Bachmann’s Faceplants Accelerate

UPDATE: “Bachmann leads Romney in new Iowa survey.” Take that, Wikipedia skeptics!


Washington Post, down she goes:

Michele Bachmann’s recent decision to sign something called the “Marriage Vow” has the Internet up in arms. An aide said she did not hesitate to sign. Maybe she didn’t hesitate because she didn’t read it. Signing this vow is tantamount to shoving someone else’s foot in your mouth.

By signing, she agreed to ban pornography, called homosexuality a choice, and implied that slavery – while not perfect – at least guaranteed that children grew up in two-parent households. Among other things.

And for what? This is a pledge for being endorsed not by the Family Leader but by the “FAMiLY LEADER.” This is a subtle and meaningful distinction!

If you want reassurance that the pledge you are signing to declare homosexuality a choice and postmarital sex The Best And Only Sex is legitimate, look no further than whether or not the name of the organization in question is erratically capitalized…

A few hours after signing, reports the New York Daily News:

The Minnesota representative tried to distance herself from the controversial slavery passage, claiming she only endorsed the “candidate vow” not its preamble.

The congresswoman’s spokeswoman, Alice Stewart, told that Bachmann “stands behind the candidate vow – which makes absolutely no reference to slavery.”

She said Bachmann “believes that slavery was horrible and economic enslavement is also horrible.”

Now the slavery reference in this pledge was sufficiently bad that the group who authored it has apologized. And it’s true that former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum also got suckered into putting his name on this ridiculous and politically self-destructive pledge. But Santorum isn’t the one making headlines as a “potentially viable” candidate for President.

And it’s just the latest in what’s quickly becoming a daily parade of Michele Bachmann absurdities–just a couple of days ago, Bachmann was drawing scorn for defending other very incorrect statements she has made about slavery in the past. It’s not the only issue on which Bachmann’s opinion is just plain Sarah Palin-grade nonsense, but it’s an especially bad one to get wrong as a presidential candidate. It’s becoming painfully obvious, in fully objective and bipartisan terms, just how unqualified Bachmann is–and how skewed from the mainstream her worldview, and that of the hard right conservatives supporting her, really is.

The only offset here is that many in the segment of the GOP base supporting her may not care–and might honestly embrace whatever edited Wikipedia version of history they have to.

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  1. Leonard Smalls says:

    is that she’ll manage to use this to her advantage in the GOP primary. She’s mastered the “librule media is picking on me cuz I’m a strong conservative, Christian, woman” angle.

    • BlueCat says:

      the nomination, much less a trip to the WH.

      • Leonard Smalls says:

        Not so sure about the nomination. See Maes, Dan. With Huckabee gone and 3 or 4 guys splitting the milquetoast “safe” candidate slot she has at least an outside chance.

        In any event, we’ll have to be listening to her nonsense for at least another 7 months.

        • BlueCat says:

          but I doubt she’ll get even that far. You know, when you read about who is number one, two, etc. in the polls so far, what really stands out is how low the numbers are, even for number one and two.  You don’t have to go very deep at all to get to single digits. So the position of a candidate like Bachmann is still incredibly fragile. The most popular candidate among potential Republican primary voters in the GOP field at this point appears to be None Of The Above. And, really, who can blame them?

        • shrubHugger says:

          I’m just going to sit back and wait for the scandal to break about her husband getting busted doing the Minnesota Bathroom Stall 2-Step.

          They run a clinic (tax payer funded mind you..) where they ‘pray-away-the-gay’ and you know how that stuff always turns out. It’s usually with a young male prostitute/intern/patient and a RadarOnline expose.  

  2. Gilpin Guy says:

    This kind of stupidity was expected but one would have hoped that she wouldn’t be so obviously unqualified until closer to the primary.

    It does leave the door open for Palin but she has dropped out of sight since she quit her bus tour.  The quiter versus la doofus.  What a face off in Republican world.

    • RedGreen says:

      You mean, except for being on this week’s cover of Newsweek saying “I Can Win”?

        • bullshit! says:

          That was almost Libertad of me. Shrink the photo next time! Ack!

