January 21st, 2013

The wisdom of…

Michele Bachmann?

Bachmann, like Palin, has been relentlessly attacked and has become somewhat of a laughingstock. She does have a certain tendency to go off in ways that seem overblown and even absurd, but that doesn’t mean she’s stupid, and it certainly doesn’t mean she isn’t correct a good deal of the time.

27 Responses to “The wisdom of…”

  1. Lizzy Says:

    Yep, she’s been right about the influence of Muslim Brotherhood on the current administration.

  2. M J R Says:

    neo,

    I’m on board with your criticisms of Michele (correctly!, only one “L”) Bachmann (and two “N”s).

    When I’d hear her on the radio driving home from work [usually on Hannity], I liked her. She’s ^no^ dummy.

    I became disappointed in her when she ran for president. Put briefly, she was not ready for prime time (similar to Sarah Palin, whom I also liked but in whom I became disappointed). I remain fundamentally impressed with both women’s intelligence and common-sense approaches.

    And both will continue to be utterly destroyed by the left should either ever offer a hint of being taken seriously.

    (The incumbent, an utter mediocrity, got an affirmative-action pass in the face of ^his^ not being ready for prime time; it sure helps to have the mainstream media drool all over you instead of foaming at the mouth at the mere thought of you.)

  3. Susanamantha Says:

    Ms Bachmann’s constant mentioning of the 23 children she raised a little off-putting. I had been a fan but I agree that she wasn’t ready for prime time.

  4. parker Says:

    Bachmann is more aware and astute than the blathering MSM that mocks her. I find some of her statements and positions to be not of my liking, but she is, IMO, correct far more often than she is wrong. As far as ‘prime time’ is concerned, last time around 51% of the voters proved not ready for prime time and the responsibility that comes with voting.

  5. thomass Says:

    Obama would be just as easy to mock as an idiot if we had a news org staffed with 90% of people that thought the same way… but as we’ve said; he is not / most of us don’t even buy that.

  6. Ed Bonderenka Says:

    Thanks for the link. I might not have read it without…

  7. heliotrope Says:

    Michele Bachmann is a pioneer woman. She is being handicapped in a man’s world in which her “toughness” and “stamina” and “testosterone” are being gauged.

    So, the moment she comes off as whiney or weak or PMS driven, she loses among those who are looking for “I told you so” validation.

    As a male with seven decades behind him, I root for Michele Bachmann and find her refreshing for her honesty and comforting for her lack of deceit and double-dealing.

    Tina Fey and Madam (or is it mad man?) Bill Maher have no more substance than the typical trained Orangutan smoking a cigar and spitting on cue. Yet those two poseurs possess the power to destroy what a misogynist-leaning populace fears most: honesty, integrity and the courage to challenge what is really confronting our nation and ails us all.

  8. parker Says:

    heliotrope,

    Tough women who can shoot straight are a good friend when in need. Trained Orangutan’s smoking cigars are not to be trusted. ;-)

  9. Mchenry Bob Says:

    It seems likes her religious beliefs have stunted her intellectual range.At her town hall meetings she won’t take questions directly from the audience. Too bad, especially when dealing with sociopathic political opponents.

  10. oldflyer Says:

    I wonder what McHenry Bob is trying to say? Her religious beliefs have stunted her intellectual range? Excuse me but that is completely ridiculous.

    You could just as well say that lack of religious beliefs have stunted the Agnostics understanding of human history and development; and furthermore have corrupted the souls of Atheists. In other words it is a statement of opinion without any basis other than personal prejudice.

    Bachmann, and women like her, are natural lightening rods for the narrow minded. Every word will be analyzed and frequently faulted, whether the fault is justified or not. Meanwhile, the Obamas, Bidens, Pelosis, and Reids of the political world will be excused for every stupidity. That is simply our political culture in the early 21st century.

  11. J.J. formerly Jimmy J. Says:

    Oldflyer said, “Bachmann, and women like her, are natural lightening rods for the narrow minded. Every word will be analyzed and frequently faulted, whether the fault is justified or not. Meanwhile, the Obamas, Bidens, Pelosis, and Reids of the political world will be excused for every stupidity. That is simply our political culture in the early 21st century.”

    Just so. I have just finished reading Clarence Thomas’s autobiography. What the left did to him even before he went through the Supreme Court confirmation process was ruthless. If you are black, female, hispanic, or gay and conservative; you will be demonized.

    Bachmann and Palin are women with strong religious and conservative views. For the left that kind of woman is a traitor (they believe all females must be feminists) who must, must be destroyed. They are constantly working at the politics of personal destruction.

  12. rickl Says:

    I sure wish Michele Bachmann was Speaker of the House. The contrast with Weepin’ John couldn’t be greater.

  13. beverly Says:

    Remember this one from The Simpsons?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKbFb6TPVEA

    “I, for one, welcome our new Insect Overlords. . ..”

    And Bachmann is right more often than not. Did we ever imagine in our worst nightmares that the Left could do so many end-runs around the Constitution? Ever since they rammed through the Obama Hellcare bill (see Betsy McCaughey on what’s coming, and brace yourself), without even putting it to a proper VOTE, I’ve realized that there are no real obstacles to the Left’s ambitions, only paper ones.

    Without people in power with the will to Fight, we’re screwed.

