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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 06:15:37 PM

Colour_out_of_Space: Congressional districts should be olygons with no more than 6 sides.
Maybe 8.


Twelve! Among the sides they should have...I'll come in again.
 
2013-04-01 06:32:00 PM

Gyrfalcon: Colour_out_of_Space: Congressional districts should be olygons with no more than 6 sides.
Maybe 8.

Twelve! Among the sides they should have...I'll come in again.


That's not what I expected.
 
2013-04-01 06:32:07 PM
Really doesn't matter what the GOP tries as far as a 'makeover' goes for them... they lost any chance they had for my vote some time ago and there really isn't any way for them to earn it back. I'm not even a Democrat; I'm an Independent. The GOP, through their ideology and their actions has left me with only the Democrats to vote for on a national level (I don't vote for non-viable 3rd parties in national elections because a vote for a 3rd party is a vote that isn't countering a vote for the GOP).

I guess to sum up... I'm an Anti-Republican Independent.
 
2013-04-01 06:53:09 PM

JohnnyC: Really doesn't matter what the GOP tries as far as a 'makeover' goes for them... they lost any chance they had for my vote some time ago and there really isn't any way for them to earn it back. I'm not even a Democrat; I'm an Independent. The GOP, through their ideology and their actions has left me with only the Democrats to vote for on a national level (I don't vote for non-viable 3rd parties in national elections because a vote for a 3rd party is a vote that isn't countering a vote for the GOP).

I guess to sum up... I'm an Anti-Republican Independent.


They've poisoned the well pretty good. Their policies have been proven, repeatedly, to be disastrous. Add to that the shifting demographics away from "Old, stupid, sexist, bigoted and racist" and I sincerely hope they never win the presidency again. If we could do something about the horrendous gerrymandering they put in place, they wouldn't win many more national elections at all.
 
2013-04-01 07:15:24 PM
FTA: 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

no major gaffe?

I was under the impression that her campaign lost all momentum after her "HPV vaccine causes down syndrome" moment
 
2013-04-01 07:43:02 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.



It still sort of amuses me that the Wisconsin Synod Lutheran Church just wasn't crazy enough for her.
 
2013-04-01 07:46:58 PM
The GOP is like a 1974 Ford Pinto. It's an underpowered, unsafe, slow, ugly relic from another era. And instead of the changes necessary to make it a better car, the GOP is designing a new hood ornament. They can re-brand all they like, but the product still sucks.
 
2013-04-01 07:50:44 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?


Have you SEEN the stats on how many people die in hospitals? Is rather live in Detroit than one of those things.
 
2013-04-01 08:03:45 PM

Arkanaut: 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.


overzealous gaffer
 
2013-04-01 08:18:55 PM
theknuckler_33:

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Now THAT's how you gerrymander.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NC-Congress-12.PNG

Amateur.
 
2013-04-01 08:21:10 PM

The Why Not Guy: The GOP is like a 1974 Ford Pinto. It's an underpowered, unsafe, slow, ugly relic from another era. And instead of the changes necessary to make it a better car, the GOP is designing a new hood ornament. They can re-brand all they like, but the product still sucks.


They aren't even making any cosmetic changes. They're just explaining why it's such a great car in shorter words. You know, for the stupid poors.
 
2013-04-01 08:29:20 PM
Let's put Orly Taitz and Michelle Bachmann in the same room with a piece of paper that says Obama Birth Certificate and see what happens.
 
2013-04-01 08:34:30 PM
Pssst. Obama has shape shifted, so like Michele Bachmann better watch out.


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2013-04-01 08:54:14 PM
 Sea changes like the one much of the GOP wants to make take a long time. Thing is, will they be completely written off and replaced before those changed can be made?  Because we all know that every election in the foreseeable future will still feature at least a few outspoken wingnuts, and the local news will still be full of homegrown idiots like that one lady from Georgia in today's tab + the Todd Akins of the land. Meanwhile, all Dems have to do is continue this 'all deliberate speed' recovery and then maintain it. Believe it or not, that's a lot easier to do than to the corral the GOP into back from the brink of full retard. Or rather, pull them back to the cliff after having already gone over.
 
