A Minnesotans thoughts on Michelle Bachmann

Michelle Bachmann has turned into quite a hot topic here in the netroots after her disgraceful performance on Hardball that that you can watch for yourself here.

It's hard to even begin on how horrifying that McCarthyesque, hateful interview was. But a lot of us Minnesotans have known about Michelle Bachmann and her hateful, extreme ways for years. Thankfully we've got a real shot at beating her this year, and you can help send her and her hateful brand of politics packing. Keep reading to find out how!

The Bachmann Record:
First a little more about Michelle Bachmann and why it is so critical that we win this race. You already know about her shameful performance on Hardball. But Michelle Bachmann has been embarrassing Minnesotans for a long time on a lot more then just that.

Blames Economic Woes on Minorities:
Just recently she blamed the financial crises on minorities,

Anti-Gay Zealot:
She was Minnesota's leading anti-gay politician and now she's a favorite of the anti-gay movement. When there was a march for GLBT rights on the day the Minnesota legislature voted down a hateful anti-gay constitutional amendment of hers she literally hid in the bushes and spied on them, I'M NOT KIDDING! During her rallies for her hateful amendment people carried signs calling for the murder of gay and lesbian people and she's since said she's proud of that rally.

Energy Dumb:
Bachmann is a global warming denier despite all the evidence out there. She also thinks if those horrible Democrats didn't take over Congress gas would magically be 2 dollars a gallon. Yes she's from the "Drill Baby Drill" school of thought.

Worst Person in the World:
Michelle has been appearing frequently on Keith Olbermann's Worst Person in the World segment for over two years now. Here was her first time

and here is her latest

If you want to know more about why we need to Dump Bachmann head over to the good folks at Dump Bachmann who have been working hard to do just that since before she was even in Congress!

Send El to Congress!
Photo by Aaron Landry
Thankfully we've got someone great running to replace her. Elwyn Tinklenberg. El was a city councilman and mayor of Blaine (a big city in the district), Minnesota Transportation Commissioner and is currently president of the The Tinklenberg Group a transportation consulting firm. He's a big advocate for public transit, strongly pro-union and for smart economic policies, supports universal healthcare, is for ending the war in Iraq and is a strong advocate for a transition alternative energy and a green economy.  

But he win?

Yes! A recent poll showed him only 4 points behind Bachmann or within the margin of error with 15 percent undecided. El's got a perfect profile for the district but while Bachmann has raised 2 million as of the end of Q3 Tinklenberg has only managed to raise 1 million. In short, he needs our help to get his message out and win.

So donate!
Every little bit counts.

Goal Thermometer

I set up a fundraising page with a goal of 10,000 so we can show Michelle Bachmann that we reject her politics of hate and so we can tell El Tinklenberg and his campaign that we embrace his politics of hope.

So donate to El Tinklenberg!

If Bachmann wins this race it will be a lot harder to beat her in the future and her politics of hate and fear could be in Congress for a generation. This is our best shot to prevent that. Michelle Bachmann is a disgrace to Minnesota and decent people everywhere in our nation.

So please, please. Donate to El Tinklenberg.

Originally posted at The Populista Report

Tags: actblue, El Tinklenberg, Fundraising, Michelle Bachmann, MN-06 (all tags)



Re: A Minnesotans thoughts on Michelle Bachmann

This lady may actually be a worse human being than Ann Coulter.

by Pravin 2008-10-18 09:09AM | 0 recs

but she's actually a member of Congress. So we can do a lot more to silence her hate.

by Populista 2008-10-18 09:33AM | 0 recs
Ann Coulter is human?

Still gives me the heebie jeebies that Bill Maher used to tap that.


by mydailydrunk 2008-10-18 12:29PM | 0 recs
Re: A Minnesotans thoughts on Michelle Bachmann

Not mentioned--her lunacy about the Middle East (something about partitioning Iraq).  This is a real wingnut "my friends".  She is not representative of any district in Minnesota or any other state of which I am aware.

by flatblade 2008-10-18 11:23AM | 0 recs
Re: A Minnesotans thoughts on Michelle Bachmann

Are you sure she's not running against Walter Mondale? I double-taked when I saw that photo.

I'm glad I was reminded of how despicable Bachmann is. That's a race I followed in 2006 against Wetterling but after she won handily I assumed she would be entrenched for a while.

The high number of undecideds is encouraging in a race involving an incumbent. Let's hope we didn't discover this race too late and full just short, a la Tessa Hafen vs. Jon Porter in 2006.

by Gary Kilbride 2008-10-18 01:38PM | 0 recs
Re: A Minnesotans thoughts on Michelle Bachmann
LOL, I thought the exact same thing!
I donated to Tinklenburg last night on his Act Blue page.
My only regret is that she didn't say this a few weeks ago!
by skohayes 2008-10-18 02:37PM | 0 recs
Let's make sure we don't!

By donating to Bachmann.

And I was just thinking that about Tink.

In 06 there was a very strong third party candidate and Wetterling ran a bad campaign and her profile (child activist) while admirable doesn't really help as much in that districts as El's (former minister, mayor and transportation guru under a IP Party gov.)

by Populista 2008-10-18 07:04PM | 0 recs
I picked a bad weekend to be busy

My last diary before I took time off to plan my birthday party was on this race and it was barely noticed, then all of a sudden the race becomes hot property because Bachmann flips the hell out and goes on a McCarthyistic rambling spree.

Ah well.  I hated Bachmann before it was cool. :P

Great diary, and I think Tink's got a shot at this now.

by Dracomicron 2008-10-19 06:45AM | 0 recs


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