Congresswoman Bachman calls for a return to McCarthyism

The truly sobering thought is that this is just the beginning. Demagogues used to get away with this because they could say the truly batshit insane crazy stuff to their crowd and still present a moderate facade because they were on “home turf”. With the Internet we can erase that distinction and bring the crazy home for everyone to see.

One could make a case for this being the onus behind the popularity of The Daily Show, being able to query context and content and display them side by side, exposing blatant hypocrisy and cherry-picking.

More mocking and ridicule please.

This is the sort of nonsense I’d expect from someone in bed with the industry… but the industry thinks she’s crazy too.

You guys.

Cool. I’d never heard of them and now I learn that Scandinavians busted their ass.
You owe us for cheap light bulbs (and cheap wooden furniture with weird names).

You know what the best part of that whole thing was? She ends it by saying Hillary Clinton for President and dancing around! That, and the other folks all laughing at her or hiding their faces.

I also liked how she was cool with Obama being black, BUT HOW DARE HE BE AN ARAB! This country is awesome.

Ha. Now the Tinklenberg campaign has announced that in the 24 hours since Bachmann made her comments, they have raised almost half a million dollars, and the donations are still rolling in.

There’s already an online petition to censure Rep. Michele Bachmann.

The Congresswoman issues a statement.

She blames, Matthews, Liberal Blogs and Democrats.

But when you can’t win on the issues, you steal the election with a couple of lies and $1 million worth of mud. And the media reports and Democrat responses to my interview on “Hardball” have been echoing the outright lies of the liberal blogs. Is it really any wonder people are so cynical about politics?

So she opens her stupid mouth, gets burned for it and it’s someone else’s fault. So typical of people like her.

I thought it was pretty funny that the Republican that ran against her in the primary has reopened his campaign as a write-in campaign.

Read her bio on Wikipedia. Makes most other evangelical theocrats seems quite reasonable in comparison.

It would be nice if she lost her election over this nonsense, but, it would be a blast to see a MN congressional group that had both her her and Al Franken in it.

Quote from some liberal rag:

Bachmann’s track record in the legislature reads like a parody of right-wing talk radio. She has introduced or signed onto bills that would make English the official state language, halt grants to clinics that perform abortions, make proof of citizenship a requirement at voting booths, and allow stillbirths to be officially designated as births by the state. Bachmann is also the legislator behind the Reagan fetish at the Capitol this time around, proposing that Interstates 494 and 694 be renamed Ronald Reagan Beltway, and declaring February 6, the dead president’s birthday, officially recognized.

The old guard within her own party is not impressed. “I wish she would get on with something meaningful,” says one GOP insider. “She is definitely not out to unite people. She’s throwing out these ideological bombs. She’s an obstructionist.”

http://www.citypages.com/2005-02-23/news/somebody-say-oh-lord

I hope the election finds her on the outside without a clue of how to get back in.

I saw the clip of her Hardball interview and what came to my mind was that she was using the term “liberal” like it was a dirty word. Is this common in US politics?

Yup, sadly.

Yeah it’s pretty common, more so the past 10 years or so maybe?

I think that Bachmann is getting overly harsh treatment here. She is an obnoxious fool who shouldn’t be in an elected office, but she never said that liberals are anti-American, and, reading about it, I doubt that she thinks that. I would say that “Bill Ayers is anti-American.” is a reasonable statement.

This has seriously damaged her chance to be reelected, which is good, but the virality of the scandal is at least partially due to her statements being mis-characterized, which is kind of sad.

Rep. Robin Hayes (R-N.C.) has conceded that he did tell a North Carolina crowd that “liberals hate real Americans that work and accomplish and achieve and believe in God,” even though he initially denied making such a statement.

BONUS:

Hayes had followed Rep. Patrick McHenry, also a North Carolina Republican, who laid out the choice between McCain and Obama.

“It’s like black and white,” yelled someone from the crowd.

I would say it isn’t. At one point he was, but now, as far as I can tell, he is not.

I don’t think I know enough about him to judge, myself, what I meant was that I think that it could be argued, reasonably, that it is true.

No. She didn’t say all liberals were Un-American. I’m not sure where that came from, to be honest. She did say that someone should investigate Obama’s un-American tendencies. And when asked if there were other people in Congress, she did say investigate them too.

I think her treatment is, if anything, not harsh enough. In fact, I think it’s impeachment-worthy. She is asserting on national television that the elected leaders of one of the two national parties in this country are anti-American terrorists.