Maher: GOP has moved beyond obstruction to treason

By David Ferguson
Saturday, May 18, 2013 10:36 EDT
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On Friday night’s edition of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher and guests filmmaker Michael Moore, commentator S. E. Cupp and New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin discussed the obstructionist Republican Congress and its mission to take down the president by taking down the country. Moore opined that the Republican Party is a “squealing dinosaur” whose time has come.

Maher began the segment by talking about how prices among top health insurers are falling since the implementation of Obamacare.

“They did a test and they put, you know, what insurance would cost if you were a 40-year-old, non-smoker and instantly, the two highest priced insurers went down,” Maher said.

“This is the heart of Obama,” he said. “This is the heart of capitalism. I’m wondering why the people who love the free market so much are not for this.”

“And what about trying to repeal it for the 37th time?” he went on. “Is that a wise use of our time and resources? At some point, obstruction becomes, um, I dunno, treason.”

He went on to list how Republicans are blocking the nominations of a new head for the EPA, a chief circuit court judge for the city of Washington, D.C. and dozens of other government posts that are going unfilled because Republicans won’t let any of Obama’s nominees get voted on in Congress.

“At some point,” Maher said, “it becomes more about hating him than loving our country.”

“No, they hate America,” said Moore. “I think that’s really what it is.”

He went on to say that “conservatives and right-wingers,” as much as they profess to love this country, “they hate it. They hate the government, they hate the people.”

He went on to say, however, to Maher, “I’m not as depressed about this as you are.”

Young people, he said, are retreating from the Republican Party and abandoning its principles as outdated and overly moralistic.

Young people today, he said, “they’re not bigots, they’re not haters.” The Republican Party is a “squealing dinosaur” that is coming face-to-face with its own extinction.

Watch the video, embedded below via Mediaite:

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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