Video: Waterloo

posted at 10:05 am on July 7, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

We’re a little more than a month away from the Ames poll in Iowa, and Michele Bachmann has a new ad out positioning herself as a favorite son … er, daughter of Iowa. In the 30-second TV spot that will air over the next few weeks aimed at potential straw-poll voters, Bachmann hits on conservative-populist themes on opposition to bailouts, stimulus packages, and increases in the debt ceiling. It’s a call to the Tea Party:

It’s an effective ad, especially for a Tea Party base turnout. Given her rapid rise in standing in Iowa (at least in the polls), Bachmann has drawn a line in the sand on all of these issues and will force others to either declare their support for her position or to explain why they disagree. On the bailouts and stimulus, Bachmann is on rather safe ground. No one in their right political mind will propose another bailout soon, and even if Obama proposes another stimulus, Republicans will almost certainly kill it in the House, especially after the spectacular failure of Porkulus to deliver jobs or a recovery.

However, Congress is under pressure to do something about the debt ceiling before August 2nd, almost two weeks before the Ames straw poll. If the GOP agrees to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for significant structure changes in federal spending (especially entitlements), then Bachmann’s publicly-declared categorical stand against it will make her look like the fringe of her party rather than a leader, a point that will likely come up anyway as the debates between Republicans get more pointed.

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Iowa is an enigma . . . Bachmann on one end and Harkin on the other.

rplat on July 7, 2011 at 10:08 AM

My God! After 3 years of Obama’s crap…are people this uninformed as to what the plight of the country truly is in? If so….should they even be allowed to vote?

capejasmine on July 7, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Bachmann is within single digits of Mittens in New Hampshire. Maybe the establishment GOP will finally understand that they are now the third party.

volsense on July 7, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Get ‘em, MB!

petefrt on July 7, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Will it make it her look like the fringe of her party or someone not caught up it the usual beltway politics.

vcferlita on July 7, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Not bad at all..

cmsinaz on July 7, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Michele Bachman in Overdrive.

Let’s not recycle our plastic: anyubody but Mitt.

NickDeringer on July 7, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Love this woman….

Keemo on July 7, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Mitt with his move towards the center forgot to put on the brakes and had blown right by the middle and is now in the left swamp. What a mistake…

Keemo on July 7, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Michelle is the center of the GOP voters, it’s Boener who is left of center as far as the voters are concerned.

Vntnrse on July 7, 2011 at 10:17 AM

then Bachmann’s publicly-declared categorical stand against it will make her look like the fringe of her party rather than a leader,

RINOism is alive and well

faraway on July 7, 2011 at 10:19 AM

then Bachmann’s publicly-declared categorical stand against it will make her look like the fringe of her party rather than a leader, a point that will likely come up anyway as the debates between Republicans get more pointed.

Wrong.

Blake on July 7, 2011 at 10:20 AM

If the GOP agrees to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for significant structure changes in federal spending (especially entitlements), then Bachmann’s publicly-declared categorical stand against it will make her look like the fringe of her party rather than a leader, a point that will likely come up anyway as the debates between Republicans get more pointed.

At some point, the debt ceiling will HAVE to be raised–the question is by how much, and how many concessions on spending reductions the Republicans obtain in exchange.

Is Bachmann actively involved in these negotiations?

Steve Z on July 7, 2011 at 10:22 AM

then Bachmann’s publicly-declared categorical stand against it will make her look like the fringe of her party rather than a leader

Poor squishy ed, he believes he is 100% washington elite now.

peacenprosperity on July 7, 2011 at 10:22 AM

I. Love. This. Woman.

The War Planner on July 7, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Bachmann is faring well right now but there’s a lot that the general public doesn’t know about her yet. Once people get a load of her oddball husband, the road ahead will get tougher.

JA on July 7, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Bachmann is faring well right now but there’s a lot that the general public doesn’t know about her yet. Once people get a load of her oddball husband, the road ahead will get tougher.

JA on July 7, 2011 at 10:25 AM

If the rest of the field remains as is, she’s got a great shot at the nomination. I always said she was a longshot, but I assumed Palin or Perry would enter the race. At this point, who knows?

