Maher: Conservatism is not an ideology, ‘It’s just about being a dick’

By David Ferguson
Saturday, June 23, 2012 10:51 EDT
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On this week’s edition of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher dedicated the last segment of his “New Rules” feature to conservatives’ penchant for finding spokesmen among the pre-shaving set. This week internet radio sensation Caiden Cowger made a splash for his recorded rant about LGBT teens in his area.

Maher coined a New Rule to mark the occasion, saying to conservatives, “If a 14-year-old can deliver your message, it’s not because he’s gifted. It’s because intellectually, you’re a child.”

Watching Cowger deliver his spiel is a little eerie, from the way he cocks his head at the ends of phrases and shapes his points in the air with his hands, “It’s like one of those time travel movies where Rush Limbaugh goes back in time to when he only needed one Oxycontin to get high.”

Caiden and CPAC 2011 darling Jonathan Krohn are perfect exemplars of conservative Republican philosophy, said Maher, and that’s a problem. “When 14-year-old boys sound exactly like you do and can produce radio shows and books and speeches that sound exactly like yours,” he said, “maybe you should rethink the shit that comes out of your mouth.”

He went on, “Remember the Republican debates we had this year? They applauded for the idea of letting a sick man without insurance die. Herman Cain got cheers for saying he’d electrify the border fence. They booed a gay man serving his country in the military. No wonder 14-year-old boys can do your act, you act exactly like 14-year-old boys. There’s no ideology here. It’s just about being a dick.”

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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