Video: Democrat’s “War on Fox News” turns into hilarious rout; Update: Missed filing deadline?

posted at 8:01 am on April 11, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Eric Cantor faces a challenge in November’s midterm election, but if his opponent ends up being Mike Dickinson, Cantor can worry about … well, almost anything else. Dickinson, a Democrat looking for the nomination in VA-07, has pledged to use his campaign to wage “war” on the Tea Party, the NRA, and Fox News. Greta van Susteren offered him a battle last night, and it didn’t take long for Dickinson to turn his war on Fox News into a rout. Via Twitchy, this is must-see TV:

Yes, you just heard a Congressional candidate being forced to admit he lied about his resumé on national television. Dickinson turned out to have no intellectual substance at all on his other arguments either, unable to square the reality of his own desire to tell it like it is with the right of Tea Party supporters to do the same. Greta van Susteren has a delightful time dismantling Dickinson and his “war,” and the only one who doesn’t seem to realize what a national joke he’d become is Dickinson himself. He tweeted this out afterward, apparently believing he’d scored a point or two in the interview:

Indeed. Dickinson agreed to appear again for another battle of wits with van Susteren in the future, and it may be fun to see whether he comes completely unarmed again.

Update: Mediaite discovers that Dickinson didn’t actually make the deadline to run for VA-07, at least not as a Democrat:

During his appearances, Fox labeled Dickinson as “(D-VA), Running For Congress.”

Just one problem with that: He’s not. At least not as a Democrat.

On Thursday morning, the Virginia 7th Congressional District Democratic Committee announced that it would cancel this year’s nominating convention, because no one had filed to run against incumbent Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

The filing deadline — Thursday, April 10th, at 5:00 p.m. — passed by without any forms submitted by Dickinson. A source tells Mediaite that he informed the nominating committee at “last minute” that he did not intend to file.

None of that was disclosed by Dickinson when he appeared on Fox News last night.

No, but his Twitter bio still states “Liberal Democrat campaigning for the nomination to unseat Eric Cantor in the 7th Congressional District of Virginia!”And, of course, this adds another layer of irony to a subsequent tweet:

At least most of them know how to fill out paperwork by deadline. (via Doug Mataconis)

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listens2glenn on April 11, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Ok … got that outta my system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

… is it too late for the Dems to replace Mike Dickinson as their candidate ?

It occurs to me, that after that interview they must surely want to.

listens2glenn on April 11, 2014 at 11:32 PM

For all the government/LEA ineptitude, they spent 51 days trying to get an armed end-days cult leader to end it peacefully (but for the deaths of 4 officers).

verbaluce on April 11, 2014 at 4:57 PM

They could have ended it peacefully on many occasions prior to using 50 mm and incendiary devices. The sheriff offered to mediate. You know, the guy, who actually had real jurisdiction and knew them.

Child abuse, however disgusting and outrageous, is not a Federal crime warranting a military assault on a compound.

Resist We Much on April 11, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Just a bit more on the history lesson (lived in The Greatest State at the time).

IIRC, several experts on religious cults and their leaders offered to mediate, but were also rebuffed by the Feds, who never really figured out they were dealing with messianic psychopaths rather than normal everyday criminal gangs.

It could be called kidnapping and arresting him in town wouldn’t have done anything about the rest of his gang. Who knows what they would have done. The government did the right thing. They just did it badly as Dems usually do.

crankyoldlady on April 11, 2014 at 7:12 PM

(1) Law enforcement officers with warrants are not kidnappers.
LEOs without warrants, maybe, but it would take a pretty good lawyer to make a case against them stick.
(2) Nobody knows what Koresh’s followers would have done, if he had been arrested outside the compound, and the government would have been perfectly justified (in fact, obligated) to have a contingency plan in case they sallied forth from their fortress armed and violent.
The point is, the Feds didn’t even try to do this caper peaceably, and that is never the right thing for a government to do.
It’s the same, proportionally, as a SWAT team gunning down an unarmed 80-year old man in his bed — even if they had the right house.

AesopFan on April 11, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Sounds like someone is unfamiliar with what actually happened at Waco. I bet you blame the Weavers for Ruby Ridge, too, even though the government obtained the first shoot to kill on sight order in peacetime, was reamed out by the Federal court, and paid each of the survivors $1 million.

Resist We Much on April 11, 2014 at 1:30 PM

I’m very familiar with both.

verbaluce on April 11, 2014 at 4:04 PM

I don’t believe you are.

Plenty of blame to go around, but it’s fantasy to absolve either Weaver or Koresh of any. Especially Koresh.

verbaluce on April 11, 2014 at 4:04 PM

On what basis (hang yeah … I want ‘specifics’) do you hold either either Randy Weaver, or David Koresh responsible for either of their respective confrontations with Federal agents ?

listens2glenn on April 12, 2014 at 12:14 AM

Damn, Greta made that vile tub o’ lard her be-yotch.

LagunaDave on April 12, 2014 at 1:18 AM

Catahoula on April 11, 2014 at 8:36 AM


Sherman1864 on April 12, 2014 at 1:44 AM

This guy’s street cred just skyrocketed…
We need more politicians like him…
Just telling it like it is…

RedManBlueState on April 12, 2014 at 3:06 AM

Take the teleprompter away, make him answer off the cuff, use his own self-created resume, and Greta could be interviewing Obama. Barkey doesn’t sound any smarter than this douche when left on his own and dems elected him twice.

AppraisHer on April 12, 2014 at 3:09 AM

this guy is such a bottom feeder.

Darvin Dowdy on April 11, 2014 at 8:51 AM

He’s what the bottom feeders eat.

thejackal on April 12, 2014 at 8:56 AM

this guy is such a bottom feeder.

Darvin Dowdy
on April 11, 2014 at 8:51 AM

He’s what the bottom feeders eat.

thejackal on April 12, 2014 at 8:56 AM


avagreen on April 12, 2014 at 4:55 PM

I watched this Idiot and you can rest assured that he got his PHD from the University of STUPID.

tmgrant on April 12, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Actually,in my humble opinion, he’s among the more intelligent Democrats.

John the Libertarian on April 13, 2014 at 12:33 AM

I can’t say you’re wrong, because individual people’s definition of “intelligent” widely vary.

listens2glenn on April 13, 2014 at 7:44 AM

Too bad he missed the deadline. The potentially endless moon bat hyperbole would have been entertaining.

percysunshine on April 13, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Wow, what complete and utter cognitive dissonance. The scumbag gets caught in a very public lie and almost immediately after starts blathering about how he’s running for office because he thinks politicians lie too much. And when Greta points out the hypocrisy to him, he just sits there blinking, without even the faintest glimmer of cognitive activity. Sociopath.

inmypajamas on April 11, 2014 at 10:23 AM


You know who I mean.

S. D. on April 13, 2014 at 9:49 PM