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Bill Maher on Upcoming Presidential Election: "There's Obama and There Are the People from the Mental Patient Party"

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You ever had Bill Maher feature an image from a video you made with your coworker on Real Time as a New Rule, then get the chance to ask him about it on the phone just days later? Oh, yeah, and forget to press record when he tells you that it was one of his favorite New Rules maybe ever?

Yeah. That happened just yesterday. It was favorite or best, we were too excited to properly store that information. Luckily, sometime as he answered the question, "Why do you think Romney went with Ryan instead of Rubio?" we noticed, pressed record, and saved the remainder of the interview.

To our great pleasure, this past Friday, a photo of Maria, "the Butt Hole Girl," from our recent viral video was displayed next to Maher's head as Mark Cuban giggled at the anal joke. We're not sure if Maher actually saw the video, but it was still a landmark moment for New Times Broward Palm Beach.<

The rest our conversation involved discussing weird Florida news, our state's wacky politicians, and Mormonism.

Bill Maher: ...So Democrats are getting at their base, which are minorities and sane people, and Republicans are going for their base, which is white people who make sighing noises when they get up.

New Times: You also made a comment a few months ago about Allen West, who is someone we write about a lot at the paper...

Yes, Allen West. I'm glad you're reminding me of all of these Floridian characters! Yeah, Allen West, who thinks there are 80 communists in the US Congress. I don't know what to tell you about Mr. West. The Republican party in general seems to live in a fantasy world, and let me tell you, for the amount of material they give me on a daily basis, I should have given them a million dollars.

What about Ryan totting his mom around as a Medicare mascot?

I'm thinking about doing a New Rule this week that you can't use your mom to campaign with. There's no moms in campaigning. First of all, it's very disingenuous because, yes, Mrs. Ryan will be fine, because she's rich. The Ryans were known as the Kennedys of Wisconsin. But Medicare, Medicaid, these programs are for people who haven't been as fortunate as Mr. Ryan.

I saw Mr. Ryan the other day saying that when he was working at McDonald's, he didn't think that was as far as he was going to go in life. Of course not, because you're a rich kid doing a summer job. You have plenty of opportunities. What about the 1,500, what they call dropout factories, high schools where over 60 percent of the students don't graduate from high school? For them, McDonald's very well may be the end of the line.

Tampa's hosting the RNC.

Oh, yes. I know.

There's worry that a hurricane might be heading toward Tampa.

I saw.

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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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