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Thursday, February 06, 2014

Comedian Bill Maher Wants To Flip A District. Will He Pick Paul Ryan?

NY Times Excerpt:
Bill Maher makes little effort to hide his own contempt for many politicians, most of them Republicans. Now, he wants to take it to the next level: finding one he might be able to help oust from office.

On his weekly HBO talk show, “Real Time With Bill Maher,” on Friday night, Mr. Maher and his staff plan to ask viewers to make a case for their individual representatives in the House to be selected as the worst in the country.

From there, Maher intends to highlight the incumbent congressional on his show in an effort to change the hearts and minds of voters at home.

Of course the lawmaker has to be in a competitive race, but I would think most observers would say the gap continues to close in on Paul Ryan, particularly among the Tea Party base who were stung by his votes on the TARP and bail-outs and again betrayed by his recent positions on the fiscal cliff, amnesty and pension cuts for military veterans. Some Democrats and Liberals who once supported Ryan in his hometown of Janesville now see him as a Koch-bought career politician and a social drag.

There was some concern over whether Maher's little project was legal, but according to Politico, it was confirmed Maher's move is indeed legal -- as long as his efforts are not coordinated with the person he hopes wins. (He will also have to report some activity to the Federal Elections Commission.)

A popular Wisconsin political blog, Root River Siren, posted an article encouraging readers to convince Bill Maher To Flip Paul Ryan and included a dedicated Web page outlining votes, quotes, photos and videos of the damage Paul Ryan had done in Congress during his career. I of course totally agree that Congressman Ryan is the worst and asked Maher to select him for the flip.

This is one of those times to get on social media, preferably the recommended Twitter hashtag #flipadistrict, and start tweeting and retweeting your choice for the flip. There's plenty of competition so Maher needs to hear from you right now.

1 comment:

Stephen D. Sullivan said...

Maher just put Ryan in his Flip a District bracket. Let's hope WI (my district) is sensible enough to do so.

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