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The Amazingly Sexy Adventures of Dr. Michelle Bachmann, J.D.


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I know she's only got a few weeks left, maybe a little of a month before her campaign is totally broke. Some of her staff has now been unpaid for a month, However, I would like to dedicate a thread to her for these next few weeks ago she probably will go down swinging.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/politicolive/1011/Bachmann_Libya_still_a_mistake.html

Bachmann: Libya still a mistake

Rep. Michele Bachmann doubled down Sunday on her criticism of U.S. military involvement in Libya, warning that "the last chapter hasn't been written."

Acknowledging on "Fox News Sunday" that Muammar Qadhafi might still be in power under a Bachmann administration, the Republican presidential contender from Minnesota nonetheless said it had been a mistake to intervene in the African nation.

"We don't know who the next leaders will be," Bachmann said. "Sure, there's a transitional council. But who will the real leadership be that takes over and runs Libya? It could be a radical element. It could be the Muslim Brotherhood. It could be elements affiliated with Al Qaeda. But worse, we've seen [weapons] go missing that are very dangerous."

"This is a very bad decision, and it's created more instability in that region not less," she added. "The world is certainly better off without Qadhafi. But consider what the cost will be. We're only looking at a snapshot today. The last chapter hasn't been written on Libya. ... We knew who the devil [in charge] was, we don't know the next one."

Save this thread for anything from interesting news, to awesomely insane quotes.

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http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2011/08/memento-starring-michele-bachmann/41443/

Not a Doctor

Murphy reports, "Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when Bachmann traveled [Minnesota] as an education activist, she went by 'Dr. Michele Bachmann,' even though she had never obtained nor sought the advanced degree that's a prerequisite for the title." Guinea Pig Kids, her 2002 movie opposing a state education law, identifies her as "Dr. Michele Bachmann." Bachmann worked with the activist group Maple River Education Coalition, which put out a news release celebrating her nomination as a Republican candidate for the state legislature in 2000 that said, "Dr. Bachmann herself, who arrived at her convention with no intention of running, was shocked by her victory."

Murphy explains why that's not okay:

"Dr. Bachmann" might have given the activist a bit more gravitas, but it was not an appropriate title. Bachmann received a J.D. -- the standard law school degree -- from Oral Roberts University, and an LL.M. in tax law from William & Mary in 1988. ... But while J.D. (juris doctor) has the word "doctor" in it, it is not accepted practice for J.D.'s to refer to themselves as "Dr."

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She's a liar, or at best, deliberately misleading.

But do you think her supporters care?

Has human nature fundamentally changed since we were burning witches at the stake?

Pretty sure the ends justify the means when you fervently believe that you're saving America from socialism and atheism.

Oh, and science, too.

Or am I being redundant? :)

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http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-bachmann-20111024,0,847441.story

Michele Bachmann's misstatements may be catching up to her

The Republican presidential candidate's supporters seem to like her mastery of what she presents as facts — but they often aren't.

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times

9:50 PM PDT, October 23, 2011

Reporting from Perry, Iowa

Michele Bachmann was laying out a tough immigration policy recently when she veered off script to make a point that she said underscored the national security implications of a porous border.

"Fifty-nine thousand this year came across the border, as was said in the introduction, from Yemen, from Syria. These are nations that are state sponsors of terror," the Minnesota congresswoman and Republican presidential candidate said, citing a report she had heard. "They're coming into our country!"

There were two problems with Bachmann's passionate assertion. Yemen is not a state sponsor of terrorism, according to the State Department. And the Border Patrol report to which Bachmann referred said that although 59,000 apprehended illegal immigrants came from countries other than Mexico, only 663 had ties to countries with links to terrorism.

Voters here frequently say they are drawn to support Bachmann's presidential campaign by the litany of statistics and facts that stud her speeches. Yet what she says is often inaccurate, misleading or wildly untrue.

All politicians occasionally shade the facts to their advantage. The danger for Bachmann is that her misstatements are so pronounced and so numerous that they erode her effort to regain footing in the presidential race. (Asked for reaction, a campaign aide provided information unrelated to the statements in question.)

Some of her misstatements have registered as eye-rolling blips, such as when she confused actor John Wayne with serial killer John Wayne Gacy on the day she entered the campaign in June. Others have damaged her candidacy.

