. Maher, however, also believes that the Democrats have a broader strategic flaw in their thinking.

Maher argued that one of the reasons Walker won the election was because he “stuck to his guns,” unlike Democrats who are forever consulting poll numbers and worrying that they will run too far afield of public opinion.

“[Republicans] don’t fear polls. Democrats fear polls and follow polls. Republicans look at the polls and go, ‘So what? We’ll change it. Public option is popular? We’ll make it unpopular. Unions are popular? No big deal.’”

Watch the clip, embedded via Mediaite, below:

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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