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June 11, 2009

BACHMANN SEES 'GANGSTER GOVERNMENT'.... The always-entertaining Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), picking up on a conspiracy theory touted on far-right blogs and talk radio, took to the floor of the House this week to lament the outbreak of "gangster government." (via Blue Girl)

It's an interesting story, actually. Bachmann explained that there's a GM dealership in Minnesota, which was poised to be shut down, "that applied to their [sic] Democrat [sic] senator to appeal for help so that they could stay open." She added, "There is [sic] no private corporations the way we used to think of GM."

The problem, as Bachmann sees it, is that the car dealer, Paul Walser, reached out to Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) for support. Klobuchar helped connect Walser to GM officials, Walser appealed the closing, and GM agreed to let the dealership stay open.

This is outrageous, apparently, because a Democratic senator intervened in support of a constituent. Bachmann sees a "gangster government" conspiracy involving a Democratic administration, a Democratic lawmaker, and a constituent seeking assistance.

There are a couple of problems with the argument. Most notably, Paul Walser isn't a Democrat; he's a generous Republican donor, who has contributed thousands of dollars to Michele Bachmann and tens of thousands to the Minnesota Republican Party.

Jed Lewison summarized:

Michele Bachmann is pushing a conspiracy theory that the Obama administration is using the GM situation to reward its political supporters.

Her primary piece of evidence is a dealership in her own state owned and operated by a Republican who hasn't contributed to a Democrat on the federal level in at least 10 years. [...]

That leaves us with two possibilities: either the Obama administration [officials] are the least competent conspirators ever, or Michele Bachmann is a paranoid and delusional freak.

There is no conspiracy.

Steve Benen 10:05 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (31)

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From the desk of Michelle Bachmann:

There is obviously an ongoing conspiracy to make me look stupid.

Posted by: Michhell Bachmann on June 11, 2009 at 10:10 AM | PERMALINK

no, you're wrong! there is a conspiracy!

the democrats are buying popularity by providing help to constituents!

this is so unfair!

i wouldn't be surprised to hear that the republicans were submitting a bill which mandates 51% of the seats in the house and senate be republican.

Posted by: karen marie on June 11, 2009 at 10:14 AM | PERMALINK

Er, just a few weeks ago, weren't the Repugs wailing that the Democrats were putting Repug car dealers out of business on purpose? Huh? Now one saves a Repug car dealer and that's bad?

The whole lot of them ought to be institutionalized. Or maybe we can get Palau to take them.

Posted by: Susan on June 11, 2009 at 10:17 AM | PERMALINK

An acccusation of "gangster government" from the Congresswoman who, just months ago, called for "armed revolt" against allowing the Bush/Cheney tax cuts for the wealthiest 3% to expire. Huh?

Michelle Bachmann's delusional conspiracy theories are beginning to lose some of their impact. The MN Rep.'s crazy talk has established herself as a genuine wacko nutjob. Bachmann belongs to the same dark, scary underworld as Dick Cheney.

How awful to live in a world of fear and threat where everyone is a socialist conspirator. Sadly, this is Bachmann's idea of the "real" America. Batshit crazy lady, that one.

Posted by: Carol A on June 11, 2009 at 10:17 AM | PERMALINK

Just got done reading an article about the shooter at the Holocaust Museum yesterday and Bachmann's conspiracy theories sound every bit as loony as his albeit without the overt racism although I suspect the gangster reference was intended to be a dig at the color of our President's skin.

Posted by: Terry on June 11, 2009 at 10:19 AM | PERMALINK

Well, Walser was a Republican, at least. Perhaps he will rethink his political leanings given who is helping him and who is lambasting and boycotting him.

Shedding supporters, it's what the party of Bachmann does.

Posted by: doubtful on June 11, 2009 at 10:20 AM | PERMALINK

James von Brunn - testosterone + Jesus = Michelle Bachmann.

Posted by: Steve M. on June 11, 2009 at 10:21 AM | PERMALINK

Who votes for this clown?

Posted by: Chocolate Thunder on June 11, 2009 at 10:25 AM | PERMALINK

all those years back, those adolescent crushes we had on donna reed, jane wyatt, even harriet nelson and -- gasp -- lucy...

vengence is mine sayth the teevee god...

Posted by: neill on June 11, 2009 at 10:26 AM | PERMALINK

Palin/Bachmann, the voice of God is theirs.

Posted by: SteveA on June 11, 2009 at 10:29 AM | PERMALINK

I'm sure the dealer would have reached out to Senator Coleman if he could. Who else is the guy going to call?

Posted by: dc resident on June 11, 2009 at 10:29 AM | PERMALINK

It gets better. I heard yesterday that a few days ago Bachmann and Klobuchar worked together to intervene on behalf of a Crysler dealer in Bachmann's district.

Posted by: Ron Byers on June 11, 2009 at 10:29 AM | PERMALINK

He donated to Bachman, but didn't call her office for help? Does he think she is an ineffective wacko, or something?

