Now, Maher doesn’t come right out and say that he wishes Cheney had gotten killed in Afghanistan, but Coulter didn’t come right out and say Edwards was a faggot either.

John Ridley, Joe Scaraborough and Barney Frank are the guests for the show (video). Here’s a transcript from NewsBusters:

Ridley: It’s one thing to say you hate Dick Cheney, which applies to his politics. It’s another thing to say, “I’m sorry he didn’t die in an explosion.” And I think, you know…

Maher: But you should be able to say it. And by the way…

Frank: Excuse me, Bill, but can I ask you a question? Do you decide what the topics are for this show?

Maher: Yeah, I decide the topics, they don’t go there.

Frank: But you exercise control over the show the way that she does over her blog.

Maher: But I have zero doubt that if Dick Cheney was not in power, people wouldn’t be dying needlessly tomorrow. (applause)

Scarborough: If someone on this panel said that they wished that Dick Cheney had been blown up, and you didn’t say…

Frank: I think he did.

Scarborough: Okay. Did you say…

Maher: No, no. I quoted that.

Frank: You don’t believe that?

Maher: I’m just saying if he did die, other people, more people would live. That’s a fact.

No Bill, that’s hack speculation, and you should know better.

I think the Gun Toting Liberal says it best

Professing disappointment that Mr. Cheney is still alive after an attempt on his life is not funny; it’s not humor.

In fact, Mr. Maher, it’s downright indecent. And you owe us all an apology.

By the way, anybody know who the guy with Maher is? They’re two peas in a pod now. Sorry folks. The original pic got protected after I used it. Weird. It was of Bill Maher and Ward Churchill.

Well, I took a look further into the clip, and John Ridley recants his views about not wanting Cheney to die. Why? He learns that the VP flies around in a plane called “The Spirit of Strom Thurmond.”

Now John Ridley is an African American, so I understand the animosity towards the deceased Strom, but to shift that over to Cheney? Pretty serious, no? And that means that two guys on the same talk show panel expressed their desire for Cheney to die for different reasons!

That’s America right now, divided we stand.

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