Maher and Grayson: GOP is just ‘corporate shills, Jesus freaks and gun nuts’

By David Ferguson
Saturday, October 5, 2013 10:40 EDT
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Bill Maher begs rich liberals to 'get in the game' [YouTube]
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Friday night on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher and panel discussed the chaotic state of the Republican Party. The division that is most immediately apparent is the line between the tea party, far-right caucus and the old guard establishment Republicans. Maher and Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) said that the real division in the party is multifold, an amalgamation of “corporate shills, Jesus freaks and gun nuts.”

Maher began the segment by suggesting that if the GOP wants to cut something so badly, they should cut something we don’t actually need, like the war in Afghanistan.

“Why don’t we leave there early?” he said. “It’s still costing us a hundred billion dollars a year to be there. Why the EPA? Why is it always stuff like that?”

MSNBC reporter Suzy Khimm that there is a division on the right between the “grassroots” tea party and Wall Street bankers.

“I see it a little differently,” said Grayson. “I think there’s three Republican parties. There’s the corporate shills, there’s the religious fanatics and then there are the ‘freedom’ fiends, the one that want to make sure that you have the right to sleep under a bridge.”

“So, Jesus freaks, generic obese suburbanites, and let me add the super-rich,” added Maher. “That’s the Republican Party, isn’t it?”

Watch the video, embedded via YouTube user “Walter Cronkite,” 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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