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Bill Maher Smears Rick Santorum as Saying: 'I Will Take My Marching Orders From the Pope!'

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Far-left comedian Bill Maher appeared on Monday's Hardball to smear Rick Santorum, inisisting that, unlike John F. Kennedy, the Republican is saying, "Yes, I will take my marching orders from the Pope!"

The smug comic delighted Matthews, who eagerly agreed, "Ha! Exactly! That's what he's saying!" Earlier in the show, the MSNBC anchor, yet again, slammed Santorum as a "theocrat." Matthews poured praised on Maher, touting, "You're the best. You're the funniest, smartest guy around." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

Earlier, Matthews explained that he couldn't imagine why anyone would critique the President, exclaiming, "Everything [Obama's] wife does seems perfect. It's about obesity, things everybody knows is a problem in this country."

Maher returned the accolades, touting, "Chris, first of all, you're using reason, which as we know is a faulty way to derive at any sort of truth....You went to college. And people who go to college, they are the types who are suspect to this virus of reason."

A partial transcript of the February 27th segment, which aired at 5:40pm EST, follows:


CHRIS MATTHEWS: He got bin Laden. They got him killed in the action, which is the neatest way to do it, if you're honest about it. His family is picture perfect. His daughters are right out of Tricia Nixon. They don't do anything wrong. They turned themselves out perfectly. They act like, almost, a royal family in a good democratic way. Everything his wife does seems perfect. It's about obesity, things everybody knows is a problem in this country. What more do they want from this guy as a human being? We do have a number that's out, by the way, that we're going to show later in the show where something like 75 percent of the country says they like the guy personally.

BILL MAHER: Well, Chris, first of all, you're using reason, which as we know is a faulty way to derive at any sort of truth. Rick Santorum will tell you- it's probably, Chris, because you went to college. And people who go to college, they are the types who are suspect to this virus of reason. And that's probably why you're thinking the way you are, logically. No. What Rick Santorum would tell you is home school your kids, stay away from college, because people who go to college want to be like Obama. You know, successful. We don't want that here in America.

MATTHEWS: [Laughs] Well, what did you think about going to war with Jack Kennedy? Here's a guy who is trying to get the Reagan Democrats, eventually Santorum, because they are the ones that decide elections. Conservative Democrats, Irish, Italian. People that generally are more conservative than most Democrats. But they are still Democrats, but you try to grab them if you're a Republican because that's how you win. Trashes Kennedy. I guess I don't get it. I don't know who he's trying to win over. He trashes the college people, which is a lot of people. Almost everybody who comes here as an immigrant wants their kid to go to college. They do most of the time. He trashes the, sort of, conservative Catholics, who still treasure Kennedy. African-Americans still treasure Kennedy. Who is he looking for not in those groups of either college or ethnically conservative Democrats? Who's he after?

MAHER: I don't know. [Laughs] I mean, you're asking the wrong guy, because I really can't see into this guy's mind. I never thought anyone in American politics would come out against college. I can't- I can't even write this stuff. In fact, with all the material that Rick Santorum is giving me, I should write him a check for a million dollars. But I think what's interesting about the Kennedy thing is that Kennedy in 1960, of course, had to make a speech that said "I'm not going to be taking my marching orders from the Pope." Here we are in 2012, and it's almost the opposite. Rick Santorum is throwing up because the President is sort of not saying the reverse. "Yes, I will take my marching orders from the Pope!"

MATTHEWS: [Laughs] Ha! Exactly! That's what he's saying!         

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MATTHEWS: You're the best. You're the funniest, smartest guy around.
 

Comments

#1 We're NOT Stupid...

Here's a speech Obama could (but won't) deliver that would lower gas prices by twenty cents before the last syllable could roll off his forked tongue. Please read and share the article.

http://tinyurl.com/7zk4vyh

J Robert Giles

#2 I can't imagine a Conservative getting away with this.

I can't believe the free ride Bill Maher gets all the time. He says this outlandish stuff and then, if he's called on it, he says he's a comedian. There isn't much he says, as far as politics are concerned, that's particularly funny, so I don't believe his comedian status should stick. So, if he's a commentator, he should be held accountable for that and call it a day.

