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  • Oh my: Bachmann within single digits of Romney in New Hampshire?

    07/06/2011 7:09:49 PM PDT · by ejdrapes · 51 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 6, 2011 | Allahpundit
    Oh my: Bachmann within single digits of Romney in New Hampshire? posted at 7:12 pm on July 6, 2011 by Allahpundit Old theory: Mitt Romney really doesn’t want to have to face Perry or Palin in this race. New theory: Mitt Romney really needs Perry and/or Palin to run to divide tea partiers and halt Bachmann’s ascent. Her net favorable rating is now +40, up 20 points in just two months. In New Hampshire. When PPP polled New Hampshire in April Michele Bachmann was stuck at 4%. She’s gained 14 points over the last three months and now finds herself...
  • Bachmann gaining ground in N.H. poll (where she poses major threat to Romney ascendancy)

    07/06/2011 7:21:42 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 50 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 2011-07-06 | Matt Viser
    WASHINGTON - Representative Michele Bachmann has rapidly gained ground in a new poll of New Hampshire voters, tapping her popularity with Tea Party activists and potentially causing problems for Republican front-runner Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor, who has long dominated polls in the Granite State, had his lead cut to single-digits in a new survey done by Public Policy Polling. Although polls taken six months before voters head to the polls can be unreliable, they can also provide a window into a volatile Republican electorate. Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican, would get 18 percent of the vote, according to the...
  • Michele Bachmann, serious candidate

    07/06/2011 10:43:28 AM PDT · by SmithL · 29 replies
    SFGate: Token Conservative ^ | 7/6/11 | Debra J. Saunders
    Expect Matthew Continetti's piece in the Weekly Standard to boost the candidacy of Michele Bachmann. Now I have to admit, I have not been a Bachmann fan. But I had to pay attention to Continetti's assertion: Bachmann is a far more serious candidate for the Republican nomination than her reputation would suggest. She's a talented fundraiser who raised $13.5 million for her 2010 reelection campaign. She's a television star who appropriately tailors her message to her audience. Her combativeness will delight conservatives eager to fight Barack Obama. Her movement credentials -- she founded the House Tea Party Caucus -- put...
  • Michele Bachmann balks at Sarah Palin 'girl power' [misleading headline]

    07/01/2011 5:29:17 PM PDT · by ejdrapes · 23 replies ^ | June 29, 2011 | Kirstin Powers
    Michele Bachmann balks at Sarah Palin 'girl power' Michele Bachmann says she's not a feminist. In an interview, the sole female GOP candidate for president doesn't talk about girl power the way Sarah Palin and Hilary Clinton have. By Kristen Powers | Newsweek/DailyBeast She is clearly a trailblazer for women, throwing her hat into the highest ring in politics. But while Michele Bachmann became the first female presidential candidate of the 2012 campaign this week, she does not, interestingly enough, view herself as a feminist. Unlike Sarah Palin, who has brandished the feminist moniker and spoken of an “emerging conservative...
  • Has Bachmann replaced Palin in the Tea Party's heart?

    07/01/2011 5:47:47 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 231 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | 2011-07-01
    (CNN) -- With U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota making a splash in the Republican presidential campaign while Sarah Palin sits on the sidelines, is Bachmann edging Palin out of the Tea Party's heart? While the former Alaska governor, vice presidential candidate and Fox News commentator is still much loved as a smart, media savvy conservative who breathes fire against President Obama and Democrats, it appears that Tea Party excitement for a Palin presidential run has passed. One activist told CNN that Palin is "overexposed;" another said that unfair political attacks have left her "damaged;" while another said Palin's "high...
  • Mike Murphy: Mitt Romney 'delirious with joy' over Michele Bachmann (claim her rise helps Mitt)

    06/30/2011 1:51:54 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 86 replies
    Politico ^ | Thursday June 30, 2011 | Alexander Burns
    In his latest Time column, Republican super-strategist Mike Murphy outlines why the Michele Bachmann surge may be short-lived, and why it helps Mitt Romney for the time being: Finally, the billion-volt electron microscopes of the national media will soon be trained on Bachmann now that she’s the official Iowa front runner. I’ll bet dollars to Minnesota lutefisk that despite her new squad of professional handlers, we are in for more of Bachmann’s factual fumbles. Her latest mix-up, confusing the birthplace of beloved American icon John Wayne with that of serial killer John Wayne Gacy, hints that Michele’s next moves on...
  • President Babe

