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The last time I did a post on Rep. Michele Bachmann, I caught some flak from a couple of people on Kos because I claimed: "You know who I’m referring to as soon as I use the words "My Crazy Congresswoman" in the header of the post."

These people had the temerity to claim that their Congresswoman was crazier, or at least as crazy, as mine.

Well, even without knowing who their congresswomen are and what they’ve said and done, I think my Congresswoman is crazier. I can prove it. (continued)

So I’m throwing down the gauntlet. If you’ve got a congresswoman who’s crazier than Michele—show me. I don’t pretend to know everything about everyone in the House; you think you’ve got someone representing you who’s crazier than the nut who’s representing me: fine. Write in here with the name, give me some facts to back it up. Convince me.

But I’m warning you: if you set out to try and prove that your Rep is crazier than Michele--you’ve picked a tough row to hoe, chief. Because, for starters:

  1. My congresswoman claims that God told her to run for Congress. She also claimed that God told her to run for the State Senate back in 2000. She also claims that God sent her a vision (while she was praying "in the spirit") of the man she was going to marry. And that God told her to go to college. And that God told her to go to law school. And that God told her to study tax law. (It’s all on YouTube.)
  1. My congresswoman, Michele Bachmann, is the one who put her hands on the President on the United States as he made his way out of this year’s State on the Union Speech, and wouldn’t let go of him until he gave her a big kiss. Yes, that was her.
  1. My congresswoman told a major Minnesota newspaper that there was already in existence an agreement to partition Iraq with Iran and found a new terrorist safe haven state in the northern and western part of Iraq. When she was called out on it, she admitted there was and is no such agreement in existence. After the story made national headlines, she claimed she was a conservative victim of media bias.
  1. During her campaign for Congress, she said that Terry Schiavo was in good health when her life support system was turned off.
  1. During her campaign for Congress, she said that there were several Nobel prize winning scientists who believed in "intelligent design" creationism.
  1. During a 2004 radio interview on the program "Prophetic Views In the News" (note the name of the show) Bachmann said: "We’re in a state of crisis where our nation is literally ripping apart at the seams right now, and lawlessness is occurring from one ocean to the other. And we’re seeing the fulfillment of the Book of Judges here in our own time, where every man doing that which is right in his own eyes—in other words, anarchy."
  1. On what will happen if her same-sex marriage ban amendment fails to pass in 2004:

Bachmann: "It isn’t that some gay will get some rights. It’s that everyone else in our state will lose rights. For instance, parents will lose the right to protect and direct the upbringing of their children. Because our K-12 public school system, of which ninety per cent of all youth are in the public school system, they will be required to learn that homosexuality is normal, equal and perhaps you should try it. And that will occur immediately, that all schools will begin teaching homosexuality."

Bachmann: "The sex curriculum will be essentially by taught by the local gay community."

Bachmann: "And what a bizarre time we’re in, when a judge will say to little children that you can’t say the pledge of allegiance, but you must learn that homosexuality is normal and you should try it."

  1. Explaining why teaching tolerance for American gays is wrong:

Bachmann: "You have a teacher talking about his gayness. (The elementary school student) goes home then and says "Mom! What’s gayness? We had a teacher talking about this today." The mother says "Well, that’s when a man likes other men, and they don’t like girls." The boy’s eight. He’s thinking, "Hmm. I don’t like girls. I like boys. Maybe I’m gay." And you think, "Oh, that’s, that’s way out there. The kid isn’t gonna think that." Are you kidding? That happens all the time. You don’t think that this is intentional, the message that’s being given to these kids? That’s child abuse."

  1. On education reforms laws (School To Work, Goals 2000, etc.)  passed by the GOP-controlled US Congress:

Bachmann: "Federal law forms a new governance structure that opposes both free enterprise and representative government...A new national curriculum is used that embraces a socialist, globalist worldview; loyalty to all government and not America."

(She was serving as a Minnesota State Senator when she made that accusation, and signed the accusation as "State Senator Michele Bachmann.")

"Goals 2000, of which we’ve heard quite a bit, is a partnership between government and your local public schools to radically transform and change our public education system, as you’ve learned today, to train children to accept not freedom, but to accept and anticipate government central planning of our economy and our way of life." — Senator Michele Bachmann, EdWatch conference, October 10-11, 2003.

  1. On whether conservative GOP Governor Tim Pawlenty and Minnesota elected officials are restructuring school curriculum to replace a free market economy with a state-controlled economy: "I don’t believe for a minute our elected officials want that. But you know what? Everything that I read, all the documents, point otherwise."

