Skip to comments.Bachmann proclaims herself ‘America’s Margaret Thatcher’ in White House campaign
Posted on 12/31/2011 10:30:06 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
The 2012 White House contender Michele Bachmann is projecting herself as Americas Margaret Thatcher ahead of the January 3aucuses.
What we needed [in 1980] was the most articulate conservative we had to hold Jimmy Carter responsible and we got Ronald Reagan. And at the same time across the ocean there was another country, an ally of ours called Britain. Britain was also suffering under socialist policies. They needed a strong conservative too and up rose a woman and her name was Margaret Thatcher, The Telegraph quoted Bachmann, as saying.
She was the Iron Lady and she led Britain back to prosperity too. Right now in the United States, we need another strong conservative who can stand up. We need another Margaret Thatcher, another Iron Lady. Thats what I want to do. I want to be Americas Iron Lady, Americas Margaret Thatcher, she added.
Bachmann faces a tough battle to be re-elected to Congress in her home state of Minnesota after she came under fire for highlighting that she was born in Iowa but adopted the former as her home state.
She also suffered a setback due to the defection of her campaign manager and Iowa state senator Kent Sorenson, to Ron Paul.
A Political Action Committee also switched from backing Bachmann to Romney for the poll, which further exacerbated her woes.
Leading Christians have predicted that the social conservative vote would be split between Bachmann, Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum,
But Bachmann is continuing to campaign with tremendous zeal and enthusiasm.
Some of her supporters, however, were doubtful that Bachmann would be the front-runner.
I think shes Sarah Palin with even more brains and even more charm. But shes so far behind in the polls that I dont think she can do it. Im looking for somebody whos almost guaranteed electable against Obama and my fear is that Michele might struggle against him, a US citizen, Caroline Richer said.
My neck hairs sense that in time I will come to really dislike her.
The stupid headline makes it sound like she’s a megalomanic.
She said she’d aspire to be our Thatcher.
Why not ? None of the male candidates can do that.
Also, MN redistricting hasn’t happened yet but I doubt she’d have a tough reelection battle. If she does it will have nothing to do with her being born in Iowa.
She should aspire to get some accomplishments under her belt and stop telling us her daydreams.
That is the truth of it, she is appealing to look at and listen to usually as she says the things that we like to hear, but she is no leader, she has no accomplishments in her years in office, and the House leadership and all other men handle her pretty easily.
We should just be happy for her to keep a Congressional seat and vote well, as she does.
I don’t know where they got their facts from, but I live just outside Michele’s district by a few miles and though she’s been under fire for many things, never once do I recall her being under fire for being born in Iowa.
Happy New Year FReepers!
Well the article says it’s from ANI, Asian News International. A foreign wire service.
That could explain their bizarre ignorance.
Happy New Year.
She’s “accomplished” more than Obama or Romney (oh wait that’s right he “saved the Olympics”). Also she’s manged to pull off not voting like a RINO or having bizarre liberal positions.
LOL, good one.
Sad and pathetic.
I imagine it must be too difficult to be head of the Tea Party caucus and get your initiatives passed. She’s mandated to introduce legislation that is too conservative for the rest of the House, by definition. And she’s not the Speaker or the Majority Leader, so she doesn’t have the power that they do to muscle around like Pelosi did and garner the votes.
If we get more Republicans and more conservative Republicans in office next time, she might be able to get better results.
Whatever happens in the election, we have been watching history in the debates. She battled with the men on their level and held her own. Women have different voices from those of men, so think about that when you observe her trying to be heard above the tenors and bassi.
I intend to see the Thatcher movie, even though it is negative toward Thatcher. Bachmann has picked a great role model. Kudos.
She couldn’t get a leadership position because Cantor ate her lunch and gave the position to Herzlinger, something which set me off on an FR tangent for awhile, but now I know that she just doesn’t have the it factor, she does not have whatever the ‘it’ factor is that can lead to change and effective leadership.
There is something missing from the Bachmann package, and something that we will all see in time.
proclaim and aspire are two different things
I totally agree with you.
When she is on stage or in front of a camera, she can feel us, reflect us, speak for us, but off that stage she is useless among the policy makers, cutthroats, and deal makers.
She is more like a wonderful public relations agent or spokeswoman, her talent in politics is to serve the cause, not lead it, or create anything.
Not everyone has what it takes to be president. That’s not a slam on her or any of the candidates - it’s just a fact. We are talking about leading the greatest nation on the earth and dealing w/heads of countries. One needs to be well rounded, well versed, and well skilled with true leadership qualities.
I think we can agree that’s with most careers - those that excel are those who are doing what comes natural for them - with their natural giftings. And I wouldn’t say she’s holding her own - who really is challenging her? And why would they - she’s not a threat and never has been. They just let her rant, IMO.
I’m pretty sure I am already there!
And she never quit on her constituents EVER!
Another pissant comment.
Coming from a dork like you? Yeah, I read your old comments. LOL!
Retread! You’re too obsessed to stay away.
Define "accomplishments" as they relate to someone who has been in the minority Party. Should she have grabbed more earmarks? How about championing another of those wonderful laws the Congress is always subjugating us with? In my mind, the less they "do" the better for us. It's all the "accomplishments" that are destroying us. We need someone who will set out to undo the "accomplishments" of the recent (and not so recent) past.
The less you do - makes one qualified for president. Gotcha. I see we are on a different wavelength already. toodles.
***Not everyone has what it takes to be president.***
Unfortunately, some shouldn’t even BE ELECTED!
Qualities that they ought to have:
Humor, humility, knowledge, leadership experience and familiarity with the concept of a Constitutional Republic.
