In his “New Rules” segment on Friday night’s “Real Time”, host Bill Maher strongly attacked some of America’s leading conservatives, as well as right-wing think tanks for having been so wrong in their predictions about the Iraq war. Yet, in his rant against such entities and their inability to accurately forecast the future, Maher didn’t mention one liberal or left-leaning group that has been just as wrong about events crucial to Americans, including those that have been disseminating consistently bearish views about the economy in the midst of 20 straight quarters of growth (video to follow).
Maher began his screed:
And finally, new rule in two parts: (A) You can't call yourself a think tank if all your ideas are stupid; and (B) If you're someone from one of the think tanks that dreamed up the Iraq War and who predicted that we'd be greeted as liberators, and that we wouldn't need a lot of troops, and that Iraqi oil would pay for the war, that the WMD's would be found, that the looting wasn't problematic, that the mission was accomplished, that the insurgency was in its last throes, that things would get better after the people voted, after the government was formed, after we got Saddam, after we got his kids, after we got Zarqawi, and that the whole bloody mess wouldn't turn into a civil war, you have to stop making predictions.
Maher followed by going after the Heritage Foundation, the Project for a New American Century, and then cited the names of Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, and William Kristol who received the worst attacks:
Kristol of course is revered by much of the right because he was Dan Quayle’s chief of staff, and was known as Quayle’s Brain. Which sounded impressive until I remembered that Dan Quayle didn’t have a brain. And now Mr. Kristol proposes immediate action against Iran predicting the Iranians will thank us for it. Hey, you know what, Nostradamus, why don’t you sit this one out? We’ll get by using the magic 8-ball for a while, because you guys have been so wrong about so much for so long that people are actually turning to the Democrats.
Nice rhetoric, Bill, but how about focusing that rapier wit on folks on the left that have been wrong about much more easily predictable events such as those dealing with the economy? For instance, how about liberal think tanks such as the Economic Policy Institute and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities which were both strong opponents to the President’s tax cuts warning Americans that such fiscal stimuli would actually hurt the economy? Or, how about liberal economic pundits Paul Krugman and Robert Reich who for years have been regularly depicting the current economy as being almost as bad as when Hoover was president during the Depression, and have been as wrong about economic conditions as anyone could possibly be without actually trying?
No, Bill, as is typical, you only focus negatively upon conservatives, and refuse to acknowledge when anybody on the other side of the aisle makes a mistake even when it’s glaring. Sadly, this is what makes you another shameless hatchet-man for the left as opposed to the irreverent comedic wit you used to be before you sold out.