Skip to comments.GOP's New Lightning Rod
Posted on 10/25/2009 4:32:54 AM PDT by Kaslin
WASHINGTON -- When Marcus Bachmann came home that Saturday evening in 2000 he checked the telephone answering machine and was mystified by the many messages congratulating his wife for something. "Michele," he said, "do you have something to tell me?" She did.
The state senator from her district in suburban Minneapolis-St. Paul had been in office for 17 years, had stopped being pro-life and started supporting tax increases, so that morning she had skipped washing her hair, put on jeans and a tattered sweatshirt and went to the local Republican nominating caucus to ask him a few pointed questions. There, on the spur of the moment, some similarly disgruntled conservatives suggested that she unseat the incumbent. After she made a five-minute speech "on freedom," the caucus emphatically endorsed her and she handily won the subsequent primary.
After six years in the state Legislature, she ran for Congress and now, in her second term, has become such a burr under Democrats' saddles that recently The New York Times profiled her beneath a Page One headline: "GOP Has a Lightning Rod, And Her Name Is Not Palin." She is, however, a petite pistol that occasionally goes off half-cocked.
For example, appearing on MSNBC's "Hardball" 18 days before last year's election, she made the mistake of taking Chris Matthews' bait and speculating about whether Barack Obama and some other Democrats have "anti-American" views. In the ensuing uproar -- fueled by people who were not comparably scandalized when George W. Bush was sulfurously vilified -- her opponent raised nearly $2 million and her lead shrank from 13 points to her winning margin of 3.
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I wasn’t aware of Rep. Bachmann until the Republican convention last year, but she’s very impressive, and I hope she goes a long way in national politics.
Sad state of affairs when women must lead men.
Women have always lead men, they just let us think we are in charge.
Amen....but I’ll take them since the men seem to be so sissified.
She has been a hero of mine ever since I heard how she got into politics. What an amazing story.
It is a great story - and demonstrates how desperate voters are for a pro-liberty candidate.
I’m also impressed because I often work on local campaigns, particularly for my state representative, and I know what a huge job it is running for office.
Michele Bachmann on freedom:
She was Gretchen Carlson’s nanny?! Small world.
LOL... George Will surely knows how to write and tease ...
And I'll bet that she was still hotter than train smoke!
(Somebody HAD to say it!)
Conservative women can bake the cake, raise the children, love their husbands, and damn the devil straight in the eye with the truth. That’s why they’re successful. And they don’t need big government to protect them like the failures that call themselves feminists.
Go Michelle, Go Sarah, ROH! ROH! ROH! ROH!
Nothing new as was the case of Deborah. She lead when no men would.
LOL! Wouldn’t that be intresting? Sure to make a few heads explode! :0)
YOU’RE Kidding right? Let’s focus on 2010 okie dokie?
CONGRESSIONAL CONSERVATIVE LANDSLIDE 2010
She is just about the only republican that has my attention.
This little gal has more "testicularia" than the rest of our congressional delegation combined, maybe as much as Palin.
I'm ready to give the gals a chance and will actively campaign for them
Interesting. And this is not the first time in our nation's history that Liberty has been personified as a woman:
Put on a ragged sweatshirt, I’ll take you anywhere you want me to. 1st gear.....
Palin/Bachmann could be the ticket to energize the electorate. Much better than tired old establishment white men such as Dole and McCain.
Such a ticket could be transformational for the party and the nation. First, they both have passion, love of country, and core values. They aren’t afraid to speak out. No dilution of the message to appease. It would be difficult for the Democrats to paint the party as not inclusive with women holding both the P and VP positions on the ticket. Plus, the potential to elect the first female president would be an historic moment for the electorate, not unlike the choice the electorate made in 2008.
It would certainly be an interesting campaign. Failed “Hope and Change” against two high powered candidates who believe in America. Much better than left to moderate Romney with whatever conservative he picks to appeal to the base.
I have no problem being “led” by a woman. I have had the privilege of working for some great people in my life, and a few of them were women.
While I do believe there are some jobs men can do better than women and vice-versa, I don’t believe legislating and being in a position of leadership is one of them.
I may not want the majority of women to be on my damage control team on my ship, but if a woman demonstrates intelligence, conviction and leadership qualities, then she will have my support as a subordinate.
Would I take orders from Phyllis Schlafly, Margaret Thatcher or Michelle Bachmann? In the words of another famous woman who I would also consider...”You betcha!”
That image is from the French Revolution... not the American.
As the painting by Delacroix depicts the French Revolution.
Thanks. I stand corrected. Feeling a little foolish now.
"Mistake" or not, was she right? Yes, she was then and still is now, while Chrissy has crossed over from dangerously close to political insanity to one of the tingly poster boy/cheerleaders for the obamanation.
Michele Bachmann is definitely one of the few really good people in government. If you haven't done so, sign up for her emails.
We could use a “Joan of Arc” about now... without the burning at stake part...
However, it may be instructive to read up on the very significant role of women in the French revolution - unlike the American, where women's role is far less dramatic historically speaking.
Not to mention she’s hot!
I'll take excelent leadership where I can find it - and again, thanks for everything you did Mrs. Thatcher.
Nothing more hated by the left than a pro-life woman.
That video is incredible!
Yes. It’s my favorite “auto-tune the news” piece of the nine.
Rep. Michelle Bachmann
Okay its a 'new rule', but Rep Bachmann deserves one :-)
(rhetorical) Why are Conservative women so hot while all 'progressive' women look like bag ladies who are allergic to soap?
The problem with politics is that all too many heros are burned at the stake. Either some muckracking lefty finds out he/she has a unpaid parking ticket or that person will have every part of thier lives taken apart and put under a microsope.The if any part is even the least bit tainted, it is blown up and shown to the slobbering media that will take it and run it into the ground.
The only people that survive that are lefty jerkoffs or weak willed republicans. They can do no wrong and will find safe harbor with the media
I was at that convention in 2000. Her tattered jeans were not blue, but off white. :-) In challenging the incumbent Republican, Michele won the nomination on the first round of voting. It was an amazing day.
She does not compromise on her principles. I am so glad I have her to represent me in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District.
The telling part is that the NRCC stopped funding and supporting her in 2008 election. The NRCC is backing the Schizzo woman in NY 23d
That tells me enough that Bachmann is a good conservative.....the RINOs dont like her
Michelle Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Liz Cheney - it’s women that are leading the conservatives now. I think Ronald Reagan would be proud.
I doubt RR would be proud. He would be shaking his head wondering who neutered all the men!
Thanks for the post.
Sure would have been nice if the Admin. Moderator would have cross referenced to this post from a later one.
I'll bet you've been married at least 20 years to the same woman. You've obviously learned a few things along the way. Am I right?
Uh, that’s a painting regarding the French revolution, you know. Though it is a personification of Liberty.
I wish. I got married to Freeper eeevil conservative on July 11th of this year.
I am just a fast learner. :-)