Doughboy on July 7, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Michele Bachmann to Iowans, July 2011:

“…I know that we can’t keep spending money that we don’t have. That’s why I fought against the wasteful bailout…”

Michele Bachmann to Tom Vilsack, October 2009:

“Your efforts to stabilize prices through direct government purchasing of pork and dairy products are very much welcomed by the producers in Minnesota, and I would encourage you to take any additional steps necessary to prevent further deterioration of these critical industries, such as making additional commodity purchases and working to expand trade outlets for these and other agricultural goods.”

steebo77 on July 7, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Bachmann is for real. Slowly, the MSM and pundits are realizing that. Fox is, right now, reporting a budget deal “in the works”. I don’t think Michelle’s stance will hurt her. Either it will be something she can support without violating her principled stance or she can oppose it by saying, “Yes, and I was on the wrong side of the bailouts and stimulus, too!”

cartooner on July 7, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Good message, but the verbiage at the end (“The unifying choice to defeat Obama”) had me saying “what?”

She has spent much of her career as a strident voice of conservatism/grassroots, from what I understand. I get the importance of the messaging, but think it may be pretty easy for primary & general election opponents to undercut with previous soundbites.

I hope she can do well, but I also hope my fellow conservatives don’t fall for the “she’s someone who doesn’t have as much baggage for the media to pounce on” perception, which I think is false and dangerous thinking at this stage.

cs89 on July 7, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Doughboy on July 7, 2011 at 10:28 AM

If not the nominee, a good VP pick. Either way, Bachmann is impressive and I loved the ad.

Bee on July 7, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Bachmann is faring well right now but there’s a lot that the general public doesn’t know about her yet. Once people get a load of her oddball husband, the road ahead will get tougher.

JA on July 7, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Like Bill Clinton’s oddball wife? Or Maggie Thatcher’s oddball husband, Dennis?

cartooner on July 7, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Good ad which covers up the real weaknesses of this candidate. What has she ever accomplished?

huckleberryfriend on July 7, 2011 at 10:37 AM

I hope she can do well, but I also hope my fellow conservatives don’t fall for the “she’s someone who doesn’t have as much baggage for the media to pounce on” perception, which I think is false and dangerous thinking at this stage.

cs89 on July 7, 2011 at 10:34 AM

If the GOP candidates don’t have any baggage, the drive-bys will invent something. People need to understand that the Democrats and media(I know, I’m being redundant) will do anything they can to smear anyone perceived as a threat to Obama.

Doughboy on July 7, 2011 at 10:37 AM

“then Bachmann’s publicly-declared categorical stand against it will make her look like the fringe of her party rather than a leader”

A rather bald assertion with no argument to back it up, Ed. Want to try again or do you want to stay in Obama rhetorical mode?

Dusty on July 7, 2011 at 10:39 AM

JA on July 7, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Oddball husband is small potatoes compared to what we are dealing with right now. If people are so consumed with the personal lives of these candidates rather than their political record then we have bigger issues. I’m so tired of this being about image. When will people get so fed up that they will start to look at the real issues? You know, like Obama saying he wanted to “spread the wealth.” Hello? And now look where we are at. Politicians are not celebrities. Let’s get back to basics.

RDE2010 on July 7, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Nice Ad.

Glad to see something positive.

portlandon on July 7, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Bachmann is for real.
cartooner on July 7, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Thought you were serious until I saw your name!

huckleberryfriend on July 7, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Americans are sick of business as usual, and conservatives are sick of centrists. Centrism will not solve our country’s problems. Obama is not a centrist, and neither should the be the Republican nominee.

Instead of playing into the Left’s hands by using the word “Fringe”, why don’t you pick something like innovative or fresh.

moc23 on July 7, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Like Bill Clinton’s oddball wife? Or Maggie Thatcher’s oddball husband, Dennis?

cartooner on July 7, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Marcus Bachmann is a therapist who claims to be able to turn homosexuals straight and describes gays as “barbarians” who need to be “disciplined”…while all the while, he himself has the voice and mannerisms of a flaming queen. That’s a whole nother level of oddball than Hilary Clinton or Denis Thatcher.

