Video: Bachmann on “Courage”

posted at 10:40 am on July 20, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Last night, when the House passed its “Cut, Cap and Balance” legislation, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) voted against it — because, as she explains it, the legislation didn’t go far enough. In the first place, she said, it did nothing to address Obamacare, the largest spending and entitlement program in our nation’s history. But, more broadly, from Bachmann’s perspective, no deal deserves a debt limit increase. Today, she followed up her “no” vote with the release of her second campaign ad, entitled, “Courage.” The thrust of the video is simple: Bachmann will not compromise on the debt ceiling.

The ad boasts the same personal charm as her first ad, “Waterloo,” and again mentions that she grew up in Iowa. But it also highlights the firmness on fiscal issues that, in many ways, is a Bachmann hallmark. When she says determinedly in the first sentence of the ad, “I. will. not. vote. to. increase. the. debt. ceiling,” she reiterates each word with a pointed hand gesture. The ad also mentions her time in Congress, casting the reality of her tenure there in a positive light: She has watched while her colleagues in Washington have voted to spend money the nation doesn’t have. “Watching” reflects the reality of her record, which at least one competitor has criticized as “nonexistent” — but which just as easily could be characterized as her biggest strength. She has been in the trenches this entire time and she has cast the votes conservatives would presumably want her to cast, up to and maybe even including — although this seems like a stretch — her “no” vote on “Cut, Cap and Balance.” At least she’s always voting “no” for the right reasons.

When Bachmann says, to conclude the ad, “I have the will and the courage to see this through,” it’s hard not to believe her, especially in light of the firm statement she released yesterday to combat reports she experiences “incapacitating” migraines. Even in that statement, she turned her attention quickly to the fiscal issues facing the country, allowing herself little time for self-pity.

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This idiot can’t win, why, because her husband looks gay or something!

I’m trying hard not to jump on the band wagon, but that doesn’t mean I won’t put my hands on the tailgate and get pulled along.

Bishop on July 20, 2011 at 10:44 AM

“I didn’t do the right thing cause it didn’t go far enough or something…” That’s not the way to win a campaign, Mrs. Bachmann. I’m extremely disappointed.

gryphon202 on July 20, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Three reasons why they should use leftists instead of rats for laboratory experiments:
1. There are more leftists than rats.
2. It is impossible to become emotionally attached to a leftist.
3. There are just some things a rat won’t do.

Bevan on July 20, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Her crew roughed up the ABC news reporter, and ABC won’t show the video.

Therefore, MB is leading in the bad-ass department.

Really Right on July 20, 2011 at 10:48 AM

I still like Rick Perry more then Bachmann

BroncosRock on July 20, 2011 at 10:49 AM

I think her migraines originate from the left side of the aisle. We can help her out in 2012 by voting.

mechkiller_k on July 20, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Bevan on July 20, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Hehehehehehehe

Bishop on July 20, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Oh boy. She’s really giving the Insiders a huge headache.

SouthernGent on July 20, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Her statement wasn’t “firm,” it was vague, minimizing – even evasive.

SarahW on July 20, 2011 at 10:52 AM

She’s my favorite–until Perry gets in. Great ad, tho’.
I wonder: John Quincy Adams was elected to the House after he served as president. Was he criticized for having no legislative experience?

cartooner on July 20, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Her crew roughed up the ABC news reporter, and ABC won’t show the video.

Therefore, MB is leading in the bad-ass department.

Really Right on July 20, 2011 at 10:48 AM

I don’t consider having one’s bodyguards beat the snot out of Brian Ross particularly badass – or particularly courageous, either.

KingGold on July 20, 2011 at 10:53 AM

I might change my mind about not voting for a woman.

j_galt on July 20, 2011 at 10:54 AM

She voted no on the Cap, Tax and Balance amendment so she could make a campaign video….LOL

Cheap Trick!

idesign on July 20, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Maybe it’s just me, but I think it’s contradictory for her to say that her religious views mean she must be submissive to her husband, but it’s okay for her to lead the entire country. VIDEO: http://bit.ly/pRiktK

debg on July 20, 2011 at 10:57 AM

PERRY!
PERRY!
PERRY!
PERRY!

pilamaye on July 20, 2011 at 10:58 AM

KingGold on July 20, 2011 at 10:53 AM

So you like it better when the left wing press insults and harasses Republicans with impunity?

That makes you a dumb ass.

Really Right on July 20, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Oh boy…kick the crap out of MB because she isn’t Sarah Palin.

Bishop on July 20, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Frothy.

Staged.

