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Bill Maher was just interviewed by Chris Matthews on MSNBC's convention coverage.  And it struck me that his often funny, often biting, always irreverent comments had the potential to make him another Rev. Wright.

Of course, this would be ironic, as Bill Maher has nothing positive to say about religion, and said it during his interview.

Bill Maher, who, as an uncomfortable Chris Matthews pointed out, is on cable where he can say anything he wants (I'm paraphrasing, not near a computer at the time), claims to be an Obama supporter.  But as with Wright, while I was listening, I thought "with friends like this, who needs enemies?"

In giving an interview on prime time almost-network TV, if Maher really cared about this election, wouldn't he think about how to promote his claimed desire of having Obama elected?  Wouldn't he set aside his quippy one-liners and cutting observations in order to support Obama?  Instead, while announcing his support for Obama, he described Americans as stupid (we may be, but I'm not sure the Obama supporter should be telling the non-HBO audience how stupid they are) and denounced religion, I believe specifically singling out Mormons while talking about Mitt Romney.  The concerns that people have about Obama that he is a radical Muslim who hates America might just find their support in this interview.  

Originally posted to jillles on Mon Aug 25, 2008 at 05:21 PM PDT.

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