Vote Republican - Then you'll only be called a racist one more time.

#3 Ok then

if he wants to use the fact he a commedian as a defense, then everytime he says something, LAUGH. If he says he's being serious, laugh HARDER.

Tell everyone you don't take him seriously because he's a commedian.

When he gets to the point where he says he's really, really being serious...THEN call him on it and see how he gets out of that.

#4 I wonder anyone around has

I wonder anyone around has actually read the speech.

Kennedy argues that a school voucher program would be Unconstitutional because money would end up supporting parochial schools, and implies that it would be wrong if church tried to influence government policy on things like abortion and marriage.

#5 Yes. I Have.

I read the transcript and watched the video and posted a link to them in a different thread a couple of days ago. I just reread and watched again Kennedy's "religion" speech. Some golden opportunities Santorum missed presented below.

I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish; where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source; where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials; and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all.

For while this year it may be a Catholic against whom the finger of suspicion is pointed, in other years it has been, and may someday be again, a Jew— or a Quaker or a Unitarian or a Baptist. It was Virginia's harassment of Baptist preachers, for example, that helped lead to Jefferson's statute of religious freedom. Today I may be the victim, but tomorrow it may be you — until the whole fabric of our harmonious society is ripped at a time of great national peril.

What Kennedy said 40 years ago sounds like it could have been written last week.  What a tremendous gift to have JFK's own words to employ against Obama, the MSM, and the Left in general.  Santorum, instead, reinforces his previous immature and boneheaded remark about wanting to throw up.  A smarter person would see the battlefield and judiciously use his weapons to outmaneuver the opposition.  Not the first time Santorum has spoken too quickly, artlessly, detrimentally.

I would not look with favor upon a president working to subvert the First Amendment's guarantees of religious liberty. Nor would our system of checks and balances permit him to do so. And neither do I look with favor upon those who would work to subvert Article VI of the Constitution by requiring a religious test — even by indirection — for it. If they disagree with that safeguard, they should be out openly working to repeal it.

Another veritable gold mine ignored, and the shame in it is Santorum agrees with this.  These words of JFK could have been used by Santorum to call out the MSM, the Obama Administration, and the Left who seek to impose ObamaCare on the citizenry.  It also could be used as a boot to the backside of Republican lawmakers to get vocal about Obama's latest provisions against religious freedoms as well as ridding the country of ObamaCare.

But let me stress again that these are my views. For contrary to common newspaper usage, I am not the Catholic candidate for president. I am the Democratic Party's candidate for president, who happens also to be a Catholic. I do not speak for my church on public matters, and the church does not speak for me.

Whatever issue may come before me as president — on birth control, divorce, censorship, gambling or any other subject — I will make my decision in accordance with these views, in accordance with what my conscience tells me to be the national interest, and without regard to outside religious pressures or dictates. And no power or threat of punishment could cause me to decide otherwise.

[...]

...nor do I intend to disavow either my views or my church in order to win this election.

24 carat gold words for Rick to use, and pretty much what Santorum has said himself.  Even JFK knew he was the sum parts of all his life teachings, including religion, and could not fully compartmentalize his conscience or eradicate those experiences.  But the presidency requires leadership of all people of the country, regardless of religious affiliation. Somehow Kennedy forgets to say in accordance with the Constitution to which his conscience should defer in that wiggle-room of a paragraph.

A thoughtful politician would not say "throw up".  A smart politician would find a way to take an iconic President's words and use them to his advantage.  "Throw up" does not accomplish much outside the base and will be hung around his neck like an albatross - one of several of Rick's own doing it's starting to look like.  And what kind of fodder have the Left barely touched on in Santorum's past remain?

Yes.  Pure gold served up on a silver platter, a gift from his angel above, and Rick pisses it away for a cheap shot at a dead guy liked by at least half the country.  This is not prudent or Presidential public behavior. 

