Quotes of the day

posted at 10:52 pm on June 30, 2011 by Allahpundit

“Already, the Bachmann boomlet has reset the expectations game in Iowa. The odds on Palin’s jumping into the race lengthen once again. With Pawlenty fighting to survive in Iowa, Jon Huntsman has an easier shot at breaking through in New Hampshire. The Huntsman hype machine must switch from selling the idea of his candidacy to reporters to selling the man himself to real voters. Without stronger New Hampshire poll numbers in the fall, the only precinct Huntsman is likely to carry will be the Morning Joe roundtable. The hopeful news for both Pawlenty and Huntsman is that for most primary voters, the campaign has yet to begin…

“For Romney, a two-way contest with Bachmann is a strategic dream come true. (Disclaimer: I worked for Romney in 2002.) It would draw attention and money away from his two real rivals, Huntsman and Pawlenty, and give him a simple race against a candidate who would remove much of the ambivalence many big-league Republicans still harbor about him. Make no mistake: faced with the terrifying prospect of nominating Bachmann and handing the presidency to Obama, the Republican establishment would rally hard and fast behind Romney. And while a unified Republican establishment in full combat mode cannot compete with the Tea Party when it comes to making cardboard Uncle Sam hats, GOP Inc. can easily crush a candidate like Bachmann over the full series of primaries.”

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“Steinhauser stressed that he, and many activists, believe that Palin did an exceptional job as governor. And yet: ‘If she were still the sitting governor of Alaska, doing these great things, maybe she could kind of point toward that and say, ‘Here’s what’s going on in Alaska. Here’s what we’re doing. Here’s where we are in 2011.’ So the Sarah Palin in 2011 who’s governing Alaska maybe would be a much stronger candidate than the current (Palin), if she runs.’

“Bachmann, activists say, is instead viewed as being in the trenches — fighting for Tea Party causes, even battling her party’s leaders.

“‘The thing about Michele Bachmann that people in the Tea Party movement respect is the fact that she, for the most part, is voting the way they would expect her to vote. She has taken on the Tea Party mantle … and pushed it at a congressional level,’ said Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin.

“Others even likened Bachmann to a sort of political military leader — leading troops into battle.”

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“Bachmann’s candidacy is heavily premised on her personal story — she is the only woman (and mother) in the race and mentions the fact that she has raised 5 children and 23 foster children at nearly every campaign stop.

“It’s what makes her stand out in the field. She is running as a sort-of personal populist — someone who not only feels your pain but has lived it

“All of the above is not to suggest that Bachmann’s decision to talk about her miscarriage was in any way a political or strategic gambit.

“But it does highlight what Bachmann brings to the table and how she has already begun to distinguish herself from the rest of the field.”

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Bachmann would be a great candidate if only she had served half a term as governor rather than three terms in the House of Representatives.

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MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 10:56 PM

All I need to know about Bachmann is that she won’t back 0bamaCare (or a 50-state extension of RomneyCare), she won’t back ethanol subsidies and she doesn’t believe in AGW, unlike Mittens.

Jenfidel on June 30, 2011 at 10:57 PM

‘If she were still the sitting governor of Alaska, doing these great things, maybe she could kind of point toward that and say, ‘Here’s what’s going on in Alaska. Here’s what we’re doing. Here’s where we are in 2011.’ So the Sarah Palin in 2011 who’s governing Alaska maybe would be a much stronger candidate than the current (Palin), if she runs

Let the games begin.

Knucklehead on June 30, 2011 at 10:57 PM

Bachmann would be a great candidate if only she had served half a term as governor rather than three terms in the House of Representatives.

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MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 10:56 PM

I lol’ed.

You-Eh-Vee on June 30, 2011 at 10:58 PM

Bachmann would be a great candidate if only she had served half a term as governor rather than three terms in the House of Representatives.

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MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 10:56 PM

I agree….

sandee on June 30, 2011 at 10:58 PM

Let’s go bishin’!

darwin-t on June 30, 2011 at 10:59 PM

Let the games begin.

Knucklehead on June 30, 2011 at 10:57 PM

Red meat into a lion pen.

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 10:59 PM

Bachmann would be a great candidate if only she had served half a term as governor rather than three terms in the House of Representatives.

