Video: Bachmann’s the Tim Tebow of the Republican primary; Update:From December

posted at 1:25 pm on January 3, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Tim Tebow? If she pulls off a last-minute win in Iowa, Michele Bachmann might be the Frank Reich of the Republican primary.  A new ad from a pro-Bachmann PAC asks Iowans to believe in miracles as well as coincidences:

A political action committee supporting Michele Bachmann debuted an ad this week that compares the Minnesota congressman to Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.

The ad notes that “the establishment sports guys love to hate Tim Tebow: he’s not smart enough, his mechanics are no good, he’s not accurate enough – still, he just keeps winning.” The ad goes on to argue that Tebow makes sports fans “feel guilty” because he doesn’t “drink, cuss, smoke, or kick opponents when they’re down” and because he is a born-again Christian. …

“The same could be said of Michele Bachmann: no baggage, Christian, and like Tebow, she keeps fighting and she just keeps winning votes,” the announcer says.

Well, we’ll see about that, won’t we?  Bachmann hasn’t won a vote yet, and neither has anyone else.  Technically, as I pointed out in my earlier column, no one will have won a delegate, either, even after tonight’s caucus, which is non-binding.  (Delegates get assigned at the state convention in the spring; 2008, McCain won Iowa’s delegates even though Huckabee won the caucuses.)  This ad intends on linking Bachmann to a very popular figure among conservatives and keep spirits high enough to convince her fans to come out to the caucuses tonight.

It’s not the first time that someone has claimed to be the Tim Tebow of the race.  Rick Perry rolled out that claim in a debate three weeks ago, an effective moment during Perry’s improvement in debate performances.  This makes the claim by the pro-Bachmann camp look less original, and more like an “I am Spartacus” moment — which benefits Tim Tebow, perhaps, but probably not either of the candidates at this stage of the Iowa caucuses, but it certainly won’t hurt.  Besides, Tebow can use the help this week after losing three in a row and facing the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend in the playoffs.

Update: Mea culpa; this is from mid-December, which means Bachmann got it before Perry.  It hit my inbox today, but my pal Guy Benson corrected the record on Twitter.


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Err…didn’t another candidate already use the Tim Tebow line?
Bachmann’s people aren’t exactly original thinkers, are they?

DRayRaven on January 3, 2012 at 1:28 PM

DRayRaven on January 3, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Nevermind…Ed already addressed it.
That’s what I get for skimming the last half of the article.

DRayRaven on January 3, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Bachmanning???

portlandon on January 3, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Yeah, I’m the leader of the team that made it into the playoffs losing the last 3 games and without scoring a single touchdown in the last game of the season.

michaelo on January 3, 2012 at 1:31 PM

This was uploaded on Dec 11th 2011. Not entirely new, and actually a couple of days before Perry made the analogy himself.

MNcommonsense on January 3, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Tebow has lost 3 straight games going into the playoffs and barely made the playoffs. Tebow did pretty good during that Patriots lose but the last two games have just been pitiful and sad. Broncos are probably going to get creamed by the Boncos.

ninjapirate on January 3, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Bachmann’s people aren’t exactly original thinkers, are they?

DRayRaven on January 3, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Nope, Bachmann is more valuable as an attack dog for Romney.

Otherwise, not so much.

TheRightMan on January 3, 2012 at 1:32 PM

I think it will be Perry. Family from Nebraska is saying the guy’s army is out in the streets like crazy today. Bachmann will get near bottom last place.

Flapjackmaka on January 3, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Wonder why no one ever says they’re the Jeffrey Dahmer of the Republican candidates?

If Romney said that, we’d all just go .. hmmm yeah I can see that.

lm10001 on January 3, 2012 at 1:33 PM

How many times did he turn the ball over against the Bills? What were his offensive stats against the Chiefs? Michelle, hon, let’s rethink this.

a capella on January 3, 2012 at 1:33 PM

“just to see the look on their faces” … that’s a mature reason to pick a candidate.

0 Points for originality.

swamp_yankee on January 3, 2012 at 1:34 PM

creamed by the Boncos.

Steelers…

ninjapirate on January 3, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Grasping at straws.

