THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2021
A word we never use: We go all the way back to November 1982 with his ironyship, Bill Maher.
After that, there was the week of New Year's Eve in Richmond, December 1983. Let's just say that Bill made a miscalculation when the big night finally arrived at the end of the week.
Bill has long been amazingly talented—and that's a word we never use. It's very, very, very hard to talk about news events and news topics in a consistently humorous and intelligent way. Very few people have ever come close to being able to do what Bill has been doing for years.
Last night, Bill did the full hour with Chris Cuomo. It isn't a matter of agreeing with every position Bill may have taken—but that was easily the most intelligent hour we've seen on TV in a very long time.
You rarely see an intelligent segment on a "cable news" show! On cable, it simply isn't done—but last night's hour was solid all the way through.
We were disappointed in Bill in one respect—he doesn't seem to have accepted the fact that it's over. We refer to this presentation, offered fairly late in the show:
MAHER (11/17/21): I mean, when I mention Liz Cheney now, and the audience claps, I'm like, "Oh, we love her now? Isn't that interesting?" And I see why.
CUOMO: Depends. Let's see—let's see if she goes after Biden a couple more times. But then again, who knows how long she's around, in her own primary?
MAHER: But that's OK. That's her job, to go after Biden. That's what Republicans do. They go after the—
I mean, we did that forever. Republicans and Democrats were cats and dogs, and they fought. But also, Tip O'Neill and Reagan could have a drink after work. They could work together.
I don't know how we are ever going to work together. How do you—we have how many QAnon members of Congress now? QAnon! I mean, Marjorie Taylor?
CUOMO: You're right. You got them.
MAHER: How do you negotiate with people who think that Democrats eat babies?
Bill seems to think there's a possibility of coming back from the nation's current state of affairs. For years now, the disconsolate experts with whom we consult have said there's no chance of that.
We've passed that information along, but Bill has a dream today!
As in The Sixth Sense, so too here. Bill simply hasn't accepted the fact that it's actually over. Aside from that, we'd rate last evening's hour superb. To review the transcript, click here.
Tonight at 9, by way of contrast, you can watch Our Own Rhodes Scholar. She'll be busy selling the car. Almost surely, she'll mug and she'll clown.