Posted on Oct 12, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: It’s Different This Time

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I can’t say for certain what it’s like in other countries, particularly those with parliamentary governments and multiple major parties, but I suspect that people are forever calling for “crushing” this party or “defeating” that party as a matter of course. It’s natural to want your party, or at least the parties closest to your ideology, to be one top and that means beating the opposition. That’s certainly how...

Posted on Oct 10, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Trump Doesn’t Want To Be Your President

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Ever since the 2016 election, I haven’t really engaged in the “not my president” meme. Don’t get me wrong. It should be obvious to anyone who knows my work that I have a gut-level hatred of Donald Trump. Indeed, it’s the first time I’ve ever hated a president. Even if we strip out his ludicrous policies and agenda, he’s still just a vile, unrepentantly cruel and ignorant loudmouth. He’s Tony Clifton...

Posted on Oct 09, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Interview With Scott Carter, Producer Of Real Time With Bill Maher, Part Two

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Below is the full text of our interview with Scott Carter, exclusive to to Banter Members: Jeremy Fassler: Whose idea was it to bring Steve Bannon on to the show? Bannon had appeared on Real Time when he produced a documentary on Sarah Palin called The Undefeated, before many people knew about him. Any time somebody has been on, we generally keep in touch with them. This is the 16year of the...

Posted on Oct 08, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Liberals Do Not Understand The Deadly Game Republicans Are Playing

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The disgraceful nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court reinforced a notion I have come to understand about America for some time now. Beneath the exterior presented to Americans via the news, America is not a country with two political parties. It is not a country governed by democratic norms either. Without an all out war to preserve the ideals laid out by the Founding Fathers, America as...

Posted on Oct 04, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: The Last Defense Of Kavanaugh Is More Gaslighting Of America

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The gaslighting of America by Donald Trump and his moronic fanboys continues to worsen. I didn’t think it was possible for it to get suckier with time, but here we are. To briefly recap: gaslighting is a psychological trick, exploited by villains, that makes us feel like we’re losing our blessed minds. Usually, Trump or Trump-adjacent assholes borrow one of our criticisms about the president, and then they project...

Posted on Sep 24, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: The 2018 Midterms Have Become a Referendum on Brett Kavanaugh

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  The 2018 midterms are potentially America’s last chance to hold Donald Trump and his corrupt administration to account. But now, they have also become a referendum on Brett Kavanaugh and the sham hearings Republicans have foisted upon us. There were many red flags against Kavanaugh’s character from the onset, like credit card debts and gambling addiction. But with the newest revelations of his sexual misdeeds and the Republicans’ complicity in covering...

Posted on Sep 19, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Trump Is Mentally Disintegrating By The Day

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It was just over a week ago when we received further confirmation of Donald Trump’s total lack of mental fitness for the presidency. We didn’t necessarily require confirmation since we’ve all witnessed it firsthand, but there it was anyway in horrifyingly reliable detail.  First, we heard from Bob Woodward’s new book an entire series of harrowing stories detailing how Trump’s White House is “Crazytown,” including one particular story illustrating...

Posted on Sep 18, 2018

Members Only: The Horrifying Panel Of “Normal” Trump Supporters

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In what seemed like an effort to present some Trump supporters as normal, concerned Americans interested in the welfare of their country, CNN hosted a Q and A with six women who voted for the president in the last election. CNN’s Alisyn Camerota spoke to them in order to find out how they will be voting in the midterms and asked them how they rated his performance thus far. The...

Posted on Sep 17, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Brett Kavanaugh And The Ridiculous ‘Nice Guy’ Test

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This weekend, Stanford Professor Christine Blasey Ford revealed that at 15, she was sexually assaulted by a then-17-year-old Brett Kavanaugh, who held her down and covered her mouth when she tried to scream. If there was ever a moment to end this farce of a hearing and yank his nomination, this would be it. However, the Republicans are shameless in their need to control the highest court in the land,...