While wrapping up his interview on Rachel Maddow's show this Tuesday night, Bill Maher was asked what he thinks President Obama should do about the fact that he can't get unanimity from Democrats in his own party to support his jobs bill that the Republicans just filibustered.
Maher responded pointing out how important he believes the Occupy Wall Street movement is because the Democratic Party does indeed need something to push it and the group of Conserva-Dems that continually side with Republicans in the Senate back over to the left.
MAHER: I don't know if they can get them in line, but I would agree with you that that is one of the big problems in this country, is we understand that the Republicans are mostly bad policy makers who are trying retreaded ideas that didn't work the first time. What's especially disappointing is that group of Democratic Senators, you know, the Ben Nelsons, the same types, these centrist, corporatist Democrats who ally with them.
You know, it's bad enough that you need sixty votes, which is kind of a quiet coup, you know, of government, because really the Constitution says it should be fifty one, to get something done. When you add the fact that there's fifty three Republican, I mean fifty three Democratic Senators, forty of them are pretty good, but there's that thirteen that call themselves centrist that really wind up with the Republicans, and then of course, nothing is ever going to get done.
And this is again, to come back to what we started to talk about, and why I think that Occupy Wall Street movement is so important. Because the left needs some... something to move them away from the center and toward the left. You know, we've tried conservatism in this country. We've tried centrism. We need something to make us try liberal policies.