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Alabama Democrats Use Bill Maher for Fundraising

The Democratic party continues its bold stand against hateful rhetoric, such as the C-word, this time in Alabama:

An Evening with Bill Maher

March 17, 2012 Chairman’s Reception at 7pm 

Performance at 8pm

Come join Alabama Democrats at the Von Braun Center Concert Hall in Huntsville for an Evening with Bill Maher. 700 Monroe Street Southwest, Huntsville, AL 35801.

Tickets are $100 and include admission to the pre-event Chairman’s reception and prime seating at the performance.

Paid for by the Alabama Democratic Party. P.O. Box 950. Montgomery, AL 36101. (334) 262-2221. (800) 995-3386.

Now, if every Republican officeholder is expected to comment on and denounce Rush Limbaugh for using the S-word, why isn’t every Democratic officeholder expected to comment on and denounce Bill Maher for using the C-word?

“Oh, he’s just a comedian.” No, he’s a Democratic-party fundraiser. Maher donated $1 million to Obama’s SuperPAC.

Why is one acceptable, to the point where Maher is still welcome to headline fundraisers, but Rush is supposed to be persona non grata?

UPDATE: I see the technical geniuses at the Alabama Democratic Party are trying to hide this little embarrassment by taking down the web page for this. But there are a few problems.

1) Gentlemen, it’s kind of hard for you to insist you have no ties to Bill Maher if the URL “http://aldemocrats.org/bill-maher” now redirects to your home page, instead of to the image above selling tickets to his show.

2) That’s why I grabbed an image of that page, with the URL “http://aldemocrats.org/bill-maher” visible at the top, because I suspected you would be dumb enough to think that if you took down the page, it would make this glaring hypocrisy and double standard go away. Taking down a web page does not erase evidence of its previous existence. Ask Nir Rosen how that works.

3) Oh, look, it’s a Google cache of the page.

4) Oh, hey, let’s look at the announcements on AL.com, an Alabama news site, from February 20:

The Alabama Democratic Party will host an evening with comedian and political commentator Bill Maher in Huntsville on March 17. Tickets are $100 and include admission to a chairman’s reception prior to the event. For more information, contact the party at 800-995-3386.

The days of Soviet-style editing of past declarations to fit current desired realities is over, fellas. Man up.

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