Friday night on "Real Time with Bill Maher," host Bill Maher dedicated part of his weekly "New Rules" segment to asking why such a tiny number of angry, out-of-touch conservatives can wield such a disproportionate amount of power of the Republican Party and over national policy.
From the NRA to "One Million Moms," Maher said, powerful conservative lobbies that don't reflect the values of the American people can somehow dictate what politicians on both sides are willing to stand for.
It's a problem Maher has dubbed "shit-kicker inflation, which is the problem of all things conservative being portrayed as way bigger than they really are."
Only on the right, he said, is it so possible for a "relatively small group of very shrill people" to dictate to the majority. For example, Bill Donahoe's Catholic League, which Maher said gets so exercised about trivial crap that it even "makes Pat Robertson say, 'Oh, for Christ's sake, relax!'"
The problem with the Catholic League, said Maher, is that there is no "league." "It's just one guy with a fax machine," he said.
Similarly, the One Million Moms have less than 3,000 Twitter followers.
It all ties in with the current gathering of conservatives in Washington, CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, where the looniest and most far-flung reaches of the far right are given a microphone and a chance to court the next generation of Republicans.
These people, Maher said, don't even reflect the Republican Party. They're just so loud, he said, "they haven't noticed America has moved on without them."
Watch the video, embedded below via Mediaite: