HBO talk-show host Bill Maher and his staff want to find a politician he can help get voted out of office.
On Friday night's episode
of HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher,"
the host will ask viewers to make their case for the worst House incumbents, reports The New York Times
, and after the show reviews the submissions, it will pick one lawmaker who is running in a competitive race this year to target.
The lawmaker chosen must not be running in an unopposed race, said Maher, because his show wants to enter "into the exciting world of outright meddling with the political process."
Maher often lampoons politicians — usually Republicans — on his show. But with his "flip the district" plan, Maher plans to do more, following his selected candidate's campaign through November and pointing out what it considers bad representation.
Further, Maher plans to make occasional visits to the targeted representative's district, where he will perform stand-up comedy in hopes of stirring up hostile feelings toward his target.
Show producer Scott Carter told The Times the show wants to get "the chance to win" when it comes to an election. The politician chosen may be a Republican or Democrat, but he expects "with our voters voting, I imagine it is much more likely we will pick a Republican."
Maher said there are many "terrible, entrenched congressmen out there. We’re going to choose one of them, throw him or her into the national spotlight, and see if we can’t send him or her scuttling under the refrigerator on election night.:
Carter said that the show will make sure that the challenger in the targeted candidate's race welcomes Maher's involvement.
The incumbent could play the "outside agitators" card, said Carter, while accusing "Hollywood types" of interfering.
The show also hopes to get some humor from its efforts, said Carter.
"We think there will be no shortage of nominations of incumbents who are ludicrous, who are ridiculous for one reason or another,” Carter said. "We think there is no lack of entertainment value among sitting members of Congress."
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