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First Sarah Palin, Now Michele Bachmann
NRO ^ | July 12, 2011 | David French

Posted on 07/12/2011 10:47:57 AM PDT by ejdrapes

First Sarah Palin, Now Michele Bachmann
July 12, 2011 12:15 P.M.
By David French

One of the most disgusting political spectacles of my lifetime has been the single-minded effort of the Left to destroy Sarah Palin. Without burdening the readers with a litany of links, we all remember the “not a real woman” comments, the stalking author/neighbor, the hacking scandal, the recent (enthusiastic) fishing expedition through thousands of e-mails, and the vile insults from academics, politicians, and celebrities alike. The goal: to banish her to the fringe of American life, to turn her into a figure of mockery and contempt.

Now, apparently, the Left has decided it’s Michele Bachmann’s turn. Already a hate figure on fringe media outlets like MSNBC, the MSM is piling on. Slate asked if she can be president and still believe in biblical gender roles, ABC News is recycling stories from The Nation about her husband’s counseling centers (where, try as they might, they cannot show a single unethical practice), The Daily Beast gave space to Michelle Goldberg to talk about Bachmann’s alleged “unrivaled extremism,” and the Washington Post’s lifestyle section dedicated several thousand words to a scornful profile of Bachmann’s husband, Marcus.

Why the hate? The secular feminist world view was built around multiple destructive cultural lies: motherhood is a barrier to self-actualization, orthodox religion traps women unhappily in the home, and the only real path to power and happiness is exploding, not upholding, traditional religious values. Yet a mother of five (with 23 foster children), happily married in a Christian family, and who proudly espouses the very traditional values most repugnant to the academic feminist Left is a leading candidate for the most powerful office in the world. She is a living refutation of their foundational beliefs, and — like Sarah Palin — she must be destroyed.

As we enter a primary season where Republican infighting threatens to reach a crescendo, I hope we can learn a lesson from Sarah Palin’s ordeal. You may or may not support Michele Bachmann for president, but we can (and should) defend her against the coming ideological onslaught, an onslaught that is aimed at her but whose real targets are the core values that govern many of our lives.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: sarahpalin

1 posted on 07/12/2011 10:47:59 AM PDT by ejdrapes
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To: ejdrapes

I would agree that it is outrageous the treatment Bachmann and esp. Palin get in the media. I also hear crickets in defending these great women. With that said Palin has my vote. Bachman is needed in Congress.


2 posted on 07/12/2011 10:52:09 AM PDT by GoCards (RUN SARAH RUN)
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To: ejdrapes

the same will happen to anyone who is a threat to the won. first they came for Palin, but I was not Palin. then the came for Bachmann, but I was not.... well I think you get my drift.


3 posted on 07/12/2011 10:52:11 AM PDT by Jeff Vader (Palin 2012)
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To: ejdrapes

They have not destroyed Gov. Sarah Palin, they have made her stronger and more powerful than she ever could’ve been otherwise. Yet, they do not realize it.


4 posted on 07/12/2011 10:56:46 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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To: ejdrapes
I reject the author's premise. The time to defend Bachmann is if she somehow wins the nomination. If she can't defend herself during the primaries, then she has no business running for President.

Sounds like NRO wants conservatives to come to Bachmann's aid NOW to save her so that she can continue to be the establishment's tool to stop Sarah from running. Sorry, not falling for this.

5 posted on 07/12/2011 10:57:41 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2012)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Where did you get that from this blog posting? Or is it just a narrative your pushing that you’ll attach to anything Bachmann related?


6 posted on 07/12/2011 11:02:28 AM PDT by ejdrapes (Can we keep our attacks focused on the real enemy: Obama)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
They have not destroyed Gov. Sarah Palin, they have made her stronger and more powerful than she ever could’ve been otherwise.

Not only that, but Palin completely controls the narrative and decision-making. That excellent Newsweek cover story didn't happen because Newsweek suddenly decided to be fair and objective.

Bachmann and the other GOP candidates will continue to crawl to Meet the Press and other media dinosaurs while Palin can simply give a speech somewhere and have 10,000 people show up, or write a Facebook note, Tweet, or have C4P do reports on her.

