Bachmann and Robin

From Politico:

Rep. Michele Bachmann’s call for a media investigation into “anti-American” members of Congress may have been the macaca — or McCarthy — moment of 2008, but it has also given the Minnesota Republican something she’s been angling for since arriving in Congress two years ago: the national spotlight.


“I think that she’s a media hound first and foremost,” said [a Minnesota GOP operative close to Bachmann]. “That has been her biggest goal from Day One: to be in the media spotlight, to be a representative who is the spokesman for the Republican Party — and she’s made that a very concerted effort, to be in the spotlight as much as possible.


It was this willingness that found Bachmann on “Hardball” with Chris Matthews on Friday. As Matthews explained it to Politico, one of his bookers called John McCain’s presidential campaign early in the day for help in filling a hard-to-book Friday afternoon slot.

The campaign, Matthews said, suggested the ever-willing Bachmann.

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The YouTube moments that other members fear will ruin their careers — see Allen, Former Sen. George — seem only to have aided Bachmann’s quest for media ubiquity.


Bachmann first hiked the national eyebrow with her awkwardly long shoulder grasp of President Bush in the moments after his 2007 State of the Union address. A video clip landed in heavy rotation online, as did clips of Bachmann sermonizing about being “hot for Jesus,” referring to Terri Schiavo as “healthy” and disputing that “global warming is the issue of the day.”

But none of those resulted in the attention — or the blowback — that Bachmann’s exchange with Matthews has produced.

Early in the “Hardball” interview, Bachmann said she was “very concerned” that Barack Obama “may have anti-American views.”


Matthews kept pressing.

“I guess when I heard the word ‘anti-American’ [applied] to Barack, I wanted to see how ready she was to apply it,” Matthews told Politico on Monday. “And she was ready to apply it pretty broadly.”

Matthews asked Bachmann how many of her colleagues were “anti-American.”

“What I would say is that the news media should do a penetrating exposé and take a look,” Bachmann responded. “I wish they would. I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out, are they pro-America or anti-America? I think people would be — would love to see an exposé like that.”

The backlash was immediate and intense. Colin Powell called Bachmann’s comments “nonsense.” Nancy Pelosi said Bachmann had “discredited” herself. Republicans didn’t exactly rush to Bachmann’s defense. Spokesmen from the offices of the House minority leader, the House minority whip and the Republican Study Committee all declined to comment Monday. McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers wouldn’t address Bachmann’s comments directly, but he said that the Arizona senator doesn’t question Obama’s patriotism.

And even as [Bachmann’s chief of staff Michelle] Marston argued that Matthews had backed Bachmann into a corner, the congresswoman’s Democratic challenger, El Tinklenberg, was taking in more than $800,000 in fresh contributions from donors around the country.

From The New York Observer:

Before John McCain and his traveling press corps entered a packed hall in Concord, N.C., for a rally on the morning of Oct. 18, local members of Congress sought to rile up the crowd.

Then they had to calm it down.

First, Representative Patrick McHenry cheered what he called the “biggest crowd John McCain has gotten in North Carolina” and emphasized that this was a critical election with a stark choice between the candidates.

“It’s like black and white,” someone in the crowd at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center yelled out, laughing. McHenry let the remark pass and finished his speech. He yielded the microphone to Representative Robin Hayes, who prefaced his comments by saying it was important to “make sure we don’t say something stupid, make sure we don’t say something we don’t mean.” Republicans, he reminded the crowd, were kind people. Plus, he added, the liberal media had shown itself eager to distort such remarks. With the crowd duly chastened and put on best behavior, he accused Obama of “inciting class warfare” and said that “liberals hate real Americans that work and achieve and believe in God.”

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20 responses to “Bachmann and Robin

  1. She is this election seasons Katherine Harris m’dear. 😉

  2. dusty,
    that’s exactly what one of the articles said! 😆 seeing this bitch go down in flames will be just as entertaining and fulfilling as watching cruella harris implode.

  3. neon vincent,
    her middle name is guano.

  4. Jeeze, the more they shake the GOP box, the more cockroaches fall out.
    No wonder the GOP hates women- they have to put up with shrews like this one 24/7.

  5. jeb

    C’mon Nonnie, Let the Eagle Soar!

    The Rethuglicans have a study committee? Really? Gee, I wonder what the hell they do all day besides issuing “No Comment” statements.

    Now, if you’ll excuse Michelle, she has to get measured for her brown shirt.

  6. She had her “macaca” moment and indeed, she’s a Katherine Harris clone (w/out as much make-up) and she’ll no doubt suffer the same fate (the GOP shunned Harris).


    Oh and you’ve been tagged.

  7. karen,
    not sure if the gop actually hates women. i think it’s more fear than hate.

  8. Friend of the court

    Republican women frighten me. That look in the eyes… Barbara and Laura….dang.

  9. jeb,
    let the eagle poop! all over the straight talk express’s windshield!
    the rethugs have to have a study committee. they need to study whatever princess sarah and capt u say so they know what to refute the next day.

  10. helen,
    this bitch doesn’t need as much makeup. she makes up for it with that frantic religious fervor look in her eyes.
    what does tagging mean? i’ve seen it before, but this is my first time, and i don’t know what to do. 😳

  11. fotc!!!!!!! 😀
    where have you been? i’ve missed you! where’ve ya been? i know how much the rethug women frighten you. is that why you haven’t been here? did i scare you?

  12. Friend of the court

    You never scare me, nonnie! I’ve been reading here but, I haven’t been very good company, so I remained silent. Thank goodness, I am becoming more sociable as the season changes.

  13. oh, fotc, you are always good company. we love you, so there is no reason to remain silent. well, unless you’re arrested. then you really should remain silent, even if you’ve done nothing wrong.

  14. boomerjack

    Bachmann is an embarrassment to my state and our neighboring 6th District. That she was elected in the first place causes the mind to boggle!

  15. fotc- Nonnie and I are engaged!
    She’s photoshopping our wedding pictures even as we speak.

  16. hello boomerjack!
    welcome to the raisin! 😀
    do you know bloggingmom67? she commented in another thread here, and she has a cute little emoticon that looks like the female equivalent of your cute little emoticon.
    i remember when bachmann was practically tonguing chimpy at the state of the union address last year. she really is an embarrassment, and i am so sorry that you have to share a state with her.
    please visit and comment again soon, boomerjack! 🙂

  17. 😆 karen, you’re so silly!

  18. palin, bachmann, pfotenhauer, nicolle wallace — and i thought it couldnt get worse than coulter and ingraham

  19. dcAp,
    i am no longer surprised at the inanity of the rethugs or their callousness or their phoniness. the latest is the ever-increasingly moronic brad blakeman who, in response to a question about princess sarah’s luxurious wardrobe, said the real outrage is:
    taking a 767 campaign plane to go visit Grandma.

    he’s referring to obama flying to hawaii to see his gravely ill grandmother.

    Forget about the energy that is wasted, what about the hundreds of thousands of dollars to take a private trip when this guy should be humping his bags on a commercial plane or taking a smaller plane. Taking a 767 of campaign money from people who could least afford it is more of an outrage in my opinion.

    i wonder where on the commercial plane all those secret service agents are supposed to sit. i wonder if brad bitches about the state of alaska paying for princess’s kids to fly around the country with her and stay at luxury hotels.