Bill Maher on Palin, Pot and Patriotism

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I get the sense you still look for affirmation.

Anyone who gets into this business is looking for affirmation from the very beginning. Why else would you do it? It's all about, "Mommy, look at me! I'm doing it, Mommy! No, I'm doing it now!" And who else has been nominated for an Emmy 26 times and never won? No one, my friend. Everybody says Susan Lucci, but not only did I pass her, I do something very different. I feel like it hurts me more.

Did anybody at the DNC send you flowers over the Christine O’Donnell thing? Your airing old clips of her talking about “dabbling in witchcraft” made her a laughingstock.

When the whole comedy sphere gets in on a point to make fun of—when they’re opening the Saturday Night Live sketches with Christine O’Donnell flying away on a broom—that will bring down anybody. I was amazed at how much people just latched onto that. “It’s perfect, we can understand that, a witch, she’s a witch!” But let’s get real, she wouldn’t have won anyway. She was not a credible candidate, and Delaware is not a stupid state. We gave people something to laugh about, and made a marginal candidate even more marginal.

Why not run for office like Al Franken?

Because I think drugs are good and religion is bad. You try starting a campaign with that. I am not the person who is saying the things the majority wants to get behind. But it's a big country, and I'm very happy with the minority that likes me. There's a beautiful, progressive Canadian-­European country here in America. It's just surrounded by rednecks.

Almost every routine I’ve seen of yours takes digs at Alabama. What did Alabama ever do to you?

Nothin’ — cuz I never went there. [Or] Mississippi. I think I've played every other state. I know my limits, man!

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