Bill Maher’s ‘Real Time’ Seeks Center Harbor Amid Sea of ​​Outrage Over Roe V. Wade


It was the last Real time before a five-week hiatus, and luckily for Bill Maher, he got one last show to discuss the hottest topic of the moment, the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

As much as the country today was trying to figure out how the new order will affect life in this United States, Maher and his guests struggled to understand the how and why of it.

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Maher began by referring to another recent Supreme Court decision on carrying firearms. “Welcome to right-wing America, where if you want to end a young life, you have to shoot them,” he said ruefully.

We are now in a very different America, noted Maher. It’s the one where if you ask a drug dealer if he’s got it, “It’s about the morning after pill.” The most chilling part of this, Maher said, was the part of Justice Clarence Thomas’ opinion that said Roe v. Wade could have broader applications on other states’ rights issues like same-sex marriage and birth control. “Anything but interracial marriage,” Maher joked.

The United States will now have essentially the same situation with abortion as with marijuana, where the drug is legal in some states and not in others. “Be careful where you get stoned and where you get boned,” Maher said.

Guest Christine Emba, columnist for the Washington Post and author of Rethinking sex: a provocation, admitted that today’s Supreme Court decision will not change lives, as women living in urban centers will likely still be able to get an abortion, “especially if it’s done with a pill.”

Emba and Maher both lamented how technology creates a gender divide. The author stated that the feminist movement has changed from wanting to be equal to men, but seen as women. “But in the modern movements, it seems that we have defined everything. Now women have to become the worst kind of man. I don’t think it’s better for women.

Maher’s roundtable featured Andrew Sullivan, blogger of The dish of the week on Substack and author of Out on a Limb: Selected Scriptures, 1989-2021, and Katie Herzog, podcast co-host Blocked and reported.

In their discussion, Maher said the right played the long game. “It was always about the Supreme Court.”

Sullivan disagreed, saying it was a fluke. If Hillary Clinton had won, if Ruth Bader Ginsburg had resigned and allowed a Democrat to appoint a judge – “It was luck, to some extent. It’s about Trump adding three people. .

Today, “We essentially live in two different countries. So what do we do? America can’t do that,” Maher said. Again, Sullivan disagreed, pointing out that Alabama and Oregon still had differences. “It doesn’t have to be a consistent national opinion,” he said.

Herzog blamed the lack of a center in politics. “The pendulum is swinging more and more left and right,” she said. “There is no center…”

Sullivan stressed that “the country is not in favor of banning all abortions.” He asked those who oppose today’s decision to come out and persuade people. “Make the case, build coalitions, win elections and reclaim pro-choice.

He added: “Make sure these women will have access. There are things you can do. He noted, “We need someone who can find the center. Biden is not that person. He later added that current politics “looks like a toxic marriage, where people now do things out of spite.”

Concluding his evening with his “New Rules” op-ed, Maher emphasized the need for a good advocate for the issues that matter to people, likening it to a good lawyer.

The reason Republicans won in a former blue county in Texas, the reason Latino voters are rejecting the term ‘Latinx’, the reason Asian Americans are dropping their support for Democrats is that ‘they view the Democrats as the advocate for the other side, not their problems.

Democrats now face a choice — they can seek to put the past right, or they can become the advocate for what the people of this period expect of their advocate, Maher said.

Maher addressed the issue of abortion. “When progressives’ woke ending talks about abortion,” they’re talking in “baby people” and “menstruating people” language, instead of the first word most human animals understand: “Mom.” .

“But you are supposed to be my advocates,” say the masses. Maher said the Dems “have to be like lawyers on billboards. It’s about winning. You know, what I want Dems to do — win.

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