RBMN on January 3, 2012 at 1:36 PM

We are all Tim Tebow now.

Lily on January 3, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Santorum actually makes for the better Tebow analogy at this point in the race. It’s late in the 4th quarter in Iowa and he’s got all the momentum at just the right time. We’ll find out tonight whether he’s got the ground game to convert.

cschande on January 3, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Tebow has lost 3 straight games going into the playoffs and barely made the playoffs. Tebow did pretty good during that Patriots lose but the last two games have just been pitiful and sad. Broncos are probably going to get creamed by the Boncos.

ninjapirate on January 3, 2012 at 1:31 PM

You’re right:

The Broncos are no match for the BONCOS !!

LevinFan on January 3, 2012 at 1:38 PM

er, Why yes, Bacchman is er um the Tim Tebow of this caucus…..and a Christian….soooo

“are those lions?”

RAGIN CAJUN on January 3, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Nope, Bachmann is more valuable as an attack dog for Romney.

Otherwise, not so much.

TheRightMan on January 3, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Not sure I buy that.

MB coined the term “Newt Romney.

On Greta last week she called Mittens a big gov’t liberal.

On Beck today she said the guy who created Romneycare isn’t the one to repeal Obamacare.

LevinFan on January 3, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Bachmann F A I L

workingclass artist on January 3, 2012 at 1:42 PM

think it will be Perry. Family from Nebraska is saying the guy’s army is out in the streets like crazy today. Bachmann will get near bottom last place.

Flapjackmaka on January 3, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Perry’s A&M Class of 1972 are in Iowa volunteering for him as well as 400+ volunteers from 32 states.

Gig Em’
Perry 2012

workingclass artist on January 3, 2012 at 1:45 PM

With apologies to Michelle’s press secretary Tina, Bachmann will be more like Rex Ryan tonight- befuddled, bewildered and crying

jjshaka on January 3, 2012 at 1:45 PM

That would be the newest franchise in the NFL, the L.A. Boncos.

Bishop on January 3, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Bachmann had no hand in this. Perry’s “I am Tebow” was a lot more effective because he was saying it to a national audience. This crummy youtube video that was released before Perry made the analogy shouldn’t reflect poorly on Bachmann other than that her and her supporters clearly don’t have the big money for ads.

MNcommonsense on January 3, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Perry screwed my Timmy :(

This weekend will be a tough one to watch; Steeler fan that loves Tebow. Dang a third of the Steelers can take on the Broncos. Coach, pull every tape of every game where the Steelers have lost for the past five years.

Your offense’s got a lotta work to do. And Tim should take this as a life time opportunity-Elway may bench him or get rid of him after this season.

As for Bachmann, *snap-snap* Palin said “not your time, hon, so git.”

ProudPalinFan on January 3, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Jon Huntsman is the Matthew Stafford of the Republican Primary.

Abby Adams on January 3, 2012 at 1:47 PM

She’s also the Hindenburg of the Republican primary, well, except the with the Hindenburg, the lightening was an act of nature and her burning and crashing was the self-inflicted Gardasil moment.

Dusty on January 3, 2012 at 1:49 PM

You mean the guy who lost the last three games and who is preparing to be destroyed by the Steelers?

I finally got to see Tebow for a full game this weekend… he’s horrible (and I was rooting for him). I think Elway is glad they lost the last three and he’s also hoping/expecting the Steelers destroy Tebow this weekend so the Broncos can move on.

As for his faith, I really have no idea what he really believes or why he believes what he believes… but that has nothing to do with the Broncos. In the grand scheme of things, it’s just a football game and he’s just a QB. I’m glad he seems to be an upstanding guy, but how much do we really know about him?

mankai on January 3, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Tebow doesn’t injure his conservative teammates while giving the opposing team a free ride like she does Romney.

Valiant on January 3, 2012 at 1:51 PM

As for Bachmann, *snap-snap* Palin said “not your time, hon, so git.”

ProudPalinFan on January 3, 2012 at 1:46 PM

I love Sarah, but’s she’s out of line.

At least MB had the courage to run. Sarah should’ve ran but didn’t.

