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benen on bonkers bachmann

Steve Benen: ….Republican campaign strategist Ed Rollins, who recently joined Rep. Michele Bachmann’s team, defended the likely GOP presidential candidate’s credentials:

“…I think the key thing here is she – if she does become a candidate, which I think she will, she will have a good team around her and will basically make sure that everything is fact checked and obviously she’s smart, she’s on the intelligence committee, you know, so she can talk about a lot of different things.”

Republicans realize that being on the Intelligence Committee does not make someone intelligent, right? They know “intelligence,” in this committee context, relates to reviewing materials and documents related to national security, don’t they?

…..I still can’t bring myself to see Bachmann as anything but a joke who would struggle badly to compete nationwide. Her principal problem is, to put it gently, she’s stark raving mad. :lol: Even in a radicalized party … she stands out as one of Congress’ most loony-tunes members.

I won’t deny that this is likely to help Bachmann with many equally-unhinged Republican voters, but I also believe the party desperately wants to win in 2012. Even the most wild-eyed Tea Party fanatic understands, at a certain level, that the American mainstream is far more likely to laugh at Michele Bachmann than vote for her.

Regardless, she’s clearly running, and we’ll see soon enough whether the Republican base is really that far gone.

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29 Responses to “benen on bonkers bachmann”


  1. June 9, 2011 at 8:34 am

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/56554.html

    When the president stops by a fast food joint, business goes through the roof!

    • 2 hopefruit2
      June 9, 2011 at 8:44 am

      As BWD says our President is a “walking stimulus!”

      That’s why Sherrod Brown – the good senator from Ohio, is now pushing the President’s agenda instead of criticizing him on teevee. He realizes that the President works for the ordinary people on the ground (his true constituents), and NOT for the privileged Libertarian bloggers on DKOS.

  2. 3 jeri Gloss
    June 9, 2011 at 8:36 am

    It would certainly be another round of absurdity – Michelle Bachmann as a serious contender. What is going on that the GOP cannot come up with anyone the country can take seriously? Ridiculous. Michelle is the epitome of everything that is wrong in America….a real poster girl.

    • 4 Lovepolitics2008
      June 9, 2011 at 9:04 am

      You know what outrages me the most? Not that Bachman is running or that she has some fans. But Ed Rollins, who’s not an imbecile, is going to work for her. I mean, how cynical can someone be? What is the breaking point of the republicans who have a certain understanding of policy ? Rollins would be prepared to push for a NUT to potentially be at a heart-beat of the Presidency ??!!!!!!! Granted, with the experience of W. they know they can have a puppet and run the country behind the scenes…

      • 5 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        June 9, 2011 at 9:44 am

        YOU HIT THAT ONE ON THE HEAD…ANYONE THEY CAN MANIPULATE. THE PROBLEM HERE IS THAT NOONE WILL BE ABLE TO GO UP IN A DEBATE AGAINST OUR AWESOME PREZ. THIS IS WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD!

      • 6 Bill
        June 9, 2011 at 10:07 am

        Rolins needs the money. He wanted the Huckster to run and was very upset that he didn’t.

  3. June 9, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Btw: the msm, both left and right, is in swift boat mode! Man are these guys over the top.
    You would think the president was jack the ripper, the way they are carrying on.

    • 8 hopefruit2
      June 9, 2011 at 8:47 am

      Their swiftboating won’t work. This is NOT John Kerry in 2004. People are a lot more informed, the Internet is a lot more prolific and the President has the kind of visibility (both domestically and abroad) that few other Presidents enjoyed. Just ask the folks who own that hot-dog restaurant in Toledo, Ohio.

      It will become increasingly difficult for the Koch-sponsored MSM to convince the voters that President Obama is a bad investment. In fact it already is – which is why they are doubling down on their efforts.

