Friday night’s Real Time was a riveting watch as Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders came out and made his case, begging Donald Trump to debate him ahead of the general election.
The panelists were Dilbert creator Scott Adams, businessman/author Wayne Allyn Root, and journalists Michael Moynihan and Melissa Harris-Perry.
It was also a night where the sole Trump supporter, Root, stymied Maher more than once with his declarations of middle-class salvation and antipathy for any sort of government, to a point where Maher asked him if he was an anarchist.
Melissa Harris-Perry generally talked all night with her hands and whipped her hair while bemused panelist Michael Moynihan expressed more than once he had no idea what the conversation hijacked by Root was even about. That was my biggest complaint about the episode, Moynihan, an interesting guest, never got a word in edgewise with the two blowhards on the panel with him.
But the biggest get, of course, was Sanders who doesn’t curb his enthusiasm about the famous Larry David impressions in his Real Time backstage interview.
Maher noted that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton joined President Barack Obama in avoiding his show, and saved a juicy insult for the Clintons who seem to get into trouble to a point, noting the two politicos had come up in Arkansas, a state not known for a majority of forward thinking people. Maher said. “I think what the problem is is that these two cut their teeth in Arkansas and they got used to being able to fool rubes — excuse me, Arkansas — easily, and it doesn’t work that way in D.C.!”
But it was the mid-show interview with Dilbert creator Scott Adams – a bonafide hypnotist and student of persuasion – who sobered the Sanders’ fans in the audience when he made the case on why he predicted (and still does) that Trump will win the election in a landslide. Even Maher was taken aback at that remark. He explained in great detail Trump’s power of persuasion and some of the rules of being a persuasive and effective speaker.
The capper of the show was of course, New Rules, and the final segment in that saw Bill dress in silver and deliver a future Goldman Sachs University commencement address to “graduates of the class of 2041, parents, faculty, distinguished guests, masculine identifiers, feminine identifiers, and cyborgs…” and he quipped that our future presidents would also include Kanye West and Lady Gaga. “Now it’s easy to get nostalgic for how things used to be under the first President Kardashian, back before Canada built a wall to keep us out, and back when a person starting out in life could still get a studio apartment in San Francisco for only two million dollars … a month.”
Even Katy Perry got a futuristic nod. Maher concluded that “The leading cause of death in our country is going outside, driverless cars still won’t pick up black people, and 90% of America’s wealth is owned by Katy Perry.”
Real Time with Bill Maher: Bernie Sanders Interview – May 27, 2016 (HBO)
Dilbert creator Scott Adams predicts Trump landslide
Overtime- Melissa Harris-Perry annoys Bill with her PC on college campuses analysis
Bill Maher’s commencement speech