Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Washington Post Milbank: Regarding Bachmann

It's hard to imagine that anyone would actually vote for Michele Bachmann. Yet she has her followers, whose IQ's are probably no higher than hers...which is very frightening to contemplate.  Heartening, though, to see all the Readers' Comments at the end, which proves sane people still inhabit our country.

Michele Bachmann's Alternate Universe
By Dana Milbank

  T he president was lofty.

"We will move forward together, or not at all - for the challenges we face are bigger than party, and bigger than politics," he said in his State of the Union address.

The official Republican response, too, aimed high.

"Americans are skeptical of both political parties, and that skepticism is justified - especially when it comes to spending," said Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. "So hold all of us accountable."

And then there was Michele Bachmann.

As the leader of the Tea Party Caucus in the House, the Minnesota Republican gave her own, unauthorized response to the State of the Union, live from the National Press Club, filmed by Fox News, broadcast live on CNN and telecast by the Tea Party Express. It had all the altitude of a punch to the gut.

"After the $700 billion bailout, the trillion-dollar stimulus, and the massive budget bill with over 9,000 earmarks, many of you implored Washington to please stop spending money we don't have," Bachmann said. "But, instead of cutting, we saw an unprecedented explosion of government spending and debt, unlike anything we have seen in the history of our country."

Armed with charts and photographs, but not a word of fellowship, she railed against "a bureaucracy that tells us which light bulbs to buy, and which may put 16,500 IRS agents in charge of policing President Obama's health care bill."

The State of the Nation was conciliatory Tuesday night, as each side made gestures to the other, and lawmakers for the first time crossed the aisle to sit - and applaud - together. But Bachmann and her fellow Tea Partyers raged on.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, for one, was not pleased. "Paul Ryan is giving the official Republican response," he said when asked earlier about her dueling response. "Michele Bachmann, just as the other 534 members of the House and Senate, are going to have opinions as to the State of the Union."

For Republican leaders, it's more than a one-night problem. Bachmann is bidding to become the new voice of the opposition, replacing the titular leaders of the GOP.

In the past week alone, Bachmann visited Iowa to test the waters for a presidential campaign and scored fifth in a field of 20 presidential candidates in a New Hampshire straw poll, besting such established figures as Mitch Daniels, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, John Thune, Haley Barbour and Mike Pence.

Returning to Washington, she hosted Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at a gathering of her Tea Party Caucus, then went for an appearance on "The O'Reilly Factor" on Fox News and a keynote speech to the March for Life's annual dinner. And that was all before her Tea Party response to the State of the Union address.

Two dozen reporters chased her down a hall in the Capitol complex this week, seeking an explanation for the speech. "I never took this as a State of the Union response, necessarily," she said innocently. The title above the text of her speech her office released Tuesday night: "Bachmann's Response to State of the Union."

Party leaders, intimidated by the Tea Party activists, have little control over Bachmann. They denied her the party leadership post she sought, but when it came to her plan to upstage the authorized GOP response Tuesday night, the most House Speaker John Boehner could do was grumble that it's "a little unusual."

Bachmann is more than a little unusual. Her greatest hits are now legendary: Her suggestion that President Obama and the Democrats are "anti-American," her caution that the census could be used to create internment camps, her accusation that Obama is running a "gangster government" and her request that people be "armed and dangerous" to fight climate-change legislation.

At a time colleagues have toned down their words, Bachmann went to Iowa and proclaimed: "If we want to kill Obamacare and we want to end socialized medicine, it must be done in the next election!"

"It is my firm belief that America is under greater attack now ... than at any time," she warned, voicing "grave doubt" about the nation's survival. She presented to the assembled Iowans a novel view of American history in which the "founders ... worked tirelessly until slavery was no more." In Bachmann's version, "It didn't matter the color of their skin... . Once you got here, we were all the same."

She was at it again Tuesday night. She ignored the bipartisan seating plan and placed herself between two other Tea Party House Republicans. Soon after, she was on air herself, reading out choice slogans: "failed stimulus ... repeal Obamacare ... government-run coverage ... voted out the big-spending politicians."

It was angry, and at times wrong, but Bachmann has gone far with that formula.

