HBO's Bill Maher wrote a check Friday evening that his body clearly can't cash.
During his "New Rules" segment, the Real Time host called Dr. Ben Carson a "drooling idiot" who's "half brilliant brain surgeon, half Tea Party dumbass" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
BILL MAHER: Dr. Alexander isn't even the only brilliant brain surgeon who's also a drooling idiot. Dr. Ben Carson is the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins and the first doctor to separate conjoined twins at the head. And he believes the earth is 6,000 years old, and that homosexuality is akin to beasteality, and that the Bible calls for a flat fax. He's half brilliant brain surgeon, half Tea Party dumbass. He doesn't just operate on conjoined twins, he is one.
He's also someone who many Republicans are encouraging to run for president in 2016, and why not? There's no more attractive figure in the Republican Party these days than an anti-intellectual with an advanced degree. People like Antonin Scalia, Ted Cruz, and Bobby Jindal who are accomplished scholars on the outside, and on the inside a creamy layer of Michelle Bachmann.
You think Maher would have the nerve to invite Dr. Carson on his show to go head to head?
No. I don't either.
Maher's a coward. He knows Dr. Carson would tear him limb from limb.
That's why Maher has refused to invite real scientists on his program to debate anthroprogenic global warming.
'Tis far easier for dolts like Maher to castigate their opponents without actually facing them.
It's the liberal way.