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Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks at the Tea Party Patriots 'Continuing Revolution' rally on Capitol Hill, 03/31/11. (photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)Intro: "Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and, as you consider the career and future presidential prospects of an incredible American phenomenon named Michele Bachmann, do one more thing. Don't laugh."

Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks at the Tea Party Patriots 'Continuing Revolution' rally on Capitol Hill, 03/31/11. (photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

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+85 # fredboy 2011-06-23 10:18
What's happening with Bachman and so many in her camp is the record is stuck, the ship is sinking, and panic has resulted in brain vacations. Thus, God is yelling at this gal and whipping her through the race like a staggering pony.

In Florida we see business annihilating the state's environment, and only a few gives a rat's ass. The anti-ecos are led by a governor crazed with the belief--like Bachman--that the Earth is the enemy of profit.

I give them all but a few years to continue ranting. If reason, logic, science and good people do not take the lead, the US will sink to the level of laughingstock, or worse.
+37 # nimbleswitch 2011-06-23 16:28
Fredboy, I'm afraid you are so right. But I don't think we're coming out of it. The 20th Century was the American Century, but beginning in 1980 we have sowed the seeds of our ultimate decline. Just as the 20th Century was Great Britain's turn to decline, so the 21st Century is ours. The 21st Century will be China's era. The U.S.A. will be relegated to No. 2—if we're lucky.
+5 # Jorge 2011-06-24 00:23
Boy, she sure is pretty, like Sarah Palin. She could be on TV, American Idol. She loves America and seems real religious. I guess I should vote for her (I don't need to know anything more about her or her goals/beliefs).
+6 # KailuaKid 2011-06-26 03:36
Shades of Dan Quayle! We "girs" were somehow smarter than the GOP gang thought we were - but then with the likes of Palin and Bachmann infesting the upper echelons of their own ranks it's not too hard to figure out where they got such a low opinion of women - and stayed away from him in droves.

They chose Palin as their VP choice because they thought that we Democratic women would vote for ANY woman after Hilary Clinton lost her bid to be our presidential nominee. They really do hate women!
+1 # Anita 2011-07-05 12:02
+38 # Capn Canard 2011-06-23 10:30
Anyone with suggestions on how to counter the crazies like Bachmann? This is bizarro world!
+51 # Pickwicky 2011-06-23 11:48
Capn--you have asked one of the most important questions of the present day. Education, I fear, is too late for "the crazies like Bachmann." In fact, these crazies think they are educated--but their 'education' is badly skewed by religious dogma and myth. We must start thinking of the future and get these crazies out of education system. But for now, I'm afraid all we can do is get out the the truly well-educated, intelligent vote. And, of course, hope that articles like this one have a huge circulation.
+38 # LeeBlack 2011-06-23 12:37
It seems that a good-looking woman saying outrageous things will get all the publicity a Presidential candidate could hope for. Maybe, if Tina Fey starts doing an impression, that will counteract the trend a little.
+18 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2011-06-24 09:41
Quoting LeeBlack:
It seems that a good-looking woman saying outrageous things will get all the publicity a Presidential candidate could hope for. Maybe, if Tina Fey starts doing an impression, that will counteract the trend a little.

