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My Turn: Flip a district?

Flip every member?
Flip every member?
LTD Associates

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” ~ Winston Churchill

If you haven’t seen Real Time, Bill Maher’s weekly show on HBO, you’re missing out on some fun stuff.
Like Maher’s “Flip a district” campaign ( that asks viewers to nominate members of Congress who should be ‘flipped’ out of office.
In his inimitable way, Bill told viewers to, “Let us know which of these bloated ticks on America’s hide needs to be burnt off with the mighty cigarette of democracy”.
The bloated tick field, which initially included 16 top nominees, has been fine-tuned by a series of viewer votes to the following 4 freeloading finalists:

  1. Republican Mike Coffman who represents Colorado’s 6th Congressional District and thought that an effective strategy to promote diversity was to introduce legislation to force English-only electoral ballots in his heavily Hispanic district.
  2. Republican Renee Ellmers who represents the 2nd Congressional District in North Carolina and just this week said that, “Men do tend to talk about things on a much higher level”, and then counseled Republicans to secure the woman’s vote by bringing political conversations “down to a woman’s level”.
  3. Republican Blake Farenthold, the whiz kid who represents the 27th Congressional District in Texas and worries that Barack Obama was not ‘legitimately’ elected president of the United States of America.
  4. Republican John Kline, the genius who represents Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional district and genuinely believes that President Obama is ‘not an American’.

When Real Time returns from a summer break on Friday, September 12, the winning “Flip a district” candidate will be announced with resultant publicity which just might cause the winner to lose in November.
Fun stuff.
But why “Flip a district”?
Why not flip every district?
And, while we’re at it, why not flip every member of the United States Senate?
Think about it . . . no more Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the numbskull who decided after the presidential election in 2008 that the Republican Party’s number one priority should be to prevent President-elect Barack Obama from being reelected.
No more Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, possibly the blandest, least inspirational person to ever set foot in Washington, D.C.
No more Republican House Speaker John Boehner, the arrogant, smug, cigarette-sucking obstructionist who led Congress to the worst legislative record and lowest public approval ratings in the history of the nation.
No more Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Minority Leader and former Speaker of the house who, though she’s a very nice lady, is more accomplished at fundraising for the Democratic Party than she is at legislating.
Why not?
Think about it . . . your representative in the House and your 2 U.S. senators would be keenly aware that the only way to survive the next reelection campaign would be to actually do the jobs they are handsomely paid to do!
Novel concept, ain’t it?

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