7 posted on 07/12/2011 11:04:07 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2012)
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To: ejdrapes

A while ago I mistakenly hit “Reply all” instead of “Reply” on an email and since then have been bombarded by hate mail from a liberal that makes Nancy Pelosi look like Jeane Kirkpatrick. The Left is criminally insane. This being understood, their actions lose their mystery and what you have to do is revealed.


8 posted on 07/12/2011 11:05:41 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: ejdrapes

We need to classify this leftist strategy as the ‘Clarence Thomas Treatment’ or something similar. While conservative women are primary target today, the fact is the leftists and media will pull out every possible weapon to destroy any woman or minority who happens to be a conservative. Their lifeblood is the loosely-knit partnership of various gender and ethnic special interest groups, and anything that threatens that coalition is to be destroyed at all costs. I like associating it with Thomas rather than Palin because it takes the passions of recent skirmishes out of the discussion. Most every American is aware of the Thomas USSC hearings circus.

One of my best indicators of Obama’s radicalism was the event at Saddleback during 2008 where he singled out Thomas as the worst supreme court justice. While his record is nearly identical to the usually maligned Scalia, and the two recent Bush appointees who he voted on, he singled out the conservative black Justice in very sharp statements. It was very instructive about Obama and the far left movement.


9 posted on 07/12/2011 11:13:01 AM PDT by ilgipper ( political rhetoric is no substitute for competence (Thomas Sowell))
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To: ejdrapes
You obviously have no clue as to what's going on. If Bachmann is being attacked right now that's her problem and she should defend herself rather than having NRO issue a desperate SOS for conservatives to save her so she can stay in the race and continue to be a tool.
10 posted on 07/12/2011 11:13:10 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2012)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
I reject the author's premise. The time to defend Bachmann is if she somehow wins the nomination. If she can't defend herself during the primaries, then she has no business running for President.

Then ,of course, we should do nothing to defend Palin who not only has not won the nomination but isn't even a candidate.

11 posted on 07/12/2011 11:19:36 AM PDT by Prokopton
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I honestly don't see any similarity in the level of vitriolic attacks between Bachmann and Palin. The stuff which is happening to Bachmann is pretty much the historical norm for the Left.
12 posted on 07/12/2011 11:25:30 AM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: ejdrapes; All

Amen. I am not an active Sarah for Pres or Michele supporter. I am not convinced SP will run. BUT I do believe the intense and utter hatred for strong, relatively young conservative women IS no accident.

Like Phyllis Schlafly in the last generation, the liberals KNOW the power and respect a woman who is conservative can command. I would LOVE to see a cabal of conservative women go after their attackers.

Star Parker, Michelle Malkin, M.K. Ham, and a whole host of others I am probably forgetting at the moment, ought to form some kind of alliance and make a stand for their politics. Of course they won’t agree on everything—but seeing as the media will stop at NOTHING to destroy any one of them who begins to make headway, it would behoove them to stand together.


13 posted on 07/12/2011 11:27:05 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Not only that, but Palin completely controls the narrative and decision-making.

If that is the case, you shouldn't have to foam at the mouth and tell the most outrageous lies about Bachmann.

But, you have an irrational hatred of her because you're apparently insecure about your own candidate, despite what you're claiming.

It's pathetic. Bachmann is 100% lifetime conservative, according to the ACU, and has been out standing on principle more than any other candidate presently running. It's petty and ridiculous to continue to attack someone that is advancing conservative principles and going after Obama.

14 posted on 07/12/2011 11:30:14 AM PDT by RINOs suck
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To: Prokopton
Then ,of course, we should do nothing to defend Palin who not only has not won the nomination but isn't even a candidate.

Palin doesn't need defending. What's been said about her has already been said and she'll just ignore the media and go directly to the people.

15 posted on 07/12/2011 11:33:26 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2012)
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To: RINOs suck

It’s pathetic. Bachmann is 100% lifetime conservative, according to the ACU, and has been out standing on principle more than any other candidate presently running. It’s petty and ridiculous to continue to attack someone that is advancing conservative principles and going after Obama.
14 posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 11:30:14 AM by RINOs suck

Amen.