She won points in a September debate when she criticized Texas Gov. Rick Perry for supporting a proposed requirement that young girls be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted disease. But then Bachmann told a post-debate television audience that the vaccine had caused mental retardation, a conclusion drawn from a brief meeting with a weeping mother. Bachmann's hit against Perry was lost in howls of dismay from physicians who said her untrue remarks would stunt vaccinations and endanger children.

On recent campaign swings through Iowa, she continued to trip over matters large and small.

In Sioux Center, Bachmann said high corporate taxes and crushing regulations had made the United States less competitive than other countries, a mantra common among GOP candidates. But then she went further.

"If you want to have a business in China today, if you want to build a building, you just build it, you don't go through all the permitting process that we do here," she said.

Businesses have to apply for multiple permits in China. A 2008 World Bank publication found that China was among the most difficult places anywhere to obtain construction permits, ranking 176th of 181. The publication ranked the best and worst places, and the United States fell in neither category.

At a rally in Denison, Bachmann touted her plan to slash federal taxes and implied that taxes are higher now than when she was young.

"How many of you think that the taxes are too high in the United States? We got any takers on that?" she said as the crowd roared in approval. "I grew up in this wonderful state and I'll tell you, the tax rate was completely different years ago from what it is now, wasn't it? They're very high."

In 2011, a married couple filing jointly would have paid 35% of their income in taxes if they made $379,150, the lowest income in the top bracket, according to the nonpartisan Tax Foundation. Fifty years ago, when Bachmann was a child, the same couple would have paid 59% in federal taxes. The lowest federal tax bracket today is half what it was then.

The candidate bases at least some of her assertions on obscure conspiracy theories.

In Estherville, after a supporter asked her position on the 2nd Amendment, Bachmann said she supported Americans' rights to own guns and that she had a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

But then she added: "I don't believe in the U.N. taking that right away from us, as well. There are international treaties that want to do that."

The United Nations is drafting an arms treaty, but it is aimed at stemming illegal international gun sales. While many gun manufacturers are concerned that such a treaty could lead to broader gun registration, only a narrow fringe purports that Americans could see their guns taken away by the U.N., which has no authority over constitutional rights.

Bachmann's mistakes predate her entry into the presidential race. In November, she told a national television audience that a trip by President Obama to India cost $200 million a day. The report was based on an anonymous quotation in an Indian newspaper.

The White House does not release cost figures for security reasons, but people involved in travel by presidents from both political parties said the number was grossly exaggerated.

An embarrassing correction also marked a recent Bachmann move on Capitol Hill. This month, she introduced a bill requiring any woman considering an abortion to undergo an ultrasound that pinpoints the heartbeat of the fetus.

"A study by Focus on the Family found that when women who were undecided about having an abortion were shown an ultrasound image of the baby, 78% chose life," Bachmann said.

That prompted a news release from the conservative organization, which said that while it supported the legislation, it had produced no such report.

"We don't have any 'studies,' and we don't publish any percentages like that," Kelly Rosati, Focus on the Family's vice president of community outreach, said in a statement.

A Bachmann aide said the candidate got the statistic from a Des Moines clinic. The aide also cited a report that appeared in the Rocky Mountain News of Denver that cited a Focus on the Family statistician for a similar claim.

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lighten up, Francis.

You can expect to see this quoted if right-leaning members post 'humorous' negative pics involving Hillary Clinton, Pelosi or Michelle Obama ... and anyone on the left complains about sexism and appropriateness. :)

Not that anyone would post such pictures.

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EXCLUSIVE: 'I Just Quit The Bachmann Campaign, And This Is Why'

Last week, there was a mass exodus of Michele Bachmann's New Hampshire campaign staff, and it seems that the Minnesota Congresswoman's campaign already ailing campaign is barely hanging on by a thread.

We reached out to the former staffers to get the real story behind the dramatic departure and their accompanying statement excoriating the national campaign staff.

Their accounts indicate that Bachmann's New Hampshire meltdown is merely a symptom of deep-rooted organizational and behavioral problems that are rapidly derailing Bachmann's White House bid.

Tension has been building between Bachmann headquarters and the New Hampshire staff since the campaign got underway in June, said Karen Testerman, a senior volunteer for Bachmann's New Hampshire operation who has been elected to speak for the five paid staffers who left the campaign.

"This has been festering for a long time," Testerman said. "When the current national team took over there was a hope that things would improve, but it actually deteriorated further. There was no communication from the national campaign."

