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Bill Maher: Sarah Palin 'Absolutely' Could Be President (Video)
In an appearance on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight Monday, HBO's Bill Maher said he thought Sarah Palin could become president.
"Absolutely. Absolutely. Yes. People say, 'This one is a joke or this one is a joke.' I remember when I was 12 years old in 1968 and Ronald Reagen was first considering running for president. I remember what a joke that was. Ronald Reagan? You mean the "Bedtime for Bonzo" guy? Well, I think he did become president," Maher said.
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"If she could get the nomination and anything could happen," he went on. "This Republican Party is not your father's Republican Party. Somewhere along the line they got on a short bus to crazy town. And if someone gets the nomination of one of the two major parties, especially in a bad economy with a black president, yes, she could become president."
Would he prefer Palin or tea party candidate Michelle Bachmann?
"I guess Bachmann," Maher told Morgan. "I don't know. Who can say? At least she is somebody who can read. She has a job. She was a lawyer. She's in Congress. She's not someone who just sits there and reads the prayer on her Blackberry like Sarah Palin. I mean, we're splitting hairs here."
The outspoken pundit compared the Casey Anthony trial to Republican thinking last week, drawing parallels between the jury's not-guilty decision and the Republican voters.
"Before you accuse me of equating the Casey Anthony verdict with Republican thinking, save your breath -- I am. I'm equating them," he said. "If you're a working-class American who still votes Republican, then you don't get to bitch about that verdict."
"Half of [American voters] say 'I'm with the party that cuts all these programs for real people, for the 99 percent. Planned Parenthood, environmental protection, college, health care, infrastructure, but holds the line on private jets.' Voting for them is as stupid as voting not guilty for the mom who lost her baby for a month and went looking at a wet t-shirt contest," he added.