Readers' Comments (ALL of them negative, against Bachmann, proving there is still some sanity in the world)

Bachmann, Angle, O'Donnell, and Palin are the epitome of the neo-Republican movement, composed of the most ignorant and inane products of our sunk educational systems. They would ordinarily be a joke, a disgrace, a stupidity, but they have become a menace. They unfortunately sweep up other uneducated people into a grand following of simplistic extremists who now threaten to engulf the entire country in their rabid, raucous non-sense. They are just the loudest examples of the great American illiteracy, and no logic ever intrudes upon their rant.

Palin without glasses. Need I say more?
Heh... how about it... A Palin Bachmann ticket in 2012 !! Come on tea party, put your money where your mouth is, and then watch the progressives, liberals and independents flock screaming, arms waving in fear back to Obama. Really, this might be mildly amusing but it is NOT funny. How have we gotten here ??

Much, much worse than Palin. Palin is a handful of hair . . . this one's got something going on . . . something dangerous.

This woman is obviously mentally deranged. Is she packing more than vitriole? What a nasty, opportunistic narcissist.

She's doing what she's being paid to do, but is starting to believe her own legend. Funded by none other than the Koch brothers, she will make Mitt Romney, whom the Koch bros. endorse, look like the logical choice.
Republican women are conditioned all their lives to be obedient, empty-headed little girls, who follow the party line without question. They have surrendered their feminine instincts, and their independence, in order to be faux men. That is why they are so obscure. They are lost in the masculine, which is very unnatural to them, and can't find their way out
To me it is totally amazing that we even bother with this woman! I do believe she is certifiable (and I do have credentials). And that she was elected to public office anywhere in the U.S. speaks volumes about the failures of our educational system.

I realize Minnesota has extreme temperatures. However this woman has been gone from there long enough that her brain should have thawed out by now. Obviously that has not happened.

She is clearly nuts. I worry the press is giving her too much validity by following her and her comments. I would simply leave her to the people of Minnesota. They elected her. They can deal with her and her lunacy. Quit making her craziness a reality and a national issue by following her.

Hoping that bi-partisanship will result from Republicans being appalled by the Tea Party activists who've been elected. She's a great representative of these folks and they are completely unworkable in terms of any rational process.
There is an old Yiddish proverb that says that if you argue with a moron and a stranger passes by he or she wont know who the moron is so following that wisdom I will refrain from so doing! Has anyone suggested a mental evaluation for this deranged soul!

You think Loughner needed a psychiatric evaluation? Bachmann is 100% certifiable... and she is inciting people to do violent murder against ELECTED officials... that is NOT just innocent free speech... it is incitement to overthrow the gov't by violence.. which is NOT the legal way to make change in this country. Here the majority rules and the losers suck it up because they are NOT the majority. That's how our constitutional (democratic) republic works... This nothing but the losers striking out with murder to get what they failed to achieve by honest, legal constitutional means, In other ways they have no regard or respect for the laws and rules of the country they claim to love. Bachmann needs to be evaluated for megalomania and totally misdirected delusional paranoia.

Well, with competitiveness all the rage these days it's rather nice for Palin to have a little competition. And the media must be in ecstasy. I was born under FDR. Yes, I along with my country have come a long way...down!
Maybe it would be good if she got the nomination for prez in 2012 and lost all 50 states........
Michele Bachman rose to public office as a "mandatory-life, anti-quality of life" republican. Her husband and his Christian Conservative mother promoted Bachman into republican party politics at the time of the great religious take-over of what was once a moderate republican party in MN. The district shopped to find a conservative area where she could win a toe hold. Twice she has sought a state-wide office, and failed to find the financial backing or polls to show she could win. Her many whack-job comments are legendary in MN; many of her early supports have abandoned her. Last election cycle, she nearly lost her seat. Therefore, the logic is that she should become the new "Palin". After all, she is just as stupid, just as dumb as Bush2, and easily manipulated. The Koch brothers are promoting her as potential VP material, now that polls show Sarah is just too well known as stupid, to be able to win. Bachman is the new stealth candidate. Be aware. The era of dumb is still underway.
Palin is abysmally ignorant and an opportunistic liar, but Bachmann is irrational, insane and violently antisocial.
Just how many Sarah Palin clones are out there?
It is far too charitable to say that Bachmann presents a "novel view of American history." So many of her assertions are so wrong as to be laughable, except for the fact that she has a seat in the Congress of the United States! In my 37 years of teaching U.S. history at the high school level, I seldom encountered 16 year old students with such a lack of understanding of basic historical facts. I just want to make it clear that there are many of us here in Michele Bachmann's district who do have a better understanding of the past, and the present, than she does and we are longing for the day when she no longer "represents" us in Congress.