Lee, I would be careful as to refer to Bachmann or Palin as "good-looking," considering the UGLINESS of their respective inner beings (BLLEEEECCCH!!) . She looks like she could have been the most recurring guest star on Rod Serling's Twilight Zone. She claims to have found Jesus at age 16...THAT'S MOST OF THE PROBLEM!! Her "Jesus" is NOT the Jesus of the Bible; FAR FROM IT! It was not my intent to draw laughs by using the Twilight Zone analogy, but to make people stop and consider how DANGEROUS this woman really is. I shrudder to think we as a nation, would risk making the same mistake as we did with Ronald Reagan, in 1980. Those of us that are old enough to remember know that we are STILL paying for that mistake.
+13 # racetoinfinity 2011-06-24 00:21
These are people, and, sadly there are tens of millions of them, who inhabit the mythic-membersh ip level of consciousness and are true believers. They never attained the full rational level of consciousness, for many reasons, and they are being used by the corporate plutocracy to bring back neo-feudalism; the top 1/2 percent is just fine with a medieval state before the separation of church and state-it just makes struggle against their oppression seem anti-"God". There seem to be more of these mythic-membersh ip believer s in the U.S. than most fully modern/post-mod ern (developed) nations. These reactionary traditionalists have been fighting modernity, and are horrified by postmodernity, including diversity and pluralism, for a hundred years.
+6 # Capn Canard 2011-06-25 11:03
racetoinfinity, I CONCUR! 6-7 years ago I was angered by the Truebelievers of W and the whole Iraq War disaster that he started I believe because he wanted to be able to have control of the flow of OIL, more oil means less control of profit, thus limit oil and INCREASE PROFIT. I like the idea of consciousness as a means to counter the push for more and more profit. But I fear that that battle can't won until a very strong majority realize the foolishness of money as a measurement of "wealth". A redefinition of wealth ... as per quality of life rather than quantity of possessions.
+17 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2011-06-24 09:45
Quoting Capn Canard:
Anyone with suggestions on how to counter the crazies like Bachmann? This is bizarro world!

Yes! Ease up on the jokes, tell people about how dangerous these people really are, and remind them of RR in 1981-1989. IT'S REALLY THAT IMPORTANT.
+4 # Eternal_Truth 2011-06-27 15:02
Reminding the crazies of RR is a bad idea. Most of them don't distinguish between him and Jesus. Those who are horrified by Reagan already have no interest in Bachman.
+83 # Rara Avis 2011-06-23 10:43
This is not the party of my parents who were Eisenhower Republicans. Here are many of us trying to press the President to be a little more progressive and fight for something--anyt ning, and what is being prepared for the American people is someone so extreme and misinformed at one-and-the-sam e time that the Republic itself is seriously endangered. I was banking on the Republicans picking someone like Herman Goring but I guess he and Goebbels and the rest aren't running this year. Reactionary is too weak a term to apply to Bachmann. I think Christian Facist the more accurate party label.
+7 # racetoinfinity 2011-06-24 00:24
Sadly, we got a bait-and-switch president who is hardly progressive.
+19 # 2011-06-23 11:20
You are a fantastic writer - there is no
doubt about that.
The only question I have is, "Is she worth all that copy?"


+18 # Stephen Pitt 2011-06-23 12:56

The Dominionists number in the tens of millions world wide. Palin's objective is the same as Rev Muthee: Infiltrate and control government. What do you think Bachmann would bring to the table, Keynesian Economics and Eisenhower?
+1 # Terre 2011-06-25 20:02
Actually Ikke wasn't that bad. It's the Repubs and demos who came after him that started to le@d us down the road to where we are t0day.
+7 # Pickwicky 2011-06-26 11:30
Sandra---all THAT copy and far more. Voters need to know. My fear is a Romney/Bachmann ticket. Odd bedfellows? How about a McCain/Palin ticket? We came closer to disaster in 2008 than I can bear to think about.
+74 # Regina 2011-06-23 11:23
Bachmann is the epitome of pseudo-Christia n fascism. Her being crazy like a fox doesn't guarantee defeat when the public at large is being conned and driven to the same extremism by their own various pseudo-religiou s "revelations." The stuff they invent and ascribe to God or to Jesus is appalling. However, there is only an ominous silence from legitimate Christian leaders, instead of the whistle-blowing rebukes so desperately needed.
+52 # Texas Aggie 2011-06-23 12:10
Legitimate Christian leaders aren't heard from. The ones you hear from are the ones just like her whether they are right wing Catholic bishops or megachurch stuffed shirts with bad haircuts.
+14 # Phonician 2011-06-23 14:07
Quoting Texas Aggie:
Legitimate Christian leaders aren't heard from. The ones you hear from are the ones just like her whether they are right wing Catholic bishops or megachurch stuffed shirts with bad haircuts.

