Friday night on Real Time, Bill Maher and former Congressman Anthony Weiner took on two conservatives, and it didn’t end well for them. Jim Geraghty of the National Review and Nicolle Wallace, communications chief in the George W. Bush White House faced the wrath over the GOP’s phony outrage about the Bergdahl prisoner exchange.
Bill began by reminding us of the term he coined a couple of years ago, Black Tracking which he defined as “the act of changing one’s mind because President Obama has agreed with you.” This is appropriate in light of the fact that before Bergdahl was returned home the very same people who now criticize the President for doing it were badgering him to do exactly that.
He then challenged Geraghty and Wallace to look him in the eye and tell him that if the President had left Bergdahl in Afghanistan they would have said that it was the right thing to do.
“When did we learn about him, this allegation that he deserted?” Geraghty asked. “Only in the last couple of days, right?”
When Bill replied that we have known about it for a couple of years and pointed out that Rolling Stone had written about it two years ago, the pompous Geraghty asked, “well, how many people have read Rolling Stone?” He might better have asked who reads The National Review since it enjoys a circulation of just over one tenth that of Rolling Stone.
Geraghty continued to insist that the fact that he had walked away from his post was “new information.”
Wallace jumped in to try to save Geraghty from himself saying that we do have our ways of dealing with a deserter and that the President did indeed do the right thing by bringing him home but questioned the propriety of the Rose Garden event, a sentiment with which Bill agreed.
Weiner pointed out that there is no reason that we cannot celebrate bringing one of our soldiers home and at the same time want to see that he is held accountable through due process of law for any transgressions that he may be guilty of.
Next Bill brought up the question that he said had been driving him crazy all week.
“The idea that the five guys we traded,” he said, “were talented in the ways of terrorism like no other.”
Wallace responded saying that they were good, to which Bill sarcastically replied, “one of them was a used car salesman.”
“This idea that they’re going to make any difference, these five other guys joining thousands and thousands and thousands of other bearded assholes who have the same goal, to live in a Muslim fundamentalist world, and the same skill set — none — it’s like having five more personal trainers in L.A.”
When Weiner asks “if they were so bad why haven’t we put them on trial” to which Maher replied, “if they were so bad why is it we caught them?”
Watch the segment in the video below.