Okay folks, there’s been some confusion here in the last week as DC straw poll voters are having a tough time distinguishing between the Michaels Brown. Yes, there’s more than one Michael Brown. There’s Michael Arrington Brown (MAB), who is an At-Large Council Member for DC, and there’s Michael Donald Brown (MDB), who is the District’s sitting shadow senator who is running for an At-Large Council seat.
This afternoon, MDB’s opponent, Clark Ray, sent an email out to a number of local listserves with pictures of the candidates, just to make sure that people know that MDB isn’t MAB and to make sure to point out by proxy that one is black and seated on the council, and one is white and isn’t on the council.
The whole thing reminds me of a certain movie favored by Gen X’ers, and I think it would go a little like this:
Samir: No one in this country can ever pronounce my name right. It’s not that hard: Na-ghee-na-na-jar. Nagheenanajar.
Michael Brown: Yeah, well, at least your name isn’t Michael Brown.
Samir: You know, there’s nothing wrong with that name.
Michael Brown: There *was* nothing wrong with it… until I was about twelve years old and that no-talent ass clown became famous and started winning At-Large Council seats.
Samir: Hmm… well, why don’t you just go by Mike instead of Michael?
Michael Brown: No way! Why should I change? He’s the one who sucks.