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For years, folks have been speculating about whether Dennis Miller and Bill Maher are truly libertarians. A couple of newspaper articles surfacing on my browser today merely increased the level of confusion.
, Joanne Green reported this of Maher:
The political satirist is most notable as the former outspoken host of the late-night talk show Politically Incorrect. But in June 2002, ABC network execs canned him after he made a controversial on-air remark in which he objected to the President’s claim that the September 11 terrorists were cowards. “We have been the cowards, lobbing cruise missiles from 2000 miles away. That’s cowardly,” Maher said. “Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it’s not cowardly.”
Even with this firm foothold on solid libertarian ground, Maher stumbled quickly with:
“Bush is a liar,” Maher says. “If you do involve yourself in [politics] to a more detailed degree, you see there is a very big difference between this and the last administration.”
Come on, Bill. While Bush’s lies have certainly cost more lives, neither Bush nor Clinton are innocent of foreign adventurism — and clearly not of telling lies. Unless you happened to believe the old “I did not inhale” line.
Dennis Miller was on equally shakey ground with this interview blurb in in an OC Weekly article by Rebecca Schoenkopf:
But Dennis Miller, we left Afghanistan unfinished so we could go to Iraq, and instead of making us safer, we just pissed off a billion people. You’re smart enough to see that, aren’t you?
Nope. I do know people on the Left say I’m not smart enough.
Miller clearly showed some improvement with:
The controversial host has also criticized the Bush administration’s war on drugs and the more recent war on pornography. “We’ve got to go after people whacking at their computers?” Maher muses. “That we would go after people and throw them in jail for having sex just shows how shallow and unserious this administration is.”
Neither of them seem to be full blooded libertarians — yet. However, they both think outside of the two-party box, espouse many libertarian beliefs, and seem to be slowly moving in the libertarian direction. Still, when wishing for a libertarian message combined with a bit of wit, I’ll continue to stick with grand masters Trey Parker and Matt Stone, with Penn and Teller and tied for second in the Libertarian Celebrity Tell-It-Like-It-Really-Is Classic.