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Well there you have it, one of the Tea Party's own heroines, Michelle Bachmann has finally seen the light on her flawed and floundering pretense of a campaign for the American presidency. Quoting Bachmann: "I have decided to stand aside... I have no regrets, none whatsoever. We never compromised our principles." Bachmann Ends Presidential Bid; http://thepage.time.com/...

While its true, in her mind at least, that she never compromised her principles, what she should have realized is that she hardly ever answered a interviewer's or reporter's question directly which created a semi-comical aspect to almost every Bachmann interview. Choosing instead to use every question as a cue to spout off her own particular version of "Obama is a Socialist/Marxist/Fascist derangement rant", Bachmann thereby avoided articulating a policy position that would differentiate her from her competition and one that voters could identify with in a meaningful sense. Perhaps Michelle Bachmann didn't really have much of a policy platform anyhow. At any rate, you would think that Bachmann would have learned a little something from the disaster that was the Vice Presidential candidacy of Sarah Palin in 2008, that the majority of Americans don't take the Obama as a Socialist/Marxist/Fascist rap very seriously. In the closing days of the 2008 election Palin ran around like a chicken without a head bleating that "Barack Obama is a Sooooocialist." When all is said and done beyond riling up a certain segment of the Republican Party this sort of rhetoric is a non-starter if you want to appeal to the mass of independent voters who's support you need to get elected.

When you couple Bachmann's absurd political rhetoric with her constant misrepresenting and mangling of important facts of American history it's a miracle that she got this far in the first place. Perhaps you may recall that just yesterday she said that she expected to do well in the Iowa Caucuses because "she believes in the one who creates miracles." Well apparently that certain someone either voted for someone else or he skipped the Iowa Caucuses altogether. In any event one of the most bizarre episodes in recent American political life has come to a close and for the rest of the Republican Party, probably not a moment too soon. While Mitt Romney will certainly benefit from a continued field of pretenders who pander to the far right, they serve to split up the conservative vote and muddle his opponents prospects, Bachmann with such a low vote take hardly served that purpose anyway. Thus for Bachmann to have gone on would have only contributed to the often cited circus atmosphere which has at times characterized the 2012 Republican primary. That in turn would be a net negative for the G.O.P. brand as well as for the eventual nominee. You can bet your bottom dollar that the leadership of the Republican Party and their major financial backers are glad to see the back of Bachmann.

S.J. Gulitti
1/4/12

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  •  It strikes me that people who use the phrase (2+ / 0-)
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    Unit Zero, AnnieR

    "no regrets," are usually trying to convince themselves.

    So I see only tatters of clearness through a pervading obscurity - Annie Dillard -6.88, -5.33

    by illinifan17 on Wed Jan 04, 2012 at 01:56:56 PM PST

  •  Teabaggers DO consider Obama to be a (4+ / 0-)
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    Unit Zero, Poetic Mind, AnnieR, jacey

    Socialist, Fascist, moron. (How someone can be both Socialist and Fascist is beyond me)

    They believe everyone either thinks like them or is ignorant.

    Michelle is Queen Teabag, so she is the most deluded of them all.

    My new favorite RIGHT WING website: NewtCantWin.com It's what the RIGHT thinks of Newt! Enjoy!

    by pucklady on Wed Jan 04, 2012 at 02:05:56 PM PST

    •  Heh - One of my favorites (1+ / 0-)
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      Photobucket

      -6.25 -7.08 The glass is neither half-full nor half-empty. The glass is just twice as large as it needs to be. If you play Microsoft CD's backwards, you hear satanic things, but that's nothing, because if you play them forwards, they install Windows.

      by Unit Zero on Wed Jan 04, 2012 at 02:09:21 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  But all is welll... (0+ / 0-)

      ..let Michele B. go back to that closet-gay husband of hers so that they adopt more children... which is to be expected, with Marcus' sexual orientation, it's not likely they'll ever have children with each other...

      Either way, one more right-wing nut banished off the stage...

      GOP = Grossly Ostentatiously Preposterous

      by Poetic Mind on Wed Jan 04, 2012 at 02:43:44 PM PST

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  •  Clearly a case of Republican discrimination (0+ / 0-)

    against short people.

  •  This whole thing is such a puzzle to me...... (0+ / 0-)

    ...the rabid 25% "base" whom Bachmann supposedly represented, is going to vote for whomever the Republican nominee is.  They cannot bring themselves to vote for anyone else any more than I, a Yellow Dog Democrat, can ever vote off the Democrat ticket.  The base vote is assured, but all the Rethug candidates keep endlessly pandering to them.  I can only think it is  because they are afraid the base will not turn out to vote, when in fact older,loyal conservatives are usually among the most consistent voters.  That said, the election will again likely be decided by whatever percentage of voters call themselves "undecideds" (generally moderates).  Bachmann and the other extremists (and isn't that ALL of them?) never pander to the moderates/undecided. I can't believe they are dumb, or ill-advised, enough to ignore the very group whose vote is essential to them, but I am happy for their ignorance.

    •  They're pandering to the base that turns out for (1+ / 0-)
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      the primaries. Iowa's primary is especially hardcore far right because it's a caucus, which naturally turn out only the most motivated voters.

      Once a nominee is selected, they'll pander to the "independents", and count on the media's short memory to forget all the crazy things they said during the primaries.

      I think the Establishment has basically written off the Presidential election and are going to focus on saving the downticket races by keeping the conservative turnout high. I expect to see a lot of gay and immigrant bashing local measures on the November ballots.

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