If you know who Mike Levin is, I can make three educated guesses about who you are:
a) Your name is Mike Levin or spend Thanksgiving dinner with him.
b) You’re an informed member of voting populace in California’s 45th Congressional District, where the Levin is running for the seat of the retiring Rep. Darrell Issa.
c) You’ve just tuned into cable news and watched as someone whose clock counting down his 15 minutes of viral infamy just began.
If you’re unfamiliar, well, where to begin. Levin is the Democrat candidate to replace Rep. Issa in the House of Representatives this coming year.
Also worth noting: Before Issa retired, the classy Mr. Levin decided he would get some press by crashing an Issa town hall and handing him a book on global warming.
Oh, that’s subtle.
But alas, it’s a bit difficult to get much attention when you’re taking aim at Darrell Issa, who wasn’t exactly that famous even before he decided to call it quits. How to get some attention, then?
Well, Sen. John McCain is a little more famous. So is President Donald Trump. And Sen. McCain just announced he was discontinuing treatment for brain cancer, thus ostensibly meaning the end of his life is sadly almost certainly nigh.
Whatever your feelings on McCain or his contentious relationship with the president, there’s no way this could be seen as an opportune time to use his impending death to score political points, right?
Of course it is, because this story exists and apparently we live in a world where any attention is good attention, particularly when Trump and the midterm elections are involved:
Trump has never made a public apology for his terrible comments about Senator John McCain. A more decent and honorable person would have apologized long ago.
— Mike Levin (@MikeLevinCA) August 24, 2018
California’s 49th congressional district is comprised of the coastal suburbs of the Golden State’s southernmost major city, so Ron Burgundy’s phrase actually makes literal sense here: You stay classy, San Diego.
Firstly, I’m not entirely sure when Mike Levin became such a vociferous defender of Sen. McCain, but I imagine the precise moment was when it became clear McCain was no longer going to be with us much longer. And that’s mostly because he could use it to get some attention.
Yes, McCain and Trump didn’t get along. This enmity existed a long time before McCain’s cancer diagnosis. It also had nothing to do with the candidacy of Levin, who hasn’t served a day in Congress — and had clearly designed the tweet to get as much attention as possible.
Yes, I suppose I’m doing him a favor by pointing this out. However, I’m reminded of Joyce Evans, the WTXF-TV anchor who decided to tease a deadly shooting in Philadelphia on social media by tweeting, “Thought ‘Breaking Bad’ was hot last Sunday? … See who’s breakin’ bad in SW Philly leavin’ 6 people SHOT – Tonite at Ten!”
As one person remarked after that tweet, “I’ll say this much. You’re a lot more famous now than you were eight minutes ago.”
And yes, Levin is a lot more famous now than he was last night. How has that worked out for him? Well, Roll Call reported in June that Levin was slightly ahead of his Republican challenger. The fact that this pathetic vulgarian stands a chance of getting elected is an insult to the democratic process. Let’s hope this despicable human being remains just that — a despicable human being, not a despicable congressman.
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