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October 17, 2008
By: Hilzoy

Anti-American

After saying, about Barack Obama, that "I'm very concerned that he may have anti-American views," Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) calls on the media to investigate which members of Congress are anti-American:

That's revolting. Though perhaps not surprising, coming from someone who says: "Ronald Reagan has been a tremendous hero of mine, as has Ann Coulter. I just adore Ann Coulter."

According to Pollster.com, there have only been two polls of Rep. Bachmann's district. However, the last one, from a week ago, shows her only four points ahead of her Democratic challenger, Elwyn TinklenbergThe DCCC has added Tinklenberg to its 'Red to Blue' campaign, and the NRCC is putting up ads for Bachmann. That means that both sides think this race is competitive.

Besides Bachmann's willingness to call people who disagree with her anti-American, she has a number of other peculiar views. When she's not blaming the current economic crisis on the Community Reinvestment Act, she says this:

"Rep. Michele Bachmann, a Republican, is telling voters that "hyper-regulation" by the federal government created a chain of events that caused bank failures and credit freezes."

She also seems to have a thing about incandescent light bulbs:

"How many members of Congress does it take to change a light bulb? Americans may soon find out, courtesy of a contrarian piece of legislation introduced this month by Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.

Titled the "Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act," the bill seeks to repeal the nationwide phase-out of conventional light bulbs, the kind that have been used for more than a century -- pretty much since the invention of the incandescent light bulb.

Bachmann, a first-term Republican, is challenging the nation's embrace of energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights, saying the government has no business telling consumers what kind of light bulbs they can buy."

And then there was the time she said she knew of a secret agreement by Iran to partition Iraq and use part of it as a training ground for terrorists (a statement she later retracted):

"Iran is the trouble maker, trying to tip over apple carts all over Baghdad right now because they want America to pull out. And do you know why? It’s because they've already decided that they're going to partition Iraq.

And half of Iraq, the western, northern portion of Iraq, is going to be called the Iraq State of Islam, something like that. And I'm sorry, I don't have the official name, but it's meant to be the training ground for the terrorists. There's already an agreement made.

They are going to get half of Iraq and that is going to be a terrorist safe haven zone where they can go ahead and bring about more terrorist attacks in the Middle East region and then to come against the United States because we are their avowed enemy."

And that's in addition to trying to ban gay marriage, voting against an increase in the minimum wage, and supporting the partial privatization of Social Security, etc., etc., etc.

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"There's already an agreement made."

OK, Michelle, let's see it.

Posted by: steveb on October 17, 2008 at 9:45 PM | PERMALINK

Someone somewhere voted for this train wreck.

Baffling.

Posted by: dontcallmefrancis on October 17, 2008 at 9:51 PM | PERMALINK

I would love to ask Chris Matthews how he justifies giving airtime to such a political degenerate. Making allegations with zero evidence, without even bothering to wave around a piece of paper bearing a "list." Does the RNC somehow force him to interview whoever they say? Are there times when the only right-wingers available are the hatemongers? It's obvious from the clip that Matthews feels contempt for her, so why is she on his show?

Posted by: npr on October 17, 2008 at 9:53 PM | PERMALINK

"There's already an agreement made."

OK, Michelle, let's see it.

Posted by: steveb on October 17, 2008 at 9:54 PM | PERMALINK

I would love to ask Chris Matthews how he justifies giving airtime to such a political degenerate. Making allegations with zero evidence, without even bothering to wave around a piece of paper bearing a "list." Does the RNC somehow force him to interview whoever they say? Are there times when the only right-wingers available are the hatemongers? It's obvious from the clip that Matthews feels contempt for her, so why is she on his show?

Posted by: npr on October 17, 2008 at 9:55 PM | PERMALINK

That was her Macaca moment. People are going to her opponents site and dropping piles of cash. she is going down These people have no shame
Here it is from the 50's That she suffers the same ignominy will be only fitting . there is no room in American politics for her ilk

At a session on June 9, 1954, McCarthy charged that one of Welch's attorneys had ties to a Communist organization. As an amazed television audience looked on, Welch responded with the immortal lines that ultimately ended McCarthy's career:"Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness." When McCarthy tried to continue his attack, Welch angrily interrupted, "Let us not assassinate this lad further, senator. You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency?"