Phony.

stenwin77 on July 20, 2011 at 11:03 AM

“Courage”

I cringe at the memory of Dan Rather saying that.

Fallon on July 20, 2011 at 11:03 AM

So you like it better when the left wing press insults and harasses Republicans with impunity?

That makes you a dumb ass.

Really Right on July 20, 2011 at 11:00 AM

If you think roughing up the press is the answer, you need a priority shift. Fast.

“Dumb ass.”

KingGold on July 20, 2011 at 11:03 AM

I might change my mind about not voting for a woman.

j_galt on July 20, 2011 at 10:54 AM

“Courage” /

Fallon on July 20, 2011 at 11:04 AM

I’m glad you voted against increasing the debt Bachmann, but when do we get to hear your detailed plan and why hasn’t it been submitted as a bill? If it has, why haven’t I seen it?

Pattosensei on July 20, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Oh boy…kick the crap out of MB because she isn’t Sarah Palin.

Bishop on July 20, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Says a Palin kicker…LOL

idesign on July 20, 2011 at 11:05 AM

This idiot can’t win, why, because her husband looks gay or something!

I’m trying hard not to jump on the band wagon, but that doesn’t mean I won’t put my hands on the tailgate and get pulled along.

Bishop on July 20, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Oh boy…kick the crap out of MB because she isn’t Sarah Palin.

Bishop on July 20, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Bishop, the first couple of times you went fishing (phishing) it was funny. Now, it is just distracting. At least wait until the thread has already degenerated to make your point. I liked you better when you made intelligent commentary. I feel you are wasting your talent with this tripe.

Pattosensei on July 20, 2011 at 11:08 AM

KingGold on July 20, 2011 at 11:03 AM

What’s your motivation?

1) You are a David Frum/David Brooks type of “conservative”

2) Jesus would disapprove

3) Other

Really Right on July 20, 2011 at 11:10 AM

debg on July 20, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Easy answer debg, Marcus told her to lead the nation. I’m all for it. She is instictively conservative. Perry can at times embrace conservatism but it is not his instict.

DanMan on July 20, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Really Right on July 20, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Um, beating people up is not how we conduct politics in this country, number one.

Number two, you especially don’t beat up people who buy ink by the barrel.

But it works sometimes, like how True Conservative Joe Miller had his goons rough up that blogger and then sailed to victory in 2010.

KingGold on July 20, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Um, beating people up is not how we conduct politics in this country, number one.

KingGold on July 20, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Obama would disagree with you.

darwin on July 20, 2011 at 11:16 AM

She’s my favorite–until Perry gets in. Great ad, tho’.
I wonder: John Quincy Adams was elected to the House after he served as president. Was he criticized for having no legislative experience?
cartooner on July 20, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Wow, comparing Migrain Michele with JQ Adams is really quite a stretch.

JQA was a senator, then lost as representative. Then ran for the presidency. Actually lost to Jackson electorally and by popular vote. The House ended up deciding who would be pres. and gave the position to JQA.

He also served under previous presidents. He lost (again)the second bid to be president. Then became a representative.

Are you sure -really sure- you want to compare Bachmann to JQA ?

Oh, it is not known if JQA suffered from migrain headaches.

stenwin77 on July 20, 2011 at 11:16 AM

…borrow more money that we don’t have…

Well of course we don’t have it. If we did, we wouldn’t need to borrow it.

Typhoon on July 20, 2011 at 11:18 AM

You know, it seems that many people in the USA and on this blog simply haven’t read nay history or have an understand of the true nature of politics.

If there is anything that merits roughing people up, yelling, and throwing a punch or two, I think indebting the people of this nation to a tune of $14 Trillion dollars is it. Not to mention starting multiple foreign wars, imprisoning hundreds of thousand of citizens, stealing from the public via outright theft and inflation, etc. etc. etc.

I think we need more duels myself. Yes, duels on the White House lawn. I can get behind taxpayer funding for that.

j_galt on July 20, 2011 at 11:19 AM

debg on July 20, 2011 at 10:57 AM

There is a difference in your home and your job.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2011 at 11:19 AM

No MB.
No SP.
Run Rick Run!

annoyinglittletwerp on July 20, 2011 at 11:21 AM

There is a difference in your home and your job.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2011 at 11:19 AM

To be fair Cindy, the line between the home and job gets mighty blurry when you are POTUS.

JohnGalt23 on July 20, 2011 at 11:22 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on July 20, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Who’s Rick?

idesign on July 20, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Oh, by the way, cartooner, John Quincy Adams is considered to be one of the most ineffective presidents ever.

