Bill Maher was, as always, being careful to show tact while giving his opinions on Michelle Backman & Sarah Palin…

MAHER: It’s not because they have breasts. It’s because they are boobs.

MAHER: But we can’t throw around the word “sexist” just to stop people like me pointing out that Michele Bachmann, now running second for the Republican presidential nomination, is a dangerous nincompoop. And when I point out that Sarah Palin is a vainglorious braggart, a liar, a whiner, a professional victim, a scold, a know-it-all, a chiseler, a bully who sells patriotism like a pimp…

And then Hannity’s guest comes out with this gem….

BILA: Yes, it’s because he’s a liberal, also and they get away with murder when it comes to — and I know they’ll probably attack that, that I just used violent rhetoric — but they do get away with murder when it comes to particularly conservative women. They’re very much threatened by strong, powerful, conservative women (Yes..that sounds about right. Sarah Palin is just so brilliant, she makes me sad and afraid).

 HANNITY: Why do you think that is?

BILA: Because someone like Sarah Palin, who has strong executive experience, you can’t pick on her policy (I’m sorry- what?!?!?!?). He would look ridiculous if he did because she has strong, sound policy, so he picks on ridiculous things (He picks on ridiculous things as to not look ridiculous?). The latest thing is to go after her family and her child, which I think is disgusting. I would like to see some of the strong men in the GOP on the right stand up and say enough is enough.

HA! I don’t know who is more ridiculous, to be honest. I tend to be fairly liberal, but I do think Bill Maher can take it a bit far sometimes. If anyone talked about Hillary Clinton the way he talks about Bachmann & Palin, I’d be PISSED.

Here’s the thing though. Maher is a comedian at heart…he’s got a late-night show on HBO for christ’s sake! His job is to say offensive, ridiculous things that will get a rise out of people. Fox news is acting like he’s representing the liberal party line.

MORE importantly! If you read the trascript, Hannity & co. start going off on the hypocrisy of liberals. I get SO GOD DAMN SICK of the word “hypocrite” being thrown around. For whatever reason, it really seems to be a favorite of dogmatic conservatives (to be fair, I see it used on liberal blogs as well). In this context, it is just ridiculous. People on both ends of the political spectrum say and do innappropriate things. People on BOTH sides can be sexist, racist, etc. My god, Bill O’rilley and Ann Coulter and The One Whose Name I Cannot Remember That Just Left Fox Beacuse They Thought He Was a Little Tooooo Crazy and Rush Limbaugh have all said so many offensive things it makes my head spin. And yes, sometimes liberals pitch a fit over it. But not all the time.

The fine folks over at fox seem to be under the impression that every time they even fart a little liberals raise a stink (ha-ha); meanwhile the liberals are taking big shits all over everyone and republicans just bend over and take it (sometimes I like to come up with brilliant analogies for things, btw). ‘Tis silly (the situation, not my analogy. That, my friend, is completely serious).

Anytime and democrat messes up, you can be sure Fox will be jumping down his/her throat. Liberals typically hold Republicans to the same high standard. So, yes- there is a lot of nastiness and name calling and incompetence and sexual deviance and most likely some racism and sexism on both sides of the aisle. I just don’t think hypocrisy is really the main problem?