16 posted on 07/12/2011 11:33:47 AM PDT by Avery Iota Kracker (He hate me)
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To: ejdrapes
As we enter a primary season where Republican infighting threatens to reach a crescendo, I hope we can learn a lesson from Sarah Palin’s ordeal. You may or may not support Michele Bachmann for president, but we can (and should) defend her against the coming ideological onslaught

And, of course, you agree with this completely? You must, because I've seen you all over FR defending Governor Palin from attacks on so many threads. < /sarc> Alternatively, if you do agree that we should all rush to defend Rep. Bachmann, is it because you see her as less capable of self-defense than is Governor Palin?

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17 posted on 07/12/2011 11:34:32 AM PDT by lonevoice (Life is short. Make fun of it.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I disagree, triple E. I think the author is saying the attacks on a strong conservative woman are part of a slanderous mindset that must be resisted and attacked with ferocity. I agree....we saw under George W Bush what happens when you adopt a “new tone”. You get eaten alive.


18 posted on 07/12/2011 11:35:19 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I have no clue? You’re the one claming things you have ZERO proof of. You say if Bachmann is being attacked that’s her problem. OK, so then does that same standard apply for Palin? Because she certainly had/has plenty of defenders on talk radio, blogs, Fox News etc. Are the attacks against Palin her problem too?


19 posted on 07/12/2011 11:36:37 AM PDT by ejdrapes (Can we keep our attacks focused on the real enemy: Obama)
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To: RINOs suck
If that is the case, you shouldn't have to foam at the mouth and tell the most outrageous lies about Bachmann.

Saying that Bachmann doesn't have executive experience or notable legislative accomplishments aren't "outrageous lies." Neither is her hiring Ed Rollins and not condemning his attacks Palin rather than one of the declared candidates. Simply proof that she is in the presidential race for ego and beltway name recognition rather than what's good for the nation, while exploiting the Tea Party movement.

But, you have an irrational hatred of her because you're apparently insecure about your own candidate, despite what you're claiming.

I don't hate Bachmann. I do have a fear that she is another Huckabee who is going to siphon away Christian voters, which will split the conservative vote and we get Romney/Pawlenty/Huntsman as the nominee.

It's pathetic. Bachmann is 100% lifetime conservative, according to the ACU, and has been out standing on principle more than any other candidate presently running.

Good for her, she can stay in Congress then or run for Senate. She could have ran for Governor in '10. Legislators simply don't get elected to the WH by Republican voters.

It's petty and ridiculous to continue to attack someone that is advancing conservative principles and going after Obama.

We already have someone who is attacking Obama. (actually, who has attacked him since August of 2008) Quite effectively I might add and without her message getting filtered through the liberal media. Let Bachmann focus on legislative priorities such as repealing Obamacare and leave the presidential race to someone who knows what she's doing.

20 posted on 07/12/2011 11:42:29 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2012)
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To: ejdrapes
The more conservative a candidate is, the more likely the MSM will try to destroy him/her and the less likely it is that Establishment Republicans will come to their aid.

You can bet that the Democrats and their friends in the media have a thick folder on every potential 2012 Republican candidate. The one thing we know - they are out of ammo when it comes to Palin. They have tried everything for the past three years and come up empty. If they couldn't find anything in nearly 20,000 e-mails, there's nothing to find.

21 posted on 07/12/2011 11:42:47 AM PDT by bwc2221
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
You are correct. Bachmann’s resume and accomplishments are very similar to candidate Obama’s prior to the 2008 election. That is a fact and just as Republicans should have used it against Zippy, Bachmann’s primary opponents will try to use it against her, which is fair.
22 posted on 07/12/2011 11:47:02 AM PDT by bwc2221
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To: ejdrapes
You say if Bachmann is being attacked that’s her problem.

It's the primaries. This is when the wheat gets separated from the chaff. The rubber hits the road. If Bachmann can't handle the attacks, then she either needs to hire bloggers who can get her message out, hire better campaign managers than that pond-scum Ed Rollins, or quit and focus on Congress as she should have been doing all along.

OK, so then does that same standard apply for Palin?

Nope, because Palin was part of a national ticket. Of course, conservatives should have been outraged and defended her. Had McCain selected Bachmann as VP, I would have defended Bachmann too.