While Obama "scares" the complete far right, he scares little of the others.
Now Palin and/or Bachmann "SCARE" not the hard right, They both "scare" the entire left and a good bit of the middle.
"Scary" equates to unelectable ... no wonder the republican party hands onto their votes, but squelches their efforts to take over the party !

I'm from Minnesota . . we cringe every time this bimbo opens her mouth. She is an embarrassment to the state . . and makes Jesse Ventura look darn near credible. Her positions/speeches are all scripted by the radical right -- trust me -- she hasn't had an original thought in years. An aging sorority girl still trading on her push-up bra and tight skirt.

The era of the hysterical nonsense-screaming female politico is now firmly-established as a modern phenomenon. I think the fear that one or another of these loose cannons might accede to the White House via the women's vote is an insult to the majority of American women who are far too intelligent to merely "vote their sex" without regard to the larger issues. The real threat lies in the disgruntled voters of both sexes who have been convinced that government is the problem, taxes are confiscation and respect for differing views is a waste of time. With the unintended assistance of Americans who are too disgusted to bother voting, the Rush/O'Reilly/Beck Kool-aid-drinking minority could possibly seat one of these dangerous cretins in the White House. At that point, we may well look back to the nightmare reign of Bush/Cheney with a nostalgic sigh.

This is a game, folks, with very high stakes.  The issue is THE ISSUES. Where does she stand, and who stands behind her and funds her.

The truly scary thing about Michele Bachmann is that she was legitimately elected to office. She originally ran against Patty Wetterling, hardly a career politician but one of the finest human beings one could find (she has been a tireless crusader for human rights and missing children since her son Jacob was kidnapped in 1989). Bachmann accused Ms. Wetterling of supporting terrorists....and people believed her.

Apparently, it is possible to fool some of the people some of the time. At least enough of the people that make sure the likes of Michele Bachmann hold public office.

Like many of the tea party members, bachmann isn't against big govt., she's anti-Obama and anti-Democrat. Why doesn't she want to audit the FED, create jobs or end pork barrel spending? It's all about ego and power. She wanted a party leadership post and fortunately was denied. A swipe at power denied. She's testing the waters for a run at the president already. She sounds alot like palin, not really knowing what it's like to lead. A Dictator?

My daughter and I sat here in stunned silence, listening to her last night. What a train wreck! Are other Tea Party members not embarrassed by her ravings?!?

We are awaiting Palin's response since, clearly, she has "competition" with her leadership aspirations and we all know that SP simply cannot keep quiet, particularly if she feels her 'territory' is being invaded.

Unaware of the old adage,"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.", Ms. Bachmann never seems to miss an opportunity to remove all doubt. How the good people of Minnesota saw fit to return this CRETIN to Congress will forever remain a mystery. Hopefully, she will continue to bury herself with her inane rhetoric and outrageous accusations.

remember this insanity when the next election cycle rolls around. too many people, disillusioned with obama, are talking about sitting out the 2012 elections. bachman is all the reason we need not only to vote, but to get friends and strangers to the polls to keep such mindless inanities to the barest minimum. bachman is phyllis schlafly to the 4th power with a much lower IQ!

As with Palin, the foolhardy Repugs in their fervor to control the government, have unleashed yet another imbecile on America. In fact, I blame the Repugs for all this Tea Party crap. They've creating a menace that threatens to pull down our democracy. I think The Tan Man and his ilk are worried sick about this. Bachmann is a very, very dangerous person and her supporters are mindless fools. I'm warning you, the shit hasn't even begun to hit the fan. We are in for a very rough ride before it's over, one way or another.

Sociopath ~noun. A person, as a psychopathic personality, whose behavior is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.   I'm surprised this entry doesn't include a photo of Bachmann as an example.