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(The Week)   Note to the GOP: as you try to pull off a party make-over to appear more cuddly, inclusive, and centrist, and less angry and batshiat crazy; Michele Bachmann is Not Helping   (theweek.com) divider line 79
    More: Obvious, Michele Bachmann, GOP, Ed Rollins, Office of Congressional Ethics, John Avlon, gilda radner, young voters, The Daily Beast  
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2013-04-01 01:16:46 PM
All they have to do is NOT call people "wetbacks"
 
2013-04-01 01:30:50 PM

vernonFL: All they have to do is NOT call people "wetbacks"


DOH!
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2013-04-01 01:42:20 PM
 or inability to debate well, like Rick Perry

Michele Bachman knows how to debate well?  The one who said "Anderson, Anderson" is a good debator or the GOP side?  The GOP is more farked than I thought.
 
2013-04-01 01:42:47 PM
Her name has repeatedly been splashed in headlines because of her sensationalist statements that destroy her credibility.

Which is quite an accomplishment for someone who never had any.
 
2013-04-01 01:46:23 PM

spongeboob: or inability to debate well, like Rick Perry

Michele Bachman knows how to debate well?  The one who said "Anderson, Anderson" is a good debator or the GOP side?  The GOP is more farked than I thought.


Or says "It's insulting to say that these are political speeches, because that's one thing I do not do, is political speech"

*audience full of Republicans laughs*
 
2013-04-01 01:58:03 PM
Bachmann, in a rare break from slanderous right-wing hyperbole, decided to push for something practical: highway improvements in her district.
Without getting into the debate of public transport vs. more highway lanes etc., I think there's a pretty decent consensus that the improvements she's pushing for are a good idea.

She can't, however, add them to an actual bill. That would make them an earmark, which the GOP has decided are always bad, even if disclosed.

The Democrats campaigned partly on earmark reform after the Abramoff scandals, I believe they helped force disclosure of earmark authors* - if you put an earmark in a bill, you had to put your name next to it. Then when the Democrats took the majority in the House, the Republicans loudly complained that there were still earmarks. It's the sort of gross simplification of issues that are all-too-common; e.g., the argument that climate change isn't caused by man-made pollution becomes "there is no climate change and the earth is not warming".

So, we get "no earmarks ever, Dems said they were bad but still had them, and now watch us - no earmarks ever, ever, ever". This was largely directed by the Tea Party, led partly by Michelle Bachmann.

Hence, the one non-ideological, non-hyperpartisan issue she pushes for, she can't actually ask for in legislation because of ideological, hyperpartisan concerns.

*can't remember if the Republicans passed it while trying to retain the House or if the Dems did it after taking it over, either way it wasn't a priority before the Republicans found themselves in trouble following the Abramoff scandal
 
2013-04-01 02:40:17 PM
Shhhhh!
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Don't ruin it for the rest of us!
 
2013-04-01 02:44:12 PM
MB "Try to imagine it: Let's repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens. Let's not do that. Let's love people. Let's care about people. Let's repeal it now while we can."

Because everyone knows that access to health care is the leading cause of death?
 
2013-04-01 02:47:39 PM
"Bachmann committed no major gaffe to lose that lead, no revelation of old affairs, like Herman Cain, or inability to debate well, like Rick Perry," says Joel Mathis at the Philly Post. "Instead, what seemed to put off GOP supporters was the same thing that's always alarmed the rest of us about Michele Bachmann: She seemed just a little crazy."

The power of understatement...
 
2013-04-01 02:49:46 PM
Watching the GOP try to run away from the monster they've created is just way too satisfying.
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2013-04-01 02:52:59 PM

monoski: MB "Try to imagine it: Let's repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens. Let's not do that. Let's love people. Let's care about people. Let's repeal it now while we can."

Because everyone knows that access to health care is the leading cause of death?


Duh!  Look at all the people who die in hospitals.  If they hadn't been in that hospital, they wouldn't have died there.

Study it out!
 
2013-04-01 02:56:48 PM
Would some farker over in Blaine, Anoka or St. Cloud kindly inform us as to what the f*ck your problem is?

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2013-04-01 03:01:12 PM
At least she's honest, at least about her perspective, compared to the mainstream GOPs brand of winning people over.  Let's not change our beliefs, let's just change our message to make our beliefs seem more palatable.
 
2013-04-01 03:02:55 PM
My MIL had a recent run in with Bachmann down in DC that she told me about over Easter dinner yesterday. My MIL was leading a tour group of elementary school kids and Bachmann was in the place they were touring. One of the kids asked Bachmann what she did for a living..... so in response she launched into a rant about Obama and the Democrats' agenda and how evil it was...

Let's just say that the kind of class she displayed didn't really change my opinion of her much.
 