Overnight, McCarthy's immense national popularity evaporated. Censured by his Senate colleagues, ostracized by his party, and ignored by the press, McCarthy died three years later, 48 years old and a broken man.

Posted by: John R on October 17, 2008 at 9:56 PM | PERMALINK

So, Steve, zeitgeist, does this move Bachmann ahead of King? Personally, I can't wait until we're all giggling about Congressman Tinkleberg.

Tee hee.

Posted by: doubtful on October 17, 2008 at 10:03 PM | PERMALINK

We can disagree with one another without impugning our opponents' patriotism.

Terrorist!

Freedom's not only not free, but you can't even get it on credit anymore. Cash only!

Posted by: Doctor Biobrain on October 17, 2008 at 10:07 PM | PERMALINK

I went over to ActBlue and donated $250.00 to Elven.

She's out to lunch. She could be a tag-team with Sarah Palin. Both are the "c" word.

Posted by: phoebes in santa fe on October 17, 2008 at 10:12 PM | PERMALINK

"Michele is a member of the House Financial Services Committee, with jurisdiction over housing and real estate issues and banking and the financial services industry, giving her a perfect platform for her commonsense, fiscal conservative agenda."

One would think that her committee assignment would, at this point in time, give her enough to think about . . .

Posted by: Gatoriffic on October 17, 2008 at 10:15 PM | PERMALINK

Dang, at least McCarthy was drunk half the time. What's her excuse -- auto-lobotomy?

Posted by: mroberts on October 17, 2008 at 10:18 PM | PERMALINK

Hilzoy: I just went over to Elwyn Tinklenberg's website and made a donation.

Isn't the internet great?

Posted by: koreyel on October 17, 2008 at 10:20 PM | PERMALINK

$100 from me. This psycho needs to be thrown out, pronto.

Posted by: TR on October 17, 2008 at 10:24 PM | PERMALINK

I asked my brother, who lives in Minneapolis, about this dork. He said that Minnisotans have a thing for electing weirdos (Jesse Ventura among others) because they themselves are so repressed. Having said that, I have to wonder why on earth this dork would be so stupid as to want to revive the HUAC since she would be the first to go in front of them. If there was ever anyone who repudiated American values, it is her.

Posted by: Texas Aggie on October 17, 2008 at 10:25 PM | PERMALINK

Count me in for $20 and a top-of-the-lung rant consisting of "YOU" followed by approximately thirty obscenities.

Posted by: lampwick on October 17, 2008 at 10:37 PM | PERMALINK

I'm having a really hard time here. I mean, I just can't figure it out. The question that is bothering me is, "who is dumber, Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann?" Help me out here.

Posted by: Franklin on October 17, 2008 at 10:48 PM | PERMALINK

Michele Bachmann is the weirdo freak who hid in the bushes to watch a gay rights rally in Minnesota when she was a state senator.

Posted by: Mnemosyne on October 17, 2008 at 10:53 PM | PERMALINK

Investigate people to see if they're pro- or anti-American? OK Michelle, we'll start with you.

Stupid cow. But I understand the guy running for her seat is in danger of being buried by donations thanks to her dingbattery.

Michele Bachmann is the weirdo freak who hid in the bushes to watch a gay rights rally in Minnesota when she was a state senator.

I bet Larry Craig wishes he'd thought of that excuse.

Posted by: tAwO 4 That 1 on October 17, 2008 at 11:03 PM | PERMALINK

What was going on with the delay of her responses? Were the circuit boards overheating or was she channeling Sean Hannity?

Scary. Who elects these nutjobs ???

The stupid vote is locked up in 2012.
Republican ticket, 2012.
Palin/Bachmann.

Posted by: Jay in Oregon on October 17, 2008 at 11:05 PM | PERMALINK

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Posted by: sitestudentw on October 17, 2008 at 11:25 PM | PERMALINK

Same story on the HuffPost notes two interesting things:

1) There's already a campaign to censure these McCarthyist statements, and
2) Bachmann's opponent has racked up $23,000 in donations since this aired ... keep it up folks!