Because she certainly had/has plenty of defenders on talk radio, blogs, Fox News etc. Are the attacks against Palin her problem too?

Not anymore. The media wasted their ammo on Palin. Any future attacks on Palin will be met with shrugs and her supporters will ignore them, leaving the media in red-faced, incoherent rage over nothing. All the more reason why Palin should be the nominee.

23 posted on 07/12/2011 11:48:23 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2012)
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To: ejdrapes

The left fears and hates strong women, unless they are good little Marxists like Hitlery.


24 posted on 07/12/2011 12:02:49 PM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed

On MSNBC they are doing a story about her husband’s clinic trying to cure homosexuals. I couldn’t listen any more. Like Michele would ever get the homosexual vote. LOL


25 posted on 07/12/2011 12:29:16 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ejdrapes

Do not recall anybody at the NRO coming to Palin`s defense.


26 posted on 07/12/2011 12:29:39 PM PDT by Friendofgeorge (DID I MENTION...SARAH PALIN OR FLIPPIN BUST!)
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To: bwc2221

While MB is getting some arrows from the MSM, still much/most of her support is also from the MSM.

Chris Matthews,Andrea Mitchell,Every MSM/Rep est pollster etc etc


27 posted on 07/12/2011 12:33:10 PM PDT by Friendofgeorge (DID I MENTION...SARAH PALIN OR FLIPPIN BUST!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

EXCELLENT POST!!!!!


28 posted on 07/12/2011 12:34:42 PM PDT by Friendofgeorge (DID I MENTION...SARAH PALIN OR FLIPPIN BUST!)
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To: ejdrapes

Should MB follow RP and declare she is not running for re election to the House?


29 posted on 07/12/2011 12:39:15 PM PDT by Friendofgeorge (DID I MENTION...SARAH PALIN OR FLIPPIN BUST!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Saying that Bachmann doesn't have executive experience or notable legislative accomplishments aren't "outrageous lies."

That isn't what you claimed. You claimed she was part of the Republican establishment. That utterly ridiculous, a lie and simply meant to smear someone that is standing firm for conservative principles.

30 posted on 07/12/2011 1:38:50 PM PDT by RINOs suck
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Good for her, she can stay in Congress then or run for Senate. She could have ran for Governor in '10. Legislators simply don't get elected to the WH by Republican voters.

Why? Because she threatens your candidate?

If you had any confidence in your own candidate, you wouldn't have be foaming at the mouth with smears against other candidates boldly carrying the conservative mantle.

31 posted on 07/12/2011 1:45:43 PM PDT by RINOs suck
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You claimed she was part of the Republican establishment.

I said she is a tool of the establishment. Learn to read - there is a difference.

Because she threatens your candidate?

She doesn't threaten Sarah directly. But she will split the conservative vote by siphoning away Christian conservatives. Although Sarah is also a devout Christian, she doesn't use it politically as Huckabee and Bachmann does. And we cannot afford to have this split again as we did in 2008.

If you had any confidence in your own candidate, you wouldn't have be foaming at the mouth with smears against other candidates boldly carrying the conservative mantle.

I have tons of confidence in Governor Palin and I am going after Bachmann because SHE STARTED IT FIRST when she hired that pond scum Ed Rollins to attack Palin even though she's not in the race yet. And the fact that she hired Ed Rollins means she is wedded to conventional beltway political strategy at a time when we need a Napoleon.

32 posted on 07/13/2011 6:12:46 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2012)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
I said she is a tool of the establishmen

Then, you're a paranoid kook.

There isn't a bigger advocate of conservatism in congress. It's sad when a 100% conservative is attacked for being something she clearly isn't.

There is no hope for conservatism when people like you viciously try to undermine politicians that are trying to do the right thing.

33 posted on 07/13/2011 11:04:36 AM PDT by RINOs suck
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To: RINOs suck

Here you are now attacking EEE, another highly respected poster.

Fool was a poor choice of words, did not mean it literally as the Scripture you mentioned.


34 posted on 07/17/2011 4:43:19 PM PDT by Friendofgeorge (DID I MENTION...SARAH PALIN OR FLIPPIN BUST)
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