It comes as no surprise that Michele Bachmann won the Iowa straw poll, as a colleague told me “Iowa is basically her home state and that the Republicans there are very fundamentalist Christians.” Yet a fair amount of conservative Republicans are treating this slim victory as if she just won the Republican nomination for president. These are the results….
2011 Straw Poll Full Results
1. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (4823, 28.55%)
2. Congressman Ron Paul (4671, 27.65%)
3. Governor Tim Pawlenty (2293, 13.57%)
4. Senator Rick Santorum (1657, 9.81%)
5. Herman Cain(1456, 8.62%)
6. Governor Rick Perry (718, 3.62%) write-in
7. Governor Mitt Romney (567, 3.36%)
8. Speaker Newt Gingrich (385, 2.28%)
9. Governor Jon Huntsman (69, 0.41%)
10. Congressman Thad McCotter (35, 0.21%)
She won only 28.55% of the vote barely edging out of all people Ron Paul, who had 27.65%. Not a very decisive victory to be whooping it up so loudly but I guess anytime a Tea Party candidate can claim any kind of a victory lately it’s a cause to celebrate.
But just like Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann is no stranger to controversy. She has been criticized by the media, colleagues and competitors almost every time she opens her mouth. Her supporters say it is just because the rest of us are scared of her. Well you know what they’re right. We’re scared as hell that she may just make it to the final two and we would be looking at another McCain/Palin fiasco. The Democrats are scared she “won’t” make it meaning President Obama will have to run on his record, something they don’t want to see. The Republicans are scared of her because they think people will see her as the true representative of the Republican Party.
But does anyone out there really know anything about her except the fact that she has absolutely no clue where the battle of Lexington and Concord took place? Let’s see if I can shed a little light on this.
Michele Bachmann has been in the House for three terms now and was virtually an unknown until she hitched her wagon to the Tea Party. Since then her visibility has grown in leaps and bounds. She speaks about holding firm to our principles but the principles she is talking about are those of her new best friends, the Tea Party and not the majority of Republicans much less those of America.
During the Iowa debate Tim Pawlenty called out Bachmann on her record. ““It’s an indisputable fact that, in Congress, her record of accomplishments and results is nonexistent. That’s not going to be good enough for the president of the United State.”
According to the Congressional Record Tim Pawlenty was right.
Sponsored 7 bills….0 made into laws
Co sponsored 97 bills…..1 made into law
In that she ranks 406 out of 440.
Her unimpressive record speaks for itself; she has not been a very good Congressional Representative and I do agree with Pawlenty when he says that her record is not good enough for her to be running for President. After all we already put one bad politician in the White House, we certainly don’t need to replace him with another.
But her record aside it’s hard to ignore Representative Bachmann’s apparent lack of knowledge in regards to American history, science or economics.
“If we took away the minimum wage — if conceivably it was gone — we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.” Michele Bachmann, Jan. 2005
“As a matter of fact, carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful! But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows carbon dioxide is a harmful gas. There isn’t one such study because carbon dioxide is not a harmful gas, it is a harmless gas. Carbon dioxide is natural. It is not harmful. It is part of Earth’s life cycle.” -Rep. Michelle Bachmann, April, 2009
“Well what I want them to know is just like, John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That’s the kind of spirit that I have, too” -Rep. Michele Bachmann, getting her John Waynes mixed up during an interview after launching her presidential campaign in Waterloo, Iowa, where she grew up. The beloved movie star John Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa, three hours away. The John Wayne that Waterloo was home to is John Wayne Gacy, a notorious serial killer. (June 2011)
I think most of us can forgive one or two “blunders” by our politicians, we all make mistakes now and again. But most of us aren’t running for the Presidency of the United States and most of us don’t keep making them over and over again.
During the Iowa Debates Representative Bachmann said, “During my time in the United States Congress I have fought all of these unconstitutional measures as well as Barack Obama and I led the fight against increasing the debt ceiling the last two months.”
To which Tim Pawlenty replied, “I’m surprised Congresswoman Bachmann would say those things. Moreover, she’s got a record of making false statements and that’s another example, that list. She said that she’s fighting for these things. She fought for less government spending, we got a lot more. She led the effort against Obamacare; we got Obamacare. She led the effort against TARP; we got TARP. She said she’s got a titanium spine, it’s not her spine we’re worried about – it’s her record of results. If that’s your view of effective leadership with results, please stop because you’re killing us.”
I agree with the ex governor, she needs to stop already because she “is” killing us. And you know what, fear is a factor
here. Fear that she may actually be able to continue to fool the American public much the same way Barack Obama did. Fear that the American public will not see through this false image being presented and really get a good look at the person behind that phony smile. Fear that Representative Bachmann, who refuses to compromise even when the well being of her country is at stake could potentially do more damage to the United States than Barack Obama ever could.
So in conclusion I ask you is this really the person you want to see representing the party come November 2012? Perhaps the more important question is, is she really “Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?”
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