Tuesday, October 24, 2006

If you missed this week's episode of Bill Maher's show on HBO, do yourself a favor and check it out (repeats run this week). It's a classic. His guests include Barney Frank, Jason Alexander, and the esteemed "brainiac" Stephen Moore, who is on the Wall Street Journal's editorial board. In addition, Maher interviews David Kuo, author of "Tempting Faith".

I always wondered who or what was behind the WSJ editorials, assuming whatever entity crafted such consistent bullsh*t had both quite a bit of energy as well as imagination. Seeing Moore, and assuming he has some role in the matter, it all made complete sense. He had boundless energy, seemingly hyper, and was extremely nerdish though not possessing any of the startling brilliance that often comes with the package. Instead, in Moore you have a clown-ish figure who pathetically seemed to just want to get some laughs and be liked, as the few points he made were hackneyed cliches we've heard many times before and Barney Frank contested and knocked down with ease.

As for Barney Frank, he was terrific. He offered several excellent replies to various questions but more so, he made sure to be heard and have time to complete his thoughts. At times, Maher's show can become a bit like the McLaughlin Group (sadly), with guests competing for air time, but Frank made sure to not allow himself to be interrupted or abruptly cut-off and it made a huge difference. He came off as assured and truly knowing the issues, and better yet Moore served as Frank's perfect foil, ultimately making Frank look that much better and Moore look like a babbling dope.

The show is also worth checking out for the Kuo interview. Kuo admits that if Jesus were alive today he'd most likely be a liberal. Click here for video.

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