Lemme begin with something I've never written:
This is going to be a damn good article. Not because of any writing ability I might possess but because of the content. While I'm not yet sure exactly how it will come together, I am sure what it will contain, and what it will contain should be heeded by the Democrat Party because it would be in their best interest to do so.
Fortunately, it will fall on deaf ears.
First, just a bit of background. As I reported on Friday, HBO's “Real Time” host Bill Maher dropped by CNN to deliver an absolute master class on the Democrat Party to our pal, Fredo — AKA: Chris Cuomo.
I'm not going to rewrite the article here, but let's just say that after Fredo kicked off the festivities by trying to get Maher to buy into the notion that “wokeness” is a good thing for America, the HBO host dropped truth bomb after truth bomb on the CNN host about everything from the idiocy of “woke” to the failings of today's Democrats. Almost as good, Cuomo just sat there looking clueless, half the time.
It was a beautiful thing. Not to mention, a direct hit. And now for ACT II.
Maher used his last show of the season on Friday to annihilate — it's the best descriptor I think of to describe what happened — the Bronx Mensa-wannabe, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) — while all but daring her to appear on a future episode.
— Truth hurts (@brokenletter) November 20, 2021
During his closing monologue, Maher again tried to steer the Democrat Party in the right direction, a herculean task he attempted multiple times throughout his show this season. He cited recent advice from the old Ragin' Cajun, Democrat strategist James Carville, who suggested after this month's off-year election beatdown that leftists need a “stupid wokeness,” 12 Steps program.
AOC being AOC, she responded to Carville in predictable AOC fashion.
“Woke” is a term pundits are now using as a derogatory euphemism for civil rights & justice.
Making up a “woke” problem results in putting civil & voting rights on the backburner. In a year state legislatures are planning out GOP majorities & voter suppression, that’s dangerous
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 8, 2021
On Friday night, Bill Maher returned serve.
“[AOC rejected Carville's analysis, claiming ‘wokeness' is a term] almost exclusively used by older people these days … so that should tell you all you need to know.”
It was then game-on.
“What?! This is a term folks like you brought out very recently, had been proudly displaying it every march since. Just last year, The Guardian declared ‘woke' the ‘word of our era.' I guess they didn't get the memo from the Mean Girls Club.
“What a great strategy, never missing an opportunity to remind voters how lame and clueless and hopelessly cool they are, especially since those are the ones who actually vote.
But OK, fine. What word would you like us to use for the plainly insane excesses of the left that are not liberalism but something completely different?”
And this was brilliant (emphasis, mine):
“Because you can't have that word ‘liberal' from us and think it should cover things like canceling Lincoln. And teaching third-graders they're oppressors. That's all your new-think.”
After suggesting “woke” went from being a rallying cry on the left to a “pejorative” to be used against the right, Maher continued his broadside against AOC, scolding her like a dad tired of his spoiled kid's crap.
“If the word only made you think of rational, deserved causes like teaching a less whitewashed version of American history, AOC would still want to own it.
But it's a joke because it makes you think of people who wake up offended and take orders from Twitter. And their oversensitivity has grown tiresome.”
Maher then invited AOC to come on a show next season.
“But that will probably never happen because Democrats don't go anywhere these days where they're not being adored. And that's my last bit of advice to them. Go where the ‘amen corner' isn't. Do Fox News. Be brave. Come here. Go everywhere. Winning is about expanding the electorate.”
Finally, as I said in my previously mentioned Maher article, it's pretty much a given that whenever I write about anyone from the “unapproved list of which I'm unaware and would ignore if it existed,” I catch crap from those who believe something to the effect of: “Maher is a (fill in the blank) who (fill in the blank) and will never (fill in the blank), so why give him attention?”
Because. While the thoughts of Bill Maher have zero impact on me one way or the other, the guy is capable of an occasional cogent thought or set of beliefs, from time to time, with increasing frequency.
Besides, as Maher admonished Democrats, it would behoove diehards on our side to think about that “amen corner,” as well — including listening to people who aren't in ours.
Surrounding oneself solely with fellow members of one's peanut gallery might feel good to some, but personally, I find it boring, sometimes.
What does “matter” — to the extent that I choose to write about a particular liberal and something he or she said — is anytime we can employ the left to expose the left, that's a good thing.