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The Thin Political Resume of Michele Bachmann (She has never even run state wide!)
07/02/2011 | Brices Crossroads

Posted on 07/02/2011 11:40:30 AM PDT by Brices Crossroads

Much has been written about Michele Bachmann's lack of any executive experience and the crippling disability it poses for her campaign for the GOP nomination and for the Presidency. But candidates with no executive experience have won the Presidency before. Both JFK and Obama come to mind. It is true that no GOP nominee in well over 100 years has lacked executive experience. (Even Senator Warren Harding had served as Lieutenant Governor of Ohio and William Howard Taft had been the Governor of both the Philippines and Cuba). It is a major obstacle for her, especially in this cycle and especially in the GOP, which prefers to nominate Executives rather than legislators. However, this impediment cannot be said to be insurmountable. It has been overcome in the recent past, albeit by Democrat candidates.

What would be unprecedented in modern times would be the nomination and election of a candidate who has NEVER won a state wide election. With the exception of Dwight Eisenhower, a War hero and Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in World War II, who was thus sui generis , it has been over seventy years since the GOP gambled on a candidate who had never run a state wide campaign, the hapless Wendell Wilkie. Wilkie was carpet bombed by FDR in 1940, even though the economy was still in the ditch after eight years of the New Deal. The Republicans confront a similar situation in 2012, a weakened Democrat President, who can be beaten with the right candidate. The GOP is not about to entrust its 2012 fortunes to a four year Congressperson who has never even passed a major piece of good legislation or blocked a major piece of bad legislation.

And the knock on her political experience is not just that she has never won state wide elective office, but that MICHELE BACHMANN HAS NEVER EVEN RUN A STATE WIDE CAMPAIGN. Indeed, even Herman Cain, who has never won state wide elective office, has at least run state wide, seeking the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in a contested state wide primary. Now, in a singular act of political hubris, Bachmann puts herself forward to be the GOP standard bearer in a national election. And make no mistake. A national election for the Presidency is fifty separate state elections. Having never won, nor even run, a state wide campaign Bachmann argues that the GOP should trust her competence to run 50 state wide elections ON THE SAME DAY, as well as her ability to win more than half of them! Even the "Stupid Party" can't be bamboozled to that degree. The risk of a down ballot catastrophe caused by an inexperienced, gaffe prone candidate at the top of the ticket is too great, even if the Democrat President himself were a shoo-in for re-election (which, in 2012, he definitely is not).

Sarah Palin has the executive experience which Bachmann lacks. But, even Mitt Romney can make that claim, as can Barack Obama. However, leaving aside the question of executive experience, Palin also possesses the political experience so conspicuously missing from Bachmann's skill set. Palin has run in two state wide contested GOP primaries, in 2002 and in 2006. In 2002, she narrowly lost the GOP nod for Lieutenant Governor by 2.5% in a four candidate field. Four years later, after exposing the corruption of his administration, Palin took on and clobbered the incumbent GOP Governor Frank Murkowski, who had been elected state wide FOUR times previously, in the GOP primary, 51%-19%. She went on to easily dispatch popular two term former Governor Tony Knowles in the general election, 49% to 40%, in spite of a third party challenge by a former GOP opponent.

Palin, alone among all the GOP candidates, has actually run in a national campaign, and this experience cannot be overemphasized She has seen the errors the McCain operatives made. To a greater extent than all the rest, especially Bachmann, she realizes what works in a Presidential campaign and what does not work. She knows who can be trusted and who cannot be trusted. Michele Bachmann, on the other hand, will be completely dependent upon the likes of Ed Rollins and his ilk, because she has no clue how to run even a state wide campaign, much less a national one. Palin neither wants nor needs such crutches.

Obama in 2012 is shaping up as a ripe target for the GOP. They are not about to squander this golden opportunity by gambling on Michele Bachmann's thin political resume.


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1 posted on 07/02/2011 11:40:35 AM PDT by Brices Crossroads
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To: Brices Crossroads
Michelle has been a placeholder for Sarah.

Sorry.

That's just the way it is.

2 posted on 07/02/2011 11:41:56 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." - Bertrand de Jouvenel des Ursins)
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To: Brices Crossroads

“she has never won state wide elective office”

...big difference between “winning” and “stealing” as the kenyan usurper did in Ill.


