The two liberals vented about domestic politics during the second half of the segment, which began 18 minutes into the 8 pm Eastern hour. Spitzer mouthed off his regular talking points about how "the middle class has been squeezed and has suffered....[and] the top 2 or 3 percent has profited amazingly well. And then...we had this financial meltdown, caused primarily by Wall Street." He then lamented how this situation hasn't benefitted his fellow liberals as much as he'd like, which led to Maher bashing the apparent stupidity of the Tea Party:
SPITZER: ...Out of that combination of things, when you might have thought we'd get a turn politically towards a new vision of what government should do, it hasn't happened. We've gotten the Tea Party and we've gotten anti-government rhetoric and a push once again for less government, less regulation. How did that happen?This rant delighted Spitzer, who has also bashed the Tea Party , and set up the question which led to the HBO host venting his frustration about President Obama:
MAHER: Well, if you read Newsweek this week...there's a big story called- I think it's called, 'Why are We So Dumb?' They did surveys- this happens all the time- and they ask Americans very basic questions. I think they gave them the citizenship test that people who are trying to immigrate to this country have to take, and, of course, people just don't know very much.
The Tea Party is a party named after a tax revolt that does not know very much about taxes. It's very hard to get effective policy in place if the people are voting against their own economic interests. The Tea Party- it's supposed to be a party of the common man, a populist movement, and yet, somehow everything they want is also what Steve Forbes wants. I mean, if your agenda is the same as a billionaire, you're not really a populist movement, and if they're supposed to be all about taxes and deficits and debt, most of the money, most of the deficit money, the debt money, was from under Bush. These are facts that they don't care about.