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Michigan's 11th CD part of Bill Maher's Flip-A-District

by: Eric B.

Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 15:00:00 PM EDT


Last week on social media, Nancy Skinner was trying to get people to lobby Bill Maher to put the 11th Congressional District in his Flip-A-District game. Maher has done just that.

I don't follow the show to know if the lobbying was what did it, or because Bill Maher thought it hilarious that Koo-Koo Kerry used to be Santa Claus.

Skinner, Bobby McKenzie and Dr. Anil Kumar are competing for the Democratic nomination for that district.

Eric B. :: Michigan's 11th CD part of Bill Maher's Flip-A-District
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Wasn't just Nancy (4.00 / 3)
I had tweeted to Bill Maher about the 11th before I'd realized that Nancy Skinner was even thinking of running, let alone that she had been lobbying behind the scenes.

The thing to keep in mind about "Real Time with Bill Maher" is that, though it is politically topical and built around the conflict between Left and Right, with Maher playing a completely partisan role as moderator...in the end it's entertainment.

At least 95-98% of the people sending #FlipADistrict tweets and posts don't get that. They approach it from their despair at dislodging a Republican, and their arguments always fall back on how the incumbent opposed Obamacare or took money from the Kochs. Many come across as desperate -- as if the attention and resources that might flow from wining #FlipADistrict represent the ONLY hope the Democratic challenger has to even be competitive.

As a result their appeals are very one-dimensional, repetitive and, well, boring.

Whichever District wins #FlipADistrict has to be two things:

A) Winnable on its own merits -- more so if enough attention is paid and outside resources applied, and

2) Populated with characters and situations that encourage Maher and his producers to dedicate multiple visits and a lot of on-air time between now and November.

Michigan's 11th is nothing if not a target-rich entertainment zone. Mocking Kerry Bentivolio -- for how he blundered his way into office, his conspiracy theories, the reindeer farming and Santa thing, for having done nothing of note, for serving on Rep. Darrell Issa's Committee of the Grand Inquisition -- is easy and fun.

The "winnable" part -- that's still to be determined. But the "bracket" system Maher is using provides plenty of time to determine which of the 16 finalists are in districts that can be flipped.

But if the 11th is chosen, it offers one more hidden benefit for someone like Bill Maher and a show like "Real Time:" Thaddeus McCotter -- disgraced ex-Congressman but also one of the few with a significant IMDB listing. Let's face it, Thad needs the money and WANTS to be on television. Maher could do worse than put him on the "Real Time" panel for an episode (he'd be more entertaining than last week's ex-Congressman, Duncan Hunter).

"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." ~ Harlan Ellison


Excellent observations (4.00 / 1)
and great work lobbying for the 11th's inclusion!

Great Lakes, Great Times.

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I don't have HBO, so I don't watch the show (0.00 / 0)
All I saw was that she was trying to get people to contact the show. But, it's worthy of note here.

Among the Trees

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Another element (0.00 / 0)
Nancy is media-savvy, telegenic, and right now anyway, is running on climate change.  In terms of entertainment/dramatic value, she brings more to table than many candidates would.  So add her to the mix in the flip-a-district sweepstakes.

She also has baggage and a previous candidacy, and I don't think climate change will rouse anyone (4.00 / 1)
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Climate Change rouses Bill Maher...and he gets some say in the process. (0.00 / 0)
n/t

"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." ~ Harlan Ellison


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Baggage? (0.00 / 0)
Just finished digging through the MichLib archives from 2006-2008, and found nothing but unsubstantiated allegations based on rumors and an evidence-free blog post (one that no longer exists as far as I can tell).

Hell, Eric, in 2007 YOU replied to several posts by the likes of "Fezzie" and "Cole0615" and "ProgressivePeter" -- calling them out for their lack of evidence and willingness to spread rumours.

So what's changed in the past seven years? What makes it wrong for trolls to smear Nancy THEN, but OK for you and Chris Savage and Michael Patrick Shiels to make veiled references to them NOW?

"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." ~ Harlan Ellison


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It will move me (0.00 / 0)
Although I don't live in her district, I do live close enough to volunteer.

Greetings from Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future!

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Nancy really can't be directly involved... (4.00 / 1)
At least until she's successfuly filed petitions for the August primary and the first polls come in showing her with a big lead over Kumar, McKenzie and Bill Roberts the LaRouche-bag.

Should Nancy win the primary (or be far enough ahead, say in June or July, that little doubt remains), then her Q rating and previous experience (including her past appearance on Maher's show) should help influence things when the Districts get down to 8, 4 and 2.

But in the meantime...now that MI-11 is listed, further promotion need to be really driven by US: The blogs, clubs, activist groups outside the MDP, caucuses within the MDP, etc.

"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." ~ Harlan Ellison


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