      • 9 Lovepolitics2008
        June 9, 2011 at 9:11 am

        Encouraging comment, hopefruit. The over-the-top criticism can indeed backfire. Outside the group of irreductibles ( the 27%ers) , americans know that Barack Obama is a dedicated President and is doing all he can. The recent comments by Romney, Pawlenty, Gingrich sounded ridiculous. The unknown card: Huntsman. He’s laying low now, probably wishing that the budget negociations and the impasse with the debt ceiling will be resolved before he makes his official announcement. He’ll try to portray himself as the reasonable voice. But we all know the GOP base is not keen towards “reasonable voices”…

        • June 9, 2011 at 9:20 am

          If Huntsman is serious about running, he will swing even further to the right as the primary goes on. He’s already praised the Ryan plan and flipped on some other moderate issues. Some analysts think he’s really waiting for 2016 and if that’s true why all the flip flopping?

          • 11 nintendowii10
            June 9, 2011 at 9:30 am

            Huntsman doesn’t stand a chance. His record of working under President Obama will pretty much erase his chances of winning the Republican nomination.

            And even if, hypothetically speaking, Huntsman did win the nomination, the man can’t give a decent speech. He has zero charisma and is just as boorish as TPaw.

            It is telling how much of a snake Huntsman is, willing to run against his former boss (Obama) for political gain. No sense of respect whatsoever, but then again, Huntsman is a Republican.

            • 12 hopefruit2
              June 9, 2011 at 9:39 am

              Huntsman has already shown himself to be an opportunist by supporting the Ryan plan. People don’t trust him on EITHER side, and particularly in the Teabag contingent which he will need to win the GOP nomination. That’s why he continues to poll very poorly among the Republican base.

  4. 13 mtmarilyn
    June 9, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Good morning wonderful Chips and TOD family. What a way to wake up to Henry Newly. What a honor.

    Then we get to Bachman. When I heard Ed Rollins talk I thought these guys are all crazy. Steve Benen is spot on.

    I have a busy day. See you all tonight.

  5. 15 Robert
    June 9, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Good morning to all. I think Steve Benen is spot on also. Michele Bachmann has always come across as someone who is .99 short of a $1.00.

  6. June 9, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Bill Burton really working hard for us, he is going to really help. I saw him on Andrea mitchel and he is making himself a player in the news. We need more like him.

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0611/pie_in_the_sky_56b3a6b3-cf88-43eb-afe1-6a3317632551.html

    • 17 meta
      June 9, 2011 at 9:47 am

      I’ve always loved Bill Burton. He’s going to be a great asset to the campaign. I don’t watch that stuff but I’m glad to hear he’s holding them back.

  7. June 9, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Steve often describes her as stark raving mad – and he’s right.

  8. 19 nintendowii10
    June 9, 2011 at 9:25 am

    It’s clear that the Republicans want to run a far right fanatical ideological moonbat as their candidate in 2012, thus why they are defending the crazies like Bachmann, Palin, and Cain.

    And yet the media continues to act as if the sky is falling, as if Obama is a guaranteed loser come 2012. All they have (besides WeinerGate and Palintopia) is endless doom and gloom, “Obama’s poll numbers on the economy are going to sink him!”

    As if anyone on the Republican side has any room to brag about jobs. Bachmann is currently in the House, what has she done to address jobs? What did Palin do about jobs as Governor of Alaska and mayor of Wasilla? And let’s not get started with pizza man Cain, or hell, even Romney.

    Obama has done more to address jobs than ANYONE on the far left or far right, yet the media feels the need to troll and keep the drama up against Obama for ratings and money. It’s like they forgot how wrong they were in 2008, when they precrowned Hillary Clinton the inevitable nominee, and when they said that Obama would NEVER defeat John McCain/Sarah Palin. Obama is smarter than any of these MSM carnival barkers, and they know it.

  9. June 9, 2011 at 9:25 am

    And then my mother said that she listened to the msm this morning and she feels like giving up! That is exactly what they want. So, it is working! Sigh!

  10. 21 halo
    June 9, 2011 at 9:28 am

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/09/business/09subsidies.html?_r=1&ref=science

    When will Congress stop being knuckle-dragging idiots and support the President?