    06/29/2011 3:01:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    The Moral Liberal ^ | June 29, 2011 | Alan Caruba
    There’s a lot I don’t know about Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota Representative who just announced that she wants to be the next President of the United States of America, but I do know she is great eye candy and, given the present occupier of the office, I would much rather look at her in the Oval Office than him. She is—and I say this with all due respect—a babe. Mitt Romney, with whom she is currently a “front runner” in the nomination sweepstakes, looks classically presidential. He is a handsome fellow with a winning smile. My guess, though, is that...
  • Michele Bachmann Gains in Strength: Can She Get the Republican Nomination?

    06/28/2011 1:52:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 82 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | June 27, 2011 | Ron Radosh
    On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace turned to his guest Michele Bachmann and asked her, “Are you a flake?” Later he apologized, explaining that he only meant to seek her answer to what others in the media and elsewhere were saying about her. But what Bachmann did in response helped establish the command she has in the Iowa caucus, and the growing respect of so many for her, including those who are her political enemies. Instead of complaining about the question, aside from saying that it was an insult because she is a “serious person,” she used the opportunity to...
  • Bachmann Hits Romney Again for Not Signing Pro-Life Pledge

    06/28/2011 6:49:49 PM PDT · by ejdrapes · 16 replies
    LifeNews ^ | June 28, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Bachmann Hits Romney Again for Not Signing Pro-Life Pledge Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | | 6/28/11 10:21 AM Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman who announced her presidential bid on Monday, is hitting Mitt Romney again on his decision to not sign the pro-life pledge the Susan B. Anthony List put forward. As reported, the Susan B. Anthony List unveiled the pledge recently and indicated Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul signed it. The pledge has the candidates promising to support only judicial nominees who won’t interpret the Constitution in a way that supports...
  • Bachmann Slams Romneycare: The Mandate Is Unconstitutional At The State Level, Too! (VIDEO)

    06/27/2011 8:50:10 AM PDT · by rob777 · 89 replies
    Talking Points Meme ^ | June 27, 2011 | Eric Kleefeld
    During her appearance Sunday on Face The Nation, Michele Bachmann staked out what might be the toughest line in the Republican field against Mitt Romney on health care: That the individual mandate is not only unconstitutional at the federal level -- but the mandate is unconstitutional at the state level, too, as Romney passed it in Massachusetts. Romney has tried to massage the issue, by arguing that health care reform is largely a state matter, and a conservative would respect states' rights on the mandate while allowing other states to come up with their own solutions. But not Bachmann --...
  • The Wall Street Journal says Rick Perry is Running

    06/23/2011 2:43:48 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 274 replies
    The WWW | 06/23/2011
    Perry Watch: The Wall Street Journal says Perry has decided to run‎Houston Chronicle (blog) - 1 hour agoIn a post on the WSJ web site, James Freeman writes that “a Republican campaign veteran tells us that Texas Governor Rick Perry has decided to run for ... Video: Graves bill signed by Perry KXAN.comPerry Will Run, Unnamed Strategist Tells Wall Street Journal‎ - The AtlanticWSJ: Source Says Perry Will Run For President‎ - KSAT San AntonioThe Atlantic Wire - USA Todayall 356 news articles »
  • Bachmann moves way up in Florida poll

    06/23/2011 12:54:27 PM PDT · by rob777 · 48 replies
    Minnesota Post ^ | Jun 23 2011 | Joe Kimball
    A PPP poll in Florida released today shows Mitt Romney still reigns in the Republican presidential race, but Michele Bachmann is on the rise, tied with Sarah Palin for second. The poll of Republican primary voters in Florida show: Romney, 27% Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, 17% Herman Cain, 10% Newt Gingrich, 8% Ron Paul, 7% Tim Pawlenty, 4% Jon Huntsman, 2% ... the overall standings in a Palin less field [are] 29% for Romney, 22% for Bachmann, 14% for Cain, and 10% for Gingrich.
  • Bachmann to Bet Heavily on South Carolina

