As you've probably heard by now, Bill Maher got quite an unfriendly welcome from Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Tuesday's The View.
The best part that largely went overlooked was when the host of HBO's Real Time predictably disparaged the intelligence of Republicans only to be quickly mocked by the female foe to his left who countered, "You’re so brilliant. Wow, I actually feel smarter sitting next to you" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
BARBARA WALTERS: Okay. Herman Cain, you saw him this morning. You see the political candidates. Give me your overall view of him particular, and in general as a candidate?
BILL MAHER: Well, first of all, I think it's great that the scandal on Herman Cain has moved away from sex to the fact that he's an idiot where it belongs. I misjudged the Republicans - they will vote for a black man if he’s a complete imbecile. I didn’t realize that.
WALTERS: How many people have we just offended? Okay, go ahead.
JOY BEHAR: He doesn't care.
MAHER: I don't care. But it's true. I mean, you saw that tape. You know, I mean, it's only a few days removed from the Rick Perry where he was the idiot of the week. I mean, you have to realize that the Republican Party doesn't care about knowledge or knowing things.
ELISABETH HASSELBECK: That's untrue, Bill. You know, because you’re so brilliant. Wow, I actually feel smarter sitting next to you.
So Republicans will only vote for a black man if he's a complete imbecile?
Does that include Obama?
After all, nine percent of Republicans voted for him in 2008?
What was that you were saying about complete imbeciles, Bill?
For those interested in some of the sparks that flew prior to this exchange, Fox Nation has the full video.