The I'm Not a Political Genius But I Play One on TV Award

Andrew Klavan presents The I'm Not a Political Genius But I Play One on TV Award, won by Rob Reiner, aka "Meathead," and accepted in jest by Tim Phillips.

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Bill Maher

“Do it [repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell] because it will make Rush Limbaugh explode like a bag full of meat dropped from a helicopter. Do it because it will make Sarah Palin ‘go rogue’ in her pants.”

“When we see crazy, senseless deaths like this, we can only ask why, why, why couldn't it have been Glenn Beck?”

“Sarah Palin screaming about death panels? You know what, Sarah, if we were killing off useless people, you'd be the first to know.”

— Three clips of Bill Maher: from October 9, 2009 Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO; March 5, 2010 Real Time with Bill Maher; and March 31, 2010 Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Roseanne Barr

“All you Tea Party spokespeople, you work for the Koch brothers and they’re like billionaires....Dick Cheney didn’t earn one damn thing. Guy’s never worked an honest day in his life....I think she’s [Sarah Palin is] a loon and I think she’s kind of a traitor to this country.... Her followers are the dumbest people on Earth....They can barely scare up a pulse. I’m serious. They are really stupid, they’re stupid”

— Roseanne Barr on the 9pm ET edition of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, January 5, 2011.


Rob Reiner

“Hitler, by the way, never got more than 33 percent of the vote ever in Germany....He wasn’t a majority guy, but he was charismatic, and they were having bad economic times — just like we are now. People were out of work, they needed jobs, and a guy came along and rallied the troops. My fear is that the Tea Party gets a charismatic leader, because all they’re selling is fear and anger and that’s all Hitler sold: ‘I’m angry and I'm frightened and you should hate that guy over there.’”

— Actor/director/liberal activist Rob Reiner on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Oct. 22, 2010.