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MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 10:56 PM

But but but, she’s going to be redistricted out therefore she is irrelevant/

Knucklehead on June 30, 2011 at 10:59 PM

I agree….

sandee on June 30, 2011 at 10:58 PM

You, er, do know what the forward slash meant…right?

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 11:02 PM

“But it does highlight what Bachmann brings to the table and how she has already begun to distinguish herself from the rest of the field

That’s right, she’s Obama in a skirt and stole Palin’s wardrobe style,and will be wearing glasses cause unseen told me so/

Knucklehead on June 30, 2011 at 11:02 PM

Ya, but she’s never been a community organizer.

cough…cough…

NickDeringer on June 30, 2011 at 11:03 PM

Let’s go bishin’!

darwin-t on June 30, 2011 at 10:59 PM

Zebco 33 fired up and ready to go!

Knucklehead on June 30, 2011 at 11:04 PM

The latest from Dr. Zero on the Fast and Furious scandal:

The Gun Walker Pushback The scandal which can no longer be ignored.
by John Hayward

Meanwhile, the Washington Post – so helpful to the Administration at key moments in the Gun Walker saga – ran an astonishing editorial this week, in which they tried to finger the gun-rights lobby as the true culprit behind this rogue ATF operation.

Somehow, the Washington Post’s editors thought it would be a good idea to float the notion that all this happened because gun-rights zelots “tied the bureau’s hands,” and left them without the resources to track all the guns they were throwing across the border.

Perhaps not coincidentally, House Democrats Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have decided to hold their own Gun Walker hearings, at which “several gun control advocates” will speak.

We may soon learn if the Washington Post editors are free-range clueless, or if they were privy to a strategy memo about the evolving Gun Walker pushback… which will seek to blame citizens concerned about their Constitutional rights for the deadly actions of a rogue Administration and its political operatives at the ATF. One way or the other, it seems clear that Plan A – “ignore the scandal and hope it blows over” has come to an unhappy end.

NMRN123 on June 30, 2011 at 11:05 PM

Hot Air: All Bachmann/Palin, all the time.

The upside is we never have to hear about Mittens.

Doughboy on June 30, 2011 at 11:06 PM

Food fight in 3,2,……

bluemarlin on June 30, 2011 at 11:07 PM

Couldn’t it have been Glenn Beck tonight? Could it not be someone else? seriously.

Pawlenty, the new Lunesta on June 30, 2011 at 11:08 PM

Hot Air: All Bachmann/Palin, all the time.

The upside is we never have to hear about Mittens.

Doughboy on June 30, 2011 at 11:06 PM

So, we have that going for us! It is a plus.

bluemarlin on June 30, 2011 at 11:09 PM

Bachmann overload. Blegh.

mythicknight on June 30, 2011 at 11:10 PM

Couldn’t it have been Glenn Beck tonight? Could it not be someone else? seriously.

Pawlenty, the new Lunesta on June 30, 2011 at 11:08 PM

Agree, Beck could have supplied traffic!

bluemarlin on June 30, 2011 at 11:10 PM

CNN and WaPo. The sudden Bachmann love is downright eerie.

Bachmann’s candidacy is heavily premised on her personal story — she is the only woman (and mother) in the race and mentions the fact that she has raised 5 children and 23 foster children at nearly every campaign stop. …

All of the above is not to suggest that Bachmann’s decision to talk about her miscarriage was in any way a political or strategic gambit.

Palin does that, and she’s using her kids as campaign props.

They’re not afraid of Bachmann in the least.

pseudoforce on June 30, 2011 at 11:11 PM

Did anyone watch Jon Stewart….tonight? LOL

idesign on June 30, 2011 at 11:13 PM

Bachmann is real, she can connect with folks, she is solid on sticking with the job, she was ahead of the game on denouncing Socialist policies. This election is not about the GOP pick. This election is about “are you better off now than you were 4 years ago”

Southernblogger on June 30, 2011 at 11:13 PM

She has taken on the Tea Party mantle …

And how. “Glomming” comes to mind.

pseudoforce on June 30, 2011 at 11:14 PM

“But it does highlight what Bachmann brings to the table and how she has already begun to distinguish herself from the rest of the field

You mean like comparing herself to mass murderers? I don’t thin others have done that yet.

promachus on June 30, 2011 at 11:16 PM

“Bachmann, activists say, is instead viewed as being in the trenches — fighting for Tea Party causes, even battling her party’s leaders.