JA on July 7, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Is Bachmann actively involved in these negotiations?

Steve Z on July 7, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Only if she’s figured out how to be in two places at once.

tencole on July 7, 2011 at 10:48 AM

then Bachmann’s publicly-declared categorical stand against it will make her look like the fringe of her party rather than a leader,

What’s up with that?

DaydreamBeliever on July 7, 2011 at 10:51 AM

I’m with Bachmann.

Don’t raise the debt-ceiling under ANY circumstances.

Keep the pressure on politicians to pass a balanced budget amendment.

franksalterego on July 7, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Nice ad but i’m still waiting to see her true accomplishments in Gov. to be able to gauge what she will be able to accomplish in the future.

heshtesh on July 7, 2011 at 10:58 AM

rplat on July 7, 2011 at 10:08 AM
Iowa is an enigma . . . Bachmann on one end and Harkin on the other.

Bachmann is leading the horse and Harkin is at the other end with his head up the horses….. :D

evilned on July 7, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Wow, Wow, Wow…I cannot believe how my fellow “conservatives” on this site have lowered the bar for whom they want as POTUS.

I guess all it takes is for someone to say “I will vote to get rid of Obamacare”, “make Obama a one term President” or being a proud mom.

MB has had no leadership postiions, and has had no accomplishments her whole tenure as Congresswoman….that doesn’t bother any of you? MB hasn’t even run a statewide campaign for pete’s sake.

What about Rollins??….all of a sudden that’s okay? Doesn’t that show you all her judgment in who’ll she be picking as cabinet or staff positions?…that doesn’t worry any of you?

MB has a proven record of not always being the sharpest bulb in the pack…THAT’S RIGHT I SAID IT….Can you all imagine her speaking policy to foreign dignitaries?…THAT worries the bageebees out of me.

If you all bring up, “Obama was only a community organizer” I’ll ring your necks. We’ve been through a “leader” that had no experience and look what has happened….you really want to try that again?

You all need to set your bars a little higher….becoming POTUS demands that.

tencole on July 7, 2011 at 11:03 AM

She’s going to make a great Vice-President!

Bruno Strozek on July 7, 2011 at 11:10 AM

You all need to set your bars a little higher….becoming POTUS demands that.

tencole on July 7, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Well who else amongst the current crop of candidates is superior to Bachmann? In terms of resumes, T-Paw and Huntsman sadly have the most impressive, yet no one wants them as the nominee(particularly Huntsman).

Doughboy on July 7, 2011 at 11:15 AM

She’s a Congresswoman who couldn’t carry her state. I love her. But she is not going to be on the ticket. The Democrats look at her and drool like I did with Howard Dean.

And her husband is a mess. Comparing him to Todd Palin is like comparing Liberace to the Brawny Towel man. Sorry, the left is not going to play nice. Not with Obama like a wounded seal in a sea of Great White sharks.

Marcus on July 7, 2011 at 11:17 AM

I like her. Why not the top of the ticket? Why is a female always on the bottom of the presidential ticket?

Mojave Mark on July 7, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Bachmann is faring well right now but there’s a lot that the general public doesn’t know about her yet. Once people get a load of her oddball husband, the road ahead will get tougher.

JA on July 7, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Like Bill Clinton’s oddball wife? Or Maggie Thatcher’s oddball husband, Dennis?

cartooner on July 7, 2011 at 10:36 AM

So finally it will be okay to ask why M’chell seems to have been forced to give up her license to practice law?

slickwillie2001 on July 7, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Did she heart John W. Gacy again?

Zero Experience. Not ready for big-time yet.

stenwin77 on July 7, 2011 at 11:25 AM

And her husband is a mess. Comparing him to Todd Palin is like comparing Liberace to the Brawny Towel man. Sorry, the left is not going to play nice. Not with Obama like a wounded seal in a sea of Great White sharks.

