2. Hide tattoos
3. Dress well
No word about what political thoughts you should have.
May be this is the time for the other candidates to come out for Tattooed folk. Or bearded guys in jeans.
- Paul Campaign To Supporters: Shave, Put Away The Booze (huffingtonpost.com)
In a major stumble, both Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich came short of Virginia’s ballot requirements and will miss the Super Tuesday state. As far as I know it’s too late for them to do anything about it (perhaps they can seek write-in votes, but that will take mucho effort.)
This is a reasonable sign of each man’s management/organization capabilities, no?
I didn’t get to see the debate because we don’t get the Bloomberg Network… so I’ve been reviewing it on line in pieces. I’ve also looked at remarks around the web commenting on it. Andrew Sullivan, whose opinions I usually disagree with, made an interesting summary which the parts of the debate I have seen back up:
“Huntsman I can understand and appreciate. Perry is an empty bad suit. Romney lies with such facility it unnerves me. Bachmann is a fanatic, as, although I am extremely fond of him, is Ron Paul. Santorum just seems like a lost child from the 1950s, trying to have the campaign he dreamed about when he was ten. Cain is an egomaniac businessman with a talk show host patter and a mild wit. Gingrich is a giant, gaseous asshole.”
“And the question was asked, should we normalize trading with Cuba? Why would you normalize trading with a country that sponsors terror? Cuba — there’s reports that have come out that Cuba has been working with another terrorist organization called Hezbollah. And Hezbollah is potentially looking at wanting to be part of missile sites in Iran.
“And, of course, when you’re 90 miles offshore from Florida, you don’t want to entertain the prospect of hosting bases or sites where Hezbollah could have training camps or perhaps have missile sites or weapons sites in Cuba. This would be foolish.”
– Michelle Bachmann
Yeah, she really said it. Listen here:
Apparently, according to Think Progress, she got this notion from an article in an Italian Paper saying that Hezbollah was setting up an office in Havana.The next thing you know she’ll be telling us that Cuba is now operating under Sharia Law.
- Bachmann Warns of Hezbollah Training Camps, Weapons in Cuba – Wall Street Journal (blogs.wsj.com)
- Bachmann Warns of Hezbollah ‘Missile Sites’ in Cuba (crooksandliars.com)
- HEZBOLLAH setting up shop in Cuba to reach Israeli targets in South America (barenakedislam.wordpress.com)
- “We should never have flights between the United States and Cuba, they are a state sponsor of terror.” (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
This from Ben Smith at Politico:
On her victory lap of Iowa yesterday, Straw Poll winner Rep. Michele Bachmann paid repeated tribute to her local roots, and repeatedly mentioned her family reunion that day, citing it as an excuse for her late arrival at a local party event in Waterloo.
But Bachmann’s mother and two cousins told POLITICO’s Emily Schultheis that Bachmann didn’t attend the reunion, though her husband and children did. Her spokeswoman, Alice Stewart, didn’t respond to two emails asking for an explanation of the disparity.
So who was she having a secret meeting with? God?
- Michele Bachmann lies about own family reunion? (dailykos.com)
- Michele Bachmann Caught Lying About Family Reunion [Politics] (jezebel.com)
- Disgusting Michelle Bachmann Photo: An Example of the Left’s Evil & Their Desperation (via Short Little Rebel) (wdednh.wordpress.com)
“Michele Bachmann won a straw poll of Iowa Republicans Saturday, confirming her status as the front runner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination in the state that kicks off the real voting next winter.
“Bachmann, a U.S. representative from Minnesota, edged out Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota finished a distant third, a disappointment for a man who freely invested time and money in search of a strong showing to boost his flagging campaign.”
- Michele Bachmann Wins Ames, Iowa Straw Poll (crooksandliars.com)
- dcdecoder: It’s almost decision time in Ames, Iowa, where many… (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- Santorum: Happy With 4th Place in Iowa Straw Poll (blogs.wsj.com)
It’s been said many times recently that the GOP is living in a parallel universe, with their own set of facts that have nothing to do with reality as the rest of us know and understand it.
Here is proof, in living color.
These photos were taken at Rick Perry’s Prayerpalooza on Saturday, where he called for seven hours of intense prayer and fasting.
Apparently, the good folks who were in attendance didn’t know that fasting means not eating anything.
