Obama Obliged to Return Hate Speech Comic's Million
Incivility: Misogyny and hate-mongering are not things President Obama wants his re-election campaign tainted by. There's no avoiding getting his Super-PAC to return sleaze merchant Bill Maher's million dollars.
The same Democrats and media organizations blew a socket when Rush Limbaugh used "slut" to describe a feminist activist who wants taxpayers to finance her efforts at avoiding pregnancy. But consider how Bill Maher has treated Sarah Palin.
Not only has he called her the c-word in his act, and another four-letter obscenity with the same meaning; he compared Palin to a "pimp" and called her family — which includes a son with Down Syndrome — "inbred."
Maher also lumped former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and Palin together using an obscene four-letter acronym little known outside pornographic chat rooms.
Turn the tables and imagine Mitt Romney, say, taking money from a comic whose routine included using the c-word to describe Hillary Clinton. Democratic National Committee head Debbie Wasserman Schultz would be calling it a GOP war on women, and it would dominate prime time news coverage for weeks.
Yeah, only a million dollars' worth of influence.
That Obama adviser David Axelrod just canceled a scheduled appearance on Maher's cable program shows the White House is wary of the fallout from the president accepting Maher's misogynist million.
But now even Roseanne Barr, a comedienne as far to the left as you can get, has slammed Maher as a Hollywood elitist for insulting Southerners this week.
This is the president who last year called for civility in politics. Let it begin with his calling on his supporters to return the tainted booty of this foul-mouthed hatemonger.