Marcus on July 7, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Ditto that. Her husband has the personality of mold.

stenwin77 on July 7, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Not sure why she’d make such a categoric statement about the debt ceiling. I’d vote to increase the debt ceiling if it came with a repeal of the NLRB, EPA, Obamacare, etc.

besser tot als rot on July 7, 2011 at 11:45 AM

So finally it will be okay to ask why M’chell seems to have been forced to give up her license to practice law?

slickwillie2001 on July 7, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Pray tell.

tencole on July 7, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Doughboy on July 7, 2011 at 11:15 AM

T-Paw does have the resume, but unfortunately does not inspire the troops.
My money is on one who has both…hopefully wearing red stilettos and carrying a very large night stick.

tencole on July 7, 2011 at 11:53 AM

And why not? She’s among the brightest and most energetic; she’s unbelievably responsible and productive, and she’s lovely, which seems to be an essential part of our crap politics these days.

Jaibones on July 7, 2011 at 11:54 AM

And why not? She’s among the brightest and most energetic; she’s unbelievably responsible and productive, and she’s lovely, which seems to be an essential part of our crap politics these days.

Jaibones on July 7, 2011 at 11:54 AM

You forgot “and has no relevant experience”.

huckleberryfriend on July 7, 2011 at 12:00 PM

And why not? She’s among the brightest and most energetic; she’s unbelievably responsible and productive, and she’s lovely, which seems to be an essential part of our crap politics these days.

Jaibones on July 7, 2011 at 11:54 AM

However Bachmann’s not so pretty that insecure women will hate her. Politically that’s an important distinction.

slickwillie2001 on July 7, 2011 at 12:04 PM

I have no idea how all that works, slickwillie. I just know that you have to be good looking to be elected President. Even that doughy, red-nosed rapist, the Clenis, made women sigh with his magnetic looks.

I know…

Jaibones on July 7, 2011 at 12:12 PM

The 2008 election has me gun shy about listening to anyone who gives a great speech, fires up their base, and makes a lot of promises. Sound familiar? Look where that got us. (No, I didn’t vote for him.) I want a person with a great record, a bucketful of accomplishments, perhaps some military background (not just sitting in on a committee but actual leadership experience would be nice), a person who could sit right next to a guy like Putin and make him feel small just by looking at him. A person who could care less about celebrities or golf, yet has wide and varied interests. Perhaps a history buff! He/she could be half green half blue, have stripes like a zebra and four sets of eyes for all I care, as long as they’re humble and respect our nations values and constitution and have the people’s best interests at heart who cares? Is that too much to ask?

scalleywag on July 7, 2011 at 12:14 PM

If the GOP agrees to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for without significant structure changes in federal spending (especially entitlements), then Bachmann’s publicly-declared categorical stand against it will make her look like the fringe of her party a leader standing for the People rather than a leader spend-o-crat RINO party member marching in lockstep with the Democrats.

FIFY Ed.

dominigan on July 7, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Oh thank God. For a second I thought we’d see her lip synching to Abba.

rotorhead on July 7, 2011 at 12:32 PM

If the GOP agrees to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for significant structure changes in federal spending (especially entitlements), then Bachmann’s publicly-declared categorical stand against it will make her look like the fringe

Are you really that stupid, Ed?

You have no idea how vehemently the Tea Party/grassroots opposes the debt ceiling raise under any condition..!!

You RINO bastards are doing more damage to the cause of rebuilding the principles that made this country strong, then the liberals do, because the ignorants believe your crap!

John Adam’s answer: “Do not suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberty by any pretenses of politeness, delicacy or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three names for hypocrisy, chicanery, and cowardice.”

“If we ever fail in this experiment that is America, it will be because we bewilder ourselves with groping for the middle way” – John Adams

Mcguyver on July 7, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Marcus on July 7, 2011 at 11:17 AM

How did Michelle Bachmann end up married to this guy?

I don’t even want to say what I am thinking about him.

Really Right on July 7, 2011 at 12:54 PM

I also hope my fellow conservatives don’t fall for the “she’s someone who doesn’t have as much baggage for the media to pounce on” perception, which I think is false and dangerous thinking at this stage.

