Video: Deep thoughts from glitter-bomber

posted at 4:00 pm on June 19, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

My friend Ed Frank turned into Johnny-on-the-spot when a woman attempted to hit Michele Bachmann with glitter as she left the stage at Right Online after delivering a showstopping speech yesterday. Not only did Ed catch the attack on video (and added a little chyron commentary along with it), he managed to catch up with the protester outside of the Minneapolis Hilton, where the conference was held. Needless to say, the brief interview matches the intellectual level that one would expect of glitter-bombers at political events. Watch the deep philosophical stylings of one Rachel Lang:

I tried Googling “Rachel Lang” but didn’t come up with much beyond a reference to the fictional rage-filled telekenitic character from Carrie 2. This Rachel Lang seems a lot more goofy than angry, and certainly more entertaining than her fictional counterpart.

ABC reported on the swing and a miss from Lang:

After the brief glitter shower, the protester was swiftly removed by security.

“You can run, but you can’t hide,” the protester yelled as she was hauled off.

Meanwhile, Bachmann proceeded to work the ropeline, seemingly unfazed by the incident.

She was “unfazed” because Lang has an aim worse than her My Little Pony philosophy.  None of the glitter ever touched her, according to people at the scene, and it’s uncertain whether Bachmann even noticed Lang.  But that wasn’t the lamest attack on Bachmann this weekend — for that, we go to CBS and the Daily Beast, which questioned Bachmann’s claim to have “raised” 23 foster children:

Writing in the Daily Beast this week, Michelle Goldberg quoted Kris Harvieux, who worked as a senior social worker in the foster care system in Bachmann’s county, who said at least some of Bachmann’s placements were likely short term.

“Some of them you have for a week. Some of them you have for three years, some you have for six months,” he said. “She makes it sound like she got them at birth and raised them to adulthood, but that’s not true.”

According to Goldberg, the Minnesota Department of Human Services reports that Bachmann’s foster care license allowed her to care for at most three children at any one time; she had the license for 7 1/2 years.

News flash — foster children don’t stay at one home forever!  Actually, as Bachmann states, she took most of them as teen-agers and tried to get them through high school.  Did the Bachmanns succeed in every single case?  Probably not, but that’s not what she claims, and that isn’t the point.  The point is that the Bachmanns opened up their home to 23 children not their own in order to give them a chance at a semblance of a normal life.  I’m not sure how many foster children Michelle Goldberg has welcomed into her house, but it’s probably less than 23.

Maybe Glitter Lady is a good metaphor for the Bachmann campaign.  The Left keeps trying to hit her with silliness in order to derail her candidacy and give themselves a little flash of attention, but they keep missing the target. Don’t expect them to stop throwing mud — or glitter — any time soon.

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Okay …

Well the girl is misguided – but she seems nice enough – and harmless enough. She threw glitter – a harmless substance – she missed apparently. She had pretty sound answers for why she threw it – though I don’t agree with those answers and …

When pressed on the issue – she pretty much agreed that Conservative activists had a right to do likewise because “they’re free to choose their own tactics”.

I’m reminded of the tarring a feathering that went on during and before the American Revolution here.

I’m sorry – I’m not getting worked up about this. Girl seemed nice enough to me and even emphasized that she didn’t believe in hurting anyone to make a point.

Harmless prank is Harmless – and Fail

I said as much about the water balloons thrown at Flag Burning Idiot at LSU.

HondaV65 on June 20, 2011 at 4:10 AM

By the way … where’s Madison Conservative to denounce this woman? He was all up in arms about the LSU Flag Burning Idiot being pelted with water balloons.

But yeah – I don’t have a problem with this and would like to see more on our side doing it. Fact is – the left will never abandoned these types of tactics so we either do the “Jesus Thing” and turn the other cheek or we play the game too.

I’m not much for the “Jesus Thing”.

HondaV65 on June 20, 2011 at 4:19 AM

I guess the Marxist trash, and professional journalistic frauds such as Brian Montopoli of CBS news, are really scared of how someone like Michele Bachmann looks, standing next to some piece of Chicago Machine trash. Why else for the Trig Palin like article?

And the difference between Brian Montopoli and Jayson Blair is…

MNHawk on June 20, 2011 at 6:51 AM

Somebody needs to point out to Ms. Lang (on top of what the lady at the end of the video did), that herself and every other gay and straight person in the country has the same rights, and that there is no “right” to marry.

Seriously, the lack of education on the Constitution is very concerning and even scary.

ptcamn on June 19, 2011 at 7:16 PM

But you should all know by know that this is how the left views rights and laws:

Rights are the things I want, regardless of whether or not someone else has to give up something to afford those “rights” to me. The more emotional the issue, the more of a “right” it is.

That’s why they see no disconnect in saying gay marriage is a right, but the First Amendment protection of religious expression in condoning or disagreeing with gay marriage…not so much.

As for laws, a “good law” is always the laws liberals like, regardless of whether it’s constitutional or not. “Bad laws” — no matter how constitutional — are laws liberals simply dislike.

Their entire argument and political philosophy is based on emotion. Which is why it changes almost hourly and is prone to violence and hysterics.

There isn’t a shred of logic from liberal positions.

englishqueen01 on June 20, 2011 at 6:55 AM

But yeah – I don’t have a problem with this and would like to see more on our side doing it. Fact is – the left will never abandoned these types of tactics so we either do the “Jesus Thing” and turn the other cheek or we play the game too.

