Real Time With Bill Maher: New Rules - 04/13/07 genre: Tongue-In-Cheek & Video-Philes

Maher is in top form in this latest iteration of New Rules. He takes the Bush administration to task on the hiring of some 150 lawyers from Pat Robertson's law school...including the Department of Justice's Monica Goodling, who recently resigned and took the fifth in order to avoid testifying before Congress in the U.S. Attorney scandal. This is one of his best New Rules of this season. Take a look.

Daniel DiRito | April 14, 2007 | 6:48 PM
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1 On April 14, 2007 at 11:36 PM, thepoetryman wrote —

Thank you for the inspiration.

150 working in George's Asylum? Scary indeed.

2 On April 15, 2007 at 10:39 AM, Daniel wrote —

Poetryman,

I found this information rather shocking. I'm not suggesting that these people are incompetent or that they shouldn't be given jobs...but the fact that so many of them are employed in the Bush administration is troubling.

I would suggest that this is another example of the ideological inflexibility of the President. It seems to demonstrate that he truly has surrounded himself with yes men and women.

There is a concept in psychology called the false consensus effect which basically suggests that if one is surrounded by like minded individuals (excluding other perspectives whether that is intentional or accidental); one is prone to acting inappropriately. This happens because they incorrectly assume that the beliefs of the group are representative of widely held beliefs...beliefs that they conclude must mirror the whole of society.

The suggestion that this President is living in a bubble is more accurate than one might think.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Regards,

Daniel

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