Bill Maher Calls Sarah Palin, Michele Bachman ‘Two Bimbos’

Apparently undeterred by the discontent caused by what he had called Sarah Palin the previous week, Bill Maher laid into Palin and Rep, Michele Bachmann on his “Real Time” HBO show Friday.

“I love this. If Bachmann and Palin both get in, that’s two bimbos, and then there’s Mitt Romney, a millionaire, Newt Gingrich, a professor. We just need a Skipper and a buddy and we got Gilligan’s Island.”

Maher, it is said, is a comedian, thus he usually gets a pass for saying things like that. But one of the characteristics of being a comedian is that one has to be funny. For a long time, he has chosen nasty over funny and has not seen to know the difference.

Part of the problem is that Maher’s audience reacts the same no matter what comes out of his mouth. This phenomenon was first noted by Christopher Hitchens when he was a guest on “Real Time” some years ago and was engaged in a bitter discussion of the War in Iraq, Hitchens expressed his disapproval by giving the audience the middle finger, which made them laugh and holler even more.

A comedian judges whether his shtick is working by how the audience reacts. If the crowd becomes restless or hostile, then he or she can adjust the jokes accordingly, even quipping what a “tough group” is present.

But Maher’s fan base is a peculiar one in that it seems to lack judgment about what is funny and what is not. They are not there to see good comedy. They are there to see their guy rant and rave so that they can bray approvingly.

Which leads us to the “joke” in question. For a joke to be funny, it has to have some relationship, no matter how tenuous, to the truth. Suggesting that Bachmann, Palin, Ginger, and Mary Ann are all bimbos is so wide of the mark that it seems to come from a parallel universe.

On “Gilligan’s Island”, Mary Ann was depicted as a intelligent, down to Earth farmer’s daughter with a skill set that was valuable for survival on a desert island. Ginger acted pretty much like a “bimbo” but one got the impression that, as with Marilyn Monroe, was a persona more than the real person.

Back in the real world, it should be noted that Bachmann has two law degrees and, for example, was pretty smart enough to find the $105 billion of “pre funding” tucked away in Obamacare when no one else did. Palin continues to dominate politics in a way that no other private person since Ronald Reagan before 1980 has. One wonders whatever happened to the man who was called an “amiable dunce.”

Sources: Bill Maher Discusses Race Relations and Sarah Palin’s Anatomy, Mark R. Whittington, Associated Content, March 21, 2011

Maher strikes again: Bachmann and Palin ‘two bimbos’, Jeff Poor, The Daily Caller, March 26, 2011

Hitchens Gives the Finger to Maher’s Audience for ‘Frivolous’ Jeering of Bush, Brent Baker, Newsbusters, August 26th, 2006

Michele Bachmann Finds a $105 Billion Dollar Spending Bomb Hidden in Obamacare, Mark R. Whittington, Associated Content, March 9, 2011