#6 Yes, I agree with you that

Yes, I agree with you that Santorum's response to Kennedy's speech was an overreaction, was of no use to persuade people on the other side of aisle, and his use of the language "throw up" was childish.

But you're not addressing the point I raised. Half of Kennedy's speech, which is admirable, is saying that people of all faiths should be welcome in politics, and that he would not act in anyway that discriminated against other faiths versus his own. But the rest of the speech talks about a specific, very liberal vision about what "separation of church and state" means. My concern isn't the heat Santorum is getting, but that media is glossing over some of the content of the speech, only mentioning the parts that everyone agrees with.

#7 I don't think the Liberal MSM

I don't think the Liberal MSM is going to find much fault with Kennedy's speech. They agree with it, some undoubtably codifying it as blueprint for their lives in this matter.

My opinion is that representatives of a religion have the same rights as other citizens to be heard in the public forum. But I do not think that person, acting in their official capacity as representative of a religion, should be given special dispensation to decide the content or vote on that bill in either house of Congress, the Judiciary or the Oval Office. The oath is to uphold the Constitution, not a religion. On the other hand, there are committees where clerics may be seated and are of considerable value in recommending a policy. There is a difference.

Santorum has said he would govern without forcing his religion onto Americans. I believe him. But I think it's nonsense to think his faith will not shape certain decisions. He is the sum of his experiences and some of these ingrained teachings are impossible to ignore. Reagan and Bush both abhorred abortion, but they did not use unconstitutional Presidential fiat to end it. Instead, they worked for a solution under the Constitution. I believe this is what Santorum would do, and I think he has said words to this effect. Unfortunately Santorum missed this opportunity to use JFK's speech to build a bridge with a wider swath of voters while simultaneously undercutting his Leftist's critics, all without compromising his beliefs/values/morals/ethics.

I don't know what else to say except I think Santorum can surmount this if handled well. He will need to if he's the candidate because it will be hammered by the Left.

#8 So this is what MSNBSC is

So this is what MSNBSC is reduced to? Matthews the clown has Maher the clown on to discuss... wait for it... Politics? Both of them are hollow excuses for human beings. But apparantly that is just fine with MSNBSC. Proof positive that abortion will eventually clense the world of liberals.

"The enemy of my enemy is my friend, unless my friend is more evil than my enemy."

#9 You made a mistake in the first sentence...

... Maher is not a comedian, he's a clown.

"If you want to make a Conservative angry, tell him a lie. If you want to make a Liberal angry, tell him the truth." - Rush Limbaugh

#10 I'd prefer to take orders from the Pope

than from the marxist in chief who's giving 'em now.

Proud member of the 53%!

#11 Rad,

As a Jew, even I would rather take orders from the Pope than I would listen 5 nano-seconds to Barky, Tingles, and Horseface.

For the MSM: In your pomp and all your glory, you're a poorer man than me.  As you lick the boots of death born out of fear.

Ian Anderson "Wind up"

#12 Trix, I would follow P.M.

Trix, I would follow P.M. Netanyahu to the gates of hell.

Peace be with you my friend.

'One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church'

#13 Any true man of God

would be preferable to Obama, who worships only himself.

Proud member of the 53%!

#14 Only a bitter hater like

Only a bitter hater like Maher would equate the government respecting religious liberty as taking orders from the Pope.

The fact that the Catholic Chris Matthews laughs and agrees with him is particularly deplorable.

#15 Well, if Prissy and Horseface were the only two in the room,

Prissy is right, Horseface is the smartest of the two. Not that that is saying much, but there it is.

To re-elect Obama would be like the Titanic backing up and hitting the iceberg again.

#16 He takes his orders from

He takes his orders from DOPE.

Nuke em til they glow; then shoot em in the dark

#17 Kennedy was only reiterating

Kennedy was only reiterating what our founding fathers such as Thomas Jefferson wanted - a separation of church and state.

Santorum's views on abortion and birth control aren't accepted by the majority of American Catholics.

#18 Care to source that goldie?

