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GOP's New Lightning Rod
Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2009 | George Will

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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1 posted on 10/25/2009 4:32:54 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
An amazing woman with an amazing story. She should be a role model for all those fed up with US politics and the party's.

Palin/Bachman 2012

2 posted on 10/25/2009 4:34:51 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Note to the GOP: Do not count your votes until they are cast.)
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To: MNJohnnie

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.


3 posted on 10/25/2009 4:36:04 AM PDT by Tax-chick (God is great, and wine is good, and people are crazy.)
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To: MNJohnnie

Sad state of affairs when women must lead men.


4 posted on 10/25/2009 4:37:25 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: MNJohnnie

Agree !


5 posted on 10/25/2009 4:38:53 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Fester Chugabrew
Let you in on a secret as old as man.

Women have always lead men, they just let us think we are in charge.

6 posted on 10/25/2009 4:39:47 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Note to the GOP: Do not count your votes until they are cast.)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

Amen....but I’ll take them since the men seem to be so sissified.


7 posted on 10/25/2009 4:39:53 AM PDT by Ann Archy (18%)
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To: Tax-chick

She has been a hero of mine ever since I heard how she got into politics. What an amazing story.


8 posted on 10/25/2009 4:41:51 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Note to the GOP: Do not count your votes until they are cast.)
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To: MNJohnnie

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.


9 posted on 10/25/2009 4:44:39 AM PDT by Tax-chick (God is great, and wine is good, and people are crazy.)
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To: Kaslin

Michele Bachmann on freedom:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Psfn6iOfS8


10 posted on 10/25/2009 4:54:03 AM PDT by PIF
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To: Kaslin

She was Gretchen Carlson’s nanny?! Small world.


11 posted on 10/25/2009 4:54:32 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast ( If you have kids, you have no right of privacy that the govt can't flick off your shoulder.)
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To: Kaslin
When she was a teenager in Anoka, Minn., she was a nanny for a young girl named Gretchen Carlson. Today, Carlson, a Stanford honors graduate who studied at Oxford, is a host of "Fox & Friends," the morning show on -- wouldn't you know -- Fox News Channel. See how far ahead the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy plans?

LOL... George Will surely knows how to write and tease ...

12 posted on 10/25/2009 4:54:41 AM PDT by paudio (Road to hell is paved by unintended consequences of good intentions)
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To: Kaslin
...so that morning she had skipped washing her hair, put on jeans and a tattered sweatshirt...

And I'll bet that she was still hotter than train smoke!

(Somebody HAD to say it!)

13 posted on 10/25/2009 4:55:34 AM PDT by PalmettoMason (Half Honkey.....ALL Donkey! BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA! Mmm, Mmmm, Mmmmm!)
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To: Kaslin

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!


14 posted on 10/25/2009 4:55:49 AM PDT by RowdyFFC (Nancy Pelosi...please deny her any health care....)
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To: Fester Chugabrew
Sad state of affairs when women must lead men.

Nothing new as was the case of Deborah. She lead when no men would.

15 posted on 10/25/2009 4:59:32 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: MNJohnnie

LOL! Wouldn’t that be intresting? Sure to make a few heads explode! :0)


16 posted on 10/25/2009 5:02:02 AM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Markets and Marxists Don't Mix! Audit the FED NOW!)
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To: RowdyFFC

Well said!


17 posted on 10/25/2009 5:02:49 AM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Markets and Marxists Don't Mix! Audit the FED NOW!)
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To: Kaslin

18 posted on 10/25/2009 5:03:20 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: MNJohnnie

Palin/Bachman 2012

YOU’RE Kidding right? Let’s focus on 2010 okie dokie?

CONGRESSIONAL CONSERVATIVE LANDSLIDE 2010


19 posted on 10/25/2009 5:04:12 AM PDT by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
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To: Kaslin

Great story.


20 posted on 10/25/2009 5:05:37 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Kaslin

She is just about the only republican that has my attention.


21 posted on 10/25/2009 5:13:46 AM PDT by xmission (www.iwilldefendtheconstitution.com)
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To: MNJohnnie
Some of her supposed excesses are, however, not merely defensible, they are admirable.

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

Palin/Bachmann 2012

22 posted on 10/25/2009 5:16:45 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Been collecting pitchforks for years - now I know why!)
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To: Kaslin
George Will's dinner mates will be very unhappy by this betrayal. Nevertheless, go Michelle!
23 posted on 10/25/2009 5:23:23 AM PDT by Dahoser (The missus and I joined the NRA. Who says Obama can't inspire conservatives?)
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To: MNJohnnie
An amazing woman with an amazing story. She should be a role model for all those fed up with US politics and the parties. Palin/Bachman 2012.