Okay, how’s that for starters? And you say you can top THIS? You say you’ve got somebody nuttier than this representing YOU? This I gotta see. Let’s hear about her, name her and put her nuttiest stuff in the comments thread.

(By the way—this is not about sex (gender.) If you have a congressMAN who’s nuttier than Michele--you can play, too. But you still have to convince me. Maybe between us we can figure out who’s the biggest nut in Congress right now. I say it’s Michele.)

Originally posted to Bill Prendergast on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 12:17 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Does the Senate count..... (9+ / 0-)

    I don't know if our (Oklahoma) congress critters are the craziest, but I'm stuck with Senator's Coburn and Inhofe.  Top that!

  •  I dunno, I have Jerry Lewis (7+ / 0-)

    "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

    by trashablanca on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 12:18:32 PM PDT

  •  I skimmed through (7+ / 0-)

    your diary, and I am not sure that even retroactively bring Jesse Helms back would top you.

    Any chance of getting rid of her?

  •  Some call it crazy, some call it faith (6+ / 0-)

    Your trouble is that you just don't believe.

    Once you believe, the facts don't matter any more.  What you said two minutes ago doesn't matter any more.

    Just let go, let your mouth speak in tongues, and don't worry about the consequences.

    If you believe, you're a good person, and you can say or do anything.

    You can't reason someone out of something they weren't reasoned into. - Jonathan Swift

    by A Mad Mad World on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 12:20:49 PM PDT

  •  shes not crazy... (2+ / 0-)
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    corvo, trashablanca

    shes just saying what she needs to say to look like what 'conservative' looks like in this day and age.  Doesn't matter if the positions are idiotic, she publicly takes those positions because, hey, its what enough voters want to hear to re-elect her.

    Love is all you need. For real, I mean it.

    by pegleghippie on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 12:25:41 PM PDT

    •  no, she's crazy (0+ / 0-)

      I wish I could believe it was all an act, all the stuff about the Republican Congress trying to enact laws to end free enterprise and impose world government on the US. I wish it was all just an act, but no, she's the real deal--if this was the early sixties, she be a John Birch Society candidate, a "true believer."

      Bill Prendergast also posts his stupid satire at the Stillwater Tribune

      by Bill Prendergast on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 12:32:13 PM PDT

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      •  From the diary (2+ / 0-)
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        corvo, FerrisValyn

        I am leaning toward the Republican part being an act.

        The Theocrat/Dominionist part is the real deal.

        That certainly beats any Rep in my state.

        The press is the only group that can derail them. Asking questions about the coming theocracy will possibly elicit some stuff crazy enough to peel off a small percentage of the electorate if it gets serious airtime.

        Otherwise you need to think about moving.

        The biggest threat to America is not communism, it's moving America toward a fascist theocracy... -- Frank Zappa

        by NCrefugee on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 12:48:15 PM PDT

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      •  If she's crazy, (0+ / 0-)

        then so is a majority of her constituency.

        •  no... (0+ / 0-)

          ...a plurality, maybe. But as I say--if the papers and the broadcast news had been reporting what she was saying all along--she wouldn't have made it in there. I think she would have been "outed" and the GOP would have gone with a saner candidate.

          A lot of people in the district know what she is, and like it--but a lot more don't know what she is. It's basically the local MSM, covering for her. Why? I don't know.

          Bill Prendergast also posts his stupid satire at the Stillwater Tribune

          by Bill Prendergast on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 01:47:08 PM PDT

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  •  she's a Wonkette Favorite (2+ / 0-)
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    I follow her zaniness there.  She's a hoot.

    Yeah the revolution starts now In your own backyard In your own hometown - Steve Earle

    by Sargent Pepper on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 12:26:19 PM PDT

  •  Oy. (1+ / 0-)
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    You must work very hard to replace her.  With nearly anything with a pulse.  

  •  You win (0+ / 0-)

    My local cretin, Mel Martinez, is a Bushie brown nose. He tries to figure out what Bush wants, and he can't scamper fast enough to do it. A rubberstamp Republican.

    But I'd say Michele is just plain fruit loops. Let's hope you guys dump her next time around.

    Every day's another chance to stick it to The Man. - dls.

    by The Raven on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 12:28:14 PM PDT

  •  OK, so you got a lot of crazy there. (6+ / 0-)

    I'm not sure my rep Mean Jean Schmidt, the Wicked Witch of Cincinnati, can top that. I am sure I ain't digging around to try to see if she can. And all I said on that other diary was that you didn't have a monopoly on crazy Congresswomen. ;-P

    Who you gonna call?

    by Ahianne on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 12:29:36 PM PDT

  •  Only by limiting it to women (0+ / 0-)

    do you exclude Dan Burton.  And only by limiting it to women presently in office do you have a chance, given that Katherine Harris was once in Congress.

