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Two years ago, in the final days of the 2008 campaign, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann appeared on Hardball, and said the words that propelled her to the national stage:

Across the country, you rallied to send a message that Bachmann’s unique brand of divisive rhetoric would not be tolerated. You raised almost a million dollars in a matter of hours for her opponent. And while the campaign fell just short of defeating her in 2008, you knew what you had to do.

You’ve kept vigilant watch as Congresswoman Bachmann has gone under the white-hot spotlights of the cable talk show circuit again and again.

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Fact-Checking Michele Bachmann: Bring On The Crazy!


I believe that now it is time to fact-check the budding Minnesotan rogue, seeing as how every day she is becoming more starstruck and more consumed by her little fame.

"If her same-sex marriage ban amendment does not pass in 2004: “The sex curriculum will be essentially by taught by the local gay community."

Yes, the woman is batshit crazy.  Lets move on (anyone else find it interesting that her family owns a mental healthcare practice?)  

I checked up on her Politifact.com file and found some not very surprising information.

Ezekiel Emanuel, one of President Obama's key health care advisers, "says medical care should be reserved for the nondisabled. So watch out if you're disabled."

What's the verdict on this one?  Well, it gets a big "Sarah Palin you betcha! FALSE"

According to Kenneth Baer, Emanuel was exploring different views of political theory as they apply to health care decisions and following one school of thought through to the point where he notes that it would lead to "potentially disturbing types of policy ramifications

You can read the Bachmann file for more infor if you so desire, onto the next one!

ACORN will be a paid partner with the Census Bureau and "they will be in charge of going door-to-door and collecting data from the American public."

Classic Bachmann.  Blame ACORN.  Trash the Census Bureau.  Fear for the American People.  What else makes it classic Bachmann?  The fact that it is FALSE!

According to politifact reports: 
Partners agree "to promote the 2010 Census among their constituents." As a partner, ACORN has agreed to spread the word among its people about the availability of temporary Census jobs. The U.S. Census Bureau expects to hire 1.4 million people through the course of the 2010 census, the bulk of them to do the door-to-door questionnaires, so the bureau casts a wide net to get applicants, including through its partners. Partners don't get paid, but they presumably benefit by getting the word out to members about jobs, and also by providing a public service emphasizing the importance of filling out the Census.

ACORN and others PROMOTE the temporary Census jobs, but in no way are involved with the hiring.  Bachmann, one again, lets her pseudo-patriotism overencumber the facts.

I want to throw in just one more for now, for good measure

In the 1970s, "the swine flu broke out . . . under another Democrat, President Jimmy Carter."

In a last ditch effort, Bachmann tried to blame swine flu on the democrats.  Of course, the Democrats in Congress and the White House have ultimate control over the viral and bacterial disease flow in the environment and all around the United States (its written in the Constitution.. duh!) so naturally it was the peanut farmer's fault.

Actually, the swine flu surfaced during the Ford administration, and even briefly during the Reagan years.   
Reported by politifact, the scare began in February 1976 when recruits at Fort Dix, N.J., came down with flu symptoms, and one died. This led to fears of a pandemic. The president in 1976 was Gerald Ford — a Republican

Rep. Bachmann, your reputation no doubt shows that you are just another shining star for the right-wing's repertoire.  The lack of facts is nothing new, therefore I don't expect you to change.


House Republicans Will NEVER Like the Healthcare Bill


With the recent executive order precluding public-funding for abortions, the Stupak posse was pleased.  Bart Stupak made his formal announcement essentially endorsing the healthcare bill, and in all likelihood pushing the number of yes votes above 216 (tentatively 222 according to Stupak).  With abortion out of the way, would Republicans be pleased? Of course not!  God-forbid a Republican actually believe anything said that might have an inkling of courting their vote for the dreaded "Obamacare" bill. 

The House Republicans lined up in front of the podium this evening and had a healthcare bashing barrage.  Of course the favorite face of hypocrisy and stupidity, Michele Bachmann, was present.  (Let us reflect to just recently when her website read "Amarica's Congress Woman)

House Republicans are now claiming that an executive order isn't enough

"An Executive order isn't supreme law!"

It is sad that nothing the Democrats can do will ever help them garner any Republican votes (although all intents and purposes for this executive order were to get more Democrats votes, the concept is still the same)

Of course, the bullshit bonanza not only contained Michelle Bachmann, but Representative Boehner himself.

Nothing will ever be good enough for these few heartless pubbies.  Thank God there are enough democrats in the house to push this legislation through... Hopefully.




Who does Michele Bachmann work for?



Over the past few weeks, Michele Bachmann's national tour has criss-crossed the country - to California for TEA Party rallies (while she was there, she missed the House Republican meeting with President Obama), then to Missouri for a conference with Glenn Beck...this week, she visited North Dakota.

Her national travel and pursuit of the spotlight once again leave behind her constituents.  Who does Michele Bachmann work for?

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Bachmann's Census-Bashing Could Cost Her Her Seat

Ben Smith passes on the following editorial from the Star Tribune of Minneapolis-St.Paul:

It's ironic that a Minnesota member of Congress, Republican Michele Bachmann, went so far last summer to declare her intention to only partially complete her census forms, and to suggest reasons for others not to comply with the census law. If Minnesota loses a congressional seat, Bachmann's populous Sixth District could be carved into pieces. She likely would have to battle another incumbent to hang on to her seat. We've noticed that her anticensus rhetoric has lately ceased. We hope she got wise: Census compliance is not only in Minnesota's best interest, but also her own.

As Charles noted last month, Minnesota is one of the states at greatest risk of losing a congressional seat following the 2010 census, making it actually possible that Michele Bachmann's machinations could cost her state -- and consequently herself -- of a congressional seat. While this would mean that the Democrats could rely on one less electoral vote (as electoral votes are tied to congressional seats), given that the next state in line after Minnesota now appears to be Oregon, another Blue state, perhaps it wouldn't be the end of the world if Bachmann lost her seat come 2012.


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