LevinFan on January 3, 2012 at 1:51 PM

LevinFan on January 3, 2012 at 1:40 PM

You better buy it. :)

If Bachmann had attacked Romney half as ferociously as she attacked Perry or the other Not-Romneys, she would have been polling for a top-three finish in Iowa and not Santorum.

TheRightMan on January 3, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Speaking of Iowa… Ron Paul is the Cap Anson of the GOP.

;)

mankai on January 3, 2012 at 1:53 PM

How sweet would it be if Tebow came out and disavowed these Republican candidates and forbid them to use his name or likeness to try and score cheap political points. Heh.

inthemiddle on January 3, 2012 at 1:53 PM

I tried to like Bachmann after Meghan McCain said she was impressed by Bachmann in person. I’m sure Meghan is right about Bachmann wonderful qualities, but Bachmann’s political persona is just too robotic and gaffe-prone for me to warm up to her as a presidential candidate.

thuja on January 3, 2012 at 1:54 PM

I can see that. She plays in a weak division (Republican Primary) has a tendency to fumble the ball in critical situations (gardasil) and is vastly overrated because she has the right religious beliefs (… Tebow!).

RightOFLeft on January 3, 2012 at 1:56 PM

thuja on January 3, 2012 at 1:54 PM

She was in talking points mode on FNC this weekend. It was hard to watch her try and answer the questions by trying to produce the right bumper-sticker.

She also needs to lose that awful Midwestern accent.

mankai on January 3, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Mitt Romney’s the Mitt Romney of the Republican party.

*shudders*

Cyhort on January 3, 2012 at 1:57 PM

The Bachmann PAC is racist. I heard the announcer say, “And, just to see the look on their [black] faces.”

The Rogue Tomato on January 3, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Must be talking about the passing game part.

Bmore on January 3, 2012 at 1:58 PM

“the Frank Reich of the Republican primary”

Of course, Mr. Morrissey would hope that Tebow/Reich doesn’t revisit the past…..

Reich also started the following divisional playoff game in Pittsburgh in which Buffalo also won 24–3

Can we say “on any given day” that those who look invincible—might have a higher power or fate going against them?

Rovin on January 3, 2012 at 2:04 PM

I love Sarah, but’s she’s out of line.

At least MB had the courage to run. Sarah should’ve ran but didn’t.

LevinFan on January 3, 2012 at 1:51 PM

1-Bachmann should’ve been more accurate with statements in her debates. Not funny to be nicely called a liar.

2-Bachmann has courage and I don’t take that away from her, but unfortunately small decisions and actions rub a lot of people the wrong way.

And no, I am not writing about Rick Santorum.

ProudPalinFan on January 3, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Bachmann’s the Tim Tebow of the Republican primary

Ed Morrissey on Jan 3, 2012 1:25 PM

…Ed you’re dropping inspiration posts rights now. Salute

apocalypse on January 3, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Bachmann is very far from Tim she showed her selfishness debating Perry did every thing to put him down and when he tried to answer her accusations she turned her face away from him kept looking to the audiance, that is not a Christian character. He still was gentelman enough to stand up and wait until she sat down then he sat at a forum for Thanksgiving . So she is using Christanity to attract people but in reality she is not practicing it when it does not serve her goal, she listens to her advisors for tactics not to Jesus so no Michell sorry I lost all respect for you you are a selfish woman greedy for power and I hope you will loose your seat at Congress, Tim helps the needy In Phillipeins and does not go and tell the whole world.

evergreenland on January 3, 2012 at 2:06 PM

I think Elway is glad they lost the last three and he’s also hoping/expecting the Steelers destroy Tebow this weekend so the Broncos can move on. mankai on January 3, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Haven’t you heard the rumors that Elway is going to suit up and beat the Steelers?

Rovin on January 3, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Relive the MAGIC of Huckabee in 2008… vote for Michele Bachmann!

apocalypse on January 3, 2012 at 2:09 PM

mankai on January 3, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Haven’t you heard the rumors that Elway is going to suit up and beat the Steelers?