Posted by: Franklin on October 17, 2008 at 11:26 PM | PERMALINK

Just donated. What a disgrace. Katrina van den Heuvel came on afterwards and did a great job expressing how shocking and McCarthyite those comments were.

Time for some people "from outside the district" to flood her opponent with money.

Posted by: Z on October 17, 2008 at 11:28 PM | PERMALINK

Matthews did the right thing by letting her rant on. He obviously wasn't falling for it but he clearly understood how goddamn looney tunes she sounded so why throw her a life line? Let her do the damage all by herself.

Posted by: GK on October 17, 2008 at 11:38 PM | PERMALINK

Seems these tubes are great for passing money from one place to another. Act Blue now at 1708 donors for $68,840.

Posted by: JD in SD on October 17, 2008 at 11:41 PM | PERMALINK

The gem moment of the night was on the Larry King show when he asked the Rebublican panel of guests if they had heard of G. Gordon Liddy and with a blank face Bachmann quietly answered no. King asked it thinking all of them know who Liddy is and only wanted a response about the connection of Liddy to McCain. Bachmann was clueless as we already know. Please Donate to Tinklenberg for Congress and help remove this embarrassment from Minnesota!

Posted by: tiredofgreed on October 17, 2008 at 11:51 PM | PERMALINK

Who elects these nutjobs ???

Bachmann was elected to Congress from Minnesota's 6th congressional district in the same year that Minnesota's 5th congressional district elected Keith Ellison, America's first Muslim congressman. Astonishing, really, the diversity of Minnesota's congressional delegation. It was a narrow win, iirc.

The 6th district is notoriously conservative, the incubator for Minnesota's anti-abortion movement. It consists of the suburbs that ring St Paul. Bachmann was handpicked and groomed by George Bush and Dick Cheney in 2006. She is an archetypal Christian fundamentalist politician--hates homosexuals, hates abortion, hates evolution--but she is attractive and well-groomed. You don't realize how disorganized her thinking is unless you are paying more attention than most voters.

In many way, she is like a polished Sarah Palin.

Posted by: PTate in MN on October 18, 2008 at 12:13 AM | PERMALINK

Rep. Wingut Bachmann is as anti-American as anyone, and yes, I question her patriotism.

Posted by: Rich on October 18, 2008 at 12:22 AM | PERMALINK

"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel"
Samuel Johnson - 1775

Posted by: Shivas on October 18, 2008 at 12:26 AM | PERMALINK

A House committee to investigate un-American activities? It worked so well the last time they tried it.

Posted by: Zorro for the Common Good on October 18, 2008 at 12:42 AM | PERMALINK

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

George Santayana

Posted by: jcricket on October 18, 2008 at 12:50 AM | PERMALINK

I loathe this person. I'm in for $25 bucks at ActBlue. Crazy Jesus Lady has to go, so help El out and toss him a couple of bucks.

Posted by: yam on October 18, 2008 at 12:51 AM | PERMALINK

While this woman is pretty reprehensible, she's right about at least one thing; outlawing incandescent lightbulbs is silly. Living/working under fluorescent lighting, particularly older systems with magnetic ballasts, increases stress and inability to concentrate.

I leave my office overhead lights off and illuminate with table and desk lamps. I've noticed more and more of my colleagues following suit.

I hope I don't have to start paying a source to smuggle in incandescent bulbs from Mexico.

Posted by: Arachnae on October 18, 2008 at 12:54 AM | PERMALINK

I guess somebody has to counterbalance Maxine Waters.

And just think, we've had idiots like these in Congress for more than 200 years now. How have we survived this long?

Posted by: MatthewRMarler on October 18, 2008 at 12:55 AM | PERMALINK

I sent him some money too. Anything to get that crazy woman off my teevee. Yuck.

