Difference Quotient

By Bill Maher

Before the government shutdown, House Republicans outlined their list of demands to raise the debt ceiling: just little things, like ditch Obamacare; fast track the Ryan Plan; OK the Keystone Pipeline; open up all shores to drill, baby, drill; stop the EPA from capping carbon; kill the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; and end Dodd-Frank regulations on banks. Also, President Obama has to bleach his skin and immediately turn himself into the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

When I first saw this list, I got pissed not at Republicans, but at the self-described liberals who keep popping up in my Twitter feed saying, "There's no difference between the two political parties anymore." When was there a bigger difference? Look again at this list. It's stuff Mitt Romney promised on day one. If he got elected, this wouldn't be a list of crazy, bullshit demands; it would be law.

Thirteen years ago, many liberals said there was no difference between Al Gore and George W. Bush. Then we got eight years of President George W. Bush. With Bush, wrong war; with Gore, no war. How can the difference be bigger than that? And it's happened again -- Romney campaigned while heavy-handedly threatening Iran; Obama and Rouhani are exchanging letters
 
Apparently at fundraisers, Obama likes to tell supporters how Franklin Roosevelt used to tell labor leaders, "I agree with you, I want to do it, now make me do it." Tea Partiers drive political outcomes, whether it's an election year or not. But for Obama supporters, every three out of four years, it's not "Yes, we can," it's "See you later."