    06/22/2011 6:56:01 PM PDT · by rob777 · 30 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | JUNE 22, 2011 | Neil King Jr.
    For months, the conventional wisdom has been that Rep. Michele Bachmann was going to be all about Iowa. The Minnesota congresswoman was born and lived there until she was 14 years old. Her adoptive state is right next door. And she has clear appeal to the Iowa’s tea-party and social-conservative factions. But next week, after formally announcing her presidential campaign in her birthplace of Waterloo, Iowa, and after a brief stopover in New Hampshire, Ms. Bachmann plans to crisscross South Carolina.
  • Bachmann Claims Big Lead Among Iowa Conservatives In New Poll

    06/22/2011 12:24:10 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 107 replies
    Iowa Report ^ | June 22, 2011
    Bachmann Claims Big Lead Among Iowa Conservatives In New Poll Rep. Michele Bachmann has taken a substantial lead in the presidential race among Iowa conservatives, according to a new poll. The poll, conducted by the 2012 Iowa Report, finds Bachmann with 33% support among conservatives, more than double the next contender, Herman Cain (15%). Bachmann’s Iowa polling numbers have risen dramatically over the past two weeks which included her campaign announcement and the GOP presidential debate. Among likely caucus goers, Bachmann also received 33% of the votes with 29% of likely voters thinking the Minnesota congresswoman will “ultimately win”...
  • Bachmann Playing With House Money

    According to House expense reports, Bachmann and three conservative GOP colleagues — Reps. Tom Price (Ga.), Steve King (Iowa) and Todd Akin (Mo.) — each paid $3,407.50 that day, a total of $13,630, to a sound and stage company called National Events, apparently for the sound system used at the rally. The money came from the Members' taxpayer-funded office accounts, despite House rules prohibiting the use of these funds for political activities.
  • Bachmann Playing With House Money

    06/20/2011 10:58:33 PM PDT · by jennychase · 141 replies
    Rollcall ^ | June 20, 2011, Midnight | By Paul Singer
    On Nov. 5, 2009, at the behest of Rep. Michele Bachmann, thousands of tea party activists descended on the Capitol to vent their rage over the health care overhaul bill pending before Congress. The assembled activists chanted, "Kill the bill! Kill the bill!" and waved signs opposing a government takeover of health care — but they may not have known that the same government was paying for the event. According to House expense reports, Bachmann and three conservative GOP colleagues — Reps. Tom Price (Ga.), Steve King (Iowa) and Todd Akin (Mo.) — each paid $3,407.50 that day, a total...
  • Bachmann generates buzz, Perry goes flat in Big Easy

    06/19/2011 5:32:17 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 72 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 6-19-2011 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    Bachmann generates buzz, Perry goes flat in Big Easy Both Romney, Pawlenty pass up gathering By Ralph Z. Hallow JUne 19, 2011 NEW ORLEANS — The expected emergence of Texas Gov. Rick Perry as the clear challenger to presidential nomination front-runner Mitt Romney never materialized at the annual Republican Leadership Conference here over the weekend. Mr. Perry underperformed, Jon Huntsman backed out, Newt Gingrich made a comeback, Michele Bachmann came off like a rock-star, Herman Cain got considerable love from the audience, Rick Santorum received quiet attentiveness, and Ron Paul’s supporters alienated party regulars as always. The two contenders that...
  • Bachmann Turns On Overdrive

    06/18/2011 6:12:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies ^ | June 18, 2011 | Kathryn Lopez
    I've given birth to five babies, and I've taken 23 foster children into my home," Michele Bachmann explained from the stage of the first major Republican presidential primary debate of the 2012 season. Jon Stewart would joke the next day that Bachmann was the winner of the primary "baby-off." Imagining himself as the moderator, "The Daily Show" host added: "And I just wanna ask everyone else here up on the dais, have you ever had to divide a birthday cake into 28 equal pieces?" The Minnesota congresswoman was answering a question about abortion and brandishing her most authentic credentials as...
  • Blitzer asked Bachmann 5 times if Romney was disqualified re: RomneyCare and she refused to answer.