Posted by: Kent on October 18, 2008 at 1:16 AM | PERMALINK

She makes the news pretty frequently - and ever since she first got elected she's been the funnier of the two house commediennes (the other being Jean Schmidt of Ohio). If she gets defeated I will do a happy dance while secretly mourning that her slapstick stupidity will no longer be in my view.

She's been quite entertaining in a way that's sort of reminiscent of watching my cat hork up a ball of kibble when he eats too much.

(Okay - I know - but it IS Friday!)

Posted by: SBGorr on October 18, 2008 at 1:24 AM | PERMALINK

Wow. And I thought her grope-fest of Bush at the 2007 SOTU was her low point. But this...sheesh, what a dumbass. (How much you want to be her neighbor Keith Ellison is one of those "anti-American" politicians.)

Bachmann freaks me out. Besides her stupidity and crazy views, it's those eyes. Nothing in them at all. The eyes of either a doomsday prophet or one of Charles Manson's groupies.

Posted by: gf120581 on October 18, 2008 at 1:28 AM | PERMALINK

"Rep. Michele Bachmann, a Republican, is telling voters that "hyper-regulation" by the federal government created a chain of events that caused bank failures and credit freezes."

The rep clearly doesnt comprehend what deregulation has caused.

Posted by: Jet on October 18, 2008 at 1:31 AM | PERMALINK

And half of Iraq, the western, northern portion of Iraq, is going to be called the Iraq State of Islam, something like that. (Bachmann talking about Iran's "plan" to partition Iraq.)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Am I the only one to notice that she said Iran was going to use the Kurd & Sunni areas of Iraq to set up Shiite terrorism camps? She almost makes Sarahcuda sound smart!

Posted by: bob in fla on October 18, 2008 at 1:38 AM | PERMALINK

What? No one has called her a dim bulb, more heat than light? Cmon people.

Posted by: matt on October 18, 2008 at 1:51 AM | PERMALINK
"Rep. Michele Bachmann, a Republican, is telling voters that "hyper-regulation" by the federal government created a chain of events that caused bank failures and credit freezes."

Then she fits right in with her party. It was the Glorious Leader himself who famously blamed the economic doldrums of 2002 on "SEC overreach."

Posted by: noncarborundum on October 18, 2008 at 2:23 AM | PERMALINK

I guess somebody has to counterbalance Maxine Waters.

Maxine Waters is still in the House? Geez, I live in LA County and I'd totally forgotten that.

Funny how Waters isn't getting the same invitations from Chris Matthews and Larry King since she and Bachmann are exactly alike but on opposite sides of the aisle.

Posted by: Mnemosyne on October 18, 2008 at 2:42 AM | PERMALINK

The real fight begins November 5th. Bachmann and her repulsive type will begin a relentless attack immediately to attempt to cripple the new adminstration and smear Obama, his supporters and the Democrats in congress. He's going to win, the Democrats will make congresional gains, and the likes of Bachmann can't be allowed to set the agenda and poison the discourse. This election is a repudiation of all she stands for.

Posted by: Saint Zak on October 18, 2008 at 3:37 AM | PERMALINK

I just donated my hard-earned $25 and sent her an email informing her of my action and wished her good riddance when she gets defeated. Bachmann is as "un-American" as Sarah ... very sad situation for our country.

Posted by: Ed on October 18, 2008 at 3:39 AM | PERMALINK

Actually I agree with her 100% about the light bulbs. If she could limit her legacy to pushing freedom of choice for light bulbs, she might be a decent Congressional rep.

Of course if she weren't loony then she'd be Libertarian or something else besides Republican.

Posted by: Equal Opportunity Cynic on October 18, 2008 at 4:08 AM | PERMALINK

Rep. Bachmann appears to be applying for the position of Sarah Palin's fluffer.

Posted by: Pantagruel on October 18, 2008 at 4:48 AM | PERMALINK

Yep, $25 from me. Seriously disgusting rhetoric on her part. And the GOP wonders why their party is in a shambles???

Posted by: JWK on October 18, 2008 at 4:50 AM | PERMALINK

The only reason Palin and Bachmann have any voice, have been elevated is their careers is that they adhere to a mainstream, yes Barbie doll style, appearance. They throw enough sex into their "wholesome, family-values" horseshit and the repressed, hating masses have a collective orgasm and vote for her. People want to either do them or be them.

