Bachmann 2012

Adviser: Bachmann Likely to Enter WH Race

This article uses “exploratory committee” again. Is this some hip, new terminology that I’m not aware of?

Anyway, it looks like Michele is throwing her pillbox into the ring. She can raise money like nobody’s business, so she has an edge there. I don’t know if she will be a serious contender. Conservative blog-friends like Questioning with Boldness say there are no clear frontrunners yet.

Even if she’s not a serious contender for the GOP nomination, she is the Tea Party Queen. She is absolutely adored by Conservatives. Will she (or another Tea Party candidate) run as a 3rd candidate? The GOP-Tea Party dynamic is fascinating to me. Now that they have name recognition and influence, will they become a viable 3rd party?

Michele Bachmann, as a candidate, is really disturbing to me. I really do believe the woman is bat-crap crazy based on the things she’s said in the past. We’re not talking a a couple misstatements here and there, but some real doozies. They are seemingly never-ending and said so fervently that it really makes you question her sanity:

“And what a bizarre time we’re in, when a judge will say to little children that you can’t say the pledge of allegiance, but you must learn that homosexuality is normal and you should try it.”

“I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out under another, then under another Democrat president, Jimmy Carter. I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.” -Rep. Michele Bachmann, on the 1976 Swine Flu outbreak that happened when Gerald Ford, a Republican, was president.

“They’re focused on becoming big business,” Bachmann said on the House floor last week. “Sarah Stoesz, who heads the Planned Parenthood operation in my state of Minnesota, said she recently opened three express centers in wealthy Minnesota suburbs and shopping centers and malls and places where women are doing their grocery shopping, picking up Starbucks, living their daily lives and stopping off for an abortion.”

And it’s not just me and other liberals who think she is crazy. Even some of her colleagues think so.

Politico:

A conservative Republican House member, speaking on the condition of anonymity, suggested that Bachmann’s views — and her willingness to state them — make it hard for her to keep staff.
‘When your captain’s crazy, it’s time to find a new ship,” the lawmaker said.

And yet she’s wildly popular. Would she run on a 3rd party ticket if she felt she had the support? The chick scares me.


30 responses to “Bachmann 2012

  • lobotero

    The more the fringe candidates that get in the bloodier the campaign will be…..these people are self-destructive….the media would like to see her run….she will be the worst nightmare of the election season…..but a joy to watch…..

      • Kendrick Macdowell

        Just so you know, as a matter of principle, I hate Schadenfreude.

      • SpinnyLiberal

        🙂
        I can’t lie. If I don’t like someone, seeing them screw up or fail amuses me. Wish I was above all that, but I know I’m not.

      • Kendrick Macdowell

        Yeah, well, I am above it, and it’s one of the few virtues I have, and even when I’m, like, ohmygawd I’m really wanting to be tickled by that misery right now, I check myself and say, Kendrick, you can’t give up your virtuous hatred of Schadenfreude. You really can’t afford it. 🙂

        But seriously, Schadenfreude presumes in a way that the object of dislike could never become real or textured or human. And we know that’s not an accurate portrayal of how we roll. We know we have our little inventories of comfortable bigotries we carry about with us like flies on a hot summer day, and any or most of the wee bigotries could be swatted and dispatched in a moment. And Schadenfreude is like this Jeff Goldblum ghastly Superfly thing that makes our bigotries actually scary instead of just annoying.

      • SpinnyLiberal

        And we know that’s not an accurate portrayal of how we roll.
        I love how you mix educated speech with colloquial.

        And you’re right. It doesn’t make them real people. But is that a bad thing if you hate them? 😛

      • Terrance H.

        That reminds me of a parable I once read.

        Back in the Czarist days of Russia, when serfs tended their poor, miserable potato crops, there were two farmers, Boris and Ivan, who were neighbors. Both lived in abject poverty, dwelling with their families in squalid shanties.

        One day while he was in the field, Ivan discovered a magic lamp and, after rubbing it, was greeted by a genie who offered him one wish for anything his heart desired.

        Ivan was a simple but good man and asked for a goat so that he could have milk for his family. His wish was granted: a beautiful nanny goat suddenly appeared, her belly full of milk.

        Ivan joyfully brought the goat home and celebrated the gift with his family. Boris spotted the goat and Ivan’s happy family and his heart was filled with bitter envy over his neighbor’s good fortune. To his surprise, Ivan visited him the next day and gave him the lamp as a gift.

        After Ivan departed, Boris took the lamp inside his hovel and rubbed it carefully. The genie appeared and offered him a single wish for his heart’s desire.

        “Anything you want,” said the genie, “be it gold, jewels or a herd of goats – I will give it to you at once.”