    A cartoon is worth a thousand words.

    by dhonig on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 12:31:40 PM PDT

    •  uh-uh, don't spin it... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...I didn't make up the rules just so I could win. Katherine Harris could play, if she was still around.

      And I made it clear you can put any crazy congressMAN in the contest, so long as you have the evidence to prove he's crazier than Bachmann.

      So don't "be like that," I'm winning fair and square so far.

      Bill Prendergast also posts his stupid satire at the Stillwater Tribune

      by Bill Prendergast on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 12:36:29 PM PDT

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      •  Watermelon (1+ / 0-)
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        say what you will about Bachmann's religious fantasies.  

        Dan Burton once invited reporters into his backyard to watch him shoot a watermelon with a pistol, all to prove that Bill Clinton had Vince Foster murdered.  

        Dan Burton is the guy about whom NEWT GINGRICH once said

        Then I'm embarrassed for you," he said. "I'm embarrassed for myself, and I'm embarrassed for the conference at the circus that went on at your committee.

        Dan Burton is the guy who edited the Hubbell tapes in the Clinton impeachment investigation.  

        Dan Burton is the guy who put his baby-sitters on his payroll, not to watch the kids, but for ;) other reasons.

        But all that pales compared to his feeling up a Planned Parenthood lobbyist.  Yes, a PLANNED PARENTHOOD lobbyist:

        In the early 1990s a Planned Parenthood delegation visited Washington to lobby members of Congress and paid a courtesy call on Burton, even though they knew he was unsympathetic to their cause. They expected to meet with a staff member. Instead, Burton himself bounded out and escorted the three lobbyists into a tiny inner office. "This was almost a closet," says one participant, a middle-aged woman and a Republican. "There was a lot of junk around ... and there was maybe one chair, and he pulled in another chair, and there was the sofa that sat practically on the floor. It was uncomfortable for all of us. And he came in and was talking to us about his years at the seminary."

        Soon thereafter, the trio took their leave, with Burton standing in the doorway so that each had to pass him. As she tried to exit, "he grabbed my arm and pulled me back. I thought that he was just angry (about our discussion). I was there maybe 30 seconds, and he had his hands up my skirt so fast I didn't even know what was coming." The woman says she was able to stop Burton's hand before it reached its target.

        He also has his "campaign office" at the home of a former model, who he frequently visits for "business purposes."

        Burton's frequent visits to Keller's home were ostensibly to discuss business, though he often arrived dressed as if he were headed to the golf course, according to Denise Range, a neighbor, and was sometimes greeted at the door by Keller wearing a teddy. Melissa Bickel, another neighbor, recalls that Keller would often send her daughter over to their house when Burton came calling, which she says was as often as three or four times a week.

        That, by the way, is a different woman than the mother of his illegitimate child.  That woman, too, has been on his campaign payroll for years.

        What do I win?

        A cartoon is worth a thousand words.

        by dhonig on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 01:20:26 PM PDT

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        •  More offensive to women but not (0+ / 0-)

          necessarily crazier.  Actually his behavior isn't outta lien with that of many Republicans, who seem to speicalize in groping women who don't want to be groped and having mistresses on the payroll--look at Newt. Editing the Foster tapes is stqandard evidence tampering (typical of Repubs from Nixon on, but shooting a watermelon is pretty wierd.

          The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

          by irishwitch on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 01:36:44 PM PDT

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        •  I will go this far... (1+ / 0-)
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          Some of the stuff you list is indeed "nuts." (Loved the watermelon. Was Foster's head that big?)

          But a lot of it is just the usual corruption stuff we expect from Republicans, isn't it? Feeling up people, illegitimate children, disgusts his own colleagues--egregious, deplorable--but insane?

          I got a woman here who says that the Republicans enacted laws so the US government could overthrow free enterprise and replace it with one world globalized socialist government.

          You don't win anything, even if you did win. Keep trying, though.

          Bill Prendergast also posts his stupid satire at the Stillwater Tribune

          by Bill Prendergast on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 01:52:23 PM PDT

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  •  I've read through all of these comments, and the (4+ / 0-)
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    revbludge, oibme, deha, operculum

    decision is in.  Michele Bachmann wins the craziest award.

    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 12:33:06 PM PDT

  •  So what's wrong with you people? How (0+ / 0-)

    in the "name of heaven" did she get elected. Did Jesse recommend her? What ever happened to that old Minnesota of the DFL Party, Humphrey and Mondale?