Those Catholic bishops are good Republicans, first and foremost. Being "shepherds of their flocks" would be an afterthought, if it was to occur at all; but while the "flock" may be dumb as sheep, they ain't stupid. Or blind.
+2 # Pickwicky 2011-06-27 12:21
Regina--I agree with everything but the last line. That "ominous silence" from what you call "legitimate Christian leaders" is actually the thundering cry of agreement. Take a closer look at those leaders: their reasoning is warped by the same dogmas and myths. There was no god in the form of a bird landing on a virgin and producing a 'virgin birth' and an incarnation, no self-ressurecti on from the dead, no gods, no demons. The so-called 'word of God' is in reality the twisted, coiling, voices of legions of men forming an umbilical cord from the beginning of our species to the present. The laws of Moses, including the Ten Commandments and all the 'abominations,' all came from the Egyptian Book of the Dead--which predates the Bible by a thousand or more years. Some can believe in gods and some can't. It's only reasonable to assume that Christian leaders believe. Otherwise we must believe they, too, are charlatans or facists--and perhaps they are.
+33 # LeeBlack 2011-06-23 11:56
Probably Mohammed Atta thinks that "God told him to do it'. There will always be these people around us. What is most troubling is that there are so many who will support the likes of Michelle Bachmann and Jim Jones and drink the kool-aid.
-20 # rm 2011-06-23 12:12
I don't think Michele Bachmann is any worse than GW Bush. In fact, she's not nearly as bad. Bush was able to become president because of his last name. Bachmann does not have that and she'll basically go no where -- except to the place that the republican party has assigned her. And that is, to keep the lunatic religious right wing whipped up and in the party. She's a prole handler, someone who keeps the ignorant right wing of the US distracted by the thought that they have some political power through pseudo-leaders like her. That's about as far as the Republicans will allow her to go. That's my opinion.

Let her talk. She's better to listen to and look at than the rest of the 7 dwarfs who are currently republican candidates for president. Sanctimonius Rick Santorum makes me want to puke. Tim Pawlenty looks so confused. Ken Doll keeps trying to sell me a used care. I'll take Bachmann over these guys any day.
+41 # harbormon 2011-06-23 13:51
...and do what with her, rm? Let her lead this country back into the Middle Ages? Crucifixtions and burnings at the stake for blasphemors and witches at your local YWCA sound appealing to you?
+8 # rm 2011-06-24 08:29
harbormom -- I don't want to do anything with her. She's going nowhere. Her role in the republcan party is to keep the hard right wing base stirred up and in the party. As long as she and a few other teabaggers are among the Republican candidatges, the teabaggers will stay with the republican party. Imagine if Ron Paul went over to the Libertarian party. The republicans would split and Obama would win for sure. Back in 1992 Ross Perot -- who is a lot like Bachmann and Paul -- got about 22% of the final vote and handed the election to Bill Clinton.

The corporate controlled republican party leaders will never allow Bachmann to go any farther than she is now.
+27 # angelfish 2011-06-23 12:22
Hey Matt, you're preaching to the choir here. Most SANE Americans know what a Fraud and a Loon Bachmann is, but she DOES provide the Comic Relief you so aptly describe in your piece. I just hope we can escape the Looking Glass soon because the Dormice and Mad Hatters have almost destroyed what USED to be the greatest Country in the History of the World!
+9 # fwhite 2011-06-23 13:16
Quoting angelfish:
I just hope we can escape the Looking Glass soon because the Dormice and Mad Hatters have almost destroyed what USED to be the greatest Country in the History of the World!

Are you saying that there are more "Dormice and Mad Hatters" among the electorate in America than sane folks?

If so, what's to be done to reverse this trend?
+1 # Howard T. Lewis III 2011-06-23 21:07
1) Get and review chemtrail>HAARP circle>radical weather event sequences. I watched them successfully predict three events in a row. Then watch these guys find and follow satellite broadcast sequences and predict the storms' loci and times. "Weather manipulation" was the stated mission purpose of HAARP until they got restarted recently. This "weather manipulation" was from archives.
2) Search 'Dimona dozen v. Fukushima 50'
and read it til you get it.
3) Study Chris Bollyn, Jeff Prager, and go to the comments after Activist Post: Architects and Engineers Question...No conjecture here. These are facts.