        Boris didn’t even pause to think. He narrowed his eyes at the genie and responded, “All I want is that Ivan’s goat should die.”

        Out of the two, Ivan and Boris, which one do you think represents the Democrats?

        Boris, of course.

      • Kendrick Macdowell

        Yeah, pretty much. Hate is both internal-organ-screwing and quite probably misunderstanding. Not that I see actual hate coming from you — or even genuine Schadenfreude. Your shtick is gentle theater in both, and I’ve bought my popcorn.

      • SpinnyLiberal

        Sorry, Terrance, Democrats don’t own Schadenfreude. I’ve seen it span the political spectrum.

      • SpinnyLiberal

        I don’t know Kendrick, but it’s a good excuse to eat popcorn. Well, not that you need an excuse. Kettle corn is the bestest. 🙂

  • lbwoodgate

    Oh please run Michele, pleeeeease.

    If we can’t have Sarah then please let it be Michele.

    “And yet she’s wildly popular.”

    So’s Charley Sheen but you don’t think he would be taken as a serious candidate for President by a plurality of American voters? It’s this circus popularity that Michele experiences that gives her delusions of grandeur.

  • Don in Mass

    Two weeks ago, she said that the Revolutionary war started in Lexington & Concord NH. Everyone knows, and I hope everybody else does, that the war started in Massachusetts. The sad thing is, she said twice, once in Manchester, and again in Nashua. Her brain rings hollow.

  • Terrance H.

    First of all, Exploratory Committee has been around for quite some time. And it has been used by certain Lefties in the past as well.

    It’s purpose seems to be legal in nature.

    The exploratory committee has been around for decades, and technically it creates a legal shell for a candidate who expects to spend more than $5,000 while contemplating an actual run. Under the rules, exploratory money may be raised without the full disclosure of sources required of true candidates. Only when the candidate drops the exploratory label does the full responsibility of transparency apply.

    Candidates use an exploratory committee as not only a transitional phase for their bookkeeping but as an extra claim on media attention. Some of the most skillful handlers like to leak word that their candidate is testing the waters, then leak word that he or she is thinking about forming an exploratory committee. Additional “news” can be made when the same candidate actually forms such a committee and registers with the Federal Election Commission. Yet a fourth round of attention may be generated when the word exploratory gets dropped from the committee filing.

    Anyway. If Bachmann (I love her) doesn’t win the Republican nomination, I doubt – very seriously – she will run on a third-party ticket, though that would be the wet-dream of those on the Left because it would all but secure an Obama victory. She’s not that stupid. And if she wants to have a future in the Republican Party, she wouldn’t even consider it.

    Some of her statements are incredibly stupid, but others I agree with. Either way, President Obama and his first mate, Joe Biden, have made some incredible gaffes themselves, some racist and some just stupid. Obama’s and Biden’s are played down by the media because they are liked; Bachmann’s are played over and over again – like a broken record.

    Gaffe Stupidity Level is about even; you just don’t realize it.

    • SpinnyLiberal

      Hmm you learn something new everyday. Thanks!

      Gaffes may be even – I don’t know if I’ll agree, but the Planned Parenthood comment was dead serious and spoken in the House. Stopping off for an abortion after Starbucks? What a completely ridiculous, bizarre statement.

      • Terrance H.

        I don’t think that particular gaffe is going make that big of a difference. Abortion is a testy issue, and frankly, the country is pretty much Sybil on it. At times we’re a pro-life country, at times pro-choice, and at times half-and-half, and so on.

        But let’s put that statement into context.

        In debating whether to defund Planned Parenthood, she begins to quote from a Wall Street Journal article, waxing:

        Flush with cash, Planned Parenthood affiliates nationwide are aggressively expanding their reach, seeking to woo more affluent patients with a network of suburban clinics and huge new health centers that project a decidedly upscale image.

        The nonprofit, which traces its roots to 1916, has long focused on providing birth control, sexual-health care and abortions to teens and low-income women. While those groups still make up the majority of Planned Parenthood’s patients, executives say they are “rebranding” their clinics to appeal to women of means — a move that opens new avenues for boosting revenue and, they hope, political clout.

        Two elegant new health centers have been built, and at least five more are on the way; the facility in Denver will be 52,000 square feet. They feature touches such as muted lighting, hardwood floors and airy waiting rooms in colors selected by marketing experts — as well as walls designed to withstand a car’s impact should an antiabortion protest turn violent.

        Planned Parenthood has also opened more than two dozen quick-service “express centers,” many in suburban shopping malls.
        Some sell jewelry, candles, books and T-shirts, along with contraception.

        “It is indeed a new look … a new branding, if you will,” said Leslie Durgin, a senior vice president at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.