    •  how did she get elected: (5+ / 0-)

      The MSM in Minnesota gave her a pass on the nut stuff. A free, get out of jail, go directly to Congress, media "pass" on all the nutty stuff, and more, that was recorded on tape, CD, radio, written in her own hand--and delivered to the papers, to NPR, the dailies, posted on the web--. THEY JUST WOULDN'T PRINT IT. THE SPIKE!

      Also, she's a down the line, no new taxes Reagan-naming conservative on taxes. A creature of the local Taxpayers' League, a GOP millionaire's darling.

      Also, the WH loves her, she had visits from Rove, Bush, Cheney, fundraising stuff.

      Also, it's a very conservative, religious district

      Also, she's very attractive in person. Ex-prom queen type, pleasant voice. It's only when she gets off message and starts talking ex tempore that you realize she's not just another conservative, she's buggeda-buggeda-buggedah...

      Bill Prendergast also posts his stupid satire at the Stillwater Tribune

      by Bill Prendergast on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 12:42:57 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks. Where is that District? Wouldn't (0+ / 0-)

        happen to be Tim Penny's old one? That's where my wife is from.

        Stillwater, huh. I assume you live in town and not that big grey thing. ;)

        •  it's the Sixth District of Minnesota... (4+ / 0-)
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          Rolfyboy6, oibme, irishwitch, deha

          ...and there are no big grey things anywhere in Minnesota, as you well know. I used to be represented by Bill Luther, years and years ago.

          Yes, I live in the picturebook little town of Stillwater, Minnesota, in the lovely St.Croix Valley, and I'm represented in Washington by a space alien.

          Bill Prendergast also posts his stupid satire at the Stillwater Tribune

          by Bill Prendergast on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 12:56:35 PM PDT

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          •  Actually, I was referring to the Big House :) (0+ / 0-)
          •  MN-6 includes Lake Wobegone,® (0+ / 0-)

            MN-6 includes Lake Wobegone,® where all the children are above average, the men are handsome, and the women are strong.

            We’re working on making the voters smart.  Or maybe we should just let the children do the voting.  Young people often have a sixth sense when it comes to sniffing out phonies.

            Garrison Keillor supported Patty Wetterling (DFL), but his wishes did not prevail with voters that preferred an advocate of 'creationism, right to life, and the sanctity of marriage' over a thinking, rational woman.

            •  yep, that's right--Lake Wobegone is... (0+ / 0-)

              ...Anoka, Minnesota, according to my native Minnesotan friends.

              I don't think Anoka proper voted for Bachmann--she didn't win the "big" towns in the district outright, it was her support out in the country that put her over the top. (She lost her hometown of Stillwater, MN.)

              But I'm surprised that Keillor didn't do more to raise awareness about her, given his notorious preference for old fashioned Minnesota liberalism.

              Bill Prendergast also posts his stupid satire at the Stillwater Tribune

              by Bill Prendergast on Fri Apr 20, 2007 at 10:57:16 PM PDT

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  •  You win (4+ / 0-)
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    irishwitch, deha, Brix, operculum

    There's nothing we can say or point to that's crazier than Michelle Bachman. I agree that Oklahoma has crazy, I agree Florida has crazy, Hey, my California has a couple, so do others.  Nothing tops Michele Bachman.  I'm baffled that this apparation of The First Church Of The Whirling Polyester Jesus appeared in Minnesota.

  •  He's no woman ... (4+ / 0-)
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    but I humbly submit our own nutter par excellence, Steve King IA-05.

    Yes, the man who

    • compared Abu Ghraib to a frat party ...
    • insisted that Baghdad was safer than Washington DC (I wonder if he still believes that now?) ...
    • played with a Lego border wall on the House floor ...
    • equated illegal immigrants with serial rapists and cattle ...
    • professed his admiration for Joe McCarthy, "American hero" ...

    and that's just what I can come up with right off hand.

    All crazy, all the time.

    "Do not offend the Chair Leg of Truth! It is wise and terrible."

    by section29 on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 01:11:33 PM PDT

  •  I'm sorry to find amusement in your affliction, (1+ / 0-)
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    but this diary and its comments made me laugh. Quite a bit, in fact. Thanks I needed it.

    I am sick and sad for my state to be saddled with the asshat that is Steve King. But, while he is mean and stupid, I suppose he's not technically crazy.

    I was totally unaware of Ms. Bachmann until I saw her at the SOTU, doggedly clinging to W. That alone makes her certifiable.

    You win/lose.

    When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. Jimi Hendrix

    by operculum on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 01:21:26 PM PDT

  •  I don't have a Congresswoman... (1+ / 0-)
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    but Tom Tancredo, who advocates bombing Mecca certainly rivals Bachman (who is admittedly crazy as a loon). I'd be willing to let them split the prize.

