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February 7, 2016

Public Embraces Bill Maher’s #FlipaDistrict Campaign

Comedian Bill Maher is considering all options before determining which House lawmaker he’ll try to unseat later this fall.

If the torrent of #flipadistrict nominees that irate constituents have splashed across social media are any indication, Maher should have no shortage of targets to choose from.

Maher provided an update about the fledgling campaign on his show “Real Time,” stressing that his team is still very much in the research phase.

“We are looking to find one really bad congressman out there. And, apparently, from the reaction we got last week, there are a lot of them … really gerrymandered lamos who people want to get rid of,” Maher told his HBO viewers. He urged people to nominate “someone who represents you who you think is a lemon, … someone who is just a useless waste of space.”

Per Maher, the plan is to cast as wide a net as possible and then pare down the field via a March Madness-style bracket.

“We are not close to deciding who is going to be the guy,” he warned, adding that the selection phase will probably extend until the end of April.

“We will pick one, we will spend this whole year periodically going to that district and talking about this congressman and see if we can get some change affected in America,” Maher said recently on the show.

“Real Time” executive producer Scott Carter shared some additional intel about the interactive project with Lost Remote:

LR: ‘Real Time’ has always been known to push the boundaries of political discourse. Are there concerns that Flip a District might go too far?

Carter: The prime directive of Flip A District will be: first, do no harm. We aim to be a balm in Gilead, not a fly in the ointment. We think that our involvement will help to counter-balance the excesses arising from the Citizens United decision.

LR: Why give people the opportunity to vote on which district to flip versus Bill choosing the district himself?

Carter: There are 435 districts. Most have incumbents running for re-election. We think our fans can help us narrow down the field of villains, hucksters and boobs. But, in the end, the choice will be Bill’s.

Fed-up political observers have begun lobbying in earnest, tossing out names and complaints (the grievances are legion) designed to ensure that Maher trains his rat-a-tat barbs at their representative from now until November. (They also are posting on his website.)

One determined tweeter bombarded the #flipadistrict feed for nearly an hour with gripes about Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo.:

He isn’t the only one catching hell.

Rep Leonard Lance, R-N.J.:



Rep. Sean P. Duffy, R-Wis.:



Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas:



Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.:


Rep, Keith Rothfus, R-Pa.:



Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.:



Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich.:



Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla.:


Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb.:



Whole House GOP leadership:


And the entire Alabama delegation:



Meanwhile, at least one guy seems worried Maher is only handing tea partyers a rousing new battle cry:



Game on.

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  • Eric Saferstein

    I wish to convey, some critical information
    To all the citizens, of this once great nation

    The mode of delivery, will be poetry and rhyme
    About multiple disasters, transpiring in real time

    Our First Amendment rights, offer excellent reach
    For a writer and activist, with a commitment to preach

    The subject is dangerous, but I cannot resist
    It’s all about a word, that doesn’t currently exist

    An act of pure evil, an incomprehensible deed
    A cascade of terror, I’ve termed it… dominipede

    Synthetic fear, minds of throngs sharply penetrated
    Resulting in bodily crushes, that are artificially generated

    Assaults relying heavily, on timing and information
    coupled with herding instincts, and the risk of predation

    A dependence on ignorance and a population adrift
    New tactics of warfare, a generational shift

    An untouchable issue, a test for humanity
    designed to play off, our collective insanity

    My representative knows all about it, but he’s unwilling to share
    He personally would not benefit, so why would he care?

    I certainly have issues, with his lack of accountability
    his moral standards, in the face of discernible inevitability

    Our state has the politician, we surely must rid
    His last name’s McKinley, his first name’s David

    The first district of West Virginia, he currently rules
    an ideal stomping ground, for his minions and fools

    In all honesty, and with a certain merry candor
    McKinley rose to power, largely through gerrymander

    I really don’t like him, or so it would seem
    He’s a hardcore conservative, a tea party wet dream

    The only aspect, I’m unwilling to bash
    Is his trademark distinction, that peculiar mustache

    I applaud your contest, this whole “flip a district”
    But outta the entire House, IT IS HIM WE MUST EVICT

    And one last thought, upon which I’ll delicately delve
    The location was Pittsburgh, in two thousand and twelve

    My girlfriend bought tickets, for our hero Bill Maher
    With seats in the balcony, we watched from afar

    It hurts me to say this, it takes all the courage I can muster
    Bill… your stand-up that night, was really lackluster


    • Josh Usera

      Now, that’s #NINJASHIT :) #sogay for #flipadistrict yay!

  • DonQuixote1

    Who cares what Maher thinks. He is non-funny jerk.

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