Fighting fire with fire

By Samuel Charles

Oh, Bill Maher, where would society be without you?

Republicans might say “utopia,” but I don’t know if I’d have any faith left in humanity if it weren’t for the likes of you and Jon Stewart.

But while Stewart is compassionate and understanding, Maher is vicious, scathing and unrelenting.

“Reaching across the aisle” isn’t part of his modus operandi, and that’s the way it should be.

So when Twitter exploded Feb. 23 with the news that Maher would donate $1 million to Priorities USA Action, a pro-President Barack Obama super PAC, it came as a very pleasant surprise to everyone in the Obama camp.

While this is a huge contribution—the super PAC raised $4.1 million in 2011, according to ABC—it also points out the glaring flaws in the American electoral process.

Elections can be bought. And even if the right person is trying to buy them, it’s still wrong.

Super PACS, or political action committees, are nameless, faceless groups of people that collect huge sums of money without, in essence, any possible legal ramifications.

Stewart and his cohort Stephen Colbert have done a lot during the past few months to shed some light on the preposterous loopholes through which these groups get to jump.

What a country. We need comedians to tell us how screwed up the system is.

But while Colbert and Stewart mock incessantly, Maher has taken it to a new level. Not only is he showing how easy it is to catapult a candidate with nothing more than a signed check, but he’s giving the Republican base ulcers in the process.

Maher has always believed in stooping to the opposition’s level to win. Now it finally seems like the Democratic Party is ready to join him in the proverbial game of political limbo. And you know what? It’s a good thing.

Maher often says on his show, “Real Time with Bill Maher,” that while he was against most of what President George H.W. Bush did while in office, he admired that he actually was able to get things done, even if those actions were the onset of the apocalypse.

Before setting out on the campaign trail, Obama publicly criticized how absurd the current campaign finance legislation is.

Now critics are chastising him and his group for adjusting to the times and playing the cards they’re dealt.

Some people just can’t win votes. But if they can buy an election, what’s the difference?