Did flying in Ensler make sense: For whatever reason, Candidate Romney seems to be on the move in Michigan. For news on the polling, click here.
Michigan no longer looks like a lock. With that in mind, did flying in Ensler make sense?
Please understand—we’re talking about the politics of that decision. If Democrats care about winning Michigan, did flying in Ensler make sense?
We aren’t asking you what you think about Lisa Brown’s now-famous speech in the Michigan House. (To watch her full two-minute statement, click here.)
We aren’t asking if you support the right to choose. We aren’t asking what you think about the way Brown was sanctioned by Michigan Republicans.
We’re assuming you care who wins Michigan. In that context, we’re asking you if it made sense to fly in Eve Ensler.
Not being experts on Michigan politics, we don’t know the answer to that. But last Monday night, one of the silliest showboats in cable TV booked Ensler to appear on his Hollywood-tinged program. All night long, he teased the upcoming segment:
O’DONNELL (6/18/12): Coming up, in a Last Word exclusive, the Tony award-winning author of The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler, will join us, along with the latest star of The Vagina Monologues, the state representative in Michigan who was banned from speaking on the House floor after she dared to use the word "vagina." That state representative actually performed The Vagina Monologues on the steps of the state capital tonight in Michigan."If you don’t like vaginas, this is not your TV show." Sometimes, we just let the analysts laugh at this silly bazoo.
O’DONNELL: Playwright Eve Ensler won awards for The Vagina Monologues. Michigan State Representative Lisa Brown got banned from the Michigan House floor for using the word "vagina." And so, tonight, with Eve Ensler watching, Representative Brown performed The Vagina Monologues on the steps of the Michigan state capitol.
In a Last Word exclusive, Eve Ensler and her new star, Representative Lisa Brown, will join me. If you don’t like vaginas, this is not your TV show.
O’DONNELL: Coming up...the author of The Vagina Monologues is here. And in the Last Word exclusive, Eve Ensler’s play was performed on the steps of the Michigan state capital tonight by the state representative who was banned from the House for using the word "vagina."
O’DONNELL: And tonight on the steps of the Michigan State Capital, there was a lot of vagina talk in a performance of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues, starring the state representative who was banned for speaking in the House after she dared to say the word "vagina." They’re both going to join me, next.
Was Brown banned just for saying “vagina?” We aren’t asking your opinion on that. Nor are we asking if this kind of banning ever makes sense.
We’re asking you to make a judgment about the politics of Michigan. Eventually, O’Donnell introduced Ensler. Do you think this type of approach helps Obama win that state?
O'DONNELL: That was State Representative Brown this evening on the steps of the state capital in Michigan, where she and other women members of the Michigan House performed Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues. The word "vagina" was said more than 100 times.The word "vagina" was said more than 100 times! Sometimes, we just let the analysts laugh.
Michigan has always been a bit of a blue-collar state. It has had a very tough economy. Candidate Romney may be on the move there.
Our question: Do you think this approach from the likes of O’Donnell helps Obama win?
Down through the decades, we’ve seen the self-indulgence of cultural liberals cost Democrats boatloads of votes. Remember: We aren’t asking what you think of Ensler herself, or of her award-winning play.
We’re asking you about Michigan voters, and we don’t know the answer:
Do you think this approach helps Obama win that state? That is a political question.
How do you assess it?
Please note: Big Ed was very enthused about this plainly brilliant approach. We've haven't seen him this worked up since the days when he was convinced that Walker was on the way out!