Either that, or they have applied the Michele Bachmann Rule of Denial and believe, even as you can “pray away the gay,” you can eat nachos and still call that fasting.
- Top 5 most outrageous statements from Rick Perry’s prayer rally (secularnewsdaily.com)
- Texas Governor Rick Perry Changes the Rules (swampland.time.com)
- Responding to ‘The Response': AU and allies offered successful alternative to Rick Perry prayer rally (secularnewsdaily.com)
- Al Jazeera Looks at Rick Perry’s Evangelical Prayer Rally: VIDEO (towleroad.com)
- Watch Gov. Rick Perry’s “The Response” Religious Event Live (mediaite.com)
And read this too: The Transformation of Michele Bachmann in the New Yorker.
Mark Hoback’s FGAQ (Fried Green al-Qaedas) is by far the best satirical blog on the web. It invariably takes the major bloops and blunders of our political life and turns them into hysterically funny dialogs like none anywhere else (and I don’t say this simply because he lists Under The LobsterScope on his blog list…Hell, I list FGAQ as well.)
This piece from June 28 is an excellent example:
“A mistake?” asks Waterloo resident Missy Buckner, neither expecting nor wanting an answer. “No, I don’t think it was a mistake. I know that the media likes to portray Michele Bachmann as somebody who can’t keep her facts straight, but all I know is that she’s not even president yet and already she’s managed to save at least one job – mine.”
For over ten years, Buckner has been curator of Waterloo Iowa‘s John Wayne Gacy Museum of Art, home of the largest collection of the Killer Clown‘s paintings, drawings, and artifacts in the world. Founded with an endowment from an anonymous European donor, the Gacy Museum has been an enormous failure, drawing only a few occasional curiosity seekers and losing money every year. It had been threatened with closing it’s doors forever later this summer.
“I can’t help but think that all of that’s going to change now,” says Buckner. “What Michele Bachmann has done is remind everyone about Waterloo’s most famous resident. Sure, he might have been primarily famous for killing all those teenage boys back in the seventies, but if there was justice in life – aside from the justice Gacy got at the end of his – he would be famous as Waterloo’s greatest artist. And now he will be.”
“Bachmann said that John Wayne came from Waterloo. She didn’t say which one and nobody asked her. The other John Wayne, well, he’s not from Iowa, he’s from Hollywood. And his real name was Marion Mitchell Morrison. John Wayne Gacy was using his real name. And when Bachmann said that she was just like him, I assume that she means she’s an artist, too. I mean, she doesn’t look like the sort of a person who would be a serial killer. Of course, I guess that’s the same thing they used to say about Gacy.”
“The man really had a feel for clowns, don’t you think? He knew
them intimately, knew what made them tick, because he used to dress up like a clown for parades and children’s parties. So he knew first hand how truly scary clowns can be and really captured that. He painted them for the entire fourteen years he was on death row, and they make up a large part of the museum‘s collection. We have some of his landscapes, some of his dwarfs – he liked to paint the dwarfs from Disney‘s ‘Snow White‘, often with clowns – and some of his portraits of other serial killers, but I think when people visit the Gacy Museum, it’s the clowns they’re going to want to see.”
“And people will be coming to the museum now, thanks to Michele Bachmann, I just know it. We had over a dozen visitors today, and when I asked them what brought them here, she’s the reason they gave. That’s why the Gacy Museum has authorized a token of our appreciation for helping us survive. An original piece, a Manson by Gacy. It’s a real stunner, isn’t it? I hope this small token of our appreciation lets Bachmann understand just how warmly the people of Waterloo feel about her.”
- Michele Bachmann Says, ‘I’m Like John Wayne’ in Hometown of John Wayne Gacy (littlegreenfootballs.com)
- John Wayne & John Wayne Gacy Aren’t The Same Guy, Mrs. Bachmann (wzlx.radio.com)
- Michele Bachmann and John Wayne Gacy, a Tale of Two Iowans (reason.com)
- Bachmann says she has the ‘spirit’ of John Wayne… Gacy (politicore.wordpress.com)
- Michele Bachmann Compares Her Spirit to That of Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy: VIDEO (towleroad.com)
- Colbert Gives His Take on Michele Bachmann Comparing Herself to John Wayne (VIDEO) (aoltv.com)
- Michele Bachman Tries To Identify With a Serial Killer. (tinfoilhatman45.wordpress.com)
– Michelle Bachman
Representative Bachman is apparently unaware that the “shot heard round the world“, and for that matter the Towns of Lexington and Concord, is part of Massachusetts’ history, not New Hampshire’s.
