Skip to comments.At least she plays one on TV (Comparing Rep. Bachmann and Gov. Palin's records)
Posted on 07/11/2011 1:42:46 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
As a conservative activist in an area of the country largely believed to be a remote suburb of the Twin Cities, I am increasingly encountering a general assumption at family gatherings, on the air, and in casual conversation that I am a big supporter of Michelle Bachmann. I fully realize, of course, that I am supposed to be. I'm just not.
The problem with Tea Party-type Bachmann supporters is that they haven't been paying attention. You'll hear it said that, "At least, she's better than Barack Obama." So was John McCain. You'll hear it said that, "At least, she doesn't have all the negatives of a Palin candidacy." That's because she doesn't have Sarah's record, or her guts, either. If she did, Bachmann would never have been proffered an apology for merely being called a "flake." The former governor of Alaska is a conservative. Her would-be political clone only plays one on TV.
Now, don't get me wrong. I am not saying that Bachmann is insincere. Her voting history and her life story all indicate that she is. What I am saying is that, if you listen to her words and not the hype, you will easily perceive that Michelle's stock in trade is playing both sides of the Republican divide. Allow me to explain.
In scams, you have the role called, "cooling out the mark." It's kind of like the "good cop bad cop" thing, where one person's job is to make sure that the person being scammed doesn't realize it, or at least doesn't try to do anything about it. This, by default or on purpose, has become the Bachmann role on the national Republican scene.
Whenever the GOP leadership decides to stab its base in the back, to let us down, to put political expediency above principle and one could set one's clock by this phenomenon it is Bachman who goes all over the airwaves making excuses for them. Listen for it. It will always be Michelle who is there to "cool out the" well, "remark." I remember Bachmann being at the forefront, for example, of the "Repeal and Replace" groundswell that helped drive the huge Republican victories of last November. Now that that uproar has died down, her silence is as deafening as anybody else's.
On Hannity a while ago, Bachmann was touting herself as a "unifying" figure. There are Democrats and independents who approach her to express their support, she contended. The obvious question arises: Why? Why, at this extremely early stage in the game, would that be the case? Are they schizophrenic, or do they also perceive that she is not who she claims to be?
The only unity it is possible to achieve is the unity of a return to our national identity, based as it is on the Declaration and the Constitution, with their ineluctable recognition of the sovereignty of our Creator, God. The quixotic attempt to bridge the gap of the American political divide in any other way has already been attempted. Just ask Newt. The famous definition of stupidity as doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different result, applies to conservatives as well as liberals.
As the primary season unfolds, I have diligently been trying to give Bachmann the benefit of the doubt, but in order to do that, there has to be some doubt there to work with. And as I say, I understand why people tend to assume that I back the bright, family-friendly, Palinesque-but-not-actually-Sarah-herself conservative activist from my own geographical region, who is ever ready to carry the Tea Party banner as far forward as serves her own political purposes.
I know I am supposed to like Michelle Bachmann.
I just don't.
Doesn’t change my mind. I like her. And I like her better than Sarah, as a leader. I think she has been much more solid on conservative financial issues than Palin.
But....I would like to know why Savage no longer likes her. He was really touting her a few months ago. Now, he seems to be upset with Bachmann.
I don’t dislike Bachmann. I just like Palin better.
As a leader, what has she accomplished?
She talks the talk, but Sarah's the ONLY ONE who's actually walked the walk! - I ask anyone else, to name what other candidate has taken on the 'Republican Establishment' (corrupt or not) and WON!
I have no idea what he is talking about, and I am a relatively newly minted fan of Palin and I am not looking to Bachmann to replace her anytime in the near future.
I have problems with Bachmann, especially since she seems to be doing some stuff for political expediency, but I still have a favorable opinion of her. I am bound to have a problem with everyone sooner or later, so unless I want to run, I’ll have to live with it.
Not true. Who is it that found $105 billion hidden in the "bill we had to pass so we can find out what's in it" to implement ObamaCare? Who is it that says at every opportunity that this is one of the first cuts we should make? Other than Jim DeMint and Michele Bachmann, I don't hear anyone else in the GOP even bringing this up, much less repeating it.
The House has the votes to defund the implementation of ObamaCare, queering the military and a ton of other odious crap. Who, other than a handful of strong conservatives including Michele Bachmann has the guts to even talk about it?
It is one thing to speak eruditely of all these great principles, and quite another to live them day in and day out, when an entire State's (or Country's) well-being hangs in the balance of the results of your decisions and actions... of your leadership.
Palin is tested and proven. Bachmann is not.
>>> And I like her better than Sarah, as a leader.
Needs more elaboration, with supportive links/materials preferably.
I'm still waiting to hear anyone who can itemize this.
People LOVE to listen to 'speeches' and 'hear people say stuff', but don't pay attention to track record. See, that takes a little bit of effort, and 'too much thinking'. I hate to criticize my own side of the fence, but MB's record is nothing but 'activism' and 'talk' - hasn't "managed' anything, or actually "lead by executive experience".
I’m afraid I agree.
Something creeps me out a bit by Bachman and I can’t quite put my finger on it.
One actually plays a TV commentator and walked off her job.
The other is still in there fighting for conservatism.
Looks likes BDS is striking.
You do know that Gov. Palin was elected and re-elected to city council and mayor? That she was the energy chairwoman for her state? That she won statewide office, which is something Rep. Michele Bachmann has never done. Yet we’re supposed to believe she can win more states than Mr. Obama?
What a steaming pile of useless drivel !
Here's a spot-on post in FR about this whole MB campaign, and frankly, I have to agree with most of it, and have no doubt that Sarah feels just like Ronald Reagan felt back in 1979.
Something creeps me out a bit by Bachman and I cant quite put my finger on it.
Were you here when we went over her reasons for resigning? We only discussed it several thousand times, so maybe you missed it.
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