Bill Maher gave his answer to the question “what is wrong with Kansas” on Friday night’s New Rules segment of Real Time using the current race for governor where until recently challenger to Sam Brownback, Paul Davis held a comfortable lead as an example of how badly skewed the priorities of the voting public in the state are.
Brownback’s campaign released an ad questioning Davis’ fitness for governor after having been present at a strip club when it was the target of a Meth raid in 1998 when he was 26 and unmarried. Davis had done nothing illegal, there was no sex involved and as Maher observed, “there wasn’t even whatever Anthony Weiner was doing.”
Polls show the race is a close one although from mid August Davis held a small but consistent lead, right up until the ad came out. The race is still close but now it is Brownback who has a slight edge.
Maher noted that Brownback won the office on a promise to revive the economy of Kansas, a task he set out to do by employing the thoroughly discredited theory of “trickle down” economics with disastrous results.
“He slashed taxes for the wealthy,” Maher said, “and eliminated business taxes that were the state’s primary source of revenue and guess what, the state lost all its revenue and crashed — Who could have predicted it, besides everyone?”
He went on to list Brownback’s “accomplishments” such as turning a $700 million surplus into a $300 million deficit with schools struggling to keep their doors open due to a lack of funding.
Explaining how significant the closeness of this race is Maher pointed out that Kansas “hasn’t voted for a Democratic senator since the outhouse moved indoors over 100 former Republican officials in Kansas endorse the Democrat Paul Davis.”
Paul Davis was a “shoo-in” just a month ago:
“But then something horrible happened. It was revealed that 16 years ago when Paul Davis was an unmarried 26-year-old man one night he went to a strip club.”
This was apparently just too much for the good people of Kansas to deal with and they began to question whether Davis was fit to hold the office of governor.
Maher concluded taking the state to task for its skewed priorities saying:
“Let me get this straight, Kansas. Losing $1 billion in revenue and having your credit rating downgraded? That, you can afford. Sam Brownback, who is to governing what Kanye West is to humility, he’s tolerable. But the lap dance guy — that’s a bridge too far. One last question, Kansas: you do understand, right, that Paul Davis never touched the stripper? But Sam Brownback f*cked your entire state.”
Watch Maher’s remarks in the video below.