2013-04-01 03:07:27 PM
Didn't the Dems receive the same advice in 2004 with Dennis Kucinich?

How'd that work out?
 
2013-04-01 03:08:25 PM
As soon as Romney care kicks in, she will get those meds that will stop her insanity.

/Provided she doesn't spit them out because the orderly didn't check to see if she swallowed.
//Then there are the manual barfers who try to regurgitate the pill without losing to much food.
 
2013-04-01 03:10:34 PM
It's almost as if Bachmann were a Democratic mole embedded in the Republican Party with the purpose of chasing away a wide range of voters.

False flag operation, nothing to see here.
 
2013-04-01 03:12:51 PM

rjakobi: Didn't the Dems receive the same advice in 2004 with Dennis Kucinich?

How'd that work out?


They won the next two presidential elections?
 
2013-04-01 03:17:02 PM
It's almost as if Bachmann were a Democratic mole embedded in the Republican Party with the purpose of chasing away a wide range of voters.

Now if it were true, wouldn't that be the ultimate irony.
 
2013-04-01 03:24:02 PM

verbaltoxin: Would some farker over in Blaine, Anoka or St. Cloud kindly inform us as to what the f*ck your problem is?

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Woodbury's on that map.

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That might explain some things.
 
2013-04-01 03:25:18 PM

rjakobi: Didn't the Dems receive the same advice in 2004 with Dennis Kucinich?


Not that I recall, no.
 
2013-04-01 03:26:33 PM

Arkanaut: rjakobi: Didn't the Dems receive the same advice in 2004 with Dennis Kucinich?

How'd that work out?

They won the next two presidential elections?


Shhhh, let them keep it up and they won't see Penn Ave for the next decade
 
2013-04-01 03:27:28 PM

verbaltoxin: Would some farker over in Blaine, Anoka or St. Cloud kindly inform us as to what the f*ck your problem is?

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When my mother in law told me about her recent run-in with Ms. Bachmann I said something similar. "She keeps getting elected though... What's up with your peeps back in MN? Tell them to quit voting for her!"

Apparently despite the gerrymandering her last election was a close one, so they're hoping she won't last much longer. I'm not so optimistic.
 
2013-04-01 03:29:11 PM
It's all white people and megachurches in her district. Her spiritual advisor, the farking fraud, Mac Hammond's church is literally just down the road.

In that church, there are no crosses to be seen, just a US flag and an Israeli one.
 
2013-04-01 03:29:17 PM
The interesting thing to me about all this is that people like Bachmann and Santorum and Perry are going to make the GOP's attempts at rebranding fail pretty miserably. If half or two-thirds of the party decide that gay marriage is inevitable so they should stop talking about it, and the remaining fraction keeps right on proclaiming that God'll smite us for not shaming gays straight, the Republican party's image as the anti-gay party isn't going anywhere. If half the Republicans decide to push for immigration reform as part of an outreach to minorities, and the rest keep dropping rhetorical bombs about 'those people' stealing our jobs, then their image among their target audience isn't going to change.

If your rebranding strategy relies on having your party stop talking about unpopular things, you need an overwhelming majority of your members to be on-board or it won't work.
 
2013-04-01 03:32:27 PM
Best way to get rid of Bachmann is for the Democrats to pay for a Libertarian to run against her. Problem solved!
 
2013-04-01 03:33:40 PM

Martian_Astronomer: If your rebranding strategy relies on having your party stop talking about unpopular things, you need an overwhelming majority of your members to be on-board or it won't work.


The problem, though, is that they believe those "unpopular things" are things they are 100% correct on and they just need to communicate those things to people better.  See?  Problem solved!
 
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2013-04-01 03:34:19 PM

monoski: Because everyone knows that access to health care is the leading cause of death?


Well, many people do die in the hospital, so...
 
2013-04-01 03:39:06 PM

Dog Welder: The problem, though, is that they believe those "unpopular things" are things they are 100% correct on and they just need to communicate those things to people better. See? Problem solved!


So instead of saying that they want to violently bend the government over the bed, anally rape it with austerity, throw grandma into the streets and grind you down as a worker with deregulation, the truth is rather

They want to closely examine the way Washington is not working for the middle class and pass a responsible budget that ensures the safety of programs all of us depends all the while floating the boat that is business by letting the water trickle down into the economy pool.

Aight...where's my job Luntz?
 
2013-04-01 03:47:05 PM

verbaltoxin: Would some farker over in Blaine, Anoka or St. Cloud kindly inform us as to what the f*ck your problem is?

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STOP USING THE OLD MAP

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2013-04-01 03:47:39 PM
Not one mention in that article of corndogs...
 
2013-04-01 03:50:03 PM
I has a sad. My headline was better.
 
