Episode 157

Premiered Jun. 12, 2009


Guests: Larry King, TV host; PJ O'Rourke, political satirist; Chris Matthews, TV host; Ben Jealous, NAACP president; Fran Townsend, fmr. Homeland Security Advisor


Finally there's a comedian under fire for inappropriate remarks, and it's not me. – Bill Maher

In Iran, the women get to vote. And it's great, because they're already wearing the booth. – Bill Maher

There is now going to be a Chrysler Fiat...all the reliability of a Fiat, combined with the youthful appeal of a Chrysler. – Bill Maher

On Interviewing

I don't like the guy who begins the show and it's all about him. The show should be about the guest. – Larry King

If you're in this business 52 years, you've got to be doing something right. – Larry King

On the Right Wing

There's no one end of the spectrum that owns all the nuts. – Fran Townsend

It's all about guns and government and it is absolutely a right-wing phenomenon. – Chris Matthews

The right-wing radio has to take responsibility for creating a context of hate. – Ben Jealous

I don't think it's true, that all Republicans are racist...but, if you're a racist today, you're probably a Republican. – Bill Maher

We need more people in [the Republican] party like Colin Powell. – Ben Jealous

I'm happy to report, I am a RINO [Republican In Name Only]. – Fran Townsend

On Judges

On a nine-person [Supreme Court] body, you want different people to bring different perspectives to play, so that their judgments have to do with the entire country and not just white men. – Ben Jealous

It's ridiculous to have judges elected. – Fran Townsend

On Transportation

You, too, would romanticize the car if you had gotten laid where I got laid. – PJ O'Rourke

On President Obama

I don't want my president to be a TV star. Because TV stars are too worried about being popular, and too concerned with getting renewed. – Bill Maher

We have a president who has made some very tough decisions. Call him a socialist or call him a communist when he's trying to save capitalism is kind of ungrateful. – Benjamin Jealous

You're confusing the fire with the fire brigade. Barack Obama is the fire brigade. – Chris Matthews

I'm glad Obama is president, but the "audacity of hope" part is over. Right now, I'm hoping for a little more audacity. – Bill Maher

On the Bailouts

This is socialism for the rich. – Benjamin Jealous

You've got to let failure happen. – PJ O'Rourke

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