3 posted on 07/02/2011 11:42:51 AM PDT by albie
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To: Brices Crossroads

And suddenly libs everywhere are worried about experience......


4 posted on 07/02/2011 11:43:24 AM PDT by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: Brices Crossroads
The same could be said for my Galveston area House Rep. Ron Paul - unless you follow the obama doctrine of counting running for POTUS as “executive experience” - Just Say’n
5 posted on 07/02/2011 11:44:54 AM PDT by VRWCTexan (Those who forget history, are doomed to repeat it !)
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To: Brices Crossroads

If nothing else, the last election taught us that experience is irrelevant when choosing a President. We’ve elected a black, now we need to elect a woman to prove that we are an open-minded nation and can now exist without guilt. Either Bachmann or Palin would be an excellent choice IMHO.


6 posted on 07/02/2011 11:45:22 AM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Brices Crossroads
CafePress has seen its T-shirt sales predict the winner of the previous three presidential elections...



7 posted on 07/02/2011 11:45:45 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: The Iceman Cometh; Norm Lenhart; Springfield Reformer; conservativeforpalin; Brices Crossroads; ...

Ping!


8 posted on 07/02/2011 11:46:03 AM PDT by Brices Crossroads
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To: Brices Crossroads
Nice work, BC. Keep it coming!
9 posted on 07/02/2011 11:46:32 AM PDT by JPG (Elect Sarah Palin in '12. America won't get another chance.)
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To: Brices Crossroads

What the Hell has that filthy Rodent in the Oval office ever done?


10 posted on 07/02/2011 11:46:35 AM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: Brices Crossroads

Perry & Palin.


11 posted on 07/02/2011 11:46:41 AM PDT by Red6
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To: Tzimisce

LOL! Experience is on vacation.


12 posted on 07/02/2011 11:47:35 AM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Brices Crossroads

We don’t give a flip about the country club.

There are lots of things people accomplish having no prior experience.


13 posted on 07/02/2011 11:48:11 AM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: Brices Crossroads

Pfffft.

A politician wears experience like a prostitute.

The more, “Experience,” the uglier and more frought with disease.

I don’t like politicians and I don’t like prostitutes.

I like Michelle Bachman.

And so do you if you are any good.


14 posted on 07/02/2011 11:49:29 AM PDT by TFMcGuire (Liberalism Is Hatred)
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To: Brices Crossroads
Palin, alone among all the GOP candidates, has actually run in a national campaign

What about Paul and Romney? One's a kook and the other is a squishy cultist but didn't they run national campaigns?

15 posted on 07/02/2011 11:50:05 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Cheetahcat

He sat in their without a tie, short sleeves and put his feet up on the Resulte desk.

Hey, “he be da man and $hit.”

He even has his own sound track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1cDoA2cXGs


16 posted on 07/02/2011 11:51:31 AM PDT by Red6
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To: Brices Crossroads

No thinner than Obama’s.


17 posted on 07/02/2011 11:54:19 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Brices Crossroads

She has a better resume than Obama.

However - I want Sarah.


18 posted on 07/02/2011 11:54:36 AM PDT by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: Brices Crossroads

Hey! The cream always rises to the top!! PALIN/BACHMANN 2014!!!


19 posted on 07/02/2011 11:54:54 AM PDT by SierraWasp (I'm done being disappointed by "He/She is the only one who can win" and being embarrassed later!!!)
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To: Brices Crossroads

Hmmmm, trying to think about Obama’s record before he sleezed his way into the presidency.

Somehow, I cannot find it.


20 posted on 07/02/2011 11:55:12 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Red6

“He sat in their without a tie, short sleeves and put his feet up on the Resulte desk.

Hey, “he be da man and $hit.”

He even has his own sound track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1cDoA2cXGs";

That is the best the Democrat minorities have??? What a Joke of a man!


21 posted on 07/02/2011 11:55:20 AM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: humblegunner

Also, I beg to quibble with the notion that Palin has “run” a national campaign.

She was in a national campaign, for sure, but she certainly was not in charge of the whole dang thing, nor did she develop the infrastructure for the campaign or the overall strategy.

Yes, she freelanced some and influenced the nature of the campaign probably more than most VP candidates. But no way did she build the national campaign organization, develop overall strategy for it or manage it.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.