        • VanDammer says:

          the coffin is closed on Newsweek and just left is asshes2asshes & dust2dust.

          Hmm, let’s use our little ‘way back’ machine to 2009 when Ms. Mooselini ripped News-Weak’s lycra-clad Palin cover as “sexist and oh-so-expected by now,” adding, “the media will do anything to draw attention.”

          Now the imbecile-in-chief proffers herself as a Carhart centerfold trying to extend a grifter’s joyride as long a she can in fading limelight w/ just a little sexy tease for her TeaBaggin’ base.

          Batshit Bachmann is getting all $arah’s press and gosh-darn, with gas prices so high the Palin hillbilly calvacade just had to pit stop back home.  Yeah, $arah could win if just everyone would play on her terms.  Too bad not everyone is willing the dumb themselves down as much as BJ and his brethren.    

        • ColoMod says:

          For real, this is Obama’s free ride to incumbency!

        • BlueCat says:

          Well, let’s say it must be skimmed to be believed.  Total puff peace with lots of glamour pics.  Doesn’t mention any of the many polls that show her incredibly high disapproval rating, even in her home state.  

          Excuses her quitting as governor by breathlessly reporting that no governor had followed a defeat on a national ticket by successfully returning to the home state to govern since Dukakis somehow managed it 20 years ago. Excludes the fact that no one else has actually been in that situation since then so really, the last time someone was, that person simply completed the term.  

          Also excuses her because she was facing so much hostility in her state legislature, as if governors completing terms in spite of hostile state legislatures isn’t a pretty common occurance.

          I know Newsweek has been heading downhill but this was really stunning.  It was like an extended ad for her totally flim flam, made for TV, reality show mock up of a serious presidential campaign. A veritable ode to the fabulousness of La Palin.

          For corrective starters, let’s take the title of her book, “Undefeated”, the occasion for this love fest profile.  Umm… she was defeated and she reacted by quitting on her constituents in Alaska. It should have been called “How I Turned My Defeated Quitter Status Into Gold”

          • BlueCat says:

            I think I reversed my i and e, spell check  spit out “peace” and I didn’t notice. Spell check doesn’t do context, does it.

          • VanDammer says:

            An American Life & Going Rogue are her 2 ghost written works of tripe.  Why the fuck I know that is beyond me … much like why the fuck does anyone pay this stupid grifter any mind.

            I keep watch, waiting for this hillbilly trainwreck to crash and am forever amazed by the idiocy & devotion of her base.  Her folks are impossibly deluded & incapable of rational thought.  

            But hey whatever NewsWeak.  Godspeed in pursuit of what few $$s her righteous lip-moving readers might spend for this Carhart centerfold — just know all integrity & credibility has permanently run off the track.

            • BlueCat says:

              enough attention to La Palin.  I should be ashamed for getting the book mixed up with the film. Curiously, I feel worse about letting spell check fool me into letting “peace” slip by me for “piece”. Wherever are my priorities?

              But don’t feel bad about knowing this stuff.  It’s hard to escape. I’ve never watched American Idol once in my life but  I know about it and could probably pick a few winners out in a multiple choice quiz.  Heck, they get announced by Brian Williams on the national news.

  3. SSG_Dan says:

    Well, welcome to the Dems new advertising campaign…..look forward to this shrieking harpy’s face on every anti-Repub ad from now until Nov 2012.

    “The Republicans, let by Michelle Bachmann’s extremist agenda….”

    I think I’ll dig out my demo reel and start calling some post houses for work….  

  4. Gray in Mountains says:

    when this is not her first foot/mouth experience re slavery?

    • BlueCat says:

      in reference to that ridiculous pledge, that it’s always a good idea to refrain from saying that African Americans were better off as slaves for any reason in any context.  

      So Bachmann thinks the founding fathers fought until the slaves were free but maybe, all things considered, it would have been better if they hadn’t bothered?  

      • Middle of the Road says:

        Most slave children were not “raised” by two parents. The vast majority of slave children were the product of a plantation owner raping his female slaves for two very simple reasons–because he could get away with it and because he could make money in the process.