Reality was not created for anyone's convenience. That is why they made beer as a religion of convenience.

What's the matter people, not clever enough?
The only way this Bachmann cretin could get in is by the maintenence of the crooked voting machines across the country. In which case, Taibbi's career and ascension becomes the fluff of the times. Since there are so many interested in filling the cops with steroids before dumping the constitution, this could get rough.The majority of the military has been awakened. But not by Bachmann. She adds to the glory of this election's cerebral excitement by lowering it to a dull thud.
+4 # angelfish 2011-06-24 11:57
I have hope that the ones who put the Mad Hatters in power and, having experienced their odious, self-serving, "Me First" agenda up close and personal, will NOW see fit to REMOVE them come Election Day 2012! Hopefully, they will NOT be fooled again!
+1 # Pickwicky 2011-07-03 10:03
"Dormice and Mad Hatters" have always been with us, but before Limbaugh (and copycats) and FoxNews they were comatose. The Right Wing media has elevated them to semi-comatose-- they even vote, nowadays.
-77 # Robt Eagle 2011-06-23 12:40
I guess you folks are afraid that a woman with the capability of doing something good for this getting rid of all those freebies (entitlements) for the 47% NOT paying any taxes, would be a threat to your way of life.
+59 # harbormon 2011-06-23 13:46
Are you referring to the 47% (or more) of major Fortune 1000 corporations, led by Exxon and GE, that don't pay their taxes and receive "freebies" underwritten by the US taxpayer "multiple times" at stores, gas stations and even when we send our kids to schools? If so, I agree with you, Rob. They are a threat to my way of life, and yours, if you would only open your eyes, listen to someone other than Rush and start paying attention
+52 # teineitalia 2011-06-23 14:07
yeah, that's right Robt Eagle.
Give more money to the corporations, the super rich... and keep throwing it at illegal and immoral wars where Halliburton and Dick Cheney can amass more wealth. Watever you do, don't give a hand to your fellow countrymen who need help in their infancy, their old age, their times of financial distress or illness... Your "hristian" values would make Jesus throw up.
+6 # KailuaKid 2011-06-26 03:49
Jesus wept.
+43 # Adam Blake 2011-06-23 14:19
You're so right, Robt. Those spongers and moochers who have no jobs, no homes and no money should just be humanely put to death. Then people could be employed to make soap and lampshades out of their bodies, livestock could be fed with them etc. Then there would be more room and more amenities for God fearing patriots like bankers and lawyers and lobbyists.
+17 # in deo veritas 2011-06-23 19:09
Wasn't the woman in Germany who made the lampshades married to a guy named Koch?
+24 # in deo veritas 2011-06-23 19:15
The clergy who are keeping their traps shut and goingh with the lunatic fringe of what passes for Christianity are just like those in Nazi germany who betrayed the real faith and sold themselves to the other guy. there will be a special section of hell reserved for them and all others who use religion to manipulate the weak of faith and mind for their nefarious purposes
+19 # in deo veritas 2011-06-23 19:17
In a nutshell that is what the corporate fascists running the country are out to do! Welcome to the Fourth Reich! Sieg heil!
+4 # racetoinfinity 2011-06-24 00:28
Great comment!
+26 # iggypops 2011-06-23 20:33
dear robt eagle – i'm actually confident that a majority of our fellow americans are ready to see a woman become president – we're just not enthralled with know-nothings & dominionists. another matter: you are simply wrong when you say that 47% of your fellow americans are not paying ANY taxes. most of those you characterize as recipients of entitlement freebies are in fact working people. remember that 9% unemployment statistic you hear a lot about lately? the converse of that stat is that 91% are employed. that 47% stat you're tossing around only refers to the number of folks who pay no federal income tax. but that doesn't mean they don't pay ANY taxes. it means they work, but they earn so little they fall below the threshold for paying income tax (you'd think repubs would consider that a victory, yes?). anyway...the fact is everyone pays some amount of taxes & fees – sales, gas and cig & liquor taxes, car registration, passport, road tolls, bus fares & other similar fees, etc that all funnel to local, state & fed govts. if someone just rents a home or apartment, they pay the property tax since every landlord looks to cover his mortgage pmt & the taxes thru what he/she collects in the rent. the landlord is simply a pass thru agent for the tenant who pays that tax.
+7 # Terre 2011-06-25 20:16
I'm ready to see a woman president, as long as she is intelligent and doesn't rely on some religion to get her there.
B@achman is not who I, or the majority of people I know, would vote for. And before you get on your self serving horse, yes we do vote.
+5 # Ron Prochaska 2011-06-24 08:44
Your ignorance is amazing.
+8 # Terre 2011-06-25 20:08
Do you mean those 0il companies that have earnings in the billions and still say they need subsidies?
+3 # trottydt 2011-06-26 11:40
Quoting Robt Eagle:
I guess you folks are afraid that a woman with the capability of doing something good for this getting rid of all those freebies (entitlements) for the 47% NOT paying any taxes, would be a threat to your way of life.

