Comedian Bill Maher recently donated $1 million to pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action. The host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” told CNN host Piers Morgan that he would miss the money “badly” but he wanted to inspire others to give. Will the donation from Maher - an often polarizing figure - help Obama? Or could his actions turn off voters?
The election of Barack Obama, America’s first black president, was supposed to be a sign of our national maturity, a chance to transform the charged, stilted “national conversation” about race into a smarter and more authentic dialogue, led by a president who was also one of the nation’s subtlest thinkers and writers on the topic.
Instead, the conversation just got dumber."
— Ben Smith on Shirley Sherrod incident, in So much for that ‘conversation’ on race