  •  Damn, now it's almost a shame that (0+ / 0-)

    Katherine Harris didn't win in FL, she could have creamed Michele in 60 seconds flat!

    Yeah, we would have had another nut in the Senate, and that would have been a bad thing, but at least I could have won in the crazy Senator game.

  •  I'm not sure about item #1. (0+ / 0-)

    Although I'm also not sure it was God she was listening to.

    On the other hand, items 2-10 make me wonder why pastordan has never nominated her for Wanker of the Day.

  •  I thought I could beat ya Bill..... (1+ / 0-)
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    But unfortunately I tied ya; I’m a Bachmann constituent as well.

    Lucky for us each cycle the 6th is considered a competitive district. The DCCC and the NRCC are already gearing up for a fight for this seat.

    I head a guy named Bob Hill from Stillwater might make a run for the seat, and perhaps El Tinklenberg will go for the DFL endorsement again.

    •  yeah, but-- (0+ / 0-)

      --It's not so much her being re-elected in the 6th that bugs me, it's the distinct possibility that she will leave the 6th to rise up politically. If she just manages to keep from shooting her mouth off and gets her impulses under control, that will happen, and she'll still be the same nut inside.

      She's dangerous, in and of herself, because she's a hateful nut--but what's more dangerous is that she's an agent of the Evangelical political movement (EPM), and the are very powerful and dangerous indeed (Dobson and Robertson and LaHaye and all those guys on the Council for National Policy.) It's not just that I want her out of the district, I want people like that out of politics--yet she continues to rise, despite her loopiness, and the Minnesota media won't "out" her.

      Bill Prendergast also posts his stupid satire at the Stillwater Tribune

      by Bill Prendergast on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 02:00:20 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I used to have a crazy Congresswoman (1+ / 0-)
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    But thankfully Chris Murphy took care of her for us. :)

  •  So the woman is a nut case (0+ / 0-)

    What does that say about the electorate that put her there?

  •  Maybe not the craziest (1+ / 0-)
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    But I might have the stupidest! Don Young once rated only #2 (according to Radar mag), but now that dear Katherine Harris is gone, I think that makes him #1:

    Representative scene -

    The scene: Fairbanks, Alaska, 1994. Congressman Don Young, already in office for 20 years, is on the stump preaching the virtues of Newt Gingrich's Republican revolution to a group of high school students. Just look at all the wasteful things the federal government does with taxpayers' money, he tells them. The National Endowment for the Arts, for example, funds art involving "people doing offensive things ... things that are absolutely ridiculous." One student asks, "Like what?"
    "Buttfucking," replies the great scourge of obscenity and instructor of youth.

    And so on....

    •  Almost forgot (0+ / 0-)

      Here's another beauty from my dipshit congressman:

      "Environmentalists are a socialist group of individuals that are the tool of the Democrat Party. I'm proud to say that they are my enemy. They are not Americans, never have been Americans, never will be Americans."


  •  Um, I've got Inhofe, Coburn... (0+ / 0-)

    ...and the Chair of the NRCC Tom Cole.

    Oh, and you'll love our Freshman Mary Fallin (OK-5) once you get to know her.

    Love, anyone?

  •  Bachmann is the winner (1+ / 0-)
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    I covered Michele Bachmann as a reporter and editor for the Stillwater Gazette.

    She's a very nice person. Very good at handling herself in public. Knows all the right buttons to push to get elected. She's gifted.

    She's stumbled in Congress because she's trying to show depth by talking about the issues. Not her strength.

    I refuse to believe she's not beatable, but it'll take a strong candidate. Patty Wetterling, who lost to Bachmann last year, is a saint, but not a good politician.

    What's telling is that Bachmann ran 50-50 last year in her home county. She performed the worst where people know her the best. Eventually she'll get beat.

    Until then, she's the craziest!

  •  Bachmann Bat Shit Crazy (0+ / 0-)

    And you know you have really won something when you beat Steve King (R-IA).
    Michele Bachmann actually wins hands down because she looks normal but is so unpredictable. Many are quirky or obviously MEAN like Mean Jean Schmidt, but they don't transform into a Wisconsin Synod Evanglelical Christian telling thousands of people God told her to run for Congress and that "She's Hot" for God or announce a super secret Iranian Partitioning plan. Unless you catch her on film (google "Avidor" on youtube) you would never believe some of the things she says. She is a master of looking normal but when caught will lie or say she has been "misconstrued"! Thank God for video/audiotape! Good Contest Bill!

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