22 posted on 07/02/2011 11:57:15 AM PDT by fightinJAG (I am sick of people adding their comments to titles in the title box. Thank you.)
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To: Brices Crossroads

23 posted on 07/02/2011 11:57:53 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Brices Crossroads
Let's see the even thinner political resume' for obama..."Mr. Present".

obama is not a president...he's a PRECEDENT...if an idiot like him can be elected, ANYONE can be elected.
24 posted on 07/02/2011 11:58:04 AM PDT by FrankR (A people that values its privileges above its principles will soon lose both.)
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To: Brices Crossroads

Not being an accepted member of the political class is hardly a shortcoming.


25 posted on 07/02/2011 11:58:38 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Brices Crossroads

Oh How Howable, bet Bachmann can’t even sign books and show up at shopping malls.


26 posted on 07/02/2011 11:59:08 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Brices Crossroads
BC ~ As a fellow Sarah Palin supporter, I agree with your assessment of Michele Bachmann's deficits as a possible Republican challenger to Barack Obama in 2012. To be fair, I have to note that some of Palin's attributes can also be applied to Mitt Romney (former governor, ran a presidential primary campaign in 2008) but beyond a few similarities, they are worlds apart in political philosophy. I like Michelle Bachmann and if Sarah Palin doesn't run, I'll vote for Bachmann in my states GOP primary. However, I believe Bachmann's chances are slim-to-none. Sarah Palin will conduct a non-conventional campaign, doing end-runs around the GOP elites and the MSM, very likely win the nomination and go on to defeat the Marxist in the White House in November, 2012 - so I continue to support Sarah Palin for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination and hope she decides to run.
27 posted on 07/02/2011 11:59:27 AM PDT by Jim Scott
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To: Brices Crossroads

Yes, it’s worthwhile to evaluate a candidate’s experience.

No, it’s not very worthwhile to think using a checklist of experience definitively tells you everything you need to know about a candidate’s ability, talent and basic “rightness” for this moment in history.

Don’t y’all ever watch the NFL draft?


28 posted on 07/02/2011 11:59:50 AM PDT by fightinJAG (I am sick of people adding their comments to titles in the title box. Thank you.)
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To: Cheetahcat

29 posted on 07/02/2011 12:00:40 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Jim Scott

“To be fair, I have to note that some of Palin’s attributes can also be applied to Mitt Romney (former governor, ran a presidential primary campaign in 2008)”

Agreed, Jim. Which is why Romney would have no trouble dispatching Bachmann, even in the unlikely event she got into a one-on-one match with him. Romney can make arguments against Bachmann that are unavailable to him if his opponent is Palin. That is why he is so desperately trying to use Bachmann to eliminate Palin. Bachmann is no threat to his nomination. Palin is an existential threat to it.


30 posted on 07/02/2011 12:04:52 PM PDT by Brices Crossroads
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To: indylindy
Oh How Howable, bet Bachmann can’t even sign books and show up at shopping malls.

If she ever writes one and anyone shows up at the signing we'll find out.

31 posted on 07/02/2011 12:05:32 PM PDT by Chunga ("Woo hoo!! Palin/West 2012. Unbeatable!!" - Jim Robinson)
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To: Brices Crossroads

Oh How Howable, bet Bachmann can’t even sign books and show up at shopping malls.


32 posted on 07/02/2011 12:06:06 PM PDT by dforest
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To: Tzimisce

“And suddenly libs everywhere are worried about experience......”

Oh HO! You got that right! For the libs Kenyan-man’s only necessary experience was learning Communism at the knee of his father.


33 posted on 07/02/2011 12:07:30 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: indylindy
Oh How Howable, bet Bachmann can’t even sign books and show up at shopping malls.

As I pointed out to you earlier, Bachmann most likely will be signing books in September when her book comes out.

Not that I think there is anything wrong with Bachmman doing it, but will you be consistent and will you make snide remarks about Bachmann when she heads to her book signings?

34 posted on 07/02/2011 12:07:52 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: Tzimisce

Unbelievable!


35 posted on 07/02/2011 12:08:17 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: fightinJAG
Also, I beg to quibble with the notion that Palin has “run” a national campaign.

