Maybe Obama does want ownership. Maybe he wants to start his general-election campaign by reminding all the conservatives that his million-dollar donors want them to die violent deaths. In addition to Katherine Harris, let's review who Maher jokes should be dead.
There's Rush Limbaugh: "Why couldn't he have croaked from (Oxycontin) instead of Heath Ledger?"
Dick Cheney when he was vice president: "I'm just saying if he did die, other people, more people would live. That's a fact."
When Glenn Beck was a Fox News host: "When we see crazy, senseless deaths like this, we can only ask why, why, why couldn't it have been Glenn Beck?"
Sarah Palin: "Sarah Palin screaming about death panels? You know what, Sarah, if we were killing off useless people, you'd be the first to know."
And Rush Limbaugh again: "Do it (repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell) because it will make Rush Limbaugh explode like a bag full of meat dropped from a helicopter. Do it because it will make Sarah Palin 'go rogue' in her pants."
Shouldn't team Obama send the million dollars back? Hello, MSNBC? CNN?
Bill Maher went on CNN to tell Piers Morgan just how much it hurt him personally to part with a million smackers to fund Obama's "priorities." Maher went on MSNBC to tell Chris Matthews that he sent in a million dollars because he wanted to "throw a snowball to create an avalanche here" to let cocky liberals know that not everyone in America shares the leg thrills of Chris Matthews. (He didn't actually say it that way, because that might have been amusing.)
Maher thinks the race is going to be tight, so he needs to start a liberal "avalanche." But the problem for Maher is that it's his loud mouth that could cause the avalanche. It's his vicious denunciations that could risk turning the election against Obama. He represents the sour turn of the left, the transformation from team hope and change to team fear and smear.
Now you understand the silence from MSNBC and CNN and everyone else.
Perhaps we should hope team Obama is too cocky to send Bill Maher's million dollars back. These clips of Maher might make a nice super-PAC commercial against Obama. At which point you can expect 1) Obama will condemn the excesses of big money in politics, and (b) Maher will wish someone dead.