This is not the first time as detailed below that Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, has reached some common ground with those on the opposite end of the political spectrum.
In an interview with The Desert Sun of Palm Springs, Calif., the HBO Real Time host described how he agreed with Palin on Syria. "The weird thing about Syria is it has created so many strange bedfellows. I'm on the same page as Sarah Palin on this issue. That's a very strange feeling. But I feel like I'm consistent about how I've always felt about how we should handle this part of the world. I think it would be a good thing if America put the world on notice that if you use these sort of weapons that are allowed, yes, we will (expletive) you up. But it is outweighed, in my opinion, by a greater need, which is the need to tamp down the inflammatory atmosphere in that part of the world."
In a Facebook posting about the potential US missile strike on Syria, Palin concluded with "I say let Allah sort it out."
Added Maher in the interview: "... But all three of the leading [GOP] presidential contenders now are against intervention in Syria -- Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio -- and the idea that we need to rein in the national security apparatus is gaining currency in the main thinking of the Republic Party. So, for whatever reason, I think it's a positive step."
He also criticized the media for being "in the government's pocket... They don't want to lose their seat at the table when the invitations come out for the correspondence dinner." [He or the newspaper probably meant "correspondents" dinner.]
Sarah Palin also took a lot of took a lot of flak four years ago for suggesting that government-imposed healthcare rationing by what she called death panels would be one likely outcome of the Affordable Care Act a.k.a Obamacare. In the pages of the Wall Street Journal in late July, Howard Dean, a high-profile liberal Democrat who ran for president in 2004, called for the abolishment of the so-called Independent Payment Advisory Board created by Obamacare, which he deemed "essentially a health-care rationing body."
In August, Noam Chomsky, the influential MIT linguistics professor, author, and prominent left-wing political activist admitted that Sarah Palin was right about Barack Obama in that there was no substance to his presidential campaign. Said Chomsky: "I don't usually admire Sarah Palin, but when she was making fun of this 'hopey changey stuff,' she was right; there was nothing there."