This comment gives us as much insight on the "left behind" small town folk in the many two-mule towns across the States as on Bachmann. Let them sow the wind and reap the whirlwind!!
+2 # Betsy 2011-07-02 10:23
Quoting Robt Eagle:
I guess you folks are afraid that a woman with the capability of doing something good for this getting rid of all those freebies (entitlements) for the 47% NOT paying any taxes, would be a threat to your way of life.

You are proof that the people who kept snake oil salesmen in business are still alive and well in America.
+36 # Lulie 2011-06-23 12:55
I love Matt Taibbi! He's so right -- they're not voting for her; they're voting against us. So the more we laugh at her, the more they support her. Scary and stupid, but true.
+23 # carol i. 2011-06-23 13:16
Whew! So glad someone with a megaphone gets it.

Thank you for getting on it, and letting the country know who the real candidate to beat is going to be. Imagine her as Vice President on a GOP ticket.
+21 # Margo 2011-06-23 13:25
OMG,pun intended,I truly feel sorry for the USA if this is all they can put forward to run in the race for a leader of a once great nation. Sad, sad sad!
+29 # teineitalia 2011-06-23 13:37
Truth is the first casualty of any war- including a Holy War. And this woman most certainly fancies herself Joan of Arc.

I have said it many times... we ignore this woman at our peril. She BELIEVES HER OWN LIES. Which makes her come off as very sincere and genuine.

Matt, you are a brilliant, gifted writer. Do not stop shining a light on this high octane narcissist. Publish far and wide. For my part, I will be sending this to every thinking person I know.
+24 # harbormon 2011-06-23 13:42
Another excellent article by Matt! And with your permission, Rara, I would like to borrow the moniker "Christian Fascist" as it so aptly applies to about 30% of the voting population in the US, and MB's white-shirted foot soldiers.

We have been warned about MB herein ... and if we do not heed this warning it will be only ourselves to blame for our social and political future.
+32 # stonecutter 2011-06-23 14:05
"Zeitgeist is "the spirit of the times" or "the spirit of the age." [1] Zeitgeist is the general cultural, intellectual, ethical, spiritual, and/or political climate within a nation or even specific groups, along with the general ambiance, morals, sociocultural direction, and mood associated with an era."

Hitler succeeded in Nazi Germany 80 years ago because of the Zeitgeist of that time, the post-WWI fallout that made Germany a poor, defensive pariah in Europe, and gave a mad genius like Hitler a fertile terrain to sow. We all know what he reaped.