Really different wavelength - by your comment, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are far more qualified than Bachmann (who isn't my first choice).
Perhaps your wavelength is being filtered to not understand the gist of my post - doing a bunch of stuff doesn't qualify you for anything, especially the way most congresscritters do stuff - almost all their laws/acts/self-idolizing activities are done at the expense of the Nation and the People.
And....don't call me toodles...
“Retread! Youre too obsessed to stay away.”
Retread of what?
When someone who just signed up last month starts flooding this forum with hundreds of posts every day, arrogantly prancing around like they own Free Republic, some just might take notice.
Bravo! Bachmann is the real *man* in this election. She is definately a leader and not a follower. Even Santorum, though he is good on social issues was too inclined to follow the leaders of the Republican party. Michele voted against the increase of the debt ceiling which showed that she had the courage of her convictions.
Michele comes from a liberal state so it is much more difficult for her to stand up for her conservative principles. Perry gets a lot of praise for having a job making state, but Texas is a state that has a conservative population so he is really standing on the shoulders of the conservative Texas electorate who have enough sense not to kill the goose that lays the golden egg which is business. It is one thing to be a conservative governor of a conservative state it is quite another to represent a state that has had a long history of liberalism. I hope she makes it into the White House, though it certainly looks like a long shot. If she drops out of the race, I hope that she maintains her seat in the House, we need every person like her in Wasington. I have noticed that there are only a few fighters in the House and Senate. The go-along guys seem to control the whole show.
Maybe she fights hard because she is a woman and has to prove that she can do the job. She can also see that there is so much inertia in congress so she applies all of the energy that she has to move that big boulder of resistance to reform that dominates the culture of Washington.
Rush Limbaugh said on the Van Sustren program that the Republican party has no ideology. He said that it took him a long time to realize this. This is what we are up against, a party that plays up to conservatives to get their votes but does not want conservatives to be making the decisions. This is why we need lots of people like Michele Bachmann who aren’t afraid to take on the establishment.
Didn’t Dan Rostenkowski get a lot done? Before he went to prison. :D
I would suggest reading "Core of Conviction," Bachmann's autobiography, to get an idea of what she is made of.
Wow that’s a pretty heady statement to make... I don’t think that will play as well as she thinks it will.
It’s pretty silly for any candidate to set themselves up for possible comparisons especially with someone the likes of Baroness Thatcher - seems like a pretty rookie mistake for a campaign/candidate to make.
Understood regarding the article headline, however, I don’t think it was a good idea on her part to open up an avenue for people to COMPARE her to Thatcher.
I think you are off base here. She is a House member representing her district. And her district, though located in Minnesota, is fairly conservative and generally goes Republican.
If there was any problem with Bachmann standing up for conservative principles in her Minnesota district, she has certainly overcome it. She has won the district three times, despite being heavily "targeted" by the left.
If she drops out of her presidential race, she hopefully will seek and win a fourth term in the House, then perhaps seek the Al Franken Senate seat in 2014.
It's not wrong for her to ‘aspire’ to be like Thatcher. I wish her well but she won't be the President.
Happy New Year Justice!
Attacking other candidates is a legitimate method in a debate to allow her to distinguish herself on an issue or on a personal character trait from an opponent in the voter's minds. Running for political office is a competitive business, the higher the office the more so. By attacking another candidate, she is doing what the debate process is there to do: to allow the voters to draw comparisons and contrasts between the people up on the stage.
In terms of refusing to look at another candidate, that's something of very little significance. It doesn't imply that she's rude or mean. This is a lady who I'm confident is just the opposite in real life. Do you know any people at all who have helped to raise twenty-three foster adolescents in their home? (Not to mention five natural children, partly home-schooled, who appear to be well adjusted young adults - or in one case, a teenager.) That alone speaks volumes about her (and her husband's) character.
"America's Crazy Uncle"
Some folks behave as is this were some kind of popularity contest and one of the things I appreciate most about Bachmann is the fact that she hasn’t used surrogates. When she has something to say, she’s said it herself.
If you read debate threads you would know that her continuous attacks were over the top. Where’s the mom and Gardasil child that she berated Perry about? Fact check said many of her comments are not ‘completely’ true. Take a snippet and embroider it...
As for not looking at a responder, it just looks odd to see her stare straight ahead when they are speaking. It’s like she’s afraid to make eye contact.
Having said that, I actually admire her good values and ability to speak well - and wish her well in some position.
Frankly I don't know. I think the family may have been in another state, therefore unconnected directly to Perry's executive order. If one point she was trying to make is that there are rare but serious side-effects to Guardasil, she'd be correct, but I don't think that mental retardation at age 12 or so would be one of them, contrary to what Bachmann had said. Then again, Bachmann never claimed to be a medical professional.
But my take on that was that Bachmann was trying to tell her audience that Perry's executive order was, in her opinion, wrong for him to do for two reasons: (1) parents shouldn't be ordered by government - at any level - to have specified medical treatments done on their children, especially when the government doesn't tell the parents about the possible risks and their specific child may not even benefit from the treatment and (2) Perry may have issued the Guardasil order at least in part as a quid pro quo for campaign contributions from its manufacturer, Merck, especially in view of the fact that Perry's former chief of staff had moved on to work as a Merck lobbyist. If (2) is true, you would have to say that Perry had an ethical problem regarding Guardasil.
Puh-leeze, potlatch, don't quote FactCheck on anything. They are the same lefties who claimed that the fraudulent Obama Certificate of Live Birth was bona fide.
Also, it’s been established that she was looking for the camera when it was her turn to speak. It had nothing to do with her “ignoring” others. Some of the criticisms thrown at her are ridiculous.