#136 Jan 26, 2011
Your point is well-taken about CNN airing Michelle Bachman's independent State of the Union, treatment that no splinter wing of any party has gotten before. But don't you think from the perspective of Democrats, a second Michelle Bachmann response is a wonderful thing, especially with CNN's news people taking the liberty to call her an ignoramus? Isn't it great that the Republican Party is being forced to share their brand between their faux-serious, semi-coherent golden boy (Paul Ryan) and a completely unserious, incoherent Bachmann?
Moreover, isn't that a truer depiction of what's going on within the ranks of the Republican Party than the image they'd prefer to project around Paul Ryan and only Paul Ryan? As a Democrat, I genuinely couldn't be happier that CNN is airing the Michelle Bachmann response, I think Democrats should call out the other networks for not doing it.
Saint Paul, MN
#137 Jan 26, 2011
Post #136 The deranged reds are now Talking to their selves, The psychobloggers have lost all sense of reality, Maybe bad drugs,or unmarried parents and the realization that they are slaves of socialism so they don't need to hold down a job. Ya dats it, Dats da ticket.
#138 Jan 26, 2011
#139 Jan 27, 2011
Michele Bachmann Proposes "Don't Add, Don't Spell"
INNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)- In her official Tea Party response to President Obama's State of the Union Address, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) offered a bold new policy initiative she called "Don't Add, Don't Spell."
Rep. Bachmann called the proposal "a reflection of core Tea Party values" and said it would "deliver the American people from the tyranny of arithmetic, spelling, and punctuation."
In addition to "Don't Add, Don't Spell," Rep. Bachmann suggested slashing the Federal budget by eliminating nine of the first ten Amendments to the Constitution.
"I think you know which one I'd keep," she chuckled, miming a Western gunslinger with her index fingers.
Rep. Bachmann's odd onscreen appearance, in which she seemed to be staring off-camera for the duration of her speech, was initially blamed on "a squirrel that got into the studio and distracted her," said one Tea Party official.
But the Minnesota congresswoman offered her own explanation: "I was looking off to one side because I was trying to read off Sarah Palin's hand."
In Washington, House Speaker John Boehner held a press conference after the president's speech to declare, "This infernal week of civility is officially over."
"The American people owe its representatives a huge debt of thanks," Mr. Boehner added. "Tonight, each of us made the ultimate sacrifice any American can ever be called upon to make: sitting next to a person we despise."
#140 Jan 27, 2011
Michele Bachmann and the future... and the media... and the future again...
by: Bill Prendergast
Thu Jan 27, 2011 at 13:00:00 PM CST
(Cue the theremin music...)
Bachmann's re-election chances in the district are just fine. The IP and independent voters of the district proved a long time ago that they can't or won't move Bachmann out of there by splitting the conservative vote significantly and replacing her with a conservative or liberal Dem.)
But last night a colleague here was talking about her supposed White House candidacy and the impact that reporting her craziness would have had on the Minnesota political media.
Bill Prendergast :: Michele Bachmann and the future... and the media... and the future again...
That's not really a Sixth District problem. But the possibility that Bachmann would present a credible challenge to Amy Klobuchar--now that's a problem for Minnesota and the nation.
Because if Bachmann were to win a senate seat, there's zero chance that she would do anything for constituents that would compromise her credibility with conservative special interests (this has been true throughout her political career, which is one of "no" votes and non-achievement.) Her interest in the Senate seat is merely as a stepping stone to a White House bid; traditionally a Senate seat (like a governorship) can make a politician into a credible presidential candidate. So as a Senator she would be even less interested than Norm Coleman in delivering effective representation of the state's interests.
The Emmer debacle last election cycle (which took place during a national Republican surge) demonstrates the difficulties that a politician perceived as a right wing nut would have in winning one of the top Minnesota offices. Such politicians enjoy fervent support from their base, but in the absence of a complete Dem fail in office, these types like the necessary broad appeal. The very rhetoric that makes them attractive to the most rabid right wingers in Minnesota tends to exclude them from the offices they want.
How about the possibility of Bachmann as a White House candidate in the near future? That's another national problem, because--even though she really is a nut, liar and bigot--she can deliver red states if she's on a White House ticket.
The Republican officials in Washington know she's nuts, unreliable even as a supporter of the Republican Party. But they fear her, and they have good reason to. Michele Bachmann does not play by GOP seniority rules; never has.
Bachmann at the top of the ticket? I don't think so; neither does she or her mentors, I bet. Way too divisive, no significant leadership experience, given to lying and some of her theoretical allies are convinced she's a nut and a liar.(She might have built up the appearance of some leadership experience and a policy resume if her fellow Republicans had allowed her on to the powerful Ways and Means Committee--but as I say, they think she's unreliable--to say the least.)
#142 Jan 27, 2011
** Social Security fund now seen to be empty by 2037 **
Sick and getting sicker, Social Security will run at a deficit this year and keep on running in the red until its trust funds are drained by about 2037, congressional budget experts said Wednesday in bleaker-than-previous estimates.
The massive retirement program has been suffering from the effects of the struggling economy for several years. It first went into deficit last year but had been projected to post surpluses for a few more years before permanently slipping into the red in 2016
** CBO: Social Security Now Officially Broke **
** Medicare official doubts health care law savings **
Surprise! They lied and continue to lie...
#144 Jan 27, 2011
Chris Matthews: Michele Bachmann A 'Balloon Head'
On Tuesday's "Hardball," Chris Matthews was so incredulous about Michele Bachmann's interpretation of American history that he called her a "balloon head," and he could hardly keep himself from yelling at a co-founder of the Tea Party group which has selected the Republican to give a response to President Obama's State of the Union address.
Matthews was speaking to Tea Party Express co-founder Sal Russo. He played the same tape which had also gotten Anderson Cooper riled up, where Bachman lauds the Founding Fathers for working "tirelessly to end slavery."
"I don't know what to make of that, Sal," Matthews said. "That's balloon head. That's not what our history was founded on. We founded on a Constitution which...treated slaves as three-fifths of a person. It went all the way to the Civil War."
Matthews derided Russo and his group for making Bachmann their spokesperson.
"Why do you put someone like this forward who is a balloon head?" he said. "Who knows no American history? It's a ridiculous decision you guys have made. Do you know how little this woman knows about our history?"
Russo started to respond, but Matthews interrupted him. "Did you just hear that stuff?" he said. "Did you just hear? You want me to play it again? We can rub it in, Sal. It's horrendous."
Saint Paul, MN
#145 Jan 27, 2011
Imagine a tingley legged socialist calling someone a baloon head. Typical Psychoblogger
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