- How stupid is Michele Bachmann?…. (tagg-lines.com)
- Michelle Bachmann recalls the shot heard ’round the world in Concord…New Hampshire (skepacabra.wordpress.com)
- Arrogant stupidity is the best kind | Michael Tomasky (guardian.co.uk)
- Michele Bachmann Is Dumber Than a Sack of Hammers: The Lexington-Concord Edition [Mike the Mad Biologist] (scienceblogs.com)
- Rep. Michele Bachmann Confuses New Hampshire With Massachusetts In Historical Speech (mediaite.com)
- “Michele Bachmann Isn’t Sure About Massachusetts” and related posts (nymag.com)
In Case You are Gearing Yourself Up for Michelle Bachmann’s Personal Response to Obama’s State of the Union Message, Maybe you should take a look at her grasp on history…
We started learning about the Civil War and the ending of slavery around the fourth grade or so, and certainly we knew about Lincoln freeing the slaves by the time we entered high school. I thank Anderson Cooper for presenting this astounding look at Bachmann’s understanding of our history on CNN last night:
Are there conservatives out there who still support this dindong for the Presidency? She claims to be a leader of the Tea Party Movement and, frankly, I believe her.
- History Ignorance, By Michele Bachmann (lezgetreal.com)
- Liars Like Michele Bachmann Makes Anderson Cooper Feel So Unsexy (queerty.com)
- Michele Bachmann Rewrites History, Says Founders Fought Tirelessly Against Slavery (towleroad.com)
- Michael B. Keegan: Scalia Teaches First of Bachmann’s Constitutional Mythology Workshops (huffingtonpost.com)
- Michele Bachmann Erroneously Gives Our Founders Credit For Ending Slavery (alan.com)
- Dueling SOTU Responses, Cont’d (washingtonmonthly.com)
- Michelle Bachmann Has Released Her Own Budget (oliverwillis.com)
- Michele Bachmann to deliver Tea Party Express response to SOTU (hotair.com)
That Olbermann is being treated unfairly is obvious. Joe Scarborough has also donated to a political campaign while at MSNBC. And Sean Hannity at Fox has given far more money to candidates than Olbermann ever did. In fact, Hannity donated to Michele Bachmann, which suggests he is better suited to playing a bit part in a remake of the Night of the Living Dead than to anchoring a major ‘news’ show.
Hell, most of the main Republican candidates for president are working for Fox Cable News! So it goes beyond giving some campaign a couple thousand dollars, nowadays!
Fox argues that Hannity is not a news anchor but the equivalent of an op-ed columnist, a purveyor of opinions, and so may also be a political actor.
But MSNBC has already marked Olbermann also as an opinion person, not a hard news anchor, when it took him off election coverage in 2008. So MSNBC has put Olbermann in the same category as Fox has put Hannity. But one is on the air and the other is not.
MSNBC has a long history of throwing liberals under the bus, despite its recent strategy of trying to use them to counter-program against Fox.
In the build-up to the Iraq War, MSNBC had Phil Donahue, whose evening magazine show was the highest-rated thing on the network. As the momentum for war built, the top corporate management became very nervous about having a show starring an anti-war liberal, so they fired Donahue Rick Ellis wrote at the time that General Electric-owned NBC had commissioned a study of its public image, and that the consultants produced a report in which they wrote, that Donahue was a “difficult public face for NBC in a time of war……He seems to delight in presenting guests who are anti-war, anti-Bush and skeptical of the administration’s motives.” The report worried that the war fever would benefit rival, pro-war, pro-Bush networks and implied that Donahue might succeed in branding NBC in a way that caused viewership and therefore advertising revenues to plummet.
MSNBC replaced Donahue with far right wing shock jock Michael Savage, Dick Armey and Republican Joe Scarborough (who went on to donate to a Republican politician while on the air).
- You: Olbermann suspension ignites debate (latimes.com)
- MSNBC: Un-Suspend Keith Olbermann. Bring him back (rupeenews.com)