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Mick ’n’ Maher

Gazette staff March 21st, 2012

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett’s TV appearances have included happy-go-lucky talk-show hosts Rachael Ray and Ellen DeGeneres, but hizzoner took a walk on the wild side March 16 when he turned up on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.

Maher, a liberal, bomb-throwing comedian, has been a whipping boy for Republican pundits who’ve tried defending Rush Limbaugh by pointing out that, hey, Maher says crappy things, too.

On Maher’s program, the nattily dressed Cornett sported a dark suit and lavender tie on a panel that included talk-show host Dylan Ratigan and conservative columnist Amy Holmes.

The mayor cut a right-of-center stance, touting natural gas and jabbing at organized labor while also arguing that Oklahoma City has proven it doesn’t pay to “demonize” taxes.

“What people really want is efficient government,” Cornett said, drawing applause from the audience. “ As a result, we’ve invested in our infrastructure, we have a dynamic economy — maybe the strongest economy per capita in the country — and over the last two years, we have the lowest unemployment rate in the country.”

The OKC love was infectious enough for Maher to pipe in.

“Pretty conservative city, Oklahoma City,” said the host, “although I played there recently: They loved me. They were great there.”

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03.21.2012 at 09:17 Reply

OKC has invested in infrastructure?  Other than having about a dozen CNG stations, what exactly does Mayor Mick consider "infrastructure"?  I don't suppose he mentioned the lack of sidewalks and bike paths?  

Obviously I didn't see this appearance, but it sounds like he played OKC up to be a hip progressive place to live.  No doubt he brain farted and forgot we author legislation to disenfranchise the non-christian, and are home to such famous homophobes as Steve and Sally Kern.  Oklahoma City is not a progressive city, and with "Big Oil's" small wang placed firmly up Oklahoma's backide, It's unlikely we'll ever see any movement toward a renewable infrastructure.

Come to Oklahoma, where progress looks like people bowing to corporate enslavement.