I truly have a love-hate relationship with the US political system. Watching the fight for the Republican nomination is kind of like the rubbernecking Southern Californians are famous for passing car accidents on the 405, the 101, the 10, the 5…
It seems to be gearing up to be the Bachmann (ugh) gob smack of the next year and a half and I’m already addicted.
My view: Michele Bachmann is a polished, polarizing, candidate who is a bunch smarter than Sarah Palin, so stands to gain more support from the ultra right and right wing Republicans. I can’t stand her and haven’t been able to stand her since she started sharing her 2 cents on Anderson Cooper. She caters to a very white, very Christian, very ultraconservative segment of the US population, holds onto a narrow and dated view of how to run this country and simply doesn’t represent many segments of today’s America. But heck, she’s telegenic.
Here she is today:
I hate to speak against another woman at any time. But she doesn’t represent a single thing I believe in. Nuff said. Here are a few snippets from various new organizations:
From USA Today:
The lack of a firm commitment from some of the Iowans who attended Bachmann’s
events reflects the findings of a recent Des Moines
Register poll that said 69% of likely caucusgoers could still be
persuaded to support another candidate — a fact that could encourage an
undeclared prospective candidate to consider a bid. One of those potential
candidates, ex-Alaska governor Sarah
Palin, could be particularly troublesome to Bachmann given that many voters
look at them as very similar politicians. Palin is scheduled to arrive in Pella,
Iowa, today to screen a movie about her life.
From the BBC:
BBC North America editor Mark Mardell says Republicans feel that next year’s
presidential election is winnable if only they have a candidate who sparkles –
and Michele Bachmann is the latest to catch their eye.She is already a darling of the Tea Party movement for her plain talking and
forthright conviction politics.While she has made her share of harsh statements – seen by opponents as
gaffes – some think she has many of Sarah Palin’s qualities with fewer of the
drawbacks, our correspondent adds.Ms Bachmann stresses her record as a tax lawyer and founder of a charter
school, as well as repeating frequently that she is a mother of five children
and foster mother to 23.She is an economic conservative who says she will not vote to raise America’s
debt limit and is urging big tax cuts.And Ms Bachmann is also a social conservative – a born-again Christian and a
fierce opponent of abortion and gay marriage.That goes down well with Republicans in Iowa, but may not be such a draw to
those in the middle ground, our correspondent says.
From The Globe and Mail:
Republican voters could shy away from Ms. Bachmann if they are more concerned about choosing the most electable candidate in a position to defeat Mr. Obama. But she rejected questions about whether she can reach beyond the Republican base to appeal to the moderate independent voters needed to defeat Mr. Obama in November 2012.“The liberals, and to be clear I am not one of those, want you to believe the Tea Party movement is just the right wing of the Republican Party,” she said. “Nothing could be further from the truth.”Ms. Bachmann is known for piercing commentary that has endeared her to some voters, but at times her inaccurate commentary has led others to label her as a fringe candidate. She once falsely complained that taxpayers would be stuck with a $200-million per day tab for an Obama trip to India and accused the first black U.S. President of running a “gangster government.”“Her trick is going to be to maintain that boldness and to somehow rein it in and discipline it so it works for her and not against her,” said Republican pollster Mike McKenna, who isn’t working for any 2012 presidential candidates.
And a batch of tweets, fresh off of twitter:
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