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Quotes

MAHERISMS

"And when they pan the crowd, the Democratic Convention, it just looks like the America I see when I walk down the street. And the Republican Convention looks like 'Antiques Roadshow.'" -Bill Maher

"Did you see that Bill Clinton speech? One by one, he picked apart and destroyed every claim of the Romney-Ryan campaign. In fact, today, Todd Akin said it qualified as a 'legitimate rape.'" -Bill Maher

"No, but it really was a dream night for Bill Clinton. I mean, Democrats in love with him, hanging on his every word.  And Hillary was in China, 10,000 miles away. No, it's true. Hillary was in China. We didn't even know if she saw the speech. In fact, someone said to her today, "Did you catch Bill in Charlotte?" And she said, "Who's Charlotte?!" -Bill Maher

"No one loves to get blown away like Bill Clinton." -Bill Maher

One thing that Bill Clinton did so effectively was just blow away the toxic B.S. of the full-frontal, fiscal fraudulence of that party.

ON BILL CLINTON & THE DNC

"The Democratic Convention looked like America. Really. I mean, it was--it was a mosaic of diversity, of inclusion. The Republican Party -- convention -- it was so pale -- so pale and stale. And it was in a netherworld of post-truth politics." -Katrina Vanden Heuvel

"One thing that Bill Clinton did so effectively was just blow away the toxic B.S. of the full-frontal, fiscal fraudulence of that party." -Katrina Vanden Heuvel

"The center in this country has been redefined. The extremism of the Republican Party has pushed everything to the right." --Katrina Vanden Heuvel

"He got the Democratic delegates to clap for George W. Bush. I mean, it's just amazing. I mean, he's a political talent like no other. And it's -- we don't have anyone like that on our side." -Steve Schmidt

ON CAMPAIGN FINANCE

"Until this elections, unions undoubtedly had as much money getting pumped into elections as corporations. That is verifiable." -Jim Vandehei

"It's the first time in modern history I can remember that a -- that one party is working to restrict the vote. I mean, part of our democracy is to expand the vote." -Jim Vandehei

ON THE ECONOMY AND "ARE YOU BETTER OFF?"

"I've gotten to the point where I've come to realize that the question, "Are you better off now than you were four years ago" is the most destructive question -- it's the worst thing in American politics right now." -David Simon

"Joblessness is the greatest threat this country faces, not debt and deficits in the short term." -Katrina Vanden Heuvel

"We took labor -- a laboring class -- and made them into the greatest consumer class the world has ever seen. And we did that to create this incredible economic engine that drove the 20th century." -David Simon

US INCARCERATION RATES

"When I started as a police reporter, federal prison population was 34% violent offender. Now it's seven percent." -Steve Schmidt

REPUBLICANS AND LABOR

"Republicans shouldn't be attacking labor. Republicans should be reaching out to labor." -Steve Schmidt

ON CHARACTER

"I don't believe in character. I believe in, like, figuring out what the f**k is wrong, and solving it." -Steve Schmidt

"That is such a problem with America. It's so polarized. It's like, 'You know what? This country sucks because my guy isn't in. And when my guy gets in, he'll fix everything, because we love America and you don't.'" -Bill Maher

"What we need is a political culture where somebody plants a f**kin' olive tree, which isn't even going to give you an olive for seven years. That's how you fix an economy." -David Simon

Episode 258

September 07, 2012