Interesting. And this is not the first time in our nation's history that Liberty has been personified as a woman:


24 posted on 10/25/2009 5:43:08 AM PDT by Upstate NY Guy
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To: PalmettoMason

Put on a ragged sweatshirt, I’ll take you anywhere you want me to. 1st gear.....


25 posted on 10/25/2009 5:48:54 AM PDT by Paladin2 (Granholm won't let anyone with a buck leave until she's bled them completely dry)
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To: MNJohnnie

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.


26 posted on 10/25/2009 5:55:08 AM PDT by Soul of the South (When times are tough the tough get going.)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

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!”


27 posted on 10/25/2009 5:58:07 AM PDT by rlmorel (Obama, The Flatulence of One Thousand Black Dogs After Eating Boiled Eggs Be Upon Him...)
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To: Upstate NY Guy

That image is from the French Revolution... not the American.


28 posted on 10/25/2009 6:09:08 AM PDT by PIF
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To: Upstate NY Guy
Correction: the world's history.

As the painting by Delacroix depicts the French Revolution.

29 posted on 10/25/2009 6:10:20 AM PDT by Upstate NY Guy
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To: PIF

Thanks. I stand corrected. Feeling a little foolish now.


30 posted on 10/25/2009 6:12:03 AM PDT by Upstate NY Guy
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To: Kaslin
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.

"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.

31 posted on 10/25/2009 6:18:50 AM PDT by GBA
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To: Kaslin

We could use a “Joan of Arc” about now... without the burning at stake part...


32 posted on 10/25/2009 6:20:08 AM PDT by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: Upstate NY Guy
Yes the flag does look a bit odd... :) Maybe not enough coffee this AM?

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.

33 posted on 10/25/2009 6:20:35 AM PDT by PIF
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To: Kaslin

bttt


34 posted on 10/25/2009 6:22:21 AM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: Kaslin

Not to mention she’s hot!


35 posted on 10/25/2009 6:33:17 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA ("Henceforth, you shall be known as...'Nobel Obama'".)
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To: Fester Chugabrew
Sad state of affairs when women must lead men.

I'll take excelent leadership where I can find it - and again, thanks for everything you did Mrs. Thatcher.

36 posted on 10/25/2009 6:33:56 AM PDT by G L Tirebiter
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To: Kaslin

Nothing more hated by the left than a pro-life woman.


37 posted on 10/25/2009 6:42:39 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: PIF
Michele Bachmann on freedom:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Psfn6iOfS8

That video is incredible!

38 posted on 10/25/2009 6:42:40 AM PDT by webstersII
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To: webstersII

Yes. It’s my favorite “auto-tune the news” piece of the nine.


39 posted on 10/25/2009 6:45:27 AM PDT by PIF
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To: Kaslin
We have rules, ya know..

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?

40 posted on 10/25/2009 6:49:06 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: xcamel

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


41 posted on 10/25/2009 6:55:41 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: PalmettoMason

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.


42 posted on 10/25/2009 7:02:18 AM PDT by RDasher ("El Nino is climate, La Nina is weather")
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To: Kaslin

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


43 posted on 10/25/2009 7:18:08 AM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (The Return of America)
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To: Kaslin

Michelle Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Liz Cheney - it’s women that are leading the conservatives now. I think Ronald Reagan would be proud.


44 posted on 10/25/2009 7:18:14 AM PDT by alicewonders (Sarah Palin is the face of America's future.)
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To: alicewonders; Kaslin

I doubt RR would be proud. He would be shaking his head wondering who neutered all the men!


45 posted on 10/25/2009 7:20:00 AM PDT by WVKayaker (www.wherezobama.org / Obama's Excellent Adventure ...)
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To: WVKayaker

That’s true.


46 posted on 10/25/2009 7:24:21 AM PDT by alicewonders (Sarah Palin is the face of America's future.)
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To: Kaslin

Thanks for the post.

Sure would have been nice if the Admin. Moderator would have cross referenced to this post from a later one.


47 posted on 10/25/2009 7:28:23 AM PDT by wizr (The Bible is the Truth. We just lie to ourselves when we don't want to believe it.)
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To: MNJohnnie
Women have always lead men, they just let us think we are in charge.

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?

48 posted on 10/25/2009 6:48:08 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Upstate NY Guy

Uh, that’s a painting regarding the French revolution, you know. Though it is a personification of Liberty.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marianne


49 posted on 10/25/2009 8:13:39 PM PDT by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: Vigilanteman
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?

I wish. I got married to Freeper eeevil conservative on July 11th of this year.

I am just a fast learner. :-)

50 posted on 10/26/2009 4:24:34 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Note to the GOP: Do not count your votes until they are cast.)
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