It was a pretty boring show today. Maher's jokes fell flat and the new rules not so funny.
I purposely did not watch Coulter's segment. Not interested in anything she has to say.
Issa is a partisan lying liar as usual. Right off the bat, he wanted to jump on the Benghazi issue. Again, blaming the Obama Admin yada yada yada. Ben retorts that he's playing politics with a tragedy.
Ben seems like a very serious man now. It's clear he's no longer that guy who believed in hope and change. Realism has finally set him.
Brian Schweitzer didn't speak much. Seems like a nice guy. Disappointed in Maher not mentioning that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Montana's campaign donation limits, especially with the Governor right there.
Overall, not a very memorable show. No real interesting topic. I thought they would be all over the VP Debate. They weren't. Even Ben was mocking Biden. Normally, I'd catch a rerun if the show was really good. Today, once was more than enough.
I should note that while Ben went on a monologue about how Biden's interruptions and laughs seemed rude and how he (Ben) had taught his daughter that when someone is talking you should just listen, Ben himself couldn't restrain himself. When Issa was speaking, Ben gave that same frustrated face when you hear someone bullshitting.
What was it he taught his daughter again...?
[quote] how he (Ben) had taught his daughter that when someone is talking you should just listen
bull....Ben is never allowed to speak with the children
Ben Affleck used to be much more liberal in the past. He's clearly preparing to move a tad to the right due to his political aspirations. No question.
I give Issa props for appearing but he is so douchey when he tries to be funny and then laughs at his own non-jokes.
Show sucked. Cuntler and Maher clearly are friends so there was no smack down of the bitch. The ugly REpublican was angry and fun, but didn't have anyone to buck him because the Montana guy smiled too much and his comments lost their weight; Affleck was not on his game (did not want to offend some viewers with a big movie out this weekend?) and Maher seemed tired. Meh
If Ben had any political aspirations he may want to go a more conservative democtratic path, but not full on Republican. That's not going to happen.
I wish Ann Coulter would meet a bunch of "racists" in a dark alley.
I appreciate Ann Coulter appearances as an affirmation of my sanity and a challenge for my restraint to throw things at the TV screen while screaming 'you cunt, Cunt, CUNT, CUUUUUUNT!!!'.
Here's the full episode (until it gets pulled) . . .
Won't watch any show with AC on it. Ever. Can't stand Issa. He's a pig. I'm sure the Right will love Ben's movie about the Iranian hostage crisis. Great timing.
I like Ben Affleck. But I'm not seeing this movie. If he is so disappointed in Obama, WTF has he done about getting a better Congress elected.
I couldn't sit at the same table as Issa, and shame on Maher for inviting him. There are few people in this world I actually hate, but Maher managed to have two of them on his show last night. All he needed was Eric Cantor and it would have been a Trifecta.
One more thing. The fucking Right owns the airwaves. They control the AP wire, Faux "News," Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Hannity, O'Reilly, etc. I no longer subscribe to the "equal time" bullshit.
When Maher goes to the Right we need to boycott him and let him know we are. I like to see intelligent discussions with intelligent disagreements.
I am not saying he shouldn't have Conservatives on. Not at all. I am saying he needs to stop bringing on these assholes who are there more for the spectacle. He allows the circus to invade his hour and I don't need it.
After the Ann Coulter segment, which was unwatchable, it was a very good show. Sheila Bair was amazingly interesting, and I loved how all the rowdy boys shut up for a while and paid attention to someone who actually knows what she's talking about.
Also loved seeing the Montana guv repeatedly smack down Darrell Issa.
My only other thought on Ann Coulter is something I think every time she opens her mouth: This is some weird version of performance art, right? Because no sane person can believe the shit she says.
The show was more informative than entertaining. The panelists had some good questions for Bair, who was really exceptionally smart and articulate. I wish they'd have followed up on her comment how both parties are avoiding fixing finance, presumably because wall st owns them both.
R27 Totally agree about ann coulter. The shit that comes out of this woman is crazy and unbelievable! No one should give her a platform to spout her nonsense. Her opening segment about no more racists in this country was embarassing.
I agree r27, she has made a lot of money with her dog and pony show.
And I think for the most part, it's just that: an act.
It's all showbusiness, Darlings! They all have the same agents.
Ben's an asshole. He absolutely has political ambitions and is clearly a neo con:
[quote]Ben Affleck appeared on The O’Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel on Wednesday and strayed from liberal doctrine, defending Gen. David Petraeus and U.S. intelligence personnel who may have -- as host Bill O’Reilly put it -- “water-boarded” and “rendition-ed” people.
He's also all for war with Iran.
His movie basically glorifies getting (among others) the Shah's people out of Iran, because they were such wonderful people.
Loathe what he has become.
Sheila Bair was very good and is a good example of the kind of republican he should get on his show. Of course, she's got a book to sell or he may not have gotten her at all. He's had maybe one good panel all year because his conservative guests are bigmouthed morons.
I wonder how much Febreze they need to get rid of the rotten crotch smell after Coulter leaves.
I turned it off as soon as she was introduced. You have to be desperate to have Ann Coulter as a guest on your show, and while Maher may be a desperate host, I am not a desperate audience.
Issa and Coulter are even more revolting on the Overtime segment.