    06/17/2011 3:52:03 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 173 replies
    Friday June 17, 2011
    Just happened, very strange! Wolf Blitzer Interview with Michele Bachmann. Blitzer asked Bachmann 5 times do you agree with Tim Pawlenty that Mitt romney is disqualified from being the Republican nominee for president because he supports mandated healthcare.? She kept responding that she's against obamacare/mandates. Blitzer tried again to pin down some kind of answer. She evaded the question at every turn, didn't want to touch it and finally a frustrated Blitzer then says, "You obviously don't want to answer the question?" I know people say that nominees shouldn't attack other nominees yet but if not now, when? because Romney...
  • Michele Bachmann’s record: Earmarks, farm subsidies and pardons?

    06/16/2011 7:51:23 PM PDT · by RED SOUTH · 64 replies · 1+ views
    dailycaller ^ | May 15, 2011 | Matt Lewis
    Bachmann may also be plagued by her involvement in a controversial pardon. In 2007, Bachmann wrote a letter requesting a presidential pardon for a convicted drug-smuggler and money-launderer named Frank Vennes. Vennes was convicted of money laundering in 1988 and pleaded no contest to a cocaine and weapons charge. Making matters worse, he and his wife donated a total of $27,600 to Bachmann’s 2006 and 2008 election.
  • Romney, Bachmann, Cain Lead The Pack Among GOP Primary Voters

    06/16/2011 7:13:38 AM PDT · by ejdrapes · 60 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | June 16, 2011 | Rasmussen Reports
    Romney, Bachmann, Cain Lead The Pack Among GOP Primary Voters Thursday, June 16, 2011 Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney continues to lead the race for the Republican nomination, but Michele Bachmann has surged into second place following her Monday night entry into the campaign. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely GOP Primary Voters, taken following the candidates’ Monday night debate, shows Romney earning 33% support, with Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann a surprise second at 19%. Georgia businessman Herman Cain is in third place with 10% of the vote. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich picks up nine percent...
  • Game On:Michelle Bachmann Is For Real

    06/14/2011 2:07:48 PM PDT · by kevinaw2 · 19 replies
    Ward World ^ | 06/14/2011 | Kevin A Ward
    It is always quite amusing to hear the pundit class talk about the respective electability of the G.O.P. candidates for President. Sarah Palin is routinely ridiculed by the punditocracy largely because she's not part of the club. Last evening's debate was an intriguing forum with telling results. All of the candidates look good and no one made a fatal mistake. Here is my assessment of the candidates. Herman Cain started strong and speaks forcefully on the economic issues,however he loses his step on matters outside his greatest strength. He lacked specifics for all his passion and that is something he...
  • Michele Bachmann enters presidential race

    06/13/2011 6:34:26 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 72 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 13, 2011 | BRIAN BAKST
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, an outspoken Republican with close ties to the tea party, announced Monday that she is running for president, a candidacy that could further shake up a volatile fight for the GOP nomination. The first female contender to enter the 2012 race, Bachmann announced her bid during a Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire.
  • First Thoughts: Five reasons to take Bachmann seriously

    06/09/2011 6:54:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    NBC News ^ | 06/09/2011 | Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Ali Weinberg
    Five reasons to take Michele Bachmann seriously… 1) she’s running, 2) she’ll raise lots of money, 3) she’ll stand out at the debates, 4) she could be the only female in the field, and 5) she can fill the Tea Party void… In the next week, Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, thanks mostly to her decision to participate in next week's Republican primary debate, is going to be getting her first big moment in the national political spotlight. For the last two years, she's been a caricature -- a spoof on "Saturday Night Live," a political lightning rod, and an easy...
  • Rollins slap at Palin shows Bachmann isn’t afraid of a fight (Oh, brother!)

