Maybe it was the post-election high (or the regular high, celebrating Colorado's new law), but comedian and "Real Time" host Bill Maher seemed to get ahead of himself on Tuesday night, comparing Republicans to Nazis while chatting with MSNBC host Chris Matthews.
Right out of the gate, Matthews set Maher up by asking him about Karl Rove's on-air meltdown, where the strategist refused to believe Fox's projection that Obama won Ohio.
"It was a little [like] Hitler's bunker, wasn't it?" Maher quipped, referring to the location of the Nazi ruler's suicide. "I wanted to rush in with cyanide capsules there. I thought he was going to say, 'I do not want to live in a world without National Socialism.' Okay, Mrs. Goebbels."
Sensing that invoking Godwin's Law may not be the most appropriate rhetoric, Maher pivoted to his actual point, that he believes conservatives need to reconnect with reality to avoid surprises like Tuesday's election.
"I think Republicans have to start getting their news from another source other than Fox News," Maher said. "I'm not kidding about this. I think this really screws them up."
This point has been echoed by many, especially in light of most conservative pundits predicting massive wins for the Republican party -- predictions that overwhelmingly were proven false. Matthews speculated that Romney himself must have been surprised that his party had convinced him he would win, only to lose handily on election night.
Maher again trotted out the Nazi comparisons when imagining what Romney's aides must have been telling him up through the end."Yes, Mein Fuhrer, you have twelve divisions on the Eastern front. Until they actually heard the artillery..." But Maher then seemed to catch himself. "I guess I should stop."
Matthews did not disagree. "I think [invoking] Hitler never works, myself," he diplomatically told the comedian.
But Maher's lack of discipline (when it comes to not referencing Nazis, anyway) could easily be explained by, in Matthews' words, "it's almost like [Maher's] audience got to vote last night." Liberal politicians and initiatives won overwhelmingly across the nation, and the Republican victories that did occur only provide more fodder for Maher's comedy:
I'm pulling for Michele Bachman in MN - can't lose ALL my punchlines in one night!
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) November 7, 2012
Indeed, the election seemed to be "a victory for pot, for gay marriage and for math," as Maher pointed out.