Bill Maher is a pretty unambiguous liberal, but the often controversial comedian admitted that there’s at least one person on the left side of the fence who could spin him the other way – all the way – even to the Tea Party and into a decidedly unholy union with Conservative firebrand Ann Coulter.
Maher sat down with Jimmy Kimmel last night to talk about religion and politics (what else?) and the subject turned to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Despite being a liberal Democrat himself, Bloomberg is routinely criticized by Maher for a number of his comments and proposals. Among them, his most recent proposed soda ban.
Some on the right have questioned whether Maher is slowly working his way to their side. He has made some surprisingly conservative arguments regarding taxes, the Iraq War, and Mayor Bloomberg’s politics lately. But it’s doubtful Maher would make a full-on jump for conservatism. You can, after all, be a liberal or a conservative and call out crazy extremism on your side. Maher is the kind who calls them like he sees them.
And he called Bloomberg out on his controversial soda ban when Kimmel asked him about his “efforts to protect us from carbonated beverages.”
“I think it gives liberals a bad name,” Maher opined. “It makes liberals look like bullies who want to tell people what to do,” he added, continuing, “they never met a regulation they didn’t like.”
Maher does admit that we have a “problem with childhood obesity,” he thinks Bloomberg’s plan is all wrong.
“We don’t want to be a nanny state like this,” Maher argued. “I don’t know what Mayor Bloomberg has in mind, but there’s something wrong about the seventh richest man in the world sitting in bed at night thinking, ‘you know what people shouldn’t do? Drink too much Sprite.'”
Then, of course, there was the stinger. The part where Maher said that guys like Bloomberg make him want to “join the Tea Party and marry Ann Coulter. And that’s not where I want to be.”
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