You are quibbling with a notion noone had expressed.

36 posted on 07/02/2011 12:09:44 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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To: Tzimisce
Suddenly, the cultists are worried about experience. Let's see a lawyer,and a congress member for five years, well that is more experience than a 143 day half-ass affirmative action senator.
37 posted on 07/02/2011 12:09:55 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Chunga
If she ever writes one and anyone shows up at the signing we'll find out.

John Fund will be "assisting" BM with writing the book. The book deal was negotiated several weeks ago. The book is due out in the Fall.

Link

38 posted on 07/02/2011 12:11:32 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: Red6

Ummm excuse me:

Palin/Perry :) Just has a better ring to it. *snicker*


39 posted on 07/02/2011 12:13:39 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman
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To: humblegunner

There you went and jerked the posters fig leaf off.


40 posted on 07/02/2011 12:14:14 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Right LMAO.


41 posted on 07/02/2011 12:14:21 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: fightinJAG

I said Palin had “run in” a national campaign, not that she had “run” the campaign, which is a large distinction.

Having “run in” a national general election campaign is in itself valuable experience, even though the McCain campaign was not well “run”. Had Palin “run” the campaign herself, it would have been measurably better than it was.


42 posted on 07/02/2011 12:15:44 PM PDT by Brices Crossroads
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To: Brilliant
“No thinner than Obama’s.”

Virtually identical to candidate Obama in 2007:
- No executive experience
- Less than five years in Congress, preceeded by several terms in the state legislature
- Never chaired a Congressional committee or subcommittee
- Never sponsored a bill that has been enacted into law,

In addition Rep. Bachmann has six chiefs of staff in her first four years in the House. She's either very hard to work for or is a horrid judge of talent. Considering she appointed Ed Rollins as her campaign manager, I believe the latter is more likely.

43 posted on 07/02/2011 12:15:51 PM PDT by bwc2221
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To: Brices Crossroads

Bachmann must be a real threat to Obama.

But my aunt Mabel would be a threat running against him.

In fact, my dog, Maxie could run against Obama and win.


44 posted on 07/02/2011 12:16:38 PM PDT by veritas2002
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To: Brices Crossroads

I like Michelle Bachmann a lot, but she does have a woefully thin resume. Can’t do the research now, but to the best of my knowledge no sitting member of the U.S. House has won the presidency. There’s a good reason. Experience. Most House members don’t have enough either at all or of the necessary kind.

If Bachmamn is running to raise her national profile, that’s fine. Many people have done so in our history. If, on the other hand, she’s running because she seriously believes herself to be the best possible candidate at this time, then Bachmann is incredibly arrogant. That would be a character flaw we can’t afford.


45 posted on 07/02/2011 12:17:46 PM PDT by Wolfstar ("If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his friend." Abraham Lincoln)
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To: VRWCTexan

Ron Paul ran for President and for US Senate.


46 posted on 07/02/2011 12:19:12 PM PDT by truthfreedom
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To: Wolfstar

James Garfield was elected from the House in 1880. It ended up being a bad career move as he was assassinated shortly after being elected.


47 posted on 07/02/2011 12:20:55 PM PDT by bwc2221
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To: humblegunner

“What about Paul and Romney? One’s a kook and the other is a squishy cultist but didn’t they run national campaigns?”

If you read the article, you would have noticed that I use the term “national campaign” in the sense of the general election campaign, 50 state election son a single day. Romney never ran such a campaign.

Paul ran a quixotic campaign as a libertarian 25 years ago, but that wasn’t a serious, national campaign. I stand by my statement. In terms of the current GOP field Palin alone among the current GOP candidates has national campaign experience on a major party ticket.


48 posted on 07/02/2011 12:22:11 PM PDT by Brices Crossroads
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To: Brices Crossroads

Aye, rather thin political resume.

Be Ever Vigilant!


49 posted on 07/02/2011 12:22:58 PM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Brices Crossroads
Which is why Romney would have no trouble dispatching Bachmann

Romney is no more of legitimate frontrunner than Giuliani was in the last election. Bachmann or someone else will beat him in Iowa and go on to win the nomination.

Rick Perry would suck the life out of Romney if he were to run.

50 posted on 07/02/2011 12:24:50 PM PDT by RINOs suck
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