I’m not much for the “Jesus Thing”.

HondaV65 on June 20, 2011 at 4:19 AM

I know what you mean – I’m a bit of an ‘Old Testament’ Christian myself.

fossten on June 20, 2011 at 8:02 AM

People couldn’t get that close to Obama. Thankfully so far, it’s just been glitter.

Marcus on June 19, 2011 at 4:11 PM

I wasn’t able to get that close to Jerry Lewis! What kind of security do they have at these events?

SagebrushPuppet on June 20, 2011 at 8:06 AM

The rainbow is the symbol of God’s covenant to man. Not gay pride.

Being from Hawaii, the gay community’s subjugation of this symbol disgusts me.

the_souse on June 20, 2011 at 8:13 AM

HondaV65: She threw glitter – a harmless substance

How does anyone know it was “harmless“? What if the (alleged) “glitter” is laced with powdered pigeon dropping? what then?

CDC on “unknown powder, no articulated threat, and no illness“: If a reasonable and defendable explanation can be given as to the source of the substance, that there is no articulated threat, and that no one is ill, then no further actions are necessary… If, however, a reasonable source cannot be determined or there is any uncertainty, the steps outlined in scenario #1 must be conducted.

This apathetic posture toward criminal mischief is a license for bio-aerosol attacks on political candidates.

Maliciously flinging anything at a candidate without their permission must be regarded as an act of bio-terrorism.

Terp Mole on June 20, 2011 at 8:19 AM

AND she’s a lawyer? I’d like to know just how articulate she is in the courtroom.

“Yeah, well, uh, your honor …”

SagebrushPuppet on June 20, 2011 at 8:21 AM

I’m going to add the word “rights” to every request I make from now on.

Tax avoidance rights
Freedom of speed choice rights
Right to a quick and speedy checkout

John Deaux on June 20, 2011 at 8:46 AM

Whenever someone throws anything at a candidate the perpetrator should be taken down hard and fast, and I mean taken down…she could have had a gun, or mace, you have to send a message, a broken arm, or separated shoulder from a 200 lb. man tackling her would let her know how serious aggressively approaching a candidate is…that goes for conservative protesters (very rare if ever).

right2bright on June 20, 2011 at 9:06 AM

She had pretty sound answers for why she threw it

There’s no such thing as a “sound answer” for assaulting any politician in any way. Whether it’s glitter or pennies (other thing popular amongst the Marxist trash of Minnesota).

Leftist trash can be easily buried with words. There is no need for assault by “our side.”

MNHawk on June 20, 2011 at 9:07 AM

“I want you to argue with them and get in their face.”

/Obama anti-bullying PSA

saint kansas on June 20, 2011 at 9:22 AM

The left will do their best to corrupt any virtue, even while celebrating every corruption. They are evil.

MTF on June 20, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Would it have been fine with the thrower if, during her interview on the sidewalk, I had stood in front of her and sprayed her with liquid from a bottle, perhaps alleging it to be “harmless” water? Look, you don’t get to throw anything at anyone in a civilized, lawful society, PERIOD.
Dear Excusers of her act,
If her throwing was not criminal and was acceptable “expression,” may I please have a list of substances and materials that I may throw at other members of Congress or the President or justices of the Supreme Court or anyone else with whom I perceive myself to be at odds over any issue? Thanks in advance…

AmericanDad on June 20, 2011 at 9:44 AM

If you throw something at someone, isn’t that assault? Does it matter that the glitter is small and won’t harm anyone? If glitter got into her eyes, it could cause a problem.

jeffn21 on June 20, 2011 at 10:18 AM

FLASHBACK 2008: Remember when rock throwing and chemical spraying were “the highest form of patriotism“?

UPDATE 2010: RNC8 Terrorists Crow over Misdemeanor Convictions

Max Specktor and Rob Czernik pled guilty to gross misdemeanor Conspiracy to Riot, and Garrett Fitzgerald and Nathanael Secor pled guilty to gross misdemeanor Conspiracy to Damage Property. These are all non-cooperating plea agreements; they will not be called upon to testify against anyone else. All of them received 100 hours of community service to be served over 10 months, no jail time or restitution, and a $200 fine. Max and Nathanael were sentenced to one year supervised probation; Garrett and Rob, two years. We recognize that the plea deal may come as a surprising development to supporters, especially considering that the prosecution originally branded the RNC 8 “terrorists” and was still committed to securing felony convictions for certain defendants only two weeks ago.

Terp Mole on June 20, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Is she (Bachmann) anti civil rights for homosexuals?
Are you?
I don’t get it. Is just anyone a conservative these days?

Observation on June 20, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Throwing glitter…in support of one of the most poisonous movements in modern political discourse…faaaaabulous….

…a group which has proven that it cannot accept even the slightest criticism…a group which wishes, by hook or crook, to have their way…rather like children do…and they act out like children do…faaaaaaaaaaaabulous….

…what if it’d been a gun? What if it’d been some caustic substance? Just because this self-righteous moron chose glitter this time, what’s to keep some subsequent “activist” from choosing pistols? There’s a recent precedent.

Why is this person still at large? Assault is assault.

Puritan1648 on June 20, 2011 at 4:25 PM