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February 12, 2016

Bill Maher Flip a District Contest: Ellmers in Final Four

Bill Maher's #flipadistrict project added Ellmers to the final four. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bill Maher’s Flip a District project added Ellmers to the final four. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bill Maher’s attempt to oust a Republican member of Congress is nearing its final stage, with the liberal comedian announcing July 25 on his HBO show that Renee Ellmers of North Carolina has made it to the final four of his viewer-driven “Flip a District” contest.

Ellmers joins John Kline of Minnesota and Blake Farenthold of Texas. Maher will announce the last of the quartet on Friday night, his final show before “Real Time” takes a summer break. The aim appears to be the selection of one Republican in the final stretch of the midterm cycle and then support for that lawmaker’s Democratic challenger with both money and attention. The Flip a District “loserest loser of all,” as Maher dubs it, will be announced when his show films from Washington, D.C., on Sept. 12.

He went after Ellmers, who was among the “tweet 16” finalists, on July 25.

Maher said, “She’s running against Clay Aiken and talking like Todd Akin,” then went on to quote her with the lead-in, “Here’s what this genius said last week.”

“Men do tend to talk about things at a much higher level,” Ellmers said. “We need our male colleagues to understand that if you can bring it down to a woman’s level and what everything that she is balancing in her life, that’s the way to go.”

Maher’s snarky response?

“A woman’s level? Has she met Louie Gohmert?”

Ellmers’ comment was made during a recent panel, according to the Washington Examiner.

The other options for the final slot are Dan Benishek of Michigan, Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan, Mike Coffman of Colorado, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Michael G. Grimm of New York, Steve King of Iowa, Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, Steve Southerland II of Florida, Tim Walberg of Michigan, Jackie Walorski of Indiana and Ted Yoho of Florida.

Correction 4:07 p.m.

An earlier version of this post misspelled Todd Akin’s name.


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Bill Maher: Michael Grimm Has ‘Likely Flipped Himself’ on #FlipaDistrict

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  • ultrawiz

    Why only flip one district? I say flip them all, the more Repubs are dumped the better off the country will be.

    • SamHamilton

      By only choosing four, Maher limits the degree to which he looks even more foolish than usual. If he picked every Republican district his success ratio would be pretty low. If he picks four, and only just one flips, he can call it a “success.”

  • PeachyBreyer

    Ellmers is an excellent choice, but what a coup kicking out Paul Ryan would be!

    • Corinne Rogan

      U R right PeachyBreyer.

    • bleck319

      I disagree. We’ve got to be careful not to go too far left. Democrats should have disagreements with Ryan and fight for their policies, but he is one of the main reps with whom they will have to compromise. The guy just spent hours of his time with poor people and crafted a plan that has some faults, but also expands the earned income tax credit, calls for more lenient sentencing, and creates a department to help those in poverty. You can argue over some of his methods, such as placing more of a burden on the states, but it would be foolish to lump him in with Tea Party extremists.
      The day Democrats seek to abolish all debate is the day they become more like the Tea Party.
      Be careful!
      A combo of Hillary as President and Ryan as Speaker could probably be effective in compromising.

  • Corinne Rogan

    I voted 4 Mike Coffman of CO. Glad he’s a finalist. ICK! ultrawiz, #flipadistrict was a plan.

  • Atnor

    As someone from that area in NC, I think that’s pretty funny.

    Ellmers is a horrible representative, and she’s offended and marginalized a lot of people there. She’s mostly propped up by the standard “big government” GOP “establishment” wing’s money, and she seems quite happy taking her marching orders from them. And honestly, she’s just not that bright.

    I’d say there is a sizable number of conservative/Tea Party leaning people in that district who hold zero love, if not downright hostility, towards her – Many of them I think would be A-OK with her getting tossed, and I suspect a decent number of them are willing to help toss her out by either actually voting for Aiken or just sitting that race out.

    I think that would be a decent strategy move for them too, especially considering the political make-up of the people in that specfic district. In the “next” election after this one, I think it would be far easier to get a “better” GOP non-establishment candidate elected by defeating a newly elected Democrat in Clay Aiken than trying instead to go up against a more entrenched, more money-backed, incumbent Ellmers.

    And, the only trade-off there is having a “bad” candidate in office, which for many people, is already a guaranteed outcome in November. :)

    • TellmenoLies

      Great post! Just goes to show that RINO’s are only loved by the big money Chamber crowd.

  • prytani hard to pick just one .there are so many clowns at
    the party..Ellmers needs to GO! And really, someone voted for her?!?! Women voted for her???? What…

  • James

    I would like to flip Bill Maher off a cliff.

    • PeachyBreyer

      Jealous. ;-)

  • Jack Ross

    The strategy of the Jew is clear: It is to divide people and pit them against each other.

    • Atnor

      Racist much?

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