Again, are you sure you want to compare Bachmann to JQA?

Do you know which Congressional Representatives became President? O-N-E. President Garfield. Again, a very weak presidency.

The odds certainly are not in Bachmann’s favor.

stenwin77 on July 20, 2011 at 11:24 AM

There is a difference in your home and your job.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2011 at 11:19 AM

That won’t fly except for a small percentage of the religious.

debg on July 20, 2011 at 11:27 AM

JohnGalt23 on July 20, 2011 at 11:22 AM

I don’t think it would unless both people are in public policy positions. While Mr. Bachmann may have opinions on things, who doesn’t, I don’t believe his profession nor his access to information as the First Spouse will make them anything more than uneducated guesses. I’ve always considered the submissive spouse as a tie-breaker and in the White House he shouldn’t even have a vote.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2011 at 11:30 AM

debg on July 20, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Operative words “small percentage”.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2011 at 11:31 AM

I got a Migraine from watching this.

portlandon on July 20, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Who’s Rick?

idesign on July 20, 2011 at 11:24 AM

This is Rick.

cjtony97 on July 20, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Says a Palin kicker…LOL
idesign on July 20, 2011 at 11:05 AM

ROFL

I didn’t even have a line in the water and I still caught a fishie.

Go ahead everyone, try to argue against me being the greatest fisherman ever born.

Bishop on July 20, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Bishop on July 20, 2011 at 11:35 AM

You Are The Man!!!!!!

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2011 at 11:41 AM

She voted no on the Cap, Tax and Balance amendment so she could make a campaign video….LOL

Cheap Trick!

idesign on July 20, 2011 at 10:57 AM

At least be intellectually honest idesign: MB has been saying for weeks that while she liked the Cut, Cap, Balance part she didn’t approve of the rise of the ceiling in the bill. If she had voted “yes” you would be here talking about how she said one thing and did another. If you don’t like her just say it.

ptcamn on July 20, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Thank you, kind miss. I will send you a Perch.

Bishop on July 20, 2011 at 11:46 AM

In a perfect world Congress would cut spending now to insure payment of obligations. Instead we are being reeled in by the promises of less future growth and even that won’t happen. They don’t write anything without an escape clause.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Why are we even talking about this side show a candidate? We had two threads about her headaches and now this in the course of a single day. Didn’t we learn from Trump just how foolish one can become by taking a clown seriously?

MJBrutus on July 20, 2011 at 11:47 AM

I don’t consider having one’s bodyguards beat the snot out of Brian Ross particularly badass – or particularly courageous, either.

KingGold on July 20, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Get back to us when you come up with some evidence that really happened.

slickwillie2001 on July 20, 2011 at 11:49 AM

MJBrutus on July 20, 2011 at 11:47 AM

She may be slow but she’s ahead of you. Polls speak.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Didn’t we learn from Trump just how foolish one can become by taking a clown seriously?

MJBrutus on July 20, 2011 at 11:47 AM

We’ve been learning that lesson since 2008.

cjtony97 on July 20, 2011 at 11:53 AM

We’ve been learning that lesson since 2008.

cjtony97 on July 20, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Exactly! How are we going to rid ourselves of Obamandias when we keep elevating stooges to contender status?

We need to focus on real candidates and kick mutts like MB to the curb. This lady glows in the dark, she’s that radioactive.

We have 3 options at most at this point. Either Perry, Romney or Pawlenty. Hopefully Perry will run and be that 3rd option. Spending time trying to make any of the others look respectable is just an exercise in turd polishing. Sorry, but you’re not going to make any of them sparkle.

MJBrutus on July 20, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Why are we even talking about this side show a candidate? We had two threads about her headaches and now this in the course of a single day. Didn’t we learn from Trump just how foolish one can become by taking a clown seriously?

MJBrutus on July 20, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Yep, we did.

I say that most posters here are sub-moronic. And there is no shortage of people around here to prove me right. This thread, in which not one person can cede a mote of credit to PBHO while criticizing him for hogging all the glory, is a perfect example of the ignorant hypocrisy that is the rule and not the exception.

MJBrutus on May 9, 2011 at 12:46 PM

kingsjester on July 20, 2011 at 12:04 PM

kingsjester on July 20, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Oooof. That one hurt.

Sub moronic? O_o

I’m adding it to the file, thank you.

Bishop on July 20, 2011 at 12:07 PM

kingsjester on July 20, 2011 at 12:04 PM
Bishop on July 20, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Troll patrol is present and accounted for, I see.