Rovin on January 3, 2012 at 2:08 PM

He’d give the Broncos a better chance.

mankai on January 3, 2012 at 2:11 PM

On Drudge, Bachmann is running neck and neck with… Herman Cain.

honeybadger on January 3, 2012 at 2:14 PM

1-Bachmann should’ve been more accurate with statements in her debates. Not funny to be nicely called a liar.

2-Bachmann has courage and I don’t take that away from her, but unfortunately small decisions and actions rub a lot of people the wrong way.

And no, I am not writing about Rick Santorum.

ProudPalinFan on January 3, 2012 at 2:05 PM

1. MB was wrong on the Gardasil retardation claim, that was one mistake. However, she’s been right on the money on Perry’s crony capitalism and the many liberal positions of Newt Romney.

2. Many people are fickle and really shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

3. Are you supporting Santorum? I like Bachmann the best, but may very well support Santorum if he does well tonight. Mittens and RuPaul need to be stopped.

If Bachmann was surging I’d expect you to do the same to stop Mittens and RuPaul.

LevinFan on January 3, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Haven’t you heard the rumors that Elway is going to suit up and beat the Steelers?

Rovin on January 3, 2012 at 2:08 PM

If Elway is “suiting up” to play the Steelers, he damned well better make sure that suit he is wearing is fit for a funereal.

His own.

JohnGalt23 on January 3, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Michele Bachmann is the Ryan Leaf of the GOP primary.

JohnGalt23 on January 3, 2012 at 2:27 PM

On Drudge, Bachmann is running neck and neck with… Herman Cain.

honeybadger on January 3, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Even Drudge can’t stop Dr Paul supporters from voting multiple times.

Bmore on January 3, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Update: Mea culpa; this is from mid-December, which means Bachmann got it before Perry. It hit my inbox today, but my pal Guy Benson corrected the record on Twitter.

No need for a mea culpa or an apology.
After all, Bachmann never apologizes for demagoguing the records of her GOP primary opponents, does she? Let’s just stick with the “copied it from Rick Perry” line of attack, even if we know it’s not true. That’s what Bachmann would do.

DRayRaven on January 3, 2012 at 2:31 PM

evergreenland on January 3, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Whoa…christians also don’t try to judge what is in others hearts. That is whats wrong with christianity today it isn’t about walking the walk its about pointing out who is not.

MNcommonsense on January 3, 2012 at 2:35 PM

“the Frank Reich of the Republican primary”

Of course, Mr. Morrissey would hope that Tebow/Reich doesn’t revisit the past…..

Reich also started the following divisional playoff game in Pittsburgh in which Buffalo also won 24–3

Can we say “on any given day” that those who look invincible—might have a higher power or fate going against them?

Rovin on January 3, 2012 at 2:04 PM

That game could turn out to be closer than people think…the Steelers’ ace running back (Mendenhall) is done for the season. And
Safety Ryan Clark won’t play either-due to the altitude. He will be replaced by a dude with 2 starts in his career.

Del Dolemonte on January 3, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Mrs. Elmer Fudd…is more like it!

KOOLAID2 on January 3, 2012 at 3:03 PM

If you want a candidate that is really going to go after Obama in a STRONG way, probably, Michele Bachmann is probably the best one because she DOES go after — I mean (apocalypse chuckles) she said he’s anti-American. I mean, she goes AFTER HIM!!!

apocalypse on January 3, 2012 at 3:07 PM

and just like Tebow, Bachmann has a tendency to fumble too much…
Appranetly her campaign hasn’t paid attention to the last 3 weeks.

Broncos are probably going to get creamed by the Boncos.
ninjapirate on January 3, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Despite the little typo – pretty accurate. The Broncos have been killing themselves in the last few games – but then the Tebow offense has never done that much. It was the defense that kept them close enough to have a chance in the games they won. If the defense had played this way over the last couple years – Tebow never would have had the chance and we’d be talking about Orton as the Broncos “franchise QB” right now.

dentarthurdent on January 3, 2012 at 3:15 PM

As a history buff who grew up in Taxachusetts – I can’t forget Bachmann’s little “shot heard round the world here in Concord” – except she was in Concord NH and not Concord Mass.

dentarthurdent on January 3, 2012 at 3:17 PM

That game could turn out to be closer than people think…the Steelers’ ace running back (Mendenhall) is done for the season.

