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Why Canít I Connect With Michele Bachmann? (Vanity)
June 16, 2011 | Vanity

Posted on 06/16/2011 5:26:37 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Michele Bachmann should have me ringing doorbells and doing conservative flips to get her elected but she isn’t and I don’t know why.

She looks great on paper. She expresses conservatism clearly. She understands the dire situation we’re in and the remedies. She’s energetic and pleasant. She goes after the agent of our destruction. She can debate. She is attractive. She has a compelling life story.

So what’s wrong?

When Michele Bachmann is on TV or radio, or I read her words in print, she has my attention and I agree with her but as soon as she’s off the air or I move to another story, she’s lost to my mind.

I can’t be the only one who has this Michele Bachmann “condition.” This bothers me because TURNOUT will be what decides this election. TURNOUT will bring us a bullet proof Senate. TURNOUT will keep Democrat voter fraud from giving Obama 4 more years. TURNOUT will bring more states under GOP control. We need a standard bearer candidate that Americans will rally behind in earnest -- TURN OUT!

The roster of GOP candidates is varied and I will vote for the one who wins the primary. I don’t think Romney has “it.” I know Newt won’t make the grade, again – can’t. Huntsman – phewt. Ron Paul – keeps our feet to the fire but won’t beat Obama. Santorum – he had me once but now he just seems to be saying his lines. Pawlenty – I keep working on remembering that he’s in the race. Cain – another conservative voice of sanity but won’t beat Obama.

Two candidates not yet on the list – Sarah Palin and Rick Perry – they make me want to campaign for their election! They fire me up! I see them as carrying the flag and rallying the great silent majority of voters. They have “it” in spades. I want to win back the White House! Obama must go!

So what is it? I’ve tried to figure this out logically but I keep hitting an emotional wall.

Does Michele Bachmann’s energy belong in the legislature and not the executive? (Something I see as Newt’s problem (among others) – he played a big part in orchestrating the 1994 takeover, then let it wilt away – he’s not executive material, but rather a good back-bench workhorse).

I’d like your thoughts.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; bachmann; bachmann2012; election; politics
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The reason she is not cutting the mustard is due to the fact that we have too many just OK, mediocre candidates. They are all OK in and of their own right but...each falls short of the mark. There just isn't a single dynamic, persuasive, captivating Conservative candidate except Sarah Palin and she will have to swim against the tide of lies and smear campaigns just to make small inroads. Sarah can energize the GOP BUT old school Republicans seem to prefer a typical male candidate (Mitt) over that of a female. Add Palin to Allen West in the future and now you're talking!!!
101 posted on 06/16/2011 6:51:13 AM PDT by Netz
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

For me, it’s her voice, high pitched. Love the gal and would vote for her, just don’t want to hear her talk.


102 posted on 06/16/2011 6:52:02 AM PDT by conservativesister
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
No, you are not alone.

There are many liberals who feel the same way as you do. The MSM is loaded with them.

103 posted on 06/16/2011 6:52:41 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: Lilyjuslan

My wife and I were talking about Bachman after seeing her on Hannity last night. We came to the conclusion that she REALLY dosent have the fight in her. Sure she will pop uo on talk shows and throw a jab out there, so to speak, but she really dosent seem to have that grit its gonna take to win this one. Not to mention experience. I think when the msm gets cranked up on her you will see here ease to the back of the room and then on out the door. Time will tell.


104 posted on 06/16/2011 6:53:11 AM PDT by allsouthern
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To: GlockThe Vote
Here we go again. Another thread where the Palin or Nothing crowd endlessly trash Bachmann while Palin has not even decided to run for POTUS. Yawn.

I have to agree with you. This non-stop Great Pumpkin routine is leaving me cold too. IF Palin runs, then we'll talk.

("Wait, did I say IF? I meant WHEN!")

105 posted on 06/16/2011 6:55:07 AM PDT by truthkeeper ( Life is a pre-existing condition - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Everyone has a calling and Newt was a natural House Speaker and I think Bachmann would also make a great House speaker.

I see Palin doing excellent as the GOP leaders Michael Steele who seems like a nice person but something is missing that Palin has!


106 posted on 06/16/2011 6:57:42 AM PDT by restornu (I really do need to give up my summer cottage in Babylon...Love One Another... God Bless America!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
She's too short.

Sounds stupid and simplistic, but it's true.

107 posted on 06/16/2011 6:58:15 AM PDT by CatoRenasci (Ceterum Censeo Persae Esse Delendam -- Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit)
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To: allsouthern

Ambition just isn’t the same as having a “fire in your belly”.


108 posted on 06/16/2011 7:00:54 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: truthkeeper

I’m not sure she is running at all. She is building up a lifestyle that does not lend itself to making 400k a year. She just bought a nearly 2 million dollar home, etc etc.

If she runs, great, she will do awesome.

But to spend endless energy and arguments with others over something that is not even the casre seems fruitless to me.

When and if she decides to run, then we jump in for her. Until then, we eed to keep mitt from getting the nomnation.


109 posted on 06/16/2011 7:01:42 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (F U B O ! ! !)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Just finished reading "Brothers, Rivals, Victors" (Eisenhower, Bradley, Patton). Hell of a book.

Don't know whether your quote is from the General himself, or th script. If he didn't say exactly that...he should have.

He also said (and this is a direct quote):"There is only one tactical principle which is not subject to change. It is to use the means at hand to inflict the maximum amount of wound, death, and destruction on the enemy in the minimum amount of time."