2013-04-01 09:26:49 PM
blueollie.files.wordpress.com

I can never get over the security guard's look of disgust.  "fark this.  I didn't sign up for this shiat.  Look at this stupid biatch.  15 years as a personal bodyguard, the recruiter comes to me with 'you'll protect a federal agent on the nation's intelligence committee.'  Then I end up following this biatch around to 'investigate' gay pride rallies.  fark, I wouldn't put it past this lying sack of crazy to make up some shiat later about how she got molesting by a couple lesbians in the bathroom, which she never even went into, then I'll have people breathing down my neck wondering how someone got accosted on my watch, even though it never farking happened.  Wouldn't put it past this goddamn harpie.  Oh great, photographers noticed her.  Not quite as ninja as you thought you were, Ms. Crazyeyes?  I hope none of them get a good view of my face.  That's the last thing I need; my buddies giving me shiat for the next 2 years because of this stupid biatch.  Yeah... watch out there, biatch.  Those gays might see you, or something.  fark this.  I'm gonna talk to my boss when I get back in the office.  I didn't sign up for this shiat."
 
2013-04-01 10:14:04 PM
Bachmann will be easily defeated in her district in 2014. She won by a scant 1.2% in 2012, and all the news about her up here is negative, crazy and corrupt.
 
2013-04-01 10:21:14 PM

zappaisfrank: [sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 560x717]


God forbid they be the party that LEGISLATES like adults, rather than characters from "Mean Girls".
 
2013-04-01 10:58:17 PM
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2013-04-01 10:59:11 PM

dickfreckle: Sea changes like the one much of the GOP wants to make take a long time. Thing is, will they be completely written off and replaced before those changed can be made?  Because we all know that every election in the foreseeable future will still feature at least a few outspoken wingnuts, and the local news will still be full of homegrown idiots like that one lady from Georgia in today's tab + the Todd Akins of the land. Meanwhile, all Dems have to do is continue this 'all deliberate speed' recovery and then maintain it. Believe it or not, that's a lot easier to do than to the corral the GOP into back from the brink of full retard. Or rather, pull them back to the cliff after having already gone over.


I want them to go screaming over the cliff.

I want them to smash at the bottom.

I don't care any longer.
 
2013-04-01 11:42:29 PM

Don't Troll Me Bro!: [blueollie.files.wordpress.com image 344x229]

I can never get over the security guard's look of disgust.  "fark this.  I didn't sign up for this shiat.  Look at this stupid biatch.  15 years as a personal bodyguard, the recruiter comes to me with 'you'll protect a federal agent on the nation's intelligence committee.'  Then I end up following this biatch around to 'investigate' gay pride rallies.  fark, I wouldn't put it past this lying sack of crazy to make up some shiat later about how she got molesting by a couple lesbians in the bathroom, which she never even went into, then I'll have people breathing down my neck wondering how someone got accosted on my watch, even though it never farking happened.  Wouldn't put it past this goddamn harpie.  Oh great, photographers noticed her.  Not quite as ninja as you thought you were, Ms. Crazyeyes?  I hope none of them get a good view of my face.  That's the last thing I need; my buddies giving me shiat for the next 2 years because of this stupid biatch.  Yeah... watch out there, biatch.  Those gays might see you, or something.  fark this.  I'm gonna talk to my boss when I get back in the office.  I didn't sign up for this shiat."


What really cracks me up is that she's hiding and trying to pretend she's not there....and her bodyguard isn't even faking; he's standing right out in the open, CLEARLY guarding somebody, clearly standing next to somebody. All he needs is one of those 'shopped arrows, or like Bugs Bunny used to use.
 
2013-04-01 11:44:11 PM

drewsclues: Bachmann will be easily defeated in her district in 2014. She won by a scant 1.2% in 2012, and all the news about her up here is negative, crazy and corrupt.


Yeah, someone has to fall on their sword, and the Republicans will make sure it's the Tea Party Caucus head.  It was a bet that Bachmann took and lost, big time.  So she's going to be the one who gets taken down and primaried out.  Nobody likes a loser, and the way the Republicans are pushing 2016 they're going to need a very public catharsis of the Teabaggers.  Enter Bachmann.
 
