Barack Obama won the election on Tuesday, but you wouldn’t know it listening to the liberals on Bill Maher’s panel Friday night, who sounded just as angry and defensive as they ever have.
The reason? S.E. Cupp brought up what many libertarians consider to be the “elephant in the room” about Barack Obama’s foreign policy, which is that it’s about the same as George W. Bush’s. The simple suggestion induced a firestorm of rage, with Daily Beast columnist Andrew Sullivan practically spitting in Cupp’s face as he jabbed a finger at her, and Democratic strategist James Carville reacting with open disgust. Neither of the two, however, were able to point to a persuasive difference in terms of principle between the two presidents.
Nevertheless, one interesting explanation was given by Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson for the reluctance of some to tolerate random extrajudicial killings under Obama, but comparative silence on “torture” under Bush.
“You didn’t want to f–k with Dick Cheney,” Jackson said.
The shouting did not abate in response to this interesting bit of speculation, however, prompting Maher to ask his liberal guests to calm down more than once. Cupp miraculously kept up her cool in response to the barrage.
“Neoconservatism? Dead, dead, dead!” Sullivan shrieked at her.
“Tell that to Barack Obama,” Cupp dryly shot back.
Here is video, via MRC-TV: