April 25, 2014

Bill Maher's New Rules, where Maher takes a look at some of the reasons why Republicans keep winning elections and are likely to keep the House, despite the fact that most voters don't think our Congress is doing a good job, that they've passed any legislation that will improve their lives and the fact that Democrats have the majority of the public on their side when it comes to the "big issues" of the day.

Maher: So how do they win? I'll tell you how. They employ a complex, multifaceted technique, political scientists call cheating. Gerrymandering the districts, voter ID laws, purging the voter rolls, shortening the voting period, preventing anyone who's been to prison from voting, eliminating same day registration, putting up billboards in poor black neighborhoods that say, "Don't vote. There's ghosts in there!"

But that is not the only trick Republicans have up their sleeves. Even more than cheating, what Republicans have done is tap into the deep rich vein of cultural resentment that runs through America's heartland like an artery clogged with hate-butter. And liberals, to be fair, sometimes make it pretty easy for them to do that.

I think Maher misses the mark when it comes to a lot of the reasons for voter apathy on the left, but he's spot on when it comes to the fact that Republicans need to cheat to win elections and the need to get out and vote if you don't want the crazies burning the House down.

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