Bill Maher Torches Clay Aiken For Obama Knock: ‘Redneck Vote Has Sailed’

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Nothing infuriates Bill Maher quite like Democrats who don’t embrace liberalism.

On that front, the HBO political comedian had some rather colorful words about Clay Aiken, a Democratic candidate for Congress in North Carolina, in an interview with the New York Times “Insider” section on Monday.

Q. What story incited the most fury?

A. Clay Aiken unable to make himself say anything positive about Obama, and saying he didn’t want Obama to come campaign for him. Really, Clay? You’re going to lose. How much worse could it be if the president of the United States came to campaign for you? This is what’s so frustrating about the Democrats: always trying to get votes that are never there, while not exciting their own base. Obama gave people health care, not herpes. Own it. You’re gay in North Carolina. I think the redneck vote has sailed. This could wind up as the beginning of a show-ending monologue on “Real Time.”

Asked if President Obama should campaign for him, Aiken told the Times last week, “I don’t need that. We’re doing well.” The candidate said, “There are certainly areas where I disagree with him.”

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