Our current American zeitgeist makes Michele Bachmann a modern equivalent of the Austrian house painter, in more ways than Taibbi's outlined, let alone imagined in his piece. He brilliantly drills down into the darker recesses of Bachmann's megalomania and fanaticism, to articulate the realistic horror that she could indeed become president of the United States. Not because her zealous rhetoric or Machiavellian behavior is appealing to sane, informed Americans, but because there are so many millions within the electorate, as Taibbi indicates, who view her as their salvation, especially during this malignant economic Depression (calling this period a "recession" is like calling recent catastrophic tornados "thunderstorms").

Bachmann must be stopped, but by who, and how, and when?
-13 # tomo 2011-06-24 12:36
The question "by who" is a good one. How realistic is it to look to a man in the third year of a miserably failed presidency as the champion to save us?
+5 # Minneloushe 2011-06-26 06:03
Obama's presidency is not "miserably failed" at all. He never was a progressive, but a mildly liberal-ish centrist, akin to an Eisenhower Republican. Eisenhower seems slightly to the left of most Democrats, these days. Moreover, the Republicans and a few conservative Dems have been doing everything in their power to thwart any and all attempts by the administration to improve things.
Anyway, anyone who doesn't like Yeats cannot be presidential material.
+3 # Betsy 2011-07-02 10:42
Quoting tomo:
The question "by who" is a good one. How realistic is it to look to a man in the third year of a miserably failed presidency as the champion to save us?

Perhaps we should entrust the future of our country to the traitors who flaunt that they are willing to put party politics above their oath of office. At no place in the oaths of office of either chamber of congress is there a provision that pledges service to the Republican Party. I'll support a president contending with an obstructionist congress over traitors pursuing their own political and self-serving agendas at the expense of their country. I'll add that Dems need to be on notice that they have reached a pivotal point at which they can choose to continue to follow the GOP down the slippery slope of being the lap dogs of corporate contributors or return to being the party of the people. The Dem State Senators in Wisconsin have modeled how to put service to their constituents ahead of self (even when threatened with illegal fines and arrest). Russ Feingold has the bona fides, but needs to develop some chops. You want to talk about some "miserable failures"? How 'bout shining a light on the fed and state repubs who have pursued all manner of "big government" legislation instead of the focusing on the economy and job creation they promised in their campaign ads?
+33 # Libertysghost 2011-06-23 14:06