Ann reminds me of a grown up "Nancy" from "Little House on The Prairie" - in look and "assholery."
[quote]Brian Schweitzer is amazing. He's damn near the perfect presidential candidate but I don't think he cares to run.
He gave speeches to the Iowa and NH delegations at the DNC in Charlotte, which signals a presidential run in 2016. Chris Matthews asked him about it and Schweitzer smiled and hinted that it was a possibility.
Well, R32, that explains a lot. Matt Damon is shilling for the TD Ameritrade guy who is heavily invested in the Tea Party and the Extreme Right, rich nough to be up there with the Koch brothers. Matt Damon, who has been ripping Obama for the past year about education a subject he knows a lot about because "his mother was a scoolteacher."I've lost repsect for noth of them. Clooney & Pitt are moer authentic anyway.
Affleck is amazingly smart. It's funny in Overtime when he glares at Coulter. I wonder what he was thinking.
[quote] It was a pretty boring show today. Maher's jokes fell flat and the new rules not so funny.
That pretty much describes EVERY episode.
Maher is an ass. He loves to rake right wing nutjobs over the coals, but he makes an exception in Coulter's case. She must suck his dick or rim his ass or something. That's the only reason I can think of for his restrained behavior towards her and always making the excuse "she's a friend of mine."
You just know her hair smells like Marlboro Reds.
I'll admit I watched her interview. Anyone know what she was talking about her in regards to her 'biker boyfriend'?
Ben seems a little tick tongued
Ann always looks like a hooker in a cheap dress
Last week somebody posted a website where you could watch the episodes...anyone have it?
No r42 he's pretty polite to all his guests, including the wingnuts. He subscribes to the belief that when you invite someone on your show, you don't treat them like crap. Maher is well aware that his audience is made up of people like him so he knows it a tough crowd for Issa and Coulter. In past shows, I recall Maher telling an audience(s) off for saying or doing some rude off-camera to one of the guests.
When he was introducing Coulter, he told the audience to "be nice." Anyways, after that I changed the channel so I didn't see the interview.
I also agree with r27. How this woman is allowed to pontificate on any sane subject is beyond me. And another thing,these talk shows need a new bunch of talking heads to speak instead of the same old tired ones-Will,Gingrinch,Carvelle,Matalin,O'Reilly,Hannity,Limbaugh,Coulter,etc. Surely there are more than just a handful of people who are much more qualified to give their opinions on current events.
"When he was introducing Coulter, he told the audience to "be nice."
I think that's proof postive that she sucks his dick and licks his asshole.
I think Ben was a douche to complain about Biden interupting and say nothing about Mitt doing the same. Also on Bill's show you have no choice but to talk over someone if you want to say something and Ben did many times...
He probablly was trying to get Repigs to see his movie...
Yeah, R53, Ben was annoying. The best bit of acting I've ever seen him do was when he was talking about the mail he received from creepy older men. His eyes sort of glazed and he said "Yeah it was sick." The first time I've seen an actual emotion from him. Sorry, he's a terrible actor. Fuck his move to the middle. I still love Brian Schweitzer. I could see him being pretty solid in 2016. His speech at the convention was okay but he wowed me in shutting down Issa, something nobody seems able to do.
As a Montanan, we have been fortunate with Schweitzer as our governor. It's a shame we can't keep him in place, due to term limits. He has never gotten the memo about being mute or polite while someone's trying to sell him a pile of crap. He's a soil scientist by education and spent years as an irrigation specialist in the Middle East and Africa. He definitely has national aspirations and was on the short lists for Sec of Energy and Interior, but wanted to finish his second term. Lots of us here pulling for his AG, Steve Bullock, to win the gubernatorial election.
R55, I love Bozeman. If you guys had some black folks, I'd live there in an instant. I also loved when Bill told Ann she was wearing the same dress as when she visited the first show.
Ben is a multi-millionaire, it's in his best interest to vote repuke.
I think there are a lot of rich Hollywood types that vote that way. It's just the idiots like Stacey Dash that say it outloud.
I could care less about his (or anybody's) politics, but Affleck IS smart and still handsome...but he was looking mighty tired on Friday night. Doing press junkets for Argo and raising a family must have wiped him out.
R56 - Bozeman is my hometown, and as the site of Montana State University and being near some great skiing, fly fishing and Yellowstone National Park, it's very appealing, but it's tough to find a job. Montana has always had low wages and work has never been easy to find. We don't call it "Poverty with a view" for no reason. Our historically agricultural and resource-extraction-based economy and isolation has not facilitated racial diversity. But that's changing, and Bozo and Missoula will be where it happens.
I think this was the best show ever and yes I have seen all the shows. Schweitzer hit Issa with why he voted against more money for security for embassies and why he didn't investigate the Iraq war when he voted for the deaths of 500 plus American soldiers.
Ben Affleck was great and he looked great too. Bill Maher's jokes were fantastic. Ann Coulter was still a cunt.
You complain about Fox news being so biased, why can't a liberal host have conservatives on his show? This is not MSNBC.
I'm not used to such a heavy dose of Coulter. She really comes across as stupid. Not just for what she says, but because of how she interprets Maher's comments and the audience reaction. What a world that this thing can sell books.
Coulter clearly knows better than the crap and venom she spews.
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