    06/09/2011 12:09:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 9, 2011 | Jonathan Capehart
    The squabble between Sarah Palin’s peeps and those of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is quite entertaining. Not that we didn’t see this coming. Months ago, Bachmann bumped Palin as Tea Party queen. But now that Bachmann is this close to jumping into the race for the Republican nomination for president — and Palin is pretending to think about doing same but we all know she won’t — the gloves are coming off in earnest. Jennifer Rubin raises some good points about the wisdom of Bachmann hiring Ed Rollins. “She’s fresh; he’s not,” Rubin writes. “She’s anti-Beltway; he personifies it. She’s...
  • Ed Rollins’ hire was Michele Bachmann’s first campaign mistake

    06/08/2011 4:39:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | June 8, 2011 | Bryan Preston
    His hire was also her first real campaign decision. If you’re not up to speed on the story, here’s what’s going on. Rep. Bachmann hired veteran Republican campaign strategist Ed Rollins to manage her campaign. Campaign managers have to carry a few qualities, among them toughness, a bit of ruthlessness, communications and fundraising savvy (and there are many qualities packed into those two qualities), and a certain ability to provide useful leadership and simultaneously blend into the background. That last is because, while they manage the campaign, the campaign isn’t about them. It’s about the candidate. But Ed Rollins tends...
  • Congresswoman Michele Bachmann might think about dropping Ed Rollins now....

    06/08/2011 1:43:21 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 49 replies
    Greta Wire ^ | June 8, 2011 | Greta Van Susteren
    The last thing Congresswoman Michele Bachmann should want as she considers launching a campaign for President is that she get dragged down into the gutter at the outset by a political consultant – Ed Rollins – who makes her look petty because he works for her. President Ronald Reagan, who Republican candidates often quote, frowned upon Republican candidates trashing Republican candidates. What Rollins said that reflects upon Congresswoman Bachmann certainly is not the worst…but it was gratuitous and not responding to an insult. This early tactic (before the candidate even makes it official) is a strong indicator of what is...
  • Michele Bachmann Needs To Dump Ed Rollins Now

    06/08/2011 7:00:37 AM PDT · by perfect_rovian_storm · 47 replies
    This is a follow-up to my post yesterday, Michele Bachmann's First Big Mistake - Hiring Ed Rollins, regarding Rollins out-of-the-gate attacks on Sarah Palin: Hiring Rollins is an enormous mistake for Bachmann. It could be campaign killing. The people who hate Palin are the same people who hate Bachmann, and no amount of trashing of Palin by Rollins will change that. Bachmann needs to focus on building, not tearing down.The profound mistake Bachmann made by bringing Ed Rollins on board cannot be overstated..  (Several commentators to my prior post think Bachmann is a stalking horse, but I'll prefer to call the...
  • Does Michele Bachmann Agree With Her Spokesman?/(Bachmann's campaign phone freed up for messages!)

    06/07/2011 4:52:11 PM PDT · by Anamnesis · 172 replies
    Today Michele Bachmann’s spokesman, Ed Rollins, whom she recently hired, had some rather nasty things to say about Governor Palin. In order to give Bachmann the benefit of the doubt, we respectfully request that she either affirm her support for the long-time beltway fossil’s idiotic comments…or refudiate them. Update: (h/t Jim R) Via the Star Tribune, another of Bachmann’s employees, Andy Parrish, attempted to rationalize the comments of her newest employee, Ed Rollins: Bachmann aide Andy Parrish said Rollins was not speaking as a Bachmann adviser. “The Congresswoman and Ms. Palin have an excellent relationship,” Parrish said in an e-mail. “Rollins was in his media analyst role.” People can judge for themselves...
  • Bachmann vs. Palin feud hits Twitter

    06/07/2011 5:29:34 PM PDT · by ejdrapes · 79 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 7, 2011 | Matt Lewis
    Bachmann vs. Palin feud hits Twitter By Matt Lewis A few weeks ago, I pointed out that a prominent Sarah Palin blogger had turned on Michele Bachmann. On Fox News Sunday this week, Palin pointed out that she, unlike Bachmann, had executive experience (though added that Bachmann had strengths, too). The feud was taken to a new level, however, when Bachmann’s new “celebrity” campaign manager, Ed Rollins referred to Palin as “not serious.” This was too much for Palin supporter and talk radio host, Tammy Bruce who took to her Twitter feed. Bruce, who also appears in the new film...