For anyone that did not get a chance to watch HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher this Friday, let me just start this off by filling everyone in on just what kind of shape Lady McCheney Mary Matalin appeared to be in when she walked on that stage. She joined the panel late and when Maher introduced her, he let the audience know she managed to make the appearance despite the fact that she had recently taken a fall and had a "medical problem."
It looked like that "medical problem" included either being on some sort of pain medication, or she was drinking, or both. Who knows, but she looked like she could barely walk on stage without some help and she wasn't doing much better when it came to the talking department after she sat down.
Maybe that had something to do with her candor here when it comes to her opinion of Tucker Carlson.
During the final topic of discussion, which was the sorry state the United States is in when it comes to the number of women holding elected office -- and the fact that women have to put up with scrutiny about their looks or the way they dress that men generally don't endure -- Maher brought up Brit Hume's fawning remarks about the "masculine and muscular" Chris Christie and Tucker Carlson's remarks about Hillary Clinton years ago, where he said " there's just something about her that feels castrating, overbearing, and scary."
Maher got a shot in on Carlson before reading the quote, calling him "another masculine guy who just makes women want to throw their panties on the stage," and it didn't sit too well with Matalin.
MATALIN: Have you ever seen Tucker Carlson's wife? She is hot, hot, hot.
MATALIN: Yes. They are friends of ours, so be careful about what you say. Tucker is a...
MAHER: I'm just reading his quote.
MATALIN: He's a chick magnet.
MAHER: He's a chick magnet. Okay.
You know what else is a "chick magnet" Mary? Being the heir to the Swanson fortune and having a lot of money.
Matalin's fellow panel member, former Michigan governor and Current TV host, Jennifer Granholm, did a fine job following up an taking on Matalin about the fact that we don't have enough women representing us in the United States Congress or all the way down the line in local and state governments.
Sadly one point that was missed was the fact that the lack of diversity isn't our biggest problem. It's the money and the fact that not only are there too many white men holding elected office, there are too many extremely out of touch rich white men holding elected office. I'm fairly sure Hume, Christie, Carlson, Matalin and their ilk would be more than happy if it stays that way.