And...."Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack." "May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't."

My god, we need a leader...and of all the Republican "candidates" and "non-candidates"...I know of only one who embodies - heart, mind, and soul - these prinicples. Only one.

I'll accept a "bradley" or even an "eisenhower" as opposed to leaving the stain in place.

But I want...we NEED....a true leader....a Patton.

110 posted on 06/16/2011 7:01:46 AM PDT by Logic n' Reason (The stain must be ERADICATED....NOW!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
As I posted elsewhere:

After watching the debate last night, and hearing Bachmann, I thought - ok, she has the clever soundbites down. But something about her rang hollow. Something tells me she is only good for a certain level. Her clever answers seemed rehearsed for the moment - not running through the veins like Sarah's Wisconsin speech or her Young Republicans speech or AFV speech.

I praise Bachmann and the others for their bold conservative statements last night but, the difference between her and Sarah Palin is that Sarah has fire not just in her belly of what she believes AND WANTS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, but throughout her whole being. You sense it, see it, hear it all of the time.

111 posted on 06/16/2011 7:02:18 AM PDT by time4good
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To: AT7Saluki

This is beginning to sound like the putrid media “Gravitas”

Do you even know Bachmann back ground both women are qualified but are their talents executive, to motivate, or house speaker etc.


112 posted on 06/16/2011 7:05:33 AM PDT by restornu (I really do need to give up my summer cottage in Babylon...Love One Another... God Bless America!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; P-Marlowe

I agree. Palin because of her charisma, true conservatism, and perseverence. Perry because of his public conservatism and a real recognition of his electoral vote gathering probability.


113 posted on 06/16/2011 7:07:11 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)
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To: conservativesister; Cincinatus' Wife
For me, it’s her voice, high pitched. Love the gal and would vote for her, just don’t want to hear her talk.

Have you....ever....listened to an acutal voice recording of General George S. Patton????

His voice...while not the booming, confident, strident, hollywood voice of the movie...did quite well (tho described - respectfully by those who knew him - as "high" almost falsetto).

His actions determined his successes...not the sound of his voice. I doubt many of the enemy had time to laugh at his voice when he was attacking them...which he did all the time.

Voice hell....give me a leader....I don't care if they sound like Donald Duck!

And since you seem to be all about voices....the stain has a nice voice, doesn't he?? And look where it's gotten us.

Listen to the drumbeat...not the music.

114 posted on 06/16/2011 7:07:50 AM PDT by Logic n' Reason (The stain must be ERADICATED....NOW!!)
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To: restornu; All

Could it be that Bachmann’s strategic thinking is more calculated, while Palin’s strategic thinking is more tactical?


115 posted on 06/16/2011 7:07:59 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; indylindy
STARPOWER

I believe is the word you're looking for.

Both women are good candidates with some flaws. I could and will happily vote for either if they get the nomination, but right now my first choice was Hermann Cain. After his statement that fedgov shouldn't handle gun control because that is properly reserved for the states, I would need to hear something like "and should be restricted to decisions about felons, insane people..."

I don't trust Perry--he reads the blowing wind VERY well and does what he has to even if his heart is elsewhere. He has starpower but is someone who follows the wind a leader or a follower? I will crawl over broken glass to vote for him if wins the nom, but I will not be happy about it. As long as the wind blows hard in a TEA Party direction, he would be a great president. If we think we've won and the big problem is solved and we relax, not so much.

Lee Rodgers used to say, "Never fall in love with a politician, they'll break your heart every time." I agree with that pretty much except that I still love Reagan...

I believe starpower is a double edged sword. It wins elections and establishes policy, but the better bet is someone who has an unchanging record of action that you agree with and also isn't afraid to talk the talk straight out with rationally supported arguments.

Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini had starpower and all were viciously destructive psychopaths and just plain aholes. That magic and hard to define quality that made people pay attention and CARE can lead to disaster or to a glorious victory for good.

Unfortunately it really does matter in motivation for the vast majority of the people, and not just the foolish ones. We just need to be careful not to fall in love.

116 posted on 06/16/2011 7:12:10 AM PDT by Sal (Islamo Bamma is the star, writer, director and producer of AS THE WORLD BURNS.)
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To: GlockThe Vote
FWIW, I agree with you. But then, I'm in the minority around here...I'm voting ABO in 2012.

We are the TRUE broken-glass voters. There is no way, absolutely none, we will miss our one opportunity to vote against the Marxist Tyrant. Staying home is NOT an option. (Ahem...cue that Patton speech again, wouldya?)

117 posted on 06/16/2011 7:12:39 AM PDT by truthkeeper ( Life is a pre-existing condition - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

You’re wondering why the MSM hasn’t come at her with their cat-claws yet.

Don’t worry, they will.


118 posted on 06/16/2011 7:13:39 AM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: Sal

Nice post and I agree with you.


119 posted on 06/16/2011 7:15:58 AM PDT by dforest
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
I wonder what some people's attitudes will be here when Sarah Palin in the end decides not to run and all indications she is not. Palin is first and foremost a patriot and solid American and I don't think in the end she would embark on a campaign unless she had a realistic chance of winning. Palin would have alot of evangalizing to do on the Independents to get over her 40-43% hump, she needs to get at least 15% of that mushy 20% middle of softheaded drones to win.
120 posted on 06/16/2011 7:17:24 AM PDT by pburgh01
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