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Bill Maher Panel Hits New Low With Talk Of Angry F**king Michele Bachmann And Rick Santorum

Of course Bill Maher (and his Real Time panel) was going to have something to say on the controversial Bachmann Christian counseling clinic, but this much? Spurred on by a discussion of the clinic, Maher’s panel put together one of the raunchiest segments we’ve seen on his program…and for a show that’s on HBO and has done this, that’s saying something. And while it might have occasionally been uncomfortable to watch, it definitely wasn’t boring.

And it actually started somewhat seriously. Sex advice columnist Dan Savage had a strong message for the type of “therapy” the clinic appeared to employ: “You can’t pray away the gay, but you can torture a conflicted closet case to death.” And Maher ripped the clinic for receiving government money (through Medicaid) to practice “witchcraft” (what other Maher-related memories does that word bring back?).

…And then things started going off the rails. Comic Marc Maron shared a few thoughts on Marcus Bachmann, and the…appearance he gives off:

“I hope [he] takes all that rage that comes from repression and denial into the bedroom with her…and I hope he fucks her angrily, because that’s how I would.”

Even though it was his intention, Maron took things too far for us there: that line was just too reminiscent of this whole thing. And Savage seemed to recognize that not everyone might be thrilled with what Maron had just put out there, and so to fend off any potential allegations of sexism on the panel, he offered this:

“I sometimes think about fucking the shit out of Rick Santorum…I’m up for whipping up some Santorum in Santorum.”

There’s nothing we can really add to that, so we’ll just say that the panel also got some shots in at what they saw as pointless-at-best, destructive-at-worst pledges signed by some GOP presidential candidates, like the Bob Vander Plaats marriage vow and Grover Norquist’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Our minds, though, keep going back to that other stuff we just talked about. Watch it all below, via HBO. VERY NSFW…obviously.

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