Episode 239

March 2, 2012



"I thought this election was going to all be about the economy. But the economy started doing better, so Republicans went to Plan B: calling women whores." -Bill Maher

"Their [Republicans] approach to a woman's body is the same as their approach to the economy: they have no idea how it works, but they're eager to screw with it anyway." -Bill Maher

"98% of Catholic women use birth control. This is the greatest thing about America: we say we're a religious country, but we actually blow it off. If 98% of the people in your religion don't follow the religious leaders, that is the hope of the world." -Bill Maher

On Campaign Finance Reform:

"Now, corporations and unions can give these -- do these huge contributions and support people directly, which has made a joke of our entire system. It's unlimited. I'm mean, comedians giving million-dollar checks." -Russ Feingold

"Elections are not just won by money. They're won by enthusiasm. And this whole Occupy Wall Street movement was a reflection of the fact that people feel cut out." -Russ Feingold.

On the GOP Field and "Establishment":

"They'e not good candidates. And they're wacked in a variety of ways. And they can't even stick to the scripts that they design for themselves in their wack-ness." -John Heilemann

"This is the modern Republican Party. The Republican Party no longer listens to Rush Limbaugh. The Republican Party IS Rush Limbaugh." -James Carville

"These guys tumble out of the clown car. One of them comes up and is the frontrunner, and then falls back down. There is no party establishment worth the name that would allow this situation to have unfolded and end up with Mitt Romney." -John Heilemann

"The establishment is Glenn Beck. The establishment is Sean Hannity. It used to be it was the sort of Chamber of Commerce types." -James Carville

On the Auto Bailouts:

"I think either party would have seen the wisdom in bailing out the American automobile industry, because one job in ten in the United States is either directly or indirectly connected to the automobile industry. You just could not let these companies go down." -Bob Lutz

"If you think back to that time, you realize that the banks were even more broke than the automobile business was. You couldn't do a private debtor-in-possession thing. The government was the court of last resort." -Bob Lutz

On Climate Change:

"Take your cue from the rest of the animal and plant kingdom. Animals are migrating in different rates. Plants are migrating north that never made it north before, because they can now sustain the warmth that is there...Nature already knows the answer to what it is everyone here is arguing about." -Neil deGrasse Tyson

"I think conserving the environment is conservative, right. Isn't that what conservation is, is conservative?" -Neil de Grasse Tyson

"The last 15 years, CO2 has gone up by several points and global temperatures have stayed stable." -Bob Lutz

"The last decade was the hottest decade on record: fact." -Bill Maher

On Newt's Moon Colony and Space Exploration:

"We've got the colony and then, what? He's got a Pinkberry up there." -Bill Maher

"[The U.S. space program] transformed the culture of the United States of America in that decade to be one of innovation and discovery. And when you have that as part of your culture, you innovate." -Neil deGrasse Tyson

"It's mankind's fundamental drive to explore. Look at Europe when they sent the explorers across the Atlantic." -Bob Lutz

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