Posted by: Donna on October 18, 2008 at 7:20 AM | PERMALINK

I'm having a really hard time here. I mean, I just can't figure it out. The question that is bothering me is, "who is dumber, Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann?" Help me out here.

Spend 5 minutes watching this video. It gives you quite a bit more insight into Michelle Bachmann, and I would imagine, Sarah Palin as well. Pretty creepy.

"A Fool for Christ"

Posted by: JAC on October 18, 2008 at 7:26 AM | PERMALINK

Well, it seems I don't know how to imbed a link. Here is the "A Fool for Christ" link again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ4wtwcrybM

Posted by: JAC on October 18, 2008 at 7:29 AM | PERMALINK

Elwyn Tinklenberg's ActBlue page is closing fast on $100,000 in donations for one day - currently $98,200 and going up by the minute... He (and we) should hope Bachmann makes a comparably rabid tv appearance every single day between now and the election. She's a Democratic fundraising goldmine!

Posted by: DanJoaquinOz on October 18, 2008 at 7:57 AM | PERMALINK

"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel"
Samuel Johnson - 1775

PATRIOTISM, n.
Combustible rubbish read to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name.

In Dr. Johnson's famous dictionary patriotism is defined as the last resort of a scoundrel. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer I beg to submit that it is the first.

Ambrose Bierce -- "The Devil's Dictionary"

Posted by: mjm on October 18, 2008 at 8:53 AM | PERMALINK

I never thought I would say this....but it is Republicans like this, that make me miss Newt Gingrich. I am sorry at least he showed some intellectual rigor. Rep. Bachmann is just a jingoistic demagogue. She is the epitome of what has come to symbolize the republican party.

Posted by: RomanX` on October 18, 2008 at 10:18 AM | PERMALINK

There you go kids! That douche bag has an zip + 4 restriction on her website.
http://bachmann.house.gov/Contact/ZipCode.htm
Just punch it in and tell her what kind of American
you think she is.
56303-4701 (the county courthouse zip how apropos )

Posted by: John R on October 18, 2008 at 10:19 AM | PERMALINK

Michele Bachmann or Steve King--wow--that is a tough one as each one of them is dumber than a box of rocks and each has said some very offensive fascist things. It's hard to be respectful of the democratic process and the "People's House" of Congress when it results in such obviously ill-equipped office holders. Maybe H.L. Mencken was right and occasionally the idiots amongst us will elect a perfect moron.

Posted by: Toutatis on October 18, 2008 at 12:01 PM | PERMALINK

Bachmann and Palin - The Barbie Doll faces of American Fascism. There can't be a more unamerican trait than calling others unpatriotic.

I'm sure Bachmann would have no problem in enacting legislation to force us "anti-americans" to wear some form of ID so the she and her ilk can more easily ID us for whatever programs they have in store.

This bitch needs to go down. I sent $100 and may do so again if needed.

Posted by: bdop4 on October 18, 2008 at 12:44 PM | PERMALINK

Bachmann is an ignorant oppressor. End of story.

Lindy

Posted by: Don Lowell on October 18, 2008 at 2:45 PM | PERMALINK

Elwyn Tinkleberg? With a name like that I'm sure he spent the better part of High School hanging in a locker by his underwear.

Posted by: vavoom on October 18, 2008 at 7:21 PM | PERMALINK

"Don't call me Francis" gets it right. Why give this wingnut the time of day?

Posted by: Leanderthal on October 18, 2008 at 9:20 PM | PERMALINK

ActBlue's donation page for Elwyn Tinklenberg has already gone past a quarter-million dollars, still climbing steadily.

Elwyn Tinklenberg's own campaign website.

I hear his donations from all sources have exceeded half a million dollars, just since Ms. Bachman's "anti-American" talk fiasco on Hardball.

So you might consider that Chris Matthews did a public service to keep her talking.

"Enough rope", and all that.

Posted by: Pyre on October 18, 2008 at 11:02 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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