Episode 233

January 13, 2012



"We're tenth in the American dream. That's like Mexico being tenth in the Mexican hat dance." -Bill Maher

"If I had become president, I would have loosened America up by every once in a while making light of some of the issues." -Herman Cain

"You can smoke pot all you want to, as long as you're not on my campaign...I've got to draw the line somewhere." -Herman Cain

On "Urination-gate":

"War does make people a little crazy...You put young people in a situation like that, they're seeing their friends killed next to them, and they act out. There's no justifying it, but it's expected. I mean, these are the kinds of things that happen during war." -Rob Reiner

"This is the United States of America, the greatest country in the world, that is the country that we hold ourselves up as the shining example...it's unacceptable in any way, shape or form." -Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

On the Iran Assasinations:

I think this offers us the hope that there is a way of stopping this bomb without war. And the United States is now tightening sanctions. -David Frum

On Ron Paul:

"The one guy on the political scene now who I really rise out of my chair and applaud is Ron Paul." -Bill Maher

"He's the one who is really in my heart of foreign affairs. Not Barack Obama." -Bill Maher

"He's very hostile to American foreign policy as it's been practiced since about the War of 1812." -David Frum

On Rick Santorum:

"He's the one person who...talks about what is happening to the American middle class; he talks about the crisis in upward mobility; he's aware of the recent research about it." -David Frum

"Here's the problem, though. Just because you say the word "middle class" doesn't mean that you're for the middle class. You actually have to have policies that benefit the middle class." -Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

On GOP 2012:

"What's interesting is that I found we've spent three years talking about what a terrible president Barack Obama is. But, for some reason, the Republicans haven't been able to find a candidate they embrace." -Alexandra Pelosi

"Jon Huntsman is the only candidate in that whole group that believes that when an apple falls from a tree, it hits the ground! And nobody listens to this guy." -Rob Reiner

"It seems like it's going to be this titanic struggle between the loathing they have for Mitt Romney and the utter hatred they have for Barack Obama." -Bill Maher

"I think, in the end, the hatred for Barack Obama will always win." -Alexandra Pelosi

"Republicans believe that one day they may be the one percent. And so they will, to the death, defend big corporations, because corporations, they will tell you, corporations create jobs." -Alexandra Pelosi

On Superpacs and Campaign Finance:

"This is, to me, one of the worst things that has happened in this election cycle...you can run a campaign and run it well with hundreds of millions of dollars, with no limits on it, no accountability to know where the money is coming from." -Rob Reiner

Why don't we just have elections like they do in other civilized countries: two months at the end of the year, publicly-funded; you don't get money from anybody?"  -Bill Maher

"I don't know that I think it's good for democracy, for our candidates to feel beholden to exactly what each party wants them to say." -Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

"One thing that everybody at the table can agree on is that the money is what's destroying our democracy." -Alexandra Pelosi

On Mitt Romney:

"Mitt Romney is a sham...He laid his entire predicate for his candidacy on his experience running Bain Capital, saying that he was a job creator and created 100,000 jobs. And what he really is, is a corporate raider." -Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

"The average middle class American gets back from Mitt Romney's tax plan $54. Fifty-four dollars, that's the big boon for the middle class?" -Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

"What I trust about Mitt Romney is that he does not have any principals. And that there is a 46% he's actually a Democrat." -Bill Maher

"The way Mitt Romney is fighting Obama, it's like he's just making up a person who doesn't exist. You know, he doesn't want to fight the real Barack Obama, so he says, 'Barack Obama is putting free enterprise on trial.'" -Bill Maher

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