By the way, where was she right after Tucson? I don’t remember.

pseudoforce on June 30, 2011 at 11:16 PM

‘If she were still the sitting governor of Alaska, doing these great things, maybe she could kind of point toward that and say, ‘Here’s what’s going on in Alaska. Here’s what we’re doing. Here’s where we are in 2011.’ So the Sarah Palin in 2011 who’s governing Alaska maybe would be a much stronger candidate than the current (Palin), if she runs

After 2 years you’d think these doofuses would understand this history and why we are where we are.

BTW, doofus try watching the Undefeated and you might finally understand.

davek70 on June 30, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Palin does that, and she’s using her kids as campaign props.

pseudoforce on June 30, 2011 at 11:11 PM

Amazing how, when that charge was made against Palin, it was a despicable smear tactic that only the rabid left would dare to employ.

I guess things change. Or, just maybe…they don’t.

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Bachmann would be a great candidate if only she had served half a term as governor rather than three terms in the House of Representatives.

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MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 10:56 PM

I asked you this yesterday and you slunk away. What has Bachmann done in her three terms of congress? has she championed any legislation or brokered any reform? What are her accomplishments?

promachus on June 30, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Well, she’s good at…..voting. That takes guts, I think.

Dongemaharu on June 30, 2011 at 11:18 PM

I can’t believe so many folks are jumping on the Bachmann crazy train.

Punchenko on June 30, 2011 at 11:18 PM

Amazing how, when that charge was made against Palin, it was a despicable smear tactic that only the rabid left would dare to employ.

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Yeah. I wonder why it isn’t being used by WaPo against Bachmann? Have they come to Jesus?

pseudoforce on June 30, 2011 at 11:19 PM

Bachmann/McCotter 2012.

ducking for cover in the basement as the tornado sirens wail.

Knucklehead on June 30, 2011 at 11:20 PM

By the way, where was she right after Tucson? I don’t remember.

pseudoforce on June 30, 2011 at 11:16 PM

THIS++++

That’s when I completely lost all respect for her. She also (like the rest of the GOP) never defended Palin at all for being accused of murder, then took it upon herself to start running for POTUS when she saw an opening after the media and the left had destroyed Palin AGAIN.

BTW, didn’t we just have a 10 page thread on this topic last night?

davek70 on June 30, 2011 at 11:20 PM

And how. “Glomming” comes to mind.

pseudoforce on June 30, 2011 at 11:14 PM

Is this more of that “objective criticism” of Bachmann we’ve heard about?

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 11:20 PM

If anyone wants to know the difference between Bachmwnn & Palin, you should have watched Jon Stewart tonight!

So much fun…:)

idesign on June 30, 2011 at 11:20 PM

davek70 on June 30, 2011 at 11:17 PM

It’s just more Ed Rollins spin from Bachmann n team. Don’t fall for it.

promachus on June 30, 2011 at 11:20 PM

Bachmann, activists say, is instead viewed as being in the trenches — fighting for Tea Party causes, even battling her party’s leaders.

All I remember were her frequent Bachmann-a-thons on Hannity. What has she done in Congress other than mismanage her staff of twenty or so college interns??? Sheesh.

Punchenko on June 30, 2011 at 11:21 PM

promachus on June 30, 2011 at 11:17 PM

I answered it very thoroughly. If you didn’t care to read it, that’s not my problem.

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 11:21 PM

davek70 on June 30, 2011 at 11:20 PM

It’s not about Palin. The whole tea party was accused. ISn’t she a tea party queen or something?

promachus on June 30, 2011 at 11:21 PM

When it comes to Bachmann i just don’t see it or feel it, it’s kind of like whatever.

heshtesh on June 30, 2011 at 11:22 PM

I answered it very thoroughly. If you didn’t care to read it, that’s not my problem.

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 11:21 PM

You have not and don’t try to escape the question.

promachus on June 30, 2011 at 11:22 PM

yawn….bachmann isn’t worth the time. the time article is 100% correct. bachmann means Mitt is the nominee. Esp if Palin sits out and Bachmann runs out of material to steal.

And that’s a night have fun.

unseen on June 30, 2011 at 11:22 PM

I can’t believe so many folks are jumping on the Bachmann crazy train.

