Interesting tale here about political commentator Bill Maher, who's in Northfield as part of his "Flip a District" schtick on Tuesday. As you may have noticed (and as this piece from Salon addresses), he had a little on-air dust-up with Ben Affleck last week regarding Islam.
Here are the operative lines regarding Maher's visit to the area:
First off, I wanted to ask you about how you feel the “Flip a District” campaign has been going overall, as well as what you hope to accomplish with the panel event in Minnesota on Tuesday?
Oh, just more of what we’ve been doing, which is trying to get attention to this race — and I feel like it’s picking up steam [like] crazy. It’s amazing, the stuff we hear from the district and how many people are excited about us coming and doing this. I saw an article in [a local] paper the other day that said they think [the district] is flippable.
You know, we have a month, and I said on the show last night that the most surprising element of the whole things to us — and, very sincerely, I’m saying this came as a shock — is that this guy, Kline, isn’t even making any appearances!
We thought all this month we’d be trailing him, getting some footage, seeing what he had to say, using those words against him — there are no words! His whole campaign strategy is to hide and to not even remind people there’s an election. He doesn’t want people to know there’s an election. That should be seen as something horribly insulting to voters.
So I hope that the local media will pick up the ball from there and try to find him. [Laughs] Is he in the witness protection program?
Then he adds this -- and it's pretty funny that Maher complains that Kline is making him the target of the campaign:
Do you think of “Flip a District” as something you want to do again in 2016?
I don’t know. I mean, I’m just concentrated on this one. Let’s see what happens here. Maybe this guy will win by 30 points [laughs].
Y’know, he’s kind of making it a race where he’s running against me. That’s what he wants to do. To this day, he has not refuted one thing we’ve said about him. It’s all about — and, again, he doesn’t talk at all, but he speaks through his fundraising emails — it’s all about running against, y’know, “the Hollywood elite,” blah, blah, blah.
But I’m not on the ballot and it’s not supposed to be [about] me, and he doesn’t defend his record because it’s not a very easy record to defend.