July 12th, 2011
08:11 AM ET
3 years ago

Maher picks Bachmann ... over Palin


(CNN) – When pressed to choose, Bill Maher said he would rather Michele Bachmann become president in 2012 than Sarah Palin.

The liberal comedian and political commentator said he would pick the Minnesota congresswoman because "She's not someone who just sits there and reads the prayers on her Blackberry like Sarah Palin."

"At least she's somebody who can read," Maher said Monday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight." "You know she has a job. She was a lawyer. She's in Congress."

Bachmann is running for the Republican nomination in 2012, but Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, has yet to decide if she'll make a bid for the White House.


Filed under: 2012 • Bill Maher • Michele Bachmann • Sarah Palin
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. John

    It doesn't matter either once of then have a Chance to win. And Saran Palin even has a Less chance.

    July 12, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    Let's see. Die by electric chair or by firing squad.....I pick.......... Neither of those two will EVER set foot in the White House except to take the tour. Bachmann has a better grasp of the english language than Simple Sarah but I'm not sure which is the bigger bold-faced liar. Either way, I'd love to see one of them get the nomination but the Wasilla hillbilly is only putting out the possible run to get her name in the news again. She just can;t help herself. Landslide Obama

    July 12, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  3. Ben Peck

    I'm leaving the country if either of them actually win.

    July 12, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  4. kierthos

    Honestly, that's not a wonderful choice to make between the two. But since Bachmann isn't likely to get the nomination.....

    July 12, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  5. SecedingfromTexas

    Sorry to see him lower his standards as to Presidential qualifications. Yes, she can read her bank statements,
    she is in Congress, with a non-existent record, accoriding to the lovely Pawlenty, and I wouldn't let her near
    my tax returns. She is supposed to be a tax lawyer, right?

    July 12, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  6. Sandy

    I wouldn't pick one over the other. Neither should become President. They are both equally dangerous, imo.

    July 12, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  7. Darko

    Who takes this raving idiot seriously? He's worse than Olbermann. He'll take any statement and turn it into the most vile thing amaginable. Projection at its best. A comedian involving himself in politics doesn't make him the least bit relevant. This guy isn't even funny. He's a hateful ideologue who has a serious problem with anyone who even considers the possibility that there is a higher power in the universe.

    July 12, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  8. GI Joe

    She went to a law school started by Oral Roberts and funded by Senator Coburn's father (R-Oklahoma). One criteria for acceptance was the "blind faith of the bible-thumping southerner".

    July 12, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  9. Big Al

    I wold love to see a Bachman-Palin ticket or Palin-Bachman ticket. It's time to combine church and state and become a theocracy. We would have a Dept of Morals which I hope will be led by Ralph Reed.

    July 12, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  10. Get house back in 2012

    Hav U seen Bachman give a speech? She is literally dancing and acting on the stage as if it was a theatre. Maybe that's what she thinks leadership is. As for Palin, enough already said!

    July 12, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. Sniffit

    I always listen to and agree with everything Bill Maher says. He's so much smarter than Republicans.

    July 12, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  12. NYC REPUB

    Bill maher made so much sense last night on Piers Morgan. He's dead right about politics, but dead wrong about God. I respect him though.

    July 12, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  13. GI Joe

    One of the counselors in her husband's clinic said "men are made by god to be attracted to women's breasts". I have to agree that some men are. However, men like Bachmann's husband seem to be attracted to a submissive, totally subservient lying woman.

    July 12, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  14. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    So Bill picked the lesser of two evils. The empty suit over the narcissistic megalomaniac.

    July 12, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  15. The Other Michael in Houston

    I love Bill Maher, although I do not agree with his religous views. I am not sure about his statement about Bachmann being any better than Palin. Since African American children are way better off being slaves than in current times according to Bachmann, she might have a slight edge over Palin. Edge of idiocy, that is. Yeah, yeah Tea Jihadist, I know she didn't actually say it but she signed on to the doctrine! And stop with the "she didn't read it" crap, if she put her signiture on a document without reading the FIRST paragraph, then she is a bigger idiot than what I thought. Makes no difference, she and Tim just secured President Obama's re-election. It's sad that the winner of the GOP primary will pay for the stupidity of those two morons.

    July 12, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  16. The Other Campaign Strategist @ 115th & Amsterdam Ave.

    It`s not Palin or Bachmann; it Nikki Haley. She`s the one to watch, especially for 2016.

    The Democrats [Obama, Wasserman-Shultz] had better prime the pump with MULTIPLE attractive, cerebral, articulate potential candidates NOW.

    Obama can win in 2012 but a woman will likely be well groomed for 2016 and it better be a Democrat. Cuomo can be VEEP. The future of the Supreme Court will be at stake in that election.

    The damage of Reagan-Reagan-Bush must be undone. That is the sustainable means to restore balance to the "common citizen".

    July 12, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  17. Sandy

    Oooh, Palin is going to be upset that you picked Bachman over her. LOL

    Now Palin says she can win. I believe that she's just jealous that Bachman is taking all her thunder.

    July 12, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  18. Isaac

    If thet Alaskan grifter or that homophobic nut from Minnesota gets elected, I'm leaving the planet not just the country. They're a danger to humanity not just Americans. Bachmannn sounds and acts like a female, Christian version of Ahmadinejad from Iran. That used car salesman Romney looks downright presidential compared to Palin and Bachmann!

    July 12, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  19. Maude

    Very ugly.... I mean very very ugly !

    July 12, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  20. Rick McDaniel

    Maher is as extreme in his own views, as those he criticizes. Anyone who listens to him, is just as prone to make mistakes on who to support, as those who listen to the extremists in the GOP.

    July 12, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. R.I.P. Damon

    I'm tiring of listening to this hate filled loser and his misogynistic ramblinngs. If I were Palin and Bachmann, I'd file a restraining order against Maher

    July 12, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  22. gt

    who cares what bill mahr says anyway... he is only on hbo ..nobody watch him anyway... all 3 stink

    July 12, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  23. Mark

    Dumb and dumber. Tea baggers are right. They do scare democrats but not fot the reasons they suspect. they are frightening because they want to infuse religion into their decission making. The problem is, which christion religion. Their beliefs are not mine. My bible says that money is irrelevant and that helping others is our mission. They want to worship at the alter of the almigthy dollar and screw anyone who needs help, except the rich. Their God is clothed in bills.

    July 12, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  24. Patrick from Minnesota

    Palin/Bachmann. The Republican dream team. Obama is sure to win a second term.

    July 12, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. The Other Campaign Strategist @ 115th & Amsterdam Ave.

    Forget Bachmann & Palin and put a shadow on SC Governor Nikki Haley. Not in 2012 but rather 2016.

    Obama & the Dems better develop 2 or 3 women: smart, attractive, articulate, accomplished, resolute – to win the WH in 2016.

    The Supreme Court is at stake in that election. Time to undo the 5-4 bias towards corporations that exists there today.

    July 12, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
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