If you were watching Real Time with Bill Maher last night, and didn’t blink at the wrong moment, you saw me! Bill is planning to throw his considerable resources into flipping a congressional district somewhere in the US considered safe by Republicans to Democratic control. Now, I don’t agree with the Democratic Party on a lot of things, but serving notice to Republicans that they’re not safe anywhere when they get as insane as they have of late is, I think, a higher calling.
Tennessee district 3 is a uniquely suitable candidate for this. Our congressman, Chuck Fleischmann, is exactly the sort of empty suit, indistinct, no account shill we all claim to despise, a safe vote for the national Republican party in whatever foolishness they choose to pursue. Moreover, recent events with our Volkswagen plant provided Fleischmann a unique opportunity to prove himself something more, and stand against his party in its clearly hypocritical interference in the interaction between a private corporation and its employees. He dropped the ball completely.
Yet there’s more! At the center of all the Republican hypocrisy was Tennessee senator Bob Corker. Corker lied — outright, no excuse, clearly and without argument, lied — that Volkswagen would pull a planned SUV line from the Chattanooga plant if those workers voted for the union. Volkswagen immediately contradicted his statement, but it didn’t matter, the damage was done. Corker’s lie clearly influenced the vote, and public sentiment district wide against the union.
Corker is the former mayor of Chattanooga. The cherry on top of the whole sundae of striking back at Republicans for their hypocrisy is that we’ll also be giving Corker a black eye, one that you can be assured will be carried into the senate chamber.
The fact that Bill Maher chose to show my video amongst a dozen or so others of the HUNDREDS he has received means he and his producers are considering TN 3 for the Flip a District effort. We can make this happen guys! Like my video, share it on youtube, and tweet with #flipadistrict your dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs.
Better yet, make your own video! Make it a whole lot better than mine! Just be sure to include the #flipadistrict hashtag. You don’t even have to be a resident of TN 3 to do so.
Let’s make a difference.