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Profile: Michele Bachmann

The congressional representative for Minnesota’s 6th District announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination during the second GOP debate on June 13th. A founder of the House Tea Party Caucus, she has drawn some comparisons to another Tea Party favorite and possible competitor, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

She is perhaps most well-known for her accusations against Barack Obama for holding anti-American views, during the 2008 presidential election, concerning his apparent association with “domestic terrorist” Bill Ayers. Appearing on Hardball with Chris Matthews October 17th, she said, “I am very concerned that he [Barack Obama] may have anti-American views.” When asked by Matthews, “How many people in the Congress of the United States do you think are anti-American? You’ve already suspected Barack Obama, is he alone or are there others?” Bachmann responded: “I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out are they pro-America, or anti-America?”

Her interview was cited as a reason why prominent Republicans, including Colin Powell and fellow Minnesotan Arne Carlson, decided to endorse, then Illinois junior Senator Barack Obama for president. On October 21st she seemed to backtrack saying, “I made a misstatement. I said a comment that I would take back. I did not, nor do I, question Barack Obama’s patriotism…I did not say that Barack Obama is anti-American nor do I believe that Barack Obama is anti-American.”

A former Minnesota state senator, she holds favour with both the fiscally and socially conservative grassroots factions of the Republican party. She backs the idea of a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriages and legal equivalents. However her view on abortion is more nuanced; in the past, she has advocated the limited practice of abortion in instances of rape and incest.

The former Internal Revenue Service attorney is also a protagonist for the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as well as being one of many Republicans to lampoon it as Obamacare. She attempted to introduce a bill with fellow Republican Rep. Steve King, repealing the bill, as well as claiming in the national media that the Obama administration had hidden $105 billion in spending by fiddling the numbers contained in the healthcare bill.

Bachmann has been a long-standing critic of the Environmental Protection Agency, going so far as to suggest it be renamed “the job-killing organisation of America” in the June GOP debate. Similarly, she supports drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to reduce the USA’s dependency on foreign oil as well as being a loud skeptic of global warming. On the floor of the House in 2009 she asserted, “Carbon dioxide is not a harmful gas, it is a harmless gas.”

The first Republican woman to be elected to the House of Representatives from Minnesota, she serves in the House’s Committee on Financial Services and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. In accordance with her strong Christian beliefs she is also a proponent of teaching intelligent design in public schools. In a 2006 interview she claimed that there was “a controversy among scientists about whether evolution is a fact or not.”

Michele Marie Bachmann (née Amble) comes from a family she describes as Norwegian Lutheran Democrats, in Waterloo Iowa, before moving to Minnesota as a young child. She is married to Marcus with five children, along with providing care to 23 foster children between 1992 and 2000. She and her husband also own a Christian counselling center in their hometown of Stillwater, Minnesota.

Bachmann’s poll numbers appeared to have picked up after only placing fifth in the January New Hampshire Straw Poll with 5 percent. In the latest Iowa Poll by the Des Moines Register, within the last week, she finished second with 22 percent of the vote, just one point behind long-time frontrunner Mitt Romney.

The charismatic pint-sized Minnesotan is clearly not a Palin 2.0, despite the similarities of being an evangelical Christian from a politically small, snowy northern state and has certainly done well to maintain her own identity. However, her nomination would be an earthquake of some magnitude considering not only is it a rarity for a congressional representative to be a presidential nominee for a major party, rather than a governor or senator, but it would also break with the long-standing GOP tradition of nominating the next in line. Last time around it was John McCain, and this time around it looks to be former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

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  • John Lake

    The Republican Party today is a sad lot. If indeed Representative Bachmann referred to Barack Obama as “un-American” then we might consider some of HER positions:
    • Eliminate, lower, or phase out the minimum wage for workers in America? That seems very un-American to me.
    • Drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Also, very inconsistent with everything we hold dear.
    • Severely downstructure Environmental Protection: if she is with the American people, imagine if she were against us!
    • Here’s one I didn’t know about. She sees controversy in the theory of evolution.
    She might write a passable blog, but as a politician, no sir.

  • Clavos

    …everything we hold dear.

    Yeah, like giving all our money to saudis.

  • Leroy

    Bachmans readily apparent ignorance and poor education are very alarming to me. We already had one like that in 2000-2008 and it has nearly destroyed the USA.

    Ignorance is very dangerous because there is a certain Special Interest that operates behind the scenes and finds it easy to manipulate and control the ignorant.

  • Baronius

    Leroy, it sounds like you’ve got a specific Special Interest in mind. Care to share?

  • Baronius

    I don’t think Bachmann is any more of a contender than Trump was. She’s a not-Romney, and that’s enough to put you in first or second place in the polls.

  • zingzing

    baronius, even you must know bachmann is a trap. she’s embarrassing. the whole john wayne gacy thing, the john quincy adams… she’s always mixing up her johns… i didn’t really do that on purpose. they’re minor slip ups, i suppose, but telling about her research skills.

  • zingzing

    whoop. didn’t see that last comment. even though it was there at least a few hours… sorry. yay! my knee works!

  • zingzing

    and “research”… my god. what a comment. meh. *block*

  • Arch Conservative

    Gee a couple of liberals on a website have declared Bachmann an uneducated ignoramus who would spell disaster for the country while idolizing a man who claimed to have campaigned in all 57 states, has added 3 trillion to our debt with his fellow party members in Congress in just 2 years and who’s presided over a 25% rise in unemployment since taking office.

    Yeah, the country should listen to you guys.

  • Arch Conservative

    Wait for it…………

  • Arch Conservative

    Wait for it……………

  • Arch Conservative

    IT’S ALL BUSH’S FAULT!