Posted by: Tigershark on June 11, 2009 at 10:34 AM | PERMALINK

I don't know...weren't we promised that the government was going to be a silent partner and not interfere in the day-to-day operations of GM and Chrysler?

Posted by: ArkPanda on June 11, 2009 at 10:39 AM | PERMALINK

I hope Congress has a plan to handle her when she finally goes completely nuts at the podium. Seriously, do they have a white jacket in a closet somewhere?

Posted by: ComradeAnon on June 11, 2009 at 10:43 AM | PERMALINK

You missed the real highlight of the story, alluded to by Ron Byers: Last night Olbermann had this as one of his "worst person in the world" feature. Apparently Bachman brags on HER OWN website that she participated in fighting this specific dealership closing. The woman is a total loon, and repeats the talking points her incompetent handlers give her.

Posted by: Winston on June 11, 2009 at 10:50 AM | PERMALINK

...weren't we promised that the government was going to be a silent partner... -ArkPanda

There is a huge difference between a Senator helping a constituent and having GM's daily systemic operations based out of the White House.

Posted by: doubtful on June 11, 2009 at 10:58 AM | PERMALINK

"That leaves us with two possibilities: either the Obama administration [officials] are the least competent conspirators ever, or Michele Bachmann is a paranoid and delusional freak."

May I offer a third possibility? Rep. Bachman can say anything she wants to say because the majority of voters in her district (so far) are the delusional ones, and she is representing their views. Now you may substitute many adjectives for delusional: stupid, brainwashed, Fox "News" watching, simple-minded America-hating sheep, etc.

If a majority of voters in a district are insane, would it not logically follow that they would vote in an insane representative?

Posted by: BuzzMon on June 11, 2009 at 11:34 AM | PERMALINK

Michele Bachmann is a paranoid and delusional freak.

"Being a Republican" is a mental disorder. But Michele is no "freak" - she's right in the mainstream of the Far Wrong. "Paranoid" - yes. "Delusional" - certainly. But those are two of the three the minimum requirements for joining the Far Wrong (the third being a minus-number IQ)

Posted by: TCinLA on June 11, 2009 at 11:35 AM | PERMALINK

He donated to Bachman, but didn't call her office for help? Does he think she is an ineffective wacko, or something?
Posted by: Tigershark on June 11, 2009 at 10:34 AM

Tigershark's comment was also my first thought. Bachmann seems to be the only congressional candidate he has supported - at least from the Daily Kos's list - so she's probably his congresswoman.

I wonder if she was unable/unwilling to help him so he HAD to appeal to that wicked democrat, Amy Klobachar, to get help.

Has Bachmann thought any of this out???

Posted by: phoebes-in-santa fe on June 11, 2009 at 11:38 AM | PERMALINK

So now Obama is a secret communist fascist socialist liberal muslim Republican?

Posted by: qwerty on June 11, 2009 at 11:52 AM | PERMALINK

I'm always amazed people this stupid are elected to Congress.

Posted by: jim on June 11, 2009 at 11:54 AM | PERMALINK

Actually, Walser Automotive Group is based in St. Louis Park, MN, where Al Franken and Joel and Ethan Coen grew up. Walser's U.S. Representative is Keith Ellison.

Posted by: Mass Hysteria on June 11, 2009 at 12:02 PM | PERMALINK

To say that Michele Bachmann is a paranoid and delusional freak is an understatement of titanic proportions....

Posted by: S. Waybright on June 11, 2009 at 12:03 PM | PERMALINK

This is outrageous, apparently, because a Democratic senator intervened in support of a constituent.

Exactly. The last thing government is supposed to do is help people.

Posted by: Roddy McCorley on June 11, 2009 at 12:04 PM | PERMALINK

or Michele Bachmann is a paranoid and delusional freak

I'd say that pretty well sums it up.

Posted by: electrolite on June 11, 2009 at 12:11 PM | PERMALINK

He had to go to his Democratic senator because that was the only one he had to choose from, thanks to the stall tactics of the GOP.

Posted by: eireanch on June 11, 2009 at 12:26 PM | PERMALINK

I suspect the gangster reference was intended to be a dig at the color of our President's skin.

I think it's a twofer: a Chicago "Al Capone" reference and a "gangsta" reference. Pick the one you prefer.

Posted by: Mnemosyne on June 11, 2009 at 12:32 PM | PERMALINK

Check out that [sic] to word ratio....impressive.

Posted by: Elbows on June 11, 2009 at 12:46 PM | PERMALINK

Bachman would be funny if she weren't in the business of rousing the rabble, the same rabble that is angry and armed. She scares me.

Posted by: CDW on June 11, 2009 at 1:02 PM | PERMALINK

And what does it say about her, Bachmann, when her supporter has no faith in her ability to help him and goes to her opponent for help.

Even Walser the Repocon realizes how worthless Bachmann is.

And Bachmann is so pathetic she publicizes it.

Posted by: Marnie on June 11, 2009 at 6:40 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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