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Bachmann in the Big Leagues

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Michele Bachmann, Barack Obama, patriotism, Chris Matthews, Hardball Whatever Rep. Michele Bachmann, the Republican gentlelady from Minnesota, said or thought about Barack Obama's patriotism -- and in the course of a couple of days, her stated viewpoint has evidently swung like a compass needle in a sci fi film -- one thing she said in her own defense raises questions about whether she's ready for the majors.

And it had nothing to do with Obama's patriotism.

At the Rotary Club in St. Cloud, she said that the MSNBC remarks that have imperiled her re-election campaign were the fault of MSNBC's ''Hardball'' host Chris Matthews -- because he invited her on his show in the first place. "I probably should have said no to Chris Matthews."

And here's the clincher: "I had never seen his show before. I probably should have taken a look at what the show was like....  A trap was laid, but I stepped into it.''

She had never seen his show before? A member of Congress had never watched one of the most influential TV political pundits around, a man who once worked for a Speaker of the House? It's incumbent on a member of Congress not only to work on Capitol Hill but to work to get the political message out beyond its marble walls. An invitation to a nationally broadcast talk show such as "Hardball" is political gold, and Rep. Bachmann had been collecting a lot of that lately.

Bachmann's been interviewed on CNN several times, and by Sam Donaldson last month on ABC at the Republican convention. She's been on CNBC and Fox and, of course, on C-SPAN. Her website has an array of all the hip features, Twitter and Facebook and MySpace and Flicker and YouTube. She's talked to her hometown newspapers and radio and TV stations. Heck, she's even talked to me, more than once, on KPCC radio. How the top-volume Chris Matthews could possibly have escaped her notice, I can't understand.

Whatever happens on November 4, here's a suggestion for the perfect Christmas gift for Rep. Bachmann: TiVo.

Photo of Michele Bachmann speaking to the Republican National Convention: AP Photo/Paul Sancya


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Max from GA

This is a bad year for Republicans. Anything they tried originally turned against them. Anything they copy from the Democrats, they messed it up. Can't cram, can't copy, and can’t think. Mccain is too old to remember his thoughts, Palin has no basic knowledge on issues to address them.

1 - McCain accused Obama of being a celebrity, tried to copy him with Palin, with the ideas of hockey mom, soccer mom but overdressed her for $150000 (regular hockey/soccer bought things at Wallmart, kohls, Ross, Belk, etc). Such contrast along with Palin's obvious weaknesses did not help Mccain at all.

2 - McCain accused Obama of being a terrorist and that did stay with his base and probably sticks at the rally level. Ask Rep. Michele Bachmann, the Republican gentlelady from Minnesota..She is paying the price right now and that is probably the end of her career...from Michele the congresswoman to "Michele the less than $75,000 a year". She needs Obama tax Plan now more than ever.

3 - McCain used the "Joe the plumber" % vetting “fake astute” and gets real small businesses to realize that "small Business owner" will hope to make 250000 or more a year for the rest of their lives and pay more taxes. They do not care paying more taxes as long as the middle class is doing well and asking more and more of their products. Do you think Bill Gates (microsoft) is worrying now about paying more taxes. He is happy to hear that more middle class folks will be able to afford a computer for their kids using that extra money. The more computers that are sold, the more money to Microsoft. "Joe the Plumber" is making now 40000 a year and it was above his pay grade to understand if he ever owes a business making 250000 a year and more folks (middle class) is his neighborhood have seen their buying power increasing due to tax break, and a rescued economy from team Obama-Biden, that is more people asking Joe to come to do plumbing work for them. Joe missed that and listening to Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity 24/7 would not help him understand the new America. Too bad JOE

4 - Lastly, he used the Joe Biden comment regarding " Obama will be tested within the next 6 months if he wins"...but America realized whoever wins will probably be tested, the issue here is who do you trust: Mccain will react erratically like Bush (lets go to war, let’s bomb somebody, the way he reacted when the economic crisis started, the way he manages his campaign (every hour, what can we try next). America is more confident with Obama+Biden to handle a potential crisis than McCain.


GOP witdraws fund for congresswomen is exaxtly what has gone wrong in the Party. I can't believe you will not support one of the most effective Senators rather to givein to the media smear.
Not a dime to Gop until they get a back bone and fight for conservative principled candadates


Oh my GOSH, Mary...your post is priceless.... You said, "I can't believe you will not support one of the most effective Senators" Uh, didn't you mean, "most wingnut crazy fascist" Senators? Are you for real? You say, "media smear." Have you taken the time to hear what she said, then lied and denied what she said? Or do you agree that we should investigate the Senate to root out people you deem "Anti-Amercian"? Wow, the lunatic fringe has unbelievably gotten loonier, it seems.

Mckenzie Richards

I'm old so I recognize it.... McCarthyism! WOW! Glad so many people recognized it also. An honest critique of one's country is intelligent, and profoundly helpful, and patriotic but to call into question one's patriotism in hopes of muzzling honest criticism or frightening people into staying silent when they disagree with you is unconscionable. Next thing you know people like Buchmann will be advocating for picking people up off the streets, jailing people with no representation, no habeas corpus, no reading of their rights, sending them to secret jails out of the country (Uzbekistan), boiling them alive. Well, that should certainly cut down on the problem of criticism.
That's just the View from my Trailer Park.
Thank you.
MJ Richards


Bachmann is a Representative (not a Senator) and a horrible one at that. She has sponsored scarcely anything in the last two years and the few bills that she attached her name to focused entirely on removing environmental regulations. Good reasons exist behind the GOP's decision to let Bachmann walk the plank - she contributes nothing more than a vote and tarnishes the legitimacy of conservative politics.


oh mary, just for the record, michele bachman is a representative, not a senator.

as for her effectiveness, it really depends on whether or not you're one of the people she's trying to screw over or not.

Norris Hall

I'm from california but when I saw the YouTube video of Michelle Bachman accusing people of differing political views of being anti american...I went on her opponents website
and donated $30.
Now it looks like the guy is catching up to her

Mitchell Young

Given Ms. Morrison's posts of late, I would have expected some snark about the hoop earrings.


I'm so tired from following the latest the republican scandals and outrages I can barely get myself worked up over this one, even though I should. Michelle Bachmann is a complete disgrace to this country. She's everything that's wrong with the GOP today - how could anyone support a party like that? Let's hope we see her fanny kicked out onto the street where it belongs, where she can't foist her loony views on religious armageddon onto the rest of us. Did you see that she claims to have fasted for 3 days before deciding that the lord on high wanted her to run for congress? Under what rocks do the republicans find the nut jobs?



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