Because as a Catholic with a niece teaching at a Catholic school I can tell you that yes, Santorum's views ARE accepted by the majority of American Catholics.

Proud member of the 53%!

#19 Oh, Radical...

Don't get rainman started, he is GALACTICALLY stupid.

#20 Statistics show that American

Statistics show that American Catholics overwhelmingly support the use of birth control and abortion in the case of rape and incest. Santorum does not support the latter.

Only 22% of U.S. Catholics agree with their church that abortion should be illegal in all cases.

http://www.rcrc.org/perspectives/catholic.cfm

#21 Yes. Statistics.

Statistics show 89% of dingbats don't know the purpose of that subject line thingy. Statistics also show the left hand of dingbats are 32% percent larger than the right hand due to the constant thumb sucking.

http:/www.dingbatgoldwater89TrollStats.com/upyourstroll.cfm

#22 Most Catholics, actually most

Most Catholics, actually most AMERICANS are not in favor of abortion on demand.

#23 The dingbat goldwater89 has separation anxiety on the brain.

No dingbat. President Kennedy. And since we are not uneducated boobs like you, we say President Kennedy. President Kennedy was saying that he does not get his marching orders from the Pope. Fairly clear to everyone but a dingbat as it was in English and we monkeypeople are all educated in English for at least 12 years.

As for the rest, I think I will just make up some crap. You did.

Senator Santorum's, yep there it is again, monkeypeople talking like they have respect for those around them, Senator Santorum's view on Mike and Ike's is the mango ones taste the best.

#24 "I believe in an America

"I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute." - JFK

But don't let the man's own words get in the way of your agenda to lie and misinform.

#25 I believe in subject lines.

: " I've gotta quote for you, Edith. --'A bird that always flies in the fog is called a dingbat.' " - Archie Bunker.

Dingbat. Go suck your thumb. You think there is one monkeyman here that will take you seriously after your beclownment?

#26 Yeah, that's why the Founding

Yeah, that's why the Founding Fathers had prayers before and/or after meetings.

#27 Chris, is that a pistol in your pocket . . .

Or are you just talking about the Obamas? Oh, pardon me, pistols are guns, and guns are bad. Is that a Wiener photograph in your pocket?
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Speaking of heavy breathing and pheromones, here's a thought that will loosen your teeth. Are Ed Schultz and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, like, you know, married? Yeah, just try to get rid of those honeymoon pictures frolicking in your brain right now!

And did they have to take a Wasserman Test to get the license?

#28 I take my marching orders

I take my marching orders from the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, who takes his from God.

'One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church'

#29 Chris Mathews...

Bill, you're one of the two smartest men in this conversation.

#30 These two were made for each other...

And will soon be appearing in Dumb and Dumber: the Metamucil Years

Republicans believe that every day is July 4th. Democrats believe that every day is April 15th. -Ronald Reagan

#31 Democrats scared Romney is gonna lose!!!

During the weekend and today, the amount of attacks against Santorum have gone through the roof.

Media seems to be promoting hoaxes and hysteria to convert people to Romney before tomorrow morning.

Some of the RINOs and Romney surrogates came out at the last second to shill for Romney and attack Santorum over some comment about Obama.

Drudge isn't "posting" poll results.

It doesn't look good for Romney in Arizona or Michigan? A lot of desperate attacks and accusations being flung around, trying to stop Santorum's momentum.

Are the polls for Romney that bad? Too close for his liking?

#32 Maher routinely

denigrates and mocks Matthews' religion.
Yet, Matthews calls Maher the smartest funniest guy around?
OOOOOOKAAAAAAY.....
Got it.

If you're not getting flak, you're not over the target.

#33 ...and Maher takes his marching orders from his father

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44

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The burden of life is from ourselves, its lightness from the grace of Christ and the love of God. - William Bernard Ullanthorne

#34 Warning!

Bill Maher is your brain on drugs.

To more fully comprehend the Left, one must read “Leftism As Psychopathy” by John Ray, M.A., Ph.D. Caution, it might scare you a little bit.
http://jonjayray.tripod.com/psycho.html

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