BILL MAHER: I want to ask you about this election that's coming up because now the campaign has been kicked off. Nate Silver said the other day it looks like actually the Republicans are going to win the Senate and everyone was like 'Oh, no, they're going to win the Senate.' My question is what would change? There's the filibuster there anyway, they don't pass anything. It's completely gridlocked. What do I care if they lose the Senate?
NANCY PELOSI: It would be very important for the Democrats to retain control of the Senate. Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if Republicans win the Senate.
MAHER: This and ISIS are threatening civilization. Oh, no.
PELOSI: Yeah, it is really important. But let's not put ourselves to the stipulation that we're not going to win the Senate. Let's instead work really hard. The fact is that it's all about turnout and many people want to support the Democrats. We just have to make sure that they turn out for the election. (HBO's Real Time, September 12, 2014)