2013-04-02 12:10:44 AM
One positive thing I can say for Bachmann is that she does not make women look bad. Time was, a crazy female public figure made every woman look bad. "Look at that crazy biatch," someone used to say. "This is why women cannot be put in charge of things."

But Michele? She has a crazy so very much her own that it does not reflect on other women. Just a faction of her chosen party.
 
2013-04-02 02:08:52 AM

Princess Ryans Knickers: Best way to get rid of Bachmann is for the Democrats to pay for a Libertarian to run against her. Problem solved!


Why would Democrats want to get rid of her? She's one of the reasons the GOP is imploding. Keep her in office!
 
2013-04-02 02:10:54 AM

Gyrfalcon: Let's put Orly Taitz and Michelle Bachmann in the same room with a piece of paper that says Obama Birth Certificate and see what happens.


I would pay money to watch that on pay-per-view.

/You wanted the Tea Party guys, you got it! Have fun with that.
//Hee hee
///BWHAHAHAHAHAAAAA*snort*!
 
2013-04-02 02:21:51 AM

Colour_out_of_Space: Congressional districts should be olygons with no more than 6 sides.
Maybe 8.


I've been thinking about this a lot in the past, and I'd say, heck, go with 20, and any line that consists of a natural geographic boundary like a river or state/county border only counts as one, but that's all you get, 20.



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That long thin line on the left is an insult used to connect the two main sections.  And I don't care which party that was designed to benefit, it's an insult to democracy.
 
2013-04-02 02:56:21 AM
As the 1960s wore on, Republicans saw they had LOST on civil rights enforcement for black Americans and LOST on welfare payments and other assistance for "lazy" poor people. Lost big time.

So what did they do? They stoked the fire on some issues that don't demand to be nearly as public as the Radical Right presented them: school prayer ... abortion ... marriage for gays ... promotion of firearm rights ... and later, climate change adjustment. Ms. Bachmann is just another stick of kindling in those flames.

If Democrats were as radical for a left-wing agenda as most Republicans are for the Right side, Mr. Obama would have run on a campaign platform of nationalized industries, collective farming and mandatory health care at assigned hospitals.
 
2013-04-02 05:29:22 AM

Huck And Molly Ziegler: As the 1960s wore on, Republicans saw they had LOST on civil rights enforcement for black Americans and LOST on welfare payments and other assistance for "lazy" poor people. Lost big time.

So what did they do? They stoked the fire on some issues that don't demand to be nearly as public as the Radical Right presented them: school prayer ... abortion ... marriage for gays ... promotion of firearm rights ... and later, climate change adjustment. Ms. Bachmann is just another stick of kindling in those flames.


Your comment spurred a thought here.

So here's the thing. Republicans have this terrible record of picking losing battles. Why?
 
2013-04-02 06:33:47 AM

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


Are you farking serious?
 
2013-04-02 11:51:03 AM
PartTimeBuddha:  So here's the thing. Republicans have this terrible record of picking losing battles. Why?

Because of the nature of being conservative. It means, for good or for ill, no change from the status quo. If something is already 'good' (for various definitions of 'being good') then being conservative and opposing change would be a good thing. But few things start out being 'good' or, at least, can be improved upon and made better. These changes and improvements are resisted by conservatives that try to maintain status quo. Usually such resistance comes in the form of scare tactics, dis-information, partial or selective truths, and cultivating a yearning for a past that truly did not exist.

Change is hard for conservatives because the idea of not changing is in the bedrock of the idea of being conservative. Whereas being liberal, progressive, or in some fashion non-conservative leads more easily to the notion of change and ability to change. However, on that side of the spectrum, you must avoid the canard of change simply for the sake of change. Somewhere along the way you need a group of people in charge that can work out if change is needed or not, how much change if it is needed, and the power to effect that change without going too far. The GOP is not that group of people.

/it also doesn't help that a good portion of their core base want this country run under a literal interpretation of their version of the Bible
//it's easier to change a bad idea than change a bad belief
 
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