    • 22 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      June 9, 2011 at 9:55 am

      UNFORTUNATELY…WHEN THEY START SELLING POPSICLES IN HADES. THEY DIDN’T PLAN ON THIS PRESIDENT IN THE WHITE HOUSE…HE HAS TRIPPED THEIR WIRE. THEY FRANKLY DON’T KNOW HOW TO DEFEAT HIM…TRICK HERE IS…BECAUSE THEY CAN’T. BUT THEY ARE IN A POSITION TO MAKE THINGS DIFFICULT. WE NEED A ‘COUNTRY ENDANGERMENT’ LAW THAT BYPASSES THESE JERKS WHO ARE MAKING INTENTIONAL AND POOR DECISIONS THAT ENDANGER AMERICA! EVERYONE WORRIED ABOUT PROTECTING AGAINST THE POSSIBILITIES OF A BAD PRESIDENT…BUT NOONE THO’T ABOUT A SCENARIO WITH A BAD CONGRESS BOUGHT AND SOLD BY SPECIAL INTERESTS!

  11. June 9, 2011 at 9:34 am

    The VEEP is going to ask republicans at the debt talks today, if an employer payroll taxcut holiday, would help employment?
    Of course, this would be in the package of the debt limit vote. We shall see!

  12. 24 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    June 9, 2011 at 9:48 am

    WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE AND I WISH WOULD BE DONE…IS FINDING THE ULTIMATE SOURCE OF THIS ECONOMIC ABYSS AND THOSE PLANS MADE DURING THE BUSH ERA….IF THAT COULD BE INVESTIGATED AND FOUND…LOTS OF WORMS WOULD BEGIN FALLING OUT OF THE CAN WITH THE EXPOSURE TO THE PUBLIC! ALL OF THIS NEEDS TO BE EXPOSED! EVERY SINGLE LAST STINKING DOLLAR! THERE IS AN ANSWER…WE HAVE TO FIND IT!

  13. 25 africa
    June 9, 2011 at 9:55 am

    The media and the right can keep up their hair pulling PBO is doomed. But I fail and will not accept that their foolishness is working. I recall the media telling us at every chance they go that each crisis was the president’s Katrina, that his poll numbers, even though higher than his predecessors at this same time, were no good. Even as Republicans work hard to kill Medicare, drag down the economy, the media acts as if all of it is President Obama’s fault. But I refuse to accept any of that sitting down.

    I will continue to remind them every chance I get about their double standards toward this president and I will do it day in and day out, but I will not accept that their ugliness is working, because I have seen this president rise up every time they try to get him down. I am in no denial that the country is in dire straits, but I trust president Obama to continue to do what he does daily for the American people. Until the last ballot is cast, I will continue my small push back with the media as best as I can.

    Yesterday, just like I do regularly when I think people in the media have been unfair to this president I write. Sometimes I get responses, sometimes I don’t. Yesterday I got a response from one of them explaining the breathless coverage of poll numbers that says PBO is down, but crickets when good numbers are out.

    President Obama continues to inspire me.

  14. 26 sherijr
    June 9, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I agree with Bennen: Bachmann IS stark raving mad.. and I figure anyone voting for her is prolly just as cuckoo ;)

    Just an fyi.. folks do NOT let the media get your goat… seriously take a break from listening to the ‘news’ if it’s getting to you. WE have a very long road ahead to 2012 and they will not pull out any stops this time around, count on it. There is NOTHING the republicans and their media spinners will not say – no line they will not push to color and blur the facts against POTUS. So on some level we will have to fade out the noise level a bit- or we won’t last in the long haul. Write to them, email them and call them.. but take it with a grain of salt also, because this is their modus operendi- to doom us / Obama with their nonsense drama. Come on – we’ve been here before, only far worse in that President Obama was only newly elected Senator Obama. WE know him, this country knows him.. and these same lines of gloom ain’t gonna work. So much has been accomplished in 2.5 years and we are the fact holders, we are the front lines of support- so pace yourselves please. Do not play the game their way, play it our way- the media and all their republican emporeres are nekked.. they are not wearing new clothes, same old tired bunch spouting the same old tired BS. Their goal is to depress the enthusiasm, their goal is to put lipstick on their pigs. Our goal is to keep our eyes on the prize and work always like we’re 20 points behind, remember that.

  15. 28 HZ
    June 9, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    We do not need this woman. Period.

  16. 29 Carla S
    June 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    I would love to see this woman run too, both her and Palin. They do give a bad name for us girls, but they would add so much to the “debate” of what it means to be a republican. Let the world and Americans know who & what the republican party stands for. What Gov. said if the election was between Palin and Obama he would vote for Palin? Really now…


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