MJBrutus on July 20, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Bishop on July 20, 2011 at 12:07 PM

You’re welcome, Bish. I heard y’all got some Mississippi temperatures going on up your way. Hang in there.

kingsjester on July 20, 2011 at 12:09 PM

kingsjester on July 20, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Nothing a little lake water can’t cure, but yeah it’s hot.

Did you see you’re a member of the Troll Patrol? It’s sort of like the Rat Patrol but we don’t get to jump sand dunes in those dynamite little jeeps.

Bishop on July 20, 2011 at 12:19 PM

We have 3 options at most at this point. Either Perry, Romney or Pawlenty. Hopefully Perry will run and be that 3rd option. Spending time trying to make any of the others look respectable is just an exercise in turd polishing. Sorry, but you’re not going to make any of them sparkle.

MJBrutus on July 20, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Romney is a rough carbon copy of Obama, if he wins the primary, I vote Obama.

Pawlenty is, its hard to say what he is, because even he does not know. We know that he is only able to attack people when they are not present.

Perry has not announced, he may never announce.

Trying to make Romney, Pawlenty, Ron Paul or most of the rest of the pack look like respectable Republican candidates in this election cycle is just an exercise in turd polishing. Sorry, but you’re not going to make any of them sparkle.

astonerii on July 20, 2011 at 12:22 PM

astonerii on July 20, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Romeny is my least favorite of the 3, but he’s no Obamandias, by any stretch. He has lots of biz smarts.

Your criticism of T-Paw is purely a stylistic complaint. He has proposed a 5% growth plan that is a winner. He’s the only one in the filed who has outlined a realistic supply-side plan for growth.

Agreed, that Perry is just wishful thinking on my part until he announces. If he does, he adds a terrific resume of job creation and other success as governor of TX.

You can mimic my language, but you can’t make it applicable when you substitute other names.

MJBrutus on July 20, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Bishop…I feel you are wasting your talent with this tripe.

Pattosensei on July 20, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Stay strong, homey.

You do tripe better than most…

Bruno Strozek on July 20, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Romeny is my least favorite of the 3, but he’s no Obamandias, by any stretch. He has lots of biz smarts.

MJBrutus on July 20, 2011 at 12:27 PM

That’s great … but the job of president isn’t running a business or creating jobs. It’s staying the hell out of the way while they protect and further our damn liberty.

It’s critical we put someone in office who feels the same way.

darwin on July 20, 2011 at 1:01 PM

No MB.
No SP.
Run Rick Run!

annoyinglittletwerp on July 20, 2011 at 11:21 AM

These are the idiots were trying to get out of Texas, but they just keep coming.

wheelgun on July 20, 2011 at 1:15 PM

These are the idiots were trying to get out of Texas, but they just keep coming.

wheelgun on July 20, 2011 at 1:15 PM

I’m a cradle-conservative, dumb *ss!

annoyinglittletwerp on July 20, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Ooh, ass-tonerii will vote for the disaster who is destroying the country if Romney is the Republican nominee. There’s a “true conservative” for you. Go ahead, take your ball and go home, chump.

I believe you are one of those Palin-insaniacs, right? And you wonder why most of the country thinks the Sarah worshippers are a bunch of mouthbreathing idiots?

Meredith on July 20, 2011 at 3:05 PM

That’s great … but the job of president isn’t running a business or creating jobs. It’s staying the hell out of the way while they protect and further our damn liberty.

It’s critical we put someone in office who feels the same way.

darwin on July 20, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Actually the President has many very important roles to assist in job creation. Among them are advocating effective tax rates, submitting wise budgets to Congress, negotiating good free trade deals with foreign nations, providing the right guidance to the Federal Reserve and being an advocate for American business. That list is not exhaustive, just an off the cuff list of duties that you seem to have been completely unaware of.

But go ahead, cast your vote for someone who does nothing but “staying the hell out of the way” if you can’t be bothered to educate yourself.

MJBrutus on July 20, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Meredith on July 20, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Way to win people over to your side, let’s hope you aren’t in the position of having to vote for someone you aren’t choked up about in 2012. I bet more of us will than won’t.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Meredith on July 20, 2011 at 3:05 PM

No worries as far as the Palin fans are concerned. She won’t run and they will have to choose among Romney, Perry and Pawlenty. And they will vote for the GOP nominee en masse, whichever of those 3 win. Oh, we may see some holdouts among the dead enders here at H/A, but they’ll be the very few.

MJBrutus on July 20, 2011 at 4:30 PM