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Michele Bachmann - Trying To Separate Parody From Reality

Category: Michele Bachmann
Posted: 07/31/14 12:44

by Dave Mindeman

Sometimes it is hard to distinguish parody from truth when it comes to Michele Bachmann. Recently a bunch of liberal sites were duped into believing that Michele Bachmann had said that the administration was going to force undocumented children in Americanized labor camps.

Its not that the statement was outrageous exactly, (although it certainly would be) its that it just "sounds" like something she would say. So everybody took it to be true.

Well, no sooner does that dustup blow over, then she says this on a radio talk show....

"Well, I will tell you from personal experience, we don't have enough foster parents now in the country for the kids in America. We certainly don't have enough foster parents for all of the illegal aliens that the president is trying to bring in right now." The progressive group People For the American Way posted the audio on its Right Wing Watch blog Wednesday afternoon.

Bachmann said that hospitals could "get millions of dollars in government grants if they can conduct medical research on somebody," suggesting that the hospitals could do that research on undocumented children. "A little kid can't say no if they're a ward of the state," said Bachmann. "So here you could have this institution getting millions of dollars from our government to do medical experimentation and a kid can't even say no. It's sick."

Bachmann has become the standard for GOP crazy. Pretty soon she will become a verb.

Boy, that Congressman really Bachmanned that statement.

Don't go there. Don't Bachmann that speech.

If you're going to Bachmann the press conference, then you are finished.

Only a matter of time.
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RE:Bachmann - I Think Dogcatcher Is Out Of Reach Now

Category: Michele Bachmann
Posted: 07/25/14 17:49, Edited: 07/25/14 17:50

by Dave Mindeman

Remember a few days ago when Michele Bachmann wondered why the press didn't ask her about another run for President?

Well here's a clue...

In an interview this week with the host of a conservative radio show, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said the gay community wants to "do away with statutory rape laws so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually."

I have heard Bachmann say some pretty off the wall things, but the absolute hate coming out right now is beyond belief.

She didn't stop there...

She then slammed the LGBT community, saying their ultimate goal was "not to allow for diversity of opinion on this issue" but rather to "force everyone to not only agree with them, but also to finance their agenda."

Bachmann, who has the most intolerant ideas of her own, has the audacity to thinky that the LGBT community is somehow dictating the terms on all the discriminatory practices foisted upon them.

How ridiculous. How stupid.

If Republicans have any sense of decency, they will isolate Bachmann into the intolerant cubicle she seems destined to occupy.

Presidential aspirations? I have the feeling Bachmann couldn't win an election for dogcatcher now.
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Why Isn't Michele Bachmann On The GOP Presidential Short List?

Category: Michele Bachmann
Posted: 07/23/14 15:00, Edited: 07/23/14 15:00

by Dave Mindeman

Michele Bachmann can't understand why the media doesn't ask....

"The only thing that the media has speculated on is that it's going to be various men that are running," she told RCP (Real Clear Politics). "They haven't speculated, for instance, that I'm going to run. What if I decide to run? And there's a chance I could run."

Why don't they ask if you, Michele Bachmann, are running for President?

Because they can't find a person out there, who if asked about you, doesn't fall down on the ground in convulsive laughter at the speculation of a repeat candidacy.

That's basically it.

But, seriously, her question goes to a woman running for the GOP nomination....and that is a legitimate question.

There are possibilities. Olympia Snowe - Susan Collins - Kay Bailey Hutchison.....all of them would be credible Presidential candidates. But they won't run. And the reason for that is they could never get through the primary process. Any woman who would compete in the process the GOP has today, would have to have a Bachmann profile. Evangelical. Social conservative. Fiscally insane.

That last adjective is the closest I can come up with to describe the fiscal policy that appeals to the GOP base. A woman would have to have a more intense, farther right fiscal policy to get noticed. And that, of course, fits the Bachmann profile.

The Republican Party simply is not woman friendly. The extreme anti-choice stance has no moderate position. The lack of support for equal pay is astonishing. And the default position that assumes a lack of competence in female leadership roles is hard to miss when you see how few women are given positions of authority in the Republican Party.

Michele Bachmann may have a point about why the Press doesn't assume a second Presidential run. But the more important question is why the lack of enthusiasm in her own Party.

The answer is almost rhetorical.
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