2013-04-01 04:00:09 PM
 
2013-04-01 04:01:29 PM

Evil High Priest: Go give 'ol Crazy Eyes some love:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/04/01/1198376/-Presenting-your-20 13 -Republican-March-to-Madness-Freakshow-Four


Its gonna go down to her and Dick, I had my money on her from the start so my bracket is looking pretty good
 
2013-04-01 04:04:59 PM

sgnilward: It's all white people and megachurches in her district. Her spiritual advisor, the farking fraud, Mac Hammond's church is literally just down the road.

In that church, there are no crosses to be seen, just a US flag and an Israeli one.


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2013-04-01 04:09:43 PM

verbaltoxin: Would some farker over in Blaine, Anoka or St. Cloud kindly inform us as to what the f*ck your problem is?

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As a farker in St. Cloud, I must point out that just because a majority of this disctrict voted for her doesn't mean everyone voted for her. I sure as hell didn't. Maybe we'll finally kick her out next time.
 
2013-04-01 04:22:30 PM

MyKingdomForYourHorse: Evil High Priest: Go give 'ol Crazy Eyes some love:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/04/01/1198376/-Presenting-your-20 13 -Republican-March-to-Madness-Freakshow-Four

Its gonna go down to her and Dick, I had my money on her from the start so my bracket is looking pretty good


Hey, me too! Crazy Eyes, ftw!
 
2013-04-01 04:30:00 PM
FTFA: Liberal plant...
 
2013-04-01 04:43:52 PM
It's almost as if Bachmann were a Democratic mole embedded in the Republican Party with the purpose of chasing away a wide range of voters.

I love how Republicans blame everything - even their own lunatics - on Democrats. Ok GOP, let's say you're right. Keep in mind the plan would only work if crazy nutjob Bachmann was plausible as a Republican.
 
2013-04-01 04:46:53 PM
According to The Daily Best, Bachmann gets her news from World Nut Daily.

Makes you wonder if American-style democracy needs to be rethought.
 
2013-04-01 04:48:39 PM
You libs are just afraid of a strong, intelligent woman.
 
2013-04-01 04:50:31 PM

The Why Not Guy: It's almost as if Bachmann were a Democratic mole embedded in the Republican Party with the purpose of chasing away a wide range of voters.

I love how Republicans blame everything - even their own lunatics - on Democrats. Ok GOP, let's say you're right. Keep in mind the plan would only work if crazy nutjob Bachmann was plausible as a Republican.


and batshiat crazy GOP voters would vote for her more than the other guy...
 
2013-04-01 05:03:42 PM

Muta: You libs are just afraid of a strong, intelligent woman.


Absolutely. Hillary Clinton could crush me.

Michelle, on the other hand, scares me because she's batshiat insane.
 
2013-04-01 05:05:31 PM
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2013-04-01 05:14:50 PM

idsfa: verbaltoxin: Would some farker over in Blaine, Anoka or St. Cloud kindly inform us as to what the f*ck your problem is?

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STOP USING THE OLD MAP

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Meh... amateurs. Check out my home district.

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Now THAT's how you gerrymander.
 
2013-04-01 05:18:12 PM

verbaltoxin: Would some farker over in Blaine, Anoka or St. Cloud kindly inform us as to what the f*ck your problem is?

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That district is where people moved to when Minneapolis got "too black," after Adrian Peterson moved in down the street from Prince.
 
2013-04-01 05:21:25 PM

Sgt Otter: verbaltoxin: Would some farker over in Blaine, Anoka or St. Cloud kindly inform us as to what the f*ck your problem is?

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That district is where people moved to when Minneapolis got "too black," after Adrian PetersonKirby Puckett moved in down the street from Prince.


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2013-04-01 05:33:48 PM

Derp Du Jour: FTFA: Liberal plant...


The Why Not Guy: I love how Republicans blame everything - even their own lunatics - on Democrats. Ok GOP, let's say you're right. Keep in mind the plan would only work if crazy nutjob Bachmann was plausible as a Republican.


I don't think the author was seriously blaming Michelle Bachmann on liberals; I think the point is that she is so batshiat insane she might as well be a liberal plant.
 
2013-04-01 05:42:35 PM

zero7717: verbaltoxin: Would some farker over in Blaine, Anoka or St. Cloud kindly inform us as to what the f*ck your problem is?

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As a farker in St. Cloud, I must point out that just because a majority of this disctrict voted for her doesn't mean everyone voted for her. I sure as hell didn't. Maybe we'll finally kick her out next time.


I vaguely remember a friend of mine from the area saying something about St. Cloud State being the subject of a vicious debate/lawsuit on racism, but the Googles are sparse with details.  Any idea what would have been going on in the late 90s-early 2000s?
 
2013-04-01 05:52:29 PM
Congressional districts should be olygons with no more than 6 sides.
Maybe 8.
 
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