I hope my fellow conservatives don’t think for an instant that ANY serious GOP candidate will be treated with anything but savage mendacity by the Establishment media. Didn’t we see that with McCain?? The darling “Maverick” vetted and vetted again by the Establishment media — torn apart, savaged by small minded people with a political agenda. Perhaps he’s crazy, maybe his time in Hanoi Hilton has left him with reality detachment syndrome, maybe he’s so old he’s experiencing senility, maybe he’s got cancer, he has a foul temper, he’s abusive, etc., etc. ANYBODY running as the GOP presidential nominee will get treated harshly.

So the real question is, which one is more believable in their principles, which one has the fire to take the fight into Obama’s face and force him to act the petty man he really is. The media will try to build a cocoon of protection around him, and Obama will become even more scripted through staged events designed to appear like “town halls” and the like. So the GOP job is to prick that bubble, out smart and bypass the media and take the message direct to the voters in ways that force Obama on the defensive.

EasyEight on July 7, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Did she heart John W. Gacy again?

Zero Experience. Not ready for big-time yet.

stenwin77 on July 7, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Put down the bong a minute and pay attention, bro.

First cut with the Gacy crap, unless you’re a troll, (then quit reading and have another toke).

MB has spent here ENTIRE political life kicking the ass of DFLers all over this bright blue tundra we call home.

She’s been under fire from the Strib, the Press Patch and the DFL machine for years now and comes out on top every time.

She campaigns with the abandon of banshee because she walks the walk and gives mo’ better than she gets.

She’s smart as hell and has been in guvmint both locally and nationally for Long Enough to Understand What’s Up.

The only one with zero experience is the Zero currently in the White House.

Kapish?

Bruno Strozek on July 7, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Ditto that. Her husband has the personality of mold.

stenwin77 on July 7, 2011 at 11:26 AM

And you have the IQ of mold. Even. Go away troll.

Sporty1946 on July 7, 2011 at 1:50 PM

She’s a Congresswoman who couldn’t carry her state.

Marcus on July 7, 2011 at 11:17 AM

When did she run for a statewide office? I think I missed it.

If you going on that poll that PPP did then you’re not much smarter than stenwin. PPP is nothing but a DNC polling group.

Sporty1946 on July 7, 2011 at 1:55 PM

populist themes on opposition to bailouts

hmmm i guess the pork industry bailout doesn’t count.

unseen on July 7, 2011 at 3:02 PM

think Ames will be bachmann’s waterloo. the media can’t fake real results.

unseen on July 7, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Her first video, shouldn’t it be more substantial? I am a hometown girl, I am from Iowa. Please. This is gratuitously silly.

promachus on July 7, 2011 at 3:18 PM

I swear she looks like a toothless hillybilly.

promachus on July 7, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Marcus on July 7, 2011 at 11:17 AM
How did Michelle Bachmann end up married to this guy?
I don’t even want to say what I am thinking about him.
Really Right on July 7, 2011 at 12:54 PM

There was a comic in the 70s I think he was named Rip Taylor. Seriously, Google. Hello Frisco!

I LIKE Bachmann. But she has zero chance of being on the ticket. If we need Minnesota (we do NOT) we’ll put Pawlenty on who unlike her may carry the state for us!

Marcus on July 7, 2011 at 3:41 PM

I like the cheerfulness of this ad. I also like that she’s showing off her record of “NO” votes on TARP, stimulus, bailouts. Good one.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on July 7, 2011 at 4:49 PM

I like the cheerfulness of this ad. I also like that she’s showing off her record of “NO” votes on TARP, stimulus, bailouts. Good one.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on July 7, 2011 at 4:49 PM

I see she doesn’t say she thanked Obama admin for his pork industry bailout.

unseen on July 7, 2011 at 4:51 PM

If you going on that poll that PPP did then you’re not much smarter than stenwin. PPP is nothing but a DNC polling group.

Sporty1946 on July 7, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Ironic. PPP is the outfit that said Bachmann is within single digits of Romney in NH and we had the resident Bachmanniacs popping corks.

ddrintn on July 7, 2011 at 5:59 PM