Punchenko on June 30, 2011 at 11:18 PM

That is the accepted view of people backing Palin despite the numbers.

Southernblogger on June 30, 2011 at 11:23 PM

Is this more of that “objective criticism” of Bachmann we’ve heard about?

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 11:20 PM

Yep. It’s been very clever marketing. Whatever happened to her Tea Party Caucus?

pseudoforce on June 30, 2011 at 11:23 PM

Bachmann would be a great candidate if only she had served half a term as governor rather than three terms in the House of Representatives.

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MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 10:56 PM

Really? Really? Aren’t you a lawyer?

Punchenko on June 30, 2011 at 11:23 PM

so is anyone getting the GBTV thing? I probably wont, but I must confess that I am thinking about it.

Pawlenty, the new Lunesta on June 30, 2011 at 11:24 PM

unseen on June 30, 2011 at 11:22 PM

I thought Bachmann was in the game before anybody knew who Palin was

Southernblogger on June 30, 2011 at 11:24 PM

davek70 on June 30, 2011 at 11:20 PM

It’s not about Palin. The whole tea party was accused. ISn’t she a tea party queen or something?

promachus on June 30, 2011 at 11:21 PM

Yeah, exactly.

pseudoforce on June 30, 2011 at 11:24 PM

You have not and don’t try to escape the question.

promachus on June 30, 2011 at 11:22 PM

And with that lie, may I cordially invite you to piss off. I have no interest in the opinions of liars.

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 11:24 PM

‘Here’s what’s going on in Alaska. Here’s what we’re doing. Here’s where we are in 2011.’

Yeah, here’s what we’re doing: Jack sh!t because my staff and I are battling bogus ethics charge #5,783 to the tune of $50,000 per day. Thanks but I’ll take the Palin who was willing to cut her own political throat if need be in order to save her family and her state from bankruptcy and gridlock.

NoLeftTurn on June 30, 2011 at 11:25 PM

so is anyone getting the GBTV thing? I probably wont, but I must confess that I am thinking about it.

Pawlenty, the new Lunesta on June 30, 2011 at 11:24 PM

No. I’ll catch snippets of his radio show when I can, but no subscription for me.

pseudoforce on June 30, 2011 at 11:25 PM

Really? Really? Aren’t you a lawyer?

Punchenko on June 30, 2011 at 11:23 PM

Really? Really? You don’t recognize sarcasm? Particularly with the signifying punctuation?

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 11:25 PM

I asked you this yesterday and you slunk away. What has Bachmann done in her three terms of congress? has she championed any legislation or brokered any reform?

promachus on June 30, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Legislation=new laws, new regulations, loss of freedom.

Good to see that you think all that stuff is o.k. I prefer my legislators to keep their hands off my business and my freedoms.

Knucklehead on June 30, 2011 at 11:26 PM

Yeah, here’s what we’re doing: Jack sh!t because my staff and I are battling bogus ethics charge #5,783 to the tune of $50,000 per day. Thanks but I’ll take the Palin who was willing to cut her own political throat if need be in order to save her family and her state from bankruptcy and gridlock.

NoLeftTurn on June 30, 2011 at 11:25 PM

Excellent!

idesign on June 30, 2011 at 11:27 PM

It’s not about Palin. The whole tea party was accused. ISn’t she a tea party queen or something?

promachus on June 30, 2011 at 11:21 PM

True to a degree, but you can’t deny Palin was the primary target and when Bachmann saw the collateral damage, she hopped in the opening.

As unseen said, Mitt’s going to win anyway if Palin doesn’t run so we might as well wait to see what Palin does. Everything up until then is noise…

davek70 on June 30, 2011 at 11:27 PM

I’m so tired of Iowa or New Hampshire having anything to say over whom is a nominee for president, particularly on our side of the aisle. Where I’m from, we have county and city populations bigger than these states. Ain’t braggin’, just saying that there are many other states in this country that the Republicans, if they had any sense at all, should insist that their early primaries take place.

If they had any sense at all …

TXUS on June 30, 2011 at 11:27 PM

Whatever happened to her Tea Party Caucus?

pseudoforce on June 30, 2011 at 11:23 PM

Currently exists, with about 50 members. Some of you need to learn to answer your own questions with a smidgen of research.

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 11:28 PM

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 11:24 PM

Touché. Perhaps I’ve misjudged you grasshopper.

