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Michele Bachmann Still Dishing Out The Crazy

Category: Michele Bachmann
Posted: 04/13/14 12:25, Edited: 04/13/14 12:27

by Dave Mindeman

On WCCO Sunday Morning, Michele Bachmann was a guest...and once again proves that the crazy will not go away.

Fresh off her 6th District send off yesterday, she vaulted into another round of Benghazi fantasy. During the interview she stated that Hillary Clinton failed a test for commander in chief by not sending a rescue party to protect the heroes there.

You have to wonder why a member of the House Intelligence Committee would think that the Secretary of State can authorize troops to undertake a military mission.

Where does she get this stuff? How can she be considered competent? How in the world does she pass a background check?

Bachmann tells us that she will continue to be engaged in politics. She is not going away. She wouldn't even rule out another run for President in 2016.

She will not go quietly into that good night.

It is embarrassing that she has represented Minnesota. Even though she disowned us during her Presidential run and ran as an Iowa native daughter, we are forced to take the "credit" for giving her prominence.

She has come a long way from her hiding in the bushes days. Now she is out in the open, front and center, and continuing to publicize some of the craziest ideas ever uttered.

She may not be in Congress after next January, but she has a deeply disturbed cult following who will give her money, listen to her every word, and follow her to the ends of the earth. Literally, the ends of the earth because they still think it is flat.

In some ways, it is necessary for Bachmann to exist. Because she embodies a portion of the Republican Party that can't be vocalized any other way. The deep mistrust of government with all of its conspiratorial offshoots has Bachmann as its champion. She believes in all of those theories. She believes the Bible verifies it all. She has God on her side - and thus the argument ends. She is right - even when the facts prove her completely wrong.

No, Bachmann is not going away. She will find a camera somewhere and bring the crazy front and center.

Yes, Minnesota, you have been represented by that. And also realize that she thinks Tom Emmer is the perfect choice to succeed her.

Think about that, 6th District. Really - Think about that.

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McFadden: "Specifics Are Not Important"

Category: Al Franken
Posted: 04/10/14 16:43, Edited: 04/10/14 16:44

by Dave Mindeman

The Republican establishment wants to defeat Sen. Al Franken badly. And those same establishment Republicans knew that the MN state party has been in horrible financial shape.

It has been clear that they feel the only real hope to compete for this seat in 2014 was to bring in a deep pockets financial guy to push through to the nomination.

Enter Mike McFadden....a rich guy, a willing GOP donor, but a political neophyte with a zero track record on policy. In a way, the establishment was hoping this would also be a plus, since anti-government sentiment is also very high in Republican base circles.

But, given all that, there is one slight oversight in getting what they needed.

They forgot about competence.

McFadden called a news conference today - a rare occurrence for the McFadden campaign - in order to trash the one Republican issue of 2014 - Obamacare.

Unfortunately, as often happens at a press conference, reporters started asking questions on other subjects.....

McFadden would not say whether Minnesota should have used the federal exchange rather than creating its own.

He also refused to say whether he would have voted to block debate in the U.S. Senate on pay equity for women.

McFadden also refused to give a yes or no answer on whether he supports what's called "personhood" legislation, which considers a fertilized egg to be a person from the moment of conception. Many of the other Republicans in the race say they support that.

McFadden also declined to weigh in on legislative efforts this week to increase Minnesota's minimum wage.

Some of the other Republicans in the Senate contest accuse McFadden of skirting issues. Asked about his refusal to get specific, McFadden suggested specifics are not important.


When you are at a press conference "refused to say" and "declined to answer" are not things you like to see in the report.

And when he explained his idea that "specifics are not important", he ended with this....

"What I think is really important with politicians and with leaders [is] you understand their overriding philosophies -- how do they make decisions?" said McFadden. "And so I've been very specific in this campaign as to how I make decisions."

So if I understand that correctly, we can rest assured that McFadden's overriding decision making philosophy on answering questions is to never actually give an answer.

Does the MN Republican establishment actually think that's a good thing?
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Great Moments From the GOP War On Women

Category: GOP 2014
Posted: 04/10/14 10:52, Edited: 04/10/14 10:54

by Dave Mindeman

Still think there is no GOP War on Women?

April 8th

An adviser to Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate for Texas governor, said this week that he had found no "evidence" to prove that any woman had been a "significant original thinker in any of the world's great philosophical traditions."

April 6th

On "Fox News Sunday," Hayden cited comments Feinstein made last month in which she said declassifying the report would "ensure that an un-American, brutal program of detention and interrogation will never again be considered or permitted." Hayden suggested Feinstein feels too strongly about the issue on an "emotional" level.

April 9th

The causes and cures of male decline are not as simple or soundbite-ready as screaming "paycheck fairness." But Congress does us all a disservice by staying stuck in the "women are society's victims" mantra, ignoring the realities of young men floundering and how their decline affects every aspect of American society. Laura Trueman - Heritage Foundation

March 17th

"We heard several bills last week about women's issues and I kept thinking to myself, these bills are putting us backwards in time," State Rep. Andrea Kieffer (R) told colleagues at a Wednesday hearing on one of the measures. "We are losing the respect that we so dearly want in the workplace by bringing up all these special bills for women and almost making us look like whiners."

June 13, 2013

Sen. Saxby Chambliss on sexual assaults in the military.

"The young folks who are coming into each of your services are anywhere from 17 to 22 or 23. Gee whiz, the hormone level created by nature sets in place the possibility for these types of things to occur. So we've got to be very careful how we address it on our side."

April 9th

Mike Huckabee - "Because the fact is we don't like to do things by ourselves. We really don't. Guys like to go fishing with other men. They like to go hunting with other men. Women like to go to the restroom with other women. I don't get that. I can tell you this much: if I ever say, 'I have to go to the restroom' and some guy says, 'I'll go with you,' he ain't goin' with me. That much I know."

And you wonder why there is a gender gap......
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