Thanks to the (s)election (twice) of Shrimpy McFlightsuit, we are already the laughingstock of the rest of the "civilized" world. Although I'm sure if you asked any citizen of Iraq or Afghanistan what they thought of the U.S., laughter sure wouldn't be the response they would give. All of these so called "Christian soldiers" of the right (Bachmann, Palin, etc.) need to be taken seriously (as the threat they pose to a progressive future for this country). If the 2010 mid-terms showed me anything, it showed that they can (and usually do) whip up their base and get them out to the polls. And despite the fact that they comprise a tiny percentage of registered voters overall, the "divinely inspired" are a loyal and reliable bunch. And as the 2010 nightmare slowly fades from the memories of liberals and progressives, if we stay home and enough of the "independants" vote for the Rethugs before you can say "theocracy" they'll have dragged us all (kicking and screaming) back to the Dark Ages.
+1 # Betsy 2011-07-02 10:46
They'd be laughing right up until the folks from Blackwater...oh , excuse me...Xe them in a manufactured "battle"...
-53 # Joeconserve 2011-06-23 15:44
It is noted that Palin is passe now. Bachmann is one to be feared going forward. All I got to say is, Go Bachmann!! Oh, I said that about Palin too, didn't I? Anybody is better than what we got now.
+8 # camus11 2011-06-24 10:24
here's something you might understand: you are UNAMERICAN, A RACIST AND A FASCIST.
+28 # Carol Connolly 2011-06-23 17:16
Waiting fom some smart journalist to address the topic of Mr. and Mrs. Bachmann's many foster children. All foster parents in MN who take in children receive monetary reiumbursemen form the government. They are paid. Isn't this vs the Tea Party code? Taking money from the govt? 23 is a big number of chilren to take on. One wonders how many of them stayed on with Bachmann's. How many ran?
+5 # KailuaKid 2011-06-26 04:03
And where are they now? I'd like to see someone follow up with some of them - what was it like to live with the Bachmanns and be home schooled by them? What is their political affiliation now? Do they look back on their days with the Bachmanns as some of the best days of their lives? Do any of them continue to have a relationship with their former foster parents? Finally, did any of them age out of the foster system and get kicked out of the Bachmann home once the money stopped coming in?
+28 # klondikekittyt 2011-06-23 17:32
This is by far the most informative and conclusive article on Michelle Bachmann i have ever seen . . .thanks, Matt, for whatever research it took to get to here, i will be forwarding this article to everyone i know as a genuine warning as to what could happen if Democrats and independents alike sit at home on election day, thinking there's no way this woman could win . . . God help us all if she does!!
+20 # iggypops 2011-06-23 17:57
study the objective & mission & plan of the christian dominionists (bachmann's strain) and you'll at least understand their world view. it needs to be understood and stood up to, not dismmissed or ignored.
-23 # tomo 2011-06-23 19:35
The point not to be missed is that Bachmann really could become our next President. Four centuries ago, our Puritan forefathers invented an ersatz Christianity based more on the Book of Joshua and the slaying of Canaanites (Indians will do), and the American people have been off balance ever since. She is just the person to lead us onward, smiting hither and yon. Unless we can replace His Present Uselessness in the White House with some genuine spokesperson for progressive politics, we will deserve her--and she might actually be in a sense an improvement--we will get pretty much what we are getting now, but she at least will be preaching what she practices.
+27 # diane johnson 2011-06-23 19:46
beware the evangelical taliban... we need freedom of and FROM religion... glad to be an EX-PAT
+14 # expat 2011-06-23 20:03
This woman reminds me of Casey Anthony she seems to belive her own lies, much as geo w bush did, we won't even get started on s. palin.
+5 # MashingTheGas 2011-06-23 20:31
With all due respect, Mr. Taibbi, I think your opinion of our country's collective sense of self-preservati on is far too negative. McCain lost in no small part to the fact that he picked a bumbling idiot MILF as a running-mate. Bachmann is clearly more bat-shit crazy than Palin, and there's just no way the American electorate will give that nut-bucket access to nuclear launch codes.
+8 # Gary Bloomfield 2011-06-24 00:22
Bachmann is clearly more bat-shit crazy than Palin, and there's just no way the American electorate will give that nut-bucket access to nuclear launch codes.

I just hope you're right. There is that whole untapped Jay Leno's Jaywalking voting block.
+16 # Ken Hall 2011-06-24 02:00
Mashing: I thought the same about Reagan, a guy who, when he entered the White House, didn't realize you can't recall nuclear missiles once they're launched. I thought, "No, the US electorate will not give that ignorant man access to launch codes and the levers of power". Wrong!
+1 # Betsy 2011-07-02 11:00
Quoting MashingTheGas:
With all due respect, Mr. Taibbi, I think your opinion of our country's collective sense of self-preservation is far too negative. McCain lost in no small part to the fact that he picked a bumbling idiot MILF as a running-mate. Bachmann is clearly more bat-shit crazy than Palin, and there's just no way the American electorate will give that nut-bucket access to nuclear launch codes.

Between the willingness of the US populace to vote against its own self interest and the outsourcing of the integrity of our election to corporations that produce voting machines that leave no paper trails (the BradBlog mentions this re: the Wisconsin recount...scrol l down to the pic of the "official record" from a voting machine dated several days prior to the actual election), I think you either A) give Americans far too much credit for putting self preservation above, say, watching the finals of America's Got Talent or buying Chinese-made crap from the Dollar Store, or B) place too much trust in an election system that increasingly uses easily hacked voting machines and that, in many areas, would fail the smell test of international election observers.
+11 # Howard T. Lewis III 2011-06-23 20:32
Why is it that like with Sarah Palin, I immediately get this warped image of McCain's fantasizing of him with this new girl and his fourth wife. I don't think of the act. That is beyond my scope of depravity. I just see an aging, desperate McCain and the GOP management wanting to sell his 'dreams for America' to the voting public. Then I get ill.
+7 # Andrew Chase 2011-06-23 23:51
Funny thing is, if these people had their way, Bachmann, Palin, Angle, Coulter, etc, wouldn't be allowed to vote.
+5 # C. Price 2011-06-24 13:33
Quoting Andrew Chase:
Funny thing is, if these people had their way, Bachmann, Palin, Angle, Coulter, etc, wouldn't be allowed to vote.