TxAnn56 on June 30, 2011 at 11:28 PM

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 11:24 PM

Yeah she proposed this , she meant that. All very intentions but what has she accomplished?

promachus on June 30, 2011 at 11:28 PM

I’m getting pretty sick of Bachmann already. I’m tired of hearing her repeat at every interview how “Obama is a one term president!!” Oh, and how in the hell can the electorate view her as “being in the trenches. . .” What the hell can she point to that she accomplished while in the trenches? she is trying too hard to attain the allure, authenticity and mantle of Palin–the one who has really battled in the trenches. The line in one of the articles that she is “battling her party’s leaders” is another accomplishment of Palin’s that Bachmann is trying to make her own. It is getting pretty creepy because it seems like Bachmann wants to be Palin.

KickandSwimMom on June 30, 2011 at 11:28 PM

Knucklehead on June 30, 2011 at 11:26 PM

Yes you are…

idesign on June 30, 2011 at 11:29 PM

Some early music for your enjoyment. American Girl

Screw you Tom Petty.

His old skinny ass should be happy anyone is even playing any of his songs.

chief on June 30, 2011 at 11:30 PM

Legislation=new laws, new regulations, loss of freedom.

Good to see that you think all that stuff is o.k. I prefer my legislators to keep their hands off my business and my freedoms.

Knucklehead on June 30, 2011 at 11:26 PM

Good rhetoric. But has she ever managed to repeal anything?

promachus on June 30, 2011 at 11:30 PM

Currently exists, with about 50 members. Some of you need to learn to answer your own questions with a smidgen of research.

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 11:28 PM

You mean it’s flying so low under the radar that I have to go to damn Google to find out about it?

pseudoforce on June 30, 2011 at 11:30 PM

yawn….bachmann isn’t worth the time. the time article is 100% correct. bachmann means Mitt is the nominee. Esp if Palin sits out and Bachmann runs out of material to steal.

And that’s a night have fun.

unseen on June 30, 2011 at 11:22 PM

Promise? Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

Knucklehead on June 30, 2011 at 11:30 PM

Legislation=new laws, new regulations, loss of freedom.

Good to see that you think all that stuff is o.k. I prefer my legislators to keep their hands off my business and my freedoms.

Knucklehead on June 30, 2011 at 11:26 PM

Well, proposing new legislation to get rid of bad legislation is a necessary thing. If legislators do nothing, we’re stuck with what we have.

darwin on June 30, 2011 at 11:30 PM

Really? Really? You don’t recognize sarcasm? Particularly with the signifying punctuation?

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 11:25 PM

My apologies, MadCon. For a second I thought you were serious in backing a three term know-nothing who couldn’t even manange a staff of college interns. The same know-nothing, mind you, whose closeted husband has been making his rounds calling gay people “barbarians”. Phew, I’m glad you’re not just another MSNBC employee blowing kisses Bachmann’s way.

Punchenko on June 30, 2011 at 11:30 PM

“GOP, Inc.” is as good a term as any when describing the country club Republicans comprising the leadership of the party, the self-styled sophisticates and kingmakers who view any candidate with views to the right of Joe Lieberman as an extremist.

I mean, come on: Mitt Romney? Is he truly representative of the Republican Party? The man voted Least Likely To Repeal Obamacare If Elected? The man who still believes in AGW in spite of all of the shenanigans and shady science surrounding climate research? The more I hear him, the less I like him. He’s the ‘It’s my turn’ candidate a la Bob Dole.

Even with his historically abysmal record as Chief Executive, President Obama will still manage to raise more money than all GOP candidates combined: that’s what he does best. If the election will be solely about fundraising ability, we might as well give up now. But it isn’t solely about money. It’s about which candidate can most motivate the base and–even more importantly–the candidate most likely to goad the President to drop the mask on live national television. The country saw a little of the real Obama during the recent press conference: petty, petulant, patronizing, downright Wilsonian. I guarantee if pushed hard enough in an exchange during the heat of a campaign, the President will treat the whole country to a screaming tantrum the likes of which we’ve never seen from a national leader, and that will be the end of it.

troyriser_gopftw on June 30, 2011 at 11:31 PM

Promise? Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

Knucklehead on June 30, 2011 at 11:30 PM

You read my mind. The one that shall not be seen has to get ready for cheerleader camp tomorrow.

