With the presidential election just under two years away, Real Time host Bill Maher said on Friday, the first sign of a prospective candidacy is the release of a book laying out their ideas for the country.
“It’s de rigeur,” Maher told his panelists. “You gotta put out that pablum book.”
With that in mind, Maher joked, his staff “hacked emails” in order to gain access to what he said were the working titles of books released by various conservative figures.
“Rick Perry has a book: Fed Up! Our Fight To Save America From Washington,” Maher said. “Original title? Bush For Dummies: Guvamint Allwaze Rong.”
Similarly, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s (R) latest book, America By Heart, Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag — “she left out ‘Fetuses,’ Maher quipped — was originally titled, Hey Sucker: Yeah, You. Give Me $29.95.
Speaking of governors, Maher argued that the prospect of Florida’s Jeb Bush entering the race prompted the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, to begin loudly speculating about running again.
“As soon as Jeb Bush said he was getting in, Mitt Romney was like, ‘I gotta get in there, I’m not gonna get the money; Chris Christie’s gonna eat my lunch. And then get the donor money.'” Maher said.
While everyone from Mike Huckabee to Rand Paul to Ben Carson had released their own books, Maher also covered billionaire Donald Trump’s latest literary offering, Think Big: Make It Happen In Business And Life.
“Better than the working title, Me Want Banana, Me Climb There: Inside The Mind Of a Half-Human, Half-Orangutang Billionaire,” Maher said, before daring Trump, “Oh, go sue me again!”
Watch Maher’s commentary, as posted online on Friday, below.