But the New Hampshire team reached its breaking point when Bachmann returned to the state earlier this month, Testerman said.

"The national team was less than professional in dealing with the people of New Hampshire, and we would have to go back and smooth over ruffled feathers," she said. "They were aggressive — it was really bizarre behavior. They've been doing this for some times, you would think they would know how to behave."

In one particularly strange incident, a senior campaign staffer walked up to Bachmann supporter holding a handmade sign and "rather brusquely" pulled the sign out of her hands, refusing to provide an explanation, Testerman said. At another point, a senior campaign aide made "demeaning" remarks to a fan who was taking pictures of the Congresswoman.

After the trip, at least two of the five New Hampshire staffers decided that working for Bachmann was no longer worth the risk to their professional and personal relationships in the state, Testerman said. The rest of the staff reached out to the national campaign to indicate that they wanted to stay on but never heard back from anyone. By Friday, all five decided it was time to go. At least one former Bachmann staffer has moved to Rick Perry's campaign.

"This reflects very badly on the Congresswoman," Testerman said, adding that she was not sure whether she would continue supporting Bachmann. "It all depends on what she does now, whether she decides to bring on a new campaign manager. If she doesn't bring on someone else than that shows she can't disassociate from people who aren't reflective of who she is. And that raises questions about what kind of people she would have around her if she was President."

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/inside-michele-bachmann-epic-new-hampshire-campaign-meltdown-staff-exodus-2011-10#ixzz1btlNY2fV

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4 years ago, she was the single most insane member of Congress. Now she is considered a viable Presidential Candidate. It would be like the Democrats seriously considering Cynthia McKinney for the Presidency.

GOP, what the hell has happened to you?

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/american-majority-tea-party-bachmann_n_1062966.html

American Majority, Tea Party Group, Urges Michele Bachmann To Quit Presidential Race

Michele Bachmann just received some harsh criticism from an unlikely source. A Tea Party group called American Majority urged the Minnesota Congresswoman on Wednesday to quit the presidential race. The group's president, Ned Ryun, said in a blog post entitled "Bachmann's Floundering Can Damage Tea Party" that "It's time for Michele Bachmann to go."

Ryun explained, "Since her meteoric rise this summer and win in the Iowa Straw poll, her campaign has been plagued by losses of top staff, lackluster fundraising and a seeming lack of direction." He also criticized Bachmann for claiming to represent the Tea Party, saying, "An individual personality or organization purporting to be a 'leader' of what is truly a grassroots movement can hurt the tea party brand by creating false impressions about its core beliefs."

Ryun also stated, "In Bachmann's case, it is clear that the campaign has become less about reform and more about her personal effort to stay relevant and sell books; a harsh commentary, but true." He concluded his highly critical missive by reiterating his plea for Bachmann to end her campaign for the White House:

Every day the campaign flounders, it risks hurting the credibility of the movement. If she really is about the tea party, and making it successful, it's time for the Congresswoman to move on. The Tea Party doesn't have a spokesperson, and it's certainly not Michele Bachmann.

According to CNN, American Majority "operates in seven states, trains thousands of tea party supporters and is 'liked' by over 371,000 people on Facebook."

CNN reports that Bachmann's campaign manager, Keith Nahigian, responded to Ryun's blog post. "The strength of the Tea Party is all individual's opinions are valued but the no single leader speaks for it. Mr. Ryun, who supports Texas Gov. Rick Perry, is entitled to his own opinion. And that's exactly what he is expressing," said Nahigian. He continued, "Michele Bachmann enjoys strong support from Americans across party lines and that certainly includes the Tea Party."

Ryun denied that he supports Perry, telling CNN that his group has yet to endorse any candidate.

This isn't the first bump in the road encountered by Bachmann. Just last week, Bachmann's paid New Hampshire team quit her campaign. And this past Monday, the Bachmann camp had to do damage control responding to a press release reportedly written by unhappy New Hampshire staffers. The press release claimed that the staffers were treated in a "rude, unprofessional, dishonest, and at times cruel" manner by Bachmann's national team. Nahigian stated that the press release "was sent by a person who doesn't even work for the campaign and has never had authority to speak on behalf of the campaign."

On top of these issues, a Fox News poll released Thursday shows Bachmann trailing her GOP competitors with only 3% support.

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