Bill Maher: ‘Corporatist’ Evan Bayh Is What’s Wrong With Senate (Video)

Reports Huffington Post on a Bill Maher interview with Anderson Cooper:

Evan Bayh is not a centrist, he’s a corporatist, according to Bill Maher.

Maher appeared on “Anderson Cooper 360” Tuesday night to comment on the state of affairs in Washington, D.C. He argued that Evan Bayh, the retiring Senator from Indiana, is what’s wrong with Congress. The Senate is “where legislation goes to die,” Maher says, because “corporatist Democrats” like Bayh act like Republicans.

Maher told Cooper that politics are not polarized enough and that the U.S. lacks a real progressive party.

11 Comments on "Bill Maher: ‘Corporatist’ Evan Bayh Is What’s Wrong With Senate (Video)"

  1. Another rather simple truth is that change — of any kind — doesn't originate with “the center”.

    This notion of “centrism” so admired by the chickenshit gutless weenies & corporate careerists in the “mainstream” media, I find to be hilarious, if only for the metaphors used to describe it.

    Things like “middle of the road” (You know what happens when you stand in the middle of the road? You get RUN OVER), or “fence sitting” (You know what happens when you sit on a fence? You get a fence post up your bum).

    At some point, if you're going to make a DECISION, you're going to have to make a choice. Pick a side.

    Change is never made by this mythical “center”. People who think like that simply don't LEAD. They follow. They maintain the status quo.

    But if you're going to try to make the world better — however you personally define that (no judgment as to right or wrong, left or right, effective or ineffective) — if you are going to change ANYTHING, at some point you have to make that choice.

    If “centrists” had won the day in 1776, we wouldn't have a country.

    If “centrists” had been listened to, we never would have abolished slavery.

    If “centrists” had been deferred to, women wouldn't have the right to vote.

    If “centrists” had been listened to, blacks wouldn't be integrated in the military.

    If “centrists” had won the day, we'd have no minimum wage, child labor laws, worker safety laws, social security, medicare, food safety laws, air quality laws, no universal education, and a myriad of other things that literally make our civilization possible.

    Centrists, don't make choices. Centrists don't lead. Centrists don't take risks.

    Centrists, the supposed “grown-ups” – were the Royalists of old, advocating for the status quo, not revolutionary ideas like individual determinism, personal freedom, or natural rights.

  2. I should add that Maher is VERY correct when he makes the additional differentiation between “Centrism” and “Corporatism”.

    This is CONSISTENTLY misinterpreted by the media, because they have an interest in PROTECTING the Corporatists, and the corporate interests they serve.

    They REST of us would like our representatives and senators to represent WE THE PEOPLE.

  3. nomoremaher | Feb 18, 2010 at 9:54 am |

    fucking hate bill maher, no matter what he thinks mother fucker needs to quiet down.

  4. DarkenedSoul | Feb 18, 2010 at 9:57 am |

    Maher did not address the $750 penalty for anyone making less than 60K/YR not signing up for the “public option”. how is the working class to afford this atrocity? DEATH TO ALL POLITICIANS.

    • tonyviner | Feb 18, 2010 at 5:08 pm |


    • Have you got a link to the particular passage in the legislation that would supposedly do this, or did you just get this second-hand from some insurance company lobbyist?

      Also, even if it is there to encourage participation, since your overall costs on the public option would be less anyways, how is that bad, compared to the ALREADY EXISTING outrageous rate increases like the extra $400+ more PER MONTH that people just stabbed in the back by Blue Cross are going to have to pay?

      How many of THOSE people do you think would switch to a public option in a HEARTBEAT just to get away from greed douchebags at insurance companies like that?

  5. Polymorpheous | Feb 18, 2010 at 9:59 am |

    politics in america aren't polarized enough?!

  6. tonyviner | Feb 18, 2010 at 5:06 pm |

    I don't know much about Evan Bayh, I don't normally keep up with what Senators do and when I watch C-Span it is to see reviews of books. I normally agree with Bill Maher, and I am not saying that I disagree with this particular point, I haven't seen the clip (sound is broken), but what I get from this is something that has needed to happen in Congress for a long time. Now, while his motives may be suspect (why did he not stand up and say this during the Bush Administration?), this is a pretty important move and it needs to be built upon.

    How many Congressmen can you name that are truly working to make a difference for the people as opposed to using the people as pawns or tools to gain favor among the corporate elite? Not too many, right? So, it is time for a complete overhaul of the system, it is just too bad one would likely lead us into a worse state of affairs than we are currently dealing with.

    Why is everyone so damn greedy? 🙁 Scoundrels ):

    • Off the top of my head?

      Alan Grayson, Barbara Boxer, Patrick Leahy, Sheldon Whitehouse, Barbara Lee, Maxine Waters, Dennis Kucinich, Bernie Sanders, Jerrold Nadler, Russ Feingold, Tammy Baldwin, Lois Capps, John Conyers, Artur Davis, Lynn Woolsey, Rush Holt, Marcy Kaptur, Diane Watson, Sheila Jackson Lee, Henry Waxman, Rick Larson, John Lewis, Ed Markey, David Obey, Ron Paul, Steve Cohen, Jan Schakowsky, Anthony Wiener, Joe Sestak, Pete Stark, Patrick Murphy, Robert Wexler…. OK, I threw in a few Senators as well….

      • tonyviner | Feb 19, 2010 at 1:37 pm |

        Well, I stand corrected, let's just hope that these people are not corrupted over time, as many more than that have run for positive change only to be bastardized by the system. By the way, if you are gonna add Senators, just for fun I imagine, why leave out Al Franken, he is the funniest one there is.

  7. Anonymous | Feb 19, 2010 at 6:37 pm |

    Well, I stand corrected, let’s just hope that these people are not corrupted over time, as many more than that have run for positive change only to be bastardized by the system. By the way, if you are gonna add Senators, just for fun I imagine, why leave out Al Franken, he is the funniest one there is.

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