        Read more: Extending the brand: Planned Parenthood hits suburbia – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/ci_9674675?source=rss#ixzz1HgGe3yuF
        Read The Denver Post’s Terms of Use of its content: http://www.denverpost.com/termsofuse

        Then she goes on to paraphrase the Wall Street Journal article.

        Then she quotes the head of Planned Parenthood in Minnesota talking bout opening up express centers near shopping malls and coffee shops.

        Rep. Bachmann was putting that lady’s statement – her intent – into context. It would be nice if the lying Left, like MSNBC, would do the same.

      • SpinnyLiberal

        Let’s take the article she paraphrases to make her point.

        The strategy draws new patients — and revenue. In Illinois, for instance, Planned Parenthood officials say they take a loss of nearly $1 on each packet of birth-control pills distributed to poor women under the federal Title X program, which funds reproductive care. But the group makes a profit of nearly $22 on each month of pills sold to an adult who can afford to pay full price out of pocket. The majority of women who stop by the Schaumburg express center are in that group, according to Planned Parenthood statistics. Their payments can then be used to subsidize other operations — health care for the poor, sex education for teens, or political activism.

        Her point was Planned Parenthood is focusing on becoming big business, and that’s why it should be defunded. If you look at the article, they have those centers in richer areas so they can charge full price. The profit they make can go to help their clinics in poorer areas – where patients are usually charged on a sliding scale. This important part of the article doesn’t support her position.

      • Terrance H.

        Spinny,

        That’s a separate issue. You’re obviously jeering her for insinuating women meander in to Planned Parenthood, get an abortion, then grab a coffee and do a little window shopping. Basically insinuating that it’s a causal procedure and decision.

        The reason that “gaffe” sends you into orbit is because you don’t put it into context. She was quoting a WSJ article and the leader of Planned Parenthood in Minnesota. It was the latter who phrased her statement in such a way that one couldn’t help but to think the purpose of express centers were for the “casual, affluent woman seeking a casual procedure just before stopping off for an espresso.”

      • SpinnyLiberal

        It sent me into orbit because it’s ridiculous. For her to take that one statement in the article and turn it into Planned Parenthood being big business and your one stop shop for an abortion and a latte is truly crazy. Especially since she focused on that one statement completely ignoring the stuff around it – that PP is mainly for low income women and this will generate revenue.

      • Terrance H.

        Don’t be angry with her, but Planned Parenthood. Some of their express centers are located near coffee shops and inside shopping malls; they do in fact sell t-shirts, buttons, and other items which have nothing to do with reproductive health.

        They are big business. For people to turn that statement into some knuckle-headed GOP gaffe merely shows the bias of the Left. They don’t care about facts; only ideology.

      • SpinnyLiberal

        You really believe that they are “big business?” Seriously? If I were a big business, I wouldn’t sell products on a sliding scale to poor people so I don’t make a profit. Or take the profit from t-shirts and buttons to provide sex education for teens or health care for the poor.

      • Terrance H.

        They don’t provide primary healthcare for anyone; let’s get that straight.

        And are you insinuating that big business never helps the disenfranchised?

        We’ll see how many poor people Planned Parenthood helps when they’re no longer able to live off the backs of the American taxpayer. I bet their Mother Teresa days will be behind them – for the most part.

        And it’s rather interesting how much they charge for abortions to begin with. It doesn’t take a great deal of time or equipment, yet the cost is outrageous. Wonder why…

        Planned Parenthood operates on a budget, generally, of about $1 billion, and they take in close to $85 million in profit. And of course being non-profit, they spend that money getting Leftwads elected and fattening the pockets of people like Cecile Richards.

        Planned Parenthood Annual Report

        Planned Parenthood doesn’t care about women. If they did, they wouldn’t lie to them and attempt to cover up prostitution rings.

        The people who run Planned Parenthood and many of their employees are soulless drones. They exploit women. They’re disgusting people.

      • SpinnyLiberal

        Wasn’t insinuating that. Still, bottom line for big business is profit. If they were a big business, selling product near or at cost isn’t going to get them anywhere.

        And the souless, disgusting, yadda yadda…I don’t know any so I’m not going to comment.

      • Terrance H.

        You can’t compare them to the type of big business you’re trying to compare them to, because they are non-profit. But, at the end of the fiscal year, they end up with more money than what they had before, which is called profit. They use that money to fatten the wallets of their execs, and to get Lefties elected.

        No company can operate on a billion dollar budget and not, in some way, be big business.

      • SpinnyLiberal

        Okee dokee. You win. A box of Girl Scout Cookies – whatever kind. I personally like the Samoas. 🙂

      • Terrance H.

        No, I don’t win. There is no winner or loser here. It’s personal opinion.

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