  14. beverly Says:

    As far as Bachmann’s and Palin’s flaws are concerned: when it comes to comparing theirs to those of the Leftists, there’s a lot of “straining at gnats but swallowing camels” going on.

    If you know what I mean.

  15. M J R Says:

    beverly, 10:24 pm — “Without people in power with the will to Fight, we’re screwed.”

    We’re screwed.

    beverly, 11:45 pm — “If you know what I mean.”

    Yep: Matt 23:24

  16. SCOTTtheBADGER Says:

    She is certainly an improvement over the woman we Wisconsinites just sent to the Senate. How on Earth Tammy Baldwin, the poster child for tax everyone more, and spend, spend, spend, got elected Senator is beyond me, but nevertheless, she did. I wish we could import Michele Bachmann here to WI. She would be much more comfortable as a Badger than she must be as a Gopher.

  17. alanstorm Says:

    She does have a certain tendency to go off in ways that seem overblown and even absurd…

    SO unlike the current Prez and VP…

    NOT.

  18. Geoffrey Britain Says:

    Of more importance than any faults that Bachmann might have is the fact that she has now been muzzled.

    “Michele’s combativeness has come at a price; in November she eked out her narrowest win yet. The Minneapolis Star Tribune gleefully headlined: “Humbling year ends in silence for Bachmann.”

    “Now the Minnesota Republican is hardly heard from anymore, barely uttering a word in public during the simmering build-up to the “fiscal cliff” deal in Congress, which she opposed.

    Since her wafer-thin re-election in November in the state’s most solidly Republican district, Bachmann has sharply dialed down her national profile, staying off television and remaining in the background of a raging congressional debate over taxes, her signature issue as a former IRS attorney and deficit hawk.”

    The politics of personal destruction, fully supported by the MSM is an exceedingly effective tool.

  19. Gordon Says:

    Bachmann’s religious beliefs:

    She’s a Lutheran.

    Perhaps one has to be from Minnesota to understand this, but her beliefs are strictly mainstream Christian. The leftist haters have had it out for her since she first won office to the state legislature, and they have relentlessly criticized her for things she doesn’t believe.

    She has done nothing more controversial than Nancy Pelosi. But Nancy has never had to deal with media who are quick to jump on anything she says.

    Yeah, she does go off half-cocked sometimes. But she’s gotten a lot better at dealing with the press, and handling debates. She has a formidable fundraising machine. She’s not done yet.

  20. holmes Says:

    In the heyday of talk radio, the Right savaged Hillary Clinton (cankles, ugly), etc. There was a lot of immaturity in it and I think reflected the fact that there was this bursting forth of power/opinion due to Rush Limbaugh/talk radio’s emergence at the time. This was the downside to an otherwise pretty positive development.

    However, that was basically it. Since that time, I can’t think of the Right’s attempt to savage anyone on personal grounds the way the Left has done to conservative women and minorities. It’s really disgusting, no one ever confronts it in the establishment because they’re afraid the spotlight will turn to them It’s like 6th grade recess all over again. The kids turn against someone, and you say nothing hoping they just will not drag you into it. The Left never outgrew this tendency and in fact uses it to their advantage.

  21. DonS Says:

    Palin was well prepared to be VP in 2008. Particularly compared to the line up: Obama, Biden, Hillary, Edwards, McCain, none of whom had anything like her level of executive experience. The only Dem with resaoable levels of executive experience in 2008 was the corrupt Bill Richards, and he was probably the most experienced man running that year.

    I think the media has basically killed any chance Palin had of higher office, and the final point was getting her to resign as governor. IIRC, at the ‘burn rate” she had defending herself from nonsense left wing attacks as governor, she would have been in debt to the tune of $2M by the end of her term, so she had no real chance but to resign.

  22. DonS Says:

    Bachmann lacks the executive experience needed for a serious run for potus.

    Palin had sufficient experience in 2008 to be VP. Even she lacked the experience needed for potus, although she had more experience then the Dem potus and vp candidates combined, and more then the top four Dem candidates combined.

  23. DonS Says:

    I’ll throw in that part of what hurt Palin was the fact that she was attractive and female, and her speech wasn’t that of a Harvard lawyer.

    Obama lacked serious experience, but looked and sounded “right”, and had the backing of the msm.

    In other words, it ended up as a beauty pagent of sorts, and Obama had the type of beauty low information voters were looking for.

  24. M J R Says:

    A vice president’s job, other than presiding over the Senate and breaking ties, is to be ready to stand in at a moment’s notice to be president — and that includes standing in permanently.

    To my way of thinking (but not to DonS’s, and not to many people’s), a vice president’s qualifications must be every whit as whole and sound as those of the president.

    I don’t advocate playing probabilities with our national leadership.

  25. Ymarsakar Says:

    The only experience you need to be President of the United States at this moment in time, is the experience of killing evil.

    And that’s about it. Since no good will come about so long as the Leftist alliance exists as a working organization.

  26. Geoffrey Britain Says:

    MJR @ 1:24,

    I would agree, if in every election the choice was between a Lincoln, Washington and a Jefferson. Instead we elected a buffoon for VP.

    The system is broken.

  27. M J R Says:

    Geoffrey Britain, 3:26 pm –

    I am proposing a friendly amendment:

    The ^electorate^ is broken.

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