Michele Who?


Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will join former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., and businessman Herman Cain at a New Hampshire event next month hosted by the tea party-affiliated Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFPF).

Also invited, but not yet confirmed are former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., was invited, but his office “politely reminded us that he’s not running,” said AFPF New Hampshire State Director Corey Lewandowski.

Just as noteworthy are the contenders who didn’t make the cut at all, including Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., a tea party favorite.

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“We’re not trying to exclude Michele Bachmann by any stretch of the imagination,” Lewandowski said. “What we did is we looked at the criteria of individuals back in December [when the invitations were sent] who had at least some media coverage as a potential candidate. It’s fair to say that at that point, Michele Bachmann … hadn’t had any serious press about that.”

Who could forget how you couldn’t turn on the television or read a newspaper without seeing Herman Cain?!

The event will also honor Ovide Lamontagne as AFPF’s “Conservative of the Year.” Lamontagne, a tea party favorite in his unsuccessful Senate bid last year, is positioning himself to be a kingmaker in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary. He has opened his home to Santorum and Pawlenty as part of a presidential candidate series. He praised their outreach to the tea party as a smart political move.


While AFPF does not endorse candidates, the group is supported by the billionaire Koch brothers, whose underwriting of the tea party during the 2010 election cycle caused  critics to question the movement’s grassroots label.


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17 responses to “Michele Who?

  1. citizenx

    Her not being invited to that New Hampshire event is the biggest news to come out of that state since “the shot heard around the world”.

    • isn’t it hilarious? especially because she spent so much time there. how embarrassing to be considered less electable than herman fekkin’ cain, whom almost nobody has even heard of! 😆 how is she going to spin this? a tea party without the mad hatter!

  2. I love the Kock-Caca button on the poster. The rest is great, too, but that’s a brilliant touch.

    What I want to know is … are those real Barbour and Santorum campaign posters?

    Ovide Lamontagne as kingmaker … I guess after losing every race he’s ever run (most recently the primary vs. Kelly Ayotte), he’s now in place for that? I voted for him for a Congressional primary (which he lost to Bill Zeliff) and a gubernatorial race. Then he got nuttier while I got saner.

    • koch-caca was a poster and post in and of itself, wken. it’s one of my favorites, truth be told. it was competition for another soft drink poster. i love advertisements!

      i found the santorum and barbour pix on the internets, but i might have changed them a little bit. hmmm, would i do such a thing?

      i only know ovide’s name because of the kelly ayotte race. the rethugs love their losers, though. princess sarah was one of the major reasons capt underpants lost, and look how long her 15 minutes lasted. by the way, i believe those 15 minutes are just about up. she’ll still be able to do her grifting, but she’ll have to work a little harder, because i don’t think she’ll be able to fill any arena larger than a small bathroom.

      • Living in NH, I know Ovide, but he is pretty forgettable. He has actually held some office at some point, but I think it was long before I was voting.

        He shows up now and then. When I was 18, he presented himself as the real voice of religious conservatives in NH. Thus my votes for him.

        Now, he presents himself as the real candidate for the tea parties. It looks weirdly familiar … and I am quick to say that I was in college when I voted for him before anyone thinks I’m still a supporter.

  3. Why do wealthy people give the kids such bizarre, twisted names? And then there is poor Rick who will be forever linked with used body thingies. And the highlight of the event will be Mrs Bearworth whining about Bill Ayers for 45 minutes. Now how will BB be able to vamp those old white men if she isn’t invited? It’s a tradgedy I tells ya.

    • it is a tragedy, jerry, and if i can stop laughing, i’ll feel really sorry for batshit bachmann. i bet princess sarah won’t even show up. she knows she can’t win. i read today that she’s bought property in arizona and might run for jon kyl’s senate seat. wouldn’t capt underpants be thrilled to have her as the junior senator? i wonder if he’ll endorse her.

  4. jeb

    It’s not her party but she’ll cry if she wants too.

  5. michele was invited to the New Hampshire event that is located in Wyoming – right next to Concord, Utah and Lexington, Idaho –

    or maybe michele cant go cause she is busy climbing the Kiluaea Volcano located in Kenya

  6. So kissing up to New Hampshire by screwing up history and geography didn’t work out for Madame Representative. So sad, too bad–NOT!

    This is also a sign that the big money people in the GOP don’t like her. Time to mobilize the megachurches!

    • the rethugs have a big dilemma, because batshit bachmann is batshit crazy and batshit ambitious. she loves the spotlight, and she won’t give it up without a huge and loud fight. they can’t afford to piss her off, but they can’t afford to let her keep up her shrill monologue. the other consideration is that she can rake in tons of money. they unleashed her to rile up the teabaggers, and now they’re stuck. dr. frankenstein, meet your monster.

  7. Looks like Michelle “The Scream” Bachmann has scared off the party.
    Both her & “the party” scare me!

  8. Its fair to say that at that point Michele Bachmann hadnt had any serious press about that. .However low-profile businessman Herman Caine was invited and will attend while South Dakota Sen. John Thune who has announced that he will not seek the presidency was invited and declined..AFPF has said that they will limit five candidates at the event though they do not make endorsements.