TxAnn56 on June 30, 2011 at 11:32 PM

Legislation=new laws, new regulations, loss of freedom.

Good to see that you think all that stuff is o.k. I prefer my legislators to keep their hands off my business and my freedoms.

Knucklehead on June 30, 2011 at 11:26 PM

I wonder what this tiny band of fanatics thinks of Calvin Coolidge. He didn’t accomplish much. Now Obama, technically, “accomplished” a great deal. Tons of extra spending, socialized medicine, repeal of DADT, destruction of lots of perfectly good cars…all this, plus executive experience. What a dandy package!

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 11:32 PM

Very nice clip from Michele Bachmann. That connects with people.

SouthernGent on June 30, 2011 at 11:33 PM

Yes you are…

idesign on June 30, 2011 at 11:29 PM

Ah yes the children are in the room. How old are you? Sarah Palin must be so proud of your antics/

Knucklehead on June 30, 2011 at 11:33 PM

‘Here’s what’s going on in Alaska. Here’s what we’re doing. Here’s where we are in 2011.’

Yeah, here’s what we’re doing: Jack sh!t because my staff and I are battling bogus ethics charge #5,783 to the tune of $50,000 per day. Thanks but I’ll take the Palin who was willing to cut her own political throat if need be in order to save her family and her state from bankruptcy and gridlock.

NoLeftTurn on June 30, 2011 at 11:25 PM

+1000

If people are going to ignore facts, history and logic, there’s no hope for them. State business stalls, and she goes bankrupt. Some people are just pi$$ed she didn’t follow that plan. Lib/estGOP – “Uh, you were supposed to just let us destroy you in office and waste Alaska’s time and money.”

Good thing congresscritters can’t get sued into oblivion.

Dongemaharu on June 30, 2011 at 11:33 PM

I’m getting pretty sick of Bachmann already. I’m tired of hearing her repeat at every interview how “Obama is a one term president!!” Oh, and how in the hell can the electorate view her as “being in the trenches. . .” What the hell can she point to that she accomplished while in the trenches? she is trying too hard to attain the allure, authenticity and mantle of Palin–the one who has really battled in the trenches. The line in one of the articles that she is “battling her party’s leaders” is another accomplishment of Palin’s that Bachmann is trying to make her own. It is getting pretty creepy because it seems like Bachmann wants to be Palin.

KickandSwimMom on June 30, 2011 at 11:28 PM

You forgot that she has a “Titanium” spine…:)

idesign on June 30, 2011 at 11:33 PM

Wow. That video of Michele Bachmann talking about her miscarriage was touching.

terryannonline on June 30, 2011 at 11:34 PM

I mean, come on: Mitt Romney? Is he truly representative of the Republican Party?

troyriser_gopftw on June 30, 2011 at 11:31 PM

Unfortunately, yes.

pseudoforce on June 30, 2011 at 11:34 PM

Well hell. Here we are with a scandal with the potential to put the Good Ship Ojesus on the shoals, and all we get are manufactured food fights?

Good Lord, why isn’t the whole right blogosphere shining a bright beacon on the ATF clusterfark? Who knew what and when did they know it? More information is coming to light that these ‘lost’ guns are involved in more crimes on U.S. soil, and we’re all Palin blah blah Bachmann blah blah Mitt babbity blab.

It is increasingly obvious that there is MUCH more to the Gunwalker story and we’re getting into pissing contests over remarks about John Wayne?

Pathetic.

hillbillyjim on June 30, 2011 at 11:34 PM

You mean it’s flying so low under the radar that I have to go to damn Google to find out about it?

pseudoforce on June 30, 2011 at 11:30 PM

Yeah, you know, it’s a mystery why a Tea Party Caucus wouldn’t be more popular, given that RINOs and liberals had control of the House until six months ago, and the GOP since has proven to have little more backbone than the last batch of Republicans that held it. Clearly, it’s all Bachmann’s fault.

