Ed Driscoll

The Era of New Civility Remains Over

Past performance is no guarantee of future results:

Sharron Angle with 2nd Amendment remedies. You float these ideas. Nobody on the left is saying it would cause a rational person to do something crazy. We’re saying it goes out to the borderline cases, the nutty people. But it’s always from the right.

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COOPER: But at this point, I mean — well, first of all, a lot of people on the right will point to a comment that President Obama — I think then candidate Obama made about, you know, bringing a gun to a knife fight. That’s the line I’ve heard a lot today. Is that a fair comparison?

MAHER: No, it’s not. I mean, maybe it’s unfortunate that he would use that metaphor. But, you know, there are such things as guns and knives in the world. We’re not trying to say you can’t use those words ever in speech. But it’s a lot different than the this sort of direct idea that it’s OK to threaten with bodily harm the people you disagree with.

Bill Maher of HBO, in an interview with Anderson Cooper of CNN in the wake of the Tucson massacre, January 10th, 2011.

Let’s remember we are luckier than most where violence is really going to rule the day and effect policy. But, yeah, people can be intimidated by that kind of thing. I mean, this idea that they’re marching now on millionaires’ homes, I couldn’t help but think of that scene in the Martin Scorsese movie “Gangs of New York” where the riots break out in New York and Martin Scorsese has that cameo where he plays the rich guy. You know, he’s in his Fifth Avenue apartment and a brick comes through the window. Well, you know, if a brick came through Rupert Murdoch’s apartment, yes, I have a feeling Fox News would be a lot more gentle on the Wall Street people.

Bill Maher of HBO, in an interview with Rachel Maddow of MSNBC, yesterday.