        More slaves equals more labor which can work more property and make the owner more money. The other great way to make money off of their progeny was to sell them to the highest bidder. Apparently, “raised by two parents” means being raped and then having your rapist/owner living on the same estate. Clearly she believes that constitutes a “two parent household”.

        I’m not sure which is more disturbing–her remarks or the lack of public outrage from members within her own Party.  

  5. DaftPunk says:

    The FAMiLY LEADER also endorses

    Recognition that robust childbearing and reproduction is beneficial to U.S. demographic, economic, strategic and actuarial health and security.

    Which has been described as:

    code for the likes of the Quiverfull Movement.  I was part of a Quiver… a ridiculously large family… before Quivers were cool.  Having many, many children is all fine and dandy if the woman wants this.  But in this context it is a form of COERCION as a result of legalistic, Biblical brainwashing.  Many women’s bodies and minds suffer physical, emotional and spiritual abuse as a result of “robust childbearing.”  Within the context of this document, “The Family Leaders” appear to be blind to the irony that they are more concerned about the economic health of the U.S. by way of “robust childbearing” than the health of the woman… and that this is a form of ANTI-WOMAN TOTALITARIAN CONTROL.

    While Bachman, Santorum, and the like strike us as the lunatic fringe, Matt Taibi’s Rolling Stone piece outlines how her candidacy is the fruition of the Religious Right’s decades long goal to re-orient American society in a manner they view as right and holy.  Abortion, contraception, prayer in school, gay marriage, evolution, etc. are not the social issue distractions we see them as, but the fundamental underpinnings of a model society that these Dominionists want to create.  They’ll never number more than ~20% of the population, but their arguments can sway those in the middle if they’re packaged right and not fought.

    • ColoMod says:

      is only ok for upper-middle class and beyond though. How ironic, those with less education, less access to healthcare and in lower socioeconomic conditions are the ones that pro-create at higher rates.

      But wait, when the lower class end up burdened with more children and on welfare programs, those who are singing this pro-creation tune are pissed that their taxes are “higher” and that they have to support the so-called welfare state.

      The hypocrisy of it all.

  6. Craig says:

    Is that the editors have no brains.  If you don’t want a Republican to win the Presidential election, then the best thing to do is leave these sleeping dogs lie and hope she wins the primary and then open up in the general.  It’s really politics 101.  The Republicans are doing it today with their fake candidates and their robo-calls saying you don’t have to vote in the Democratic primaries today in Wisconsin.  The Republicans understand that.  So I have to conclude that now this has become a REpublican web-site, putting out the Republican line.  Too Bad.  If this continues to go on, you will lose a long-time reader and commentator.

    • BlueCat says:

      We have no significant influence on GOP primary voters.  We can have our fun.

    • VanDammer says:

      Are WI GOP the dirtiest tricky-dicks evah?  

      1.  GOP slates false Dems so real candidates are primaried.  

      2.  Primary pushes back the recall elections until early August.  

      3.  WI GOP’rs in the State house push thru meritless redistricting, that flies in the face of good governance, to keep their pigs in power.

      WI is the petri dish of Koch-perverted power.  Dipshit Walker & his cadre didn’t  think this up all on their own.  Hopefully WI voters have had enough of being the puppet masters’ toys.


  7. BlueCat says:

    about that mixed letter case thing with the group that put out the pledge? This from a Progress Report e-mail I just found in my mail box:

    Who Is The FAMiLY LEADER?

    Much of the news around the 2012 Republican primary over the past few days has been driven by a highly controversial pledge offered by a radical conservative group in Iowa, the the FAMiLY LEADER (the lowercase “i” represents individual submission before God) (my emphasis) Here’s what you need to know about the group and its leader, Bob Vander Plaats.

    WHO: Bob Vander Plaats is a thrice-failed Iowa gubernatorial candidate who successfully led a campaign last year to oust three of the nine Iowa Supreme Court justices who backed a unanimous decision in favor of marriage equality. Vander Plaats then took over leadership of the FAMiLY LEADER and is now positioning himself as the 2012 Iowa caucus kingmaker, having led Mike Huckabee’s successful 2008 caucus campaign. More recently, Vander Plaats has also tried to position himself as a Tea Party leader.

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