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 11:35 PM

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 11:24 PM

Alaska was a red state but in your own post you claim that the Republicans were so corrupt that they could be democrats, yet Palin worked with them and the Democrats to get things done. AGIA,ACES– all these are not only boosting Alaska,but are being copied in other places as well. What exactly has Bachmann done? Since Boehner got elected and we have a republican congress, what has she done? Why wasn’t she given the chair leadership? How can someone who was bypassed for third leadership position in the house be thinking of capable of running the nation?

promachus on June 30, 2011 at 11:35 PM

Wow. That video of Michele Bachmann talking about her miscarriage was touching.

terryannonline on June 30, 2011 at 11:34 PM

Which was never mentioned before and conveniently dredged up for the campaign. Another copycat thing from Palin.

promachus on June 30, 2011 at 11:36 PM

My apologies, MadCon. For a second I thought you were serious in backing a three term know-nothing who couldn’t even manange a staff of college interns. The same know-nothing, mind you, whose closeted husband has been making his rounds calling gay people “barbarians”. Phew, I’m glad you’re not just another MSNBC employee blowing kisses Bachmann’s way.

Punchenko on June 30, 2011 at 11:30 PM

I’ll be looking forward to you backing up that hyperbole, which, incidentally, sounds rather like the rhetoric of an average MSNBC employee.

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 11:37 PM

I wonder what this tiny band of fanatics thinks of Calvin Coolidge. He didn’t accomplish much.

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 11:32 PM

Calvin Coolidge had a sharp wit. Bachmann? Not so much — unless by ‘sharp wit’ we mean someone who can declare herself Tea Party Empress all the while collecting federal farm subsidies “for the in-laws”.

Punchenko on June 30, 2011 at 11:38 PM

KickandSwimMom on June 30, 2011 at 11:28 PM

Why you sliming a good Republican woman? Oh, I know. It’s because you are a Palin cultist.

Cult members are good at making up reasons why anyone not joining the cult is bad, bad, bad.

Good God, woman! Snap out of it.

Really Right on June 30, 2011 at 11:38 PM

I wonder what this tiny band of fanatics thinks of Calvin Coolidge. He didn’t accomplish much.

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 11:32 PM

Ahhh, good old “silent Cal”, didn’t do much but you have to give him credit. He never quit.

Knucklehead on June 30, 2011 at 11:39 PM

I’ll be looking forward to you backing up that hyperbole, which, incidentally, sounds rather like the rhetoric of an average MSNBC employee.

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 11:37 PM

Read the papers.

Punchenko on June 30, 2011 at 11:39 PM

I wonder what this tiny band of fanatics thinks of Calvin Coolidge. He didn’t accomplish much. Now Obama, technically, “accomplished” a great deal. Tons of extra spending, socialized medicine, repeal of DADT, destruction of lots of perfectly good cars…all this, plus executive experience. What a dandy package!

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 11:32 PM

Calvin Coolidge, you mean the guy who was the mayor a city and then the governor and then vice-president all executive experiences before he ran for president? That guy you talking about? Interesting that prop up your own candidate you have to pull down the giants.

promachus on June 30, 2011 at 11:39 PM

I wonder what this tiny band of fanatics thinks of Calvin Coolidge.

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 11:32 PM

Coolidge? He was a governor. For only two years, in fact. “Executive experience”. Maybe not the best figure to bolster your case. Your making us fanatics’ case for us. Good going.

pseudoforce on June 30, 2011 at 11:39 PM

pseudoforce on June 30, 2011 at 11:39 PM

In fact he eerily reminds me of another small town mayor. Only thing is she ran for the ticket but the ticket did not win otherwise she’d be vice-president right now, just like Coolidge.

promachus on June 30, 2011 at 11:41 PM

Wow. That video of Michele Bachmann talking about her miscarriage was touching.

terryannonline on June 30, 2011 at 11:34 PM

It really was. Completely genuine, too. She impresses me more and more daily.

Bee on June 30, 2011 at 11:41 PM

It’s what makes her stand out in the field. She is running as a sort-of personal populist — someone who not only feels your pain but has lived it

God help us.

Punchenko on June 30, 2011 at 11:42 PM

A miscarriage? TMI!!

I don’t care about her personal story or her reproductive history. Where’s her leadership experience? Executive? Business? Foreign policy?

And what does the number of children have to do with it? I have 3 grown children. Lots of people have children.

Pawlenty has 2 kids, Romney has 5 sons (his poor wife!!), Cain has 2 children, and Huntsman has 7 children.

If you look at her history, she is the least qualified of all of the candidates.

