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Bill Maher: Rick Santorum ‘Thinks Life Begins At Erection’

Stand-up comic and host of HBO’s Real Time Bill Maher took comedic aim at current GOP frontrunner Rick Santorum on Wednesday night’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Twisting a popular pro-life slogan into a punchline, Maher said that the former Pennsylvania Senator “thinks life begins at erection,” and theorized that for Sen. Santorum, playing “hide the salami” involves actual cold cuts.

Leno asked Maher “What do you make of Rick Santorum’s surge?”

“Don’t even say that word about Rick Santorum,” Maher replied, referencing Santorum’s Google problem. “It sounds dirty.”

“Thinks life begins at erection, this guy,” Maher continued. “There are people like that, who think life begins the second the sperm hits the hoo-ha, that, you know, before the man can even light a cigarette or get up and get a towel, there is a third person in that room. Before the woman can even say, ‘What are you thinking?’ there is a third person in that room.”

Leno cut in with an unfortunate overshare. “Or the woman goes, ‘That’s it?'”

The absurd premise of Maher’s joke underscores a running theme in socially conservative politics. Being a socially conservative man doesn’t require you to do anything at all, other than telling women what to do. Can you imagine a law requiring men to look at their swimmers under a microscope before they masturbate, or requiring a penile probe under any circumstances? Legislatively speaking, having a penis, if you’ll pardon the expression, comes in handy.

Maher went on to observe that this election has recently been sidetracked, from the economy to social wedge issues like contraception and gay marriage. “I think it’s funny that — you know, this election, remember, up until recently, it was going to be — election. all about money, all about deficits and jobs and the deficit and they’re spending too much. This is what the — the Tea Party was so upset about, right?”

Maher continued, “And then, you know, somebody shoves a big gay penis in their face and they jump at it.”

While Maher’s overall point is correct, recent events have this election shaping up to be the Year of the Vagina. From the right’s all out assault on Planned Parenthood (thus far, a spectacular failure), to the Catholic church’s effort to control the vaginae of non-religious employees, to the Republican War on Contraception that the Obama administration drew them into, to the forced vaginal probing law that Virginia’s legislature is now considering, the 2012 election has become a fight for control of vaginas, by the bepenised. Come November, these guys might finally learn that this kind of control should be exercised by kegel muscles, not the government.

Here’s the clip, from The Tonight Show:


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