My expert pat fan analysis:

Top ten miracles required:
10)Pitt staff forgets to watch film of last weeks game.
9) Pitt plays 8 DBs, forgets how to tackle, ignores run game.
8) Entire pitt D ejected for cheering a Harrison hit.
7) Lightning hits Pitt equipment bus, can’t play, nothing to wear.
6) Denver police arrests and holds entire Pitt team
5) Tebow’s family abducts, then impersonates the refs.
3) Pitt GPS fails, can’t find the stadium in time.
2) Tebow secretly invents Flubber, learns to fly
1) Tebow learns to pass.

PaleoRider on January 3, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Haven’t you heard the rumors that Elway is going to suit up and beat the Steelers?

Rovin on January 3, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Elway is waiting for a call back from Matt Flynn’s agent about next year.

a capella on January 3, 2012 at 3:28 PM

1. MB was wrong on the Gardasil retardation claim, that was one mistake. However, she’s been right on the money on Perry’s crony capitalism and the many liberal positions of Newt Romney.

2. Many people are fickle and really shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

3. Are you supporting Santorum? I like Bachmann the best, but may very well support Santorum if he does well tonight. Mittens and RuPaul need to be stopped.

If Bachmann was surging I’d expect you to do the same to stop Mittens and RuPaul.

LevinFan on January 3, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Yeah on this one round I do; I don’t want him to drop off the race. Not yet. Besides, I live in PA. He worked his butt off all over Iowa “old school” and was all over the state; Romney uses new technology plus dinero and his “apparition”/ lasts a few days=WINNER.

Too bad that they lost Gabriel…I read those two threads and I could not believe the incredible connection HotAirians have. We rock, been through tough times and worse than nobody could ever imagine. Hats off to all of you who have prevailed above the worst. If I carried a kid like I did twice and then the baby dies on me, I’d be right now in a nuthouse with padded walls.

Of course we all know about Ben Breedlove. No parent should bury a child.

ProudPalinFan on January 3, 2012 at 3:53 PM

If Elway is “suiting up” to play the Steelers, he damned well better make sure that suit he is wearing is fit for a funereal.

His own.

JohnGalt23 on January 3, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Despite the little typo – pretty accurate. The Broncos have been killing themselves in the last few games – but then the Tebow offense has never done that much. It was the defense that kept them close enough to have a chance in the games they won. If the defense had played this way over the last couple years – Tebow never would have had the chance and we’d be talking about Orton as the Broncos “franchise QB” right now.

dentarthurdent on January 3, 2012 at 3:15 PM

My expert pat fan analysis:

Top ten miracles required:
10)Pitt staff forgets to watch film of last weeks game.
9) Pitt plays 8 DBs, forgets how to tackle, ignores run game.
8) Entire pitt D ejected for cheering a Harrison hit.
7) Lightning hits Pitt equipment bus, can’t play, nothing to wear.
6) Denver police arrests and holds entire Pitt team
5) Tebow’s family abducts, then impersonates the refs.
3) Pitt GPS fails, can’t find the stadium in time.
2) Tebow secretly invents Flubber, learns to fly
1) Tebow learns to pass.

PaleoRider on January 3, 2012 at 3:25 PM

BWHWHWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!!

ProudPalinFan on January 3, 2012 at 3:59 PM

BWHWHWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!!
ProudPalinFan on January 3, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Steelers fan I assume?

dentarthurdent on January 3, 2012 at 5:18 PM

PaleoRider on January 3, 2012 at 3:25 PM

You forgot about whether JC shows up to help in the 4th quarter. Apparently he’s been too busy around the “holidays” to be able to help Timmy in his last 3 games.

PS: I’m originally and still a Pats fan, but I’ve been in Colorado over 30 years, so I’ve also become a Broncos/Donkeys fan.

dentarthurdent on January 3, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Gah! Please! Don’t hurt me!

Who… Who are you!?

FlatFoot on January 3, 2012 at 5:49 PM