Common Sense on June 30, 2011 at 11:43 PM

Bachmann’s already going down….

Did you see the video of husband on gays?

idesign on June 30, 2011 at 11:43 PM

Ahhh, good old “silent Cal”, didn’t do much but you have to give him credit. He never quit.

Knucklehead on June 30, 2011 at 11:39 PM

Related to csdeven? You two sound alike. Keep going, you’re on a roll.

darwin on June 30, 2011 at 11:43 PM

Punchenko on June 30, 2011 at 11:42 PM

Indeed. As if we aren’t drowning in empathy already.

promachus on June 30, 2011 at 11:43 PM

Calvin Coolidge had a sharp wit. Bachmann? Not so much — unless by ‘sharp wit’ we mean someone who can declare herself Tea Party Empress all the while collecting federal farm subsidies “for the in-laws”.

Punchenko on June 30, 2011 at 11:38 PM

That’s some delicious twist you got going there. Sorry to ruin it.

All of the money poured through legitimate channels. Bachmann maintains none of the farm subsidies wound up in her pocket, although she disclosed the income on her congressional financial disclosure forms. And most public payments to the clinic are connected to services it provided, although it did receive a federal health grant for employee training.

Instead, campaign press secretary Alice Stewart issued a statement saying it would be “discriminatory” for the clinic to turn away patients enrolled in the subsidized program. “As a state-sponsored counseling service, Bachmann and Associates has a responsibility to provide Medicaid and medical assistance, regardless of a patient’s financial situation,” Stewart wrote.

It’s routine for Minnesota health providers to draw Medicaid payments, said Karen Smigielski, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

“To be able to serve clients on our programs you have to enroll as a provider. Most everybody in the state enrolls as a matter of course,” she said. “So almost anyone who does health care serves some of our clients.”

Smigielski said the $137,000 paid to the clinic over the last seven years isn’t all it received because the amount only reflects costs billed directly to the state. Some patients in public programs who used the clinic are in separately operated managed care health plans, but the state doesn’t routinely compile those costs.

The Bachmann clinic also received about $24,000 — split between the state and federal governments — for a grant program to train counselors who treat people with both mental illness and substance abuse issues. According to state documents, the money was intended to offset anticipated revenue losses for clinics during the training.

Over the years, the clinic has received smaller payments from other government entities, some for providing mental health care to crime victims and others for helping officials determine eligibility for disability or rehabilitation services. One Minnesota agency sent the clinic $35 on Tuesday, a day after Bachmann’s formal campaign announcement in Iowa.

Oh, man. Medicaid money going for…medical patients. And farm subsidies that…she didn’t hide, and didn’t end up going to her. Horrors.

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 11:44 PM

Related to csdeven? You two sound alike. Keep going, you’re on a roll.

darwin on June 30, 2011 at 11:43 PM

So boosting Calvin Coolidge is now some sort of troll tactic? Fascinating.

MadisonConservative on June 30, 2011 at 11:44 PM

Why you sliming a good Republican woman? Oh, I know. It’s because you are a Palin cultist.

Cult members are good at making up reasons why anyone not joining the cult is bad, bad, bad.

Good God, woman! Snap out of it.

Really Right on June 30, 2011 at 11:38 PM

Because she is a bad candidate with an equally creepy husband? It’s just creepiness all around.

Punchenko on June 30, 2011 at 11:44 PM

Which was never mentioned before and conveniently dredged up for the campaign. Another copycat thing from Palin.

promachus on June 30, 2011 at 11:36 PM

I don’t want to be cynical about Bachmann’s experience — I feel bad for her — but I will say the clip puts me in mind of this one, and esp. the part where Palin gives the speech at the Iowa Right to Life dinner and gets choked up. *sniff*

NoLeftTurn on June 30, 2011 at 11:45 PM

Common Sense on June 30, 2011 at 11:43 PM

But she’s raised 23 foster kids or something and ran a degaying center with her husband. Isn’t that enough?

promachus on June 30, 2011 at 11:45 PM

Ok, so executive experience is meaningless. And now being a legislator who doesn’t legislate is good, or something. So no political experience is desirable for President. Ugh, I can’t keep up with these goalposts.

So ideally, Herman Cain would be better than Bachmann, because he’s done even less legislating. Maybe?

Dongemaharu on June 30, 2011 at 11:45 PM

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