  • http://usapresident2012.blogspot.com/ George Sandeman

    Whatever an individual’s personal opinion of Bachmann there is no denying that for now she is ascending more than any other candidate. I think perhaps her biggest weakness will be her robustness in PROPER political debates rather than farce that was the CNN June GOP debate. In saying that she would probably fare better than Sarah Palin; who everyone likes to compare her to.

  • Baronius

    The thing you have to remember about her is that she was propelled forward by the drive to get rid of the old people in politics and bring in new ones. I like to call it the Bachmann Turnover Drive. Yeah, I don’t have any real analysis. I just went for the pun.

  • http://usapresident2012.blogspot.com/ George Sandeman

    Solid pun.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/dr-dreadful/ Dr Dreadful

    [throws eggs at Baronius]

  • Clavos

    [Throws tomatoes as well]

  • Baronius

    [prepares a delightful frittata]

  • http://usapresident2012.blogspot.com/ George Sandeman

    [add potatoes for spanish omelette]

  • zingzing

    [gently places a small chunk of ear wax on the top while you're not looking]

  • zingzing

    archie: “Gee a couple of liberals on a website have declared Bachmann an uneducated ignoramus who would spell disaster for the country while idolizing a man blah blah blah, usual archie spiel (it was bush’s fault).”

    have you heard bachmann speak? she’s a fucking loon who is either stupid or a liar. if you can’t see that, i don’t know what to say, but i’d just have to guess you’ve never heard her.

  • zingzing

    (and loon in the state bird of minnesota, if we’re continuing our punathon…)

  • http://usapresident2012.blogspot.com/ George Sandeman

    Her policies are bach to the future of American politics.

  • Clavos

    Oh mann, George, that last one was a reach and not representative of the quality of the thread.

  • Arch Conservative

    zing..the Obamessiah lies to us daily yet I don’t see you jumping on him.

  • http://usapresident2012.blogspot.com/ George Sandeman

    I would like to apologise for my shoddy attempt. I will endeavour to do better next time. Sorry :)

  • http://usapresident2012.blogspot.com/ George Sandeman

    I will endeavour to do better next time. I apologise unreservedly. :)

  • zingzing

    archie, that may be because i don’t think he’s lying. and the article was about bachmann, not obama… so i think this is a good thread to voice my absolute delight at her candidacy. may the spirit of john wayne gacy guide her dumb ass.

  • Clavos

    may the spirit of john wayne gacy guide her dumb ass.

    Poor John Gacy. All he was doing was believing in and following the liberal mantra he was taught as a youth: “If it feels good, do it!”

  • zingzing

    it’s a shame more of us can’t think outside of ourselves well enough to truly embrace what it feels like to wear another man’s skin.

  • Arch Conservative

    There is no finer example of thinking for oneself than standing in a crowd chanting “yes we can” over and over with spittle drooling down your chin.

  • http://usapresident2012.blogspot.com/ George Sandeman

    Whilst I take no party affiliation I think the GOP is just as guilty as the Democrats for mindless chanting. “4 More Years” was belted by the Republicans over and over again during Nixon’s re-election campaign in 1972 with perhaps even more drool and spittle.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    I think Clavos is forgetting the OTHER liberal mantra: “YOUR freedom ends where MINE begins”.

  • zingzing

    get a sense of humor, archie. (or do you simply not know who john wayne gacy is…)

  • Cannonshop

    #34 Liberal innovator in child psychology and a leading champion of both population control and ice-cream safety?

  • Glenn Contrarian

    #35 – that’s like calling Newt Gingrich a great champion of family values and the Christian lifestyle….

  • Baronius

    The very definition of modern politics: Ted Bundy was worse than John Wayne Gacy because Bundy was a Republican. Gacy was a liberal, so when he slept with boys and killed them he wasn’t being a hypocrite.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com/ handyguy

    If you actually think that’s funny…?
    It doesn’t even make any sense, and is offensive on multiple levels.

  • Baronius

    No, I don’t think it’s funny. I think it’s an accurate reflection of modern political debate.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Baronius –

    Do you really want to go there? Hitler was a far-right politician, because fascism is by definition farthest to the right.

    Using such arguments is merely cherry-picking, and you know it. Besides, neither Bundy nor Gacy were politicians. Newt Gingrich IS.

  • zingzing

    don’t judge a serial killer by his political leanings. and baronius, the was some fucked up shit. see cannonshop hid his in carefully chosen words, while you went straight for the kid fucking. that takes balls. and an unhealthy appetite.

  • Baronius

    Have you people lost it? I wasn’t trying to make a joke; I was illustrating just how stupid this Tweedledum-Tweedledee political back and forth can get. I mean, I took that from some comments I heard/read during the Weiner story. If you guys are so messed up by partisanship that you think someone would assert a preference for Bundy or Gacy, you need to get out this weekend and let some sanity back into your lives. Seriously.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com/ handyguy

    If you can’t see how ludicrous and off the mark your comment was, or how someone could mistake it for a bad attempt at sick humor, then you may want to heed your own advice about taking a break for some fresh air.

    It was a pointless, deeply offensive, utterly gratuitous statement.

  • zingzing

    “Have you people lost it?”

    oh, baronius, keep your lid on. i, for one, understand your point. that was pretty indelicate, however.

  • Arch Conservative

    I got the point you were trying to make Baronius. I don’t see why everyone else got their panties in a bunch, but then they have a habit of doing that.

  • zingzing

    “I don’t see why everyone else got their panties in a bunch…”

    it was a pretty one-sided affair. i’m sure baronius knows his own side is equally capable of making such statements, but he chose to put words in the mouths of libruls. which, of course, says more about baronius’ point than he was ever trying to say.