You left out Christine, I'm not a witch O'Donnell.
+14 # Cheri quincy 2011-06-24 01:12
I don't know what the "going rate" for taking in foster kids was when Bachmann was doing it, but 23 kids probably generated a lot of income, maybe $10 to 20,000 per month, plus providing babysitting for her own much younger kids..... Has anyone tracked down and talked to any of these kids? What was it like being in her house?
Just asking....
+4 # ljkreporting 2011-06-24 01:31
TAibbi is right. Bachmann can win, and whe will transform America into antithesis of itself.
+11 # L H 2011-06-24 02:47
Mike, valuable observations! Please check out site:
Michelle Bachmann shows all the signs of being mind-controlled especially when she has that stare and speaks with amazing confidence. She must have a "Handler" who keeps the PROGRAM running in a compartment in her brain. She is always "on track" and therefore, dangerous!
What do you think? Worth investigating!
+6 # araghi 2011-06-24 02:57
another piece of poisonous racist 'christian' moronic shit and slime that the yankee state too frequently spews out to enthuse its mass moron 'society'. be healthy and be muslim socialist gay , even if u r not already.
+12 # kalpal 2011-06-24 06:34
Sanity is not a prerequisite for candidacy for elective office. In fact sanity is a distinct drawback if you are running in a heavily Republican district or state.
+7 # camus11 2011-06-24 10:15
I hear there is film of Michele and Sarah "screwing" each other much the same way each would do to the country--wait until that comes out!

Fascist is as fascist does. The GOP needs to be ignored, rejected and forgotten; it has morphed into a truly evil party.
-22 # boudreaux 2011-06-24 10:36
Did any of ya'll read all of that articel...I sure didn't, it was so long and boring and I already knew what it was gonna say but it surely got ya'll stirred up as usual and I do love to read you rants, it gives me something to giggle about...LOL...y ou guys have a good weekend and relax
+6 # Doris Ravenfeather 2011-06-24 11:04
Three words sum up her (Their) agenda...."The 7 Mountains"....L ook it up and watch the video...It's scary...especia lly to this old Native American....My ancesters were nearly annihilated by a Religious takeover...Beli eve me you do not want it to happen again !!!... -
+2 # Doris Ravenfeather 2011-06-24 11:12
The 7 Mountains....wa tch the video...this is their agenda !!!! -
+4 # Bob Blumenthal 2011-06-24 12:28
This may be the scariest article I have ever read. Let's hope that for once, the usually impeccably researched Mr. Taibbi is wrong, wrong and wrong.
+8 # phrixus 2011-06-24 17:57
"Shall we ever have a Congress a majority of whose members are hopelessly insane? Probably not. But it is possible - unquestionably such a thing is possible."
~ Mark Twain
+5 # tclose 2011-06-24 21:04
The prospect of Palin getting elected was as bad as I thought it could get; this is worse. Thanks Matt for your exposition. The truth must make us free, hopefully not that of the Left Behind series.
+4 # SouthBrun 2011-06-25 05:36
While the article was a little long, it needed to be in order to air all of her dirty laundry. All of this information is important if one is going to be able to discuss Snow White. Now we need in depth articles on the remaining dwarfs.
+3 # SBS 2011-06-25 13:32
"Snickering readers in New York or Los Angeles might be tempted by all of this to conclude that Bachmann is uniquely crazy." Being a progressive Minnesotan, nobody is more stunned and disgusted by Bachmann's meteoric rise than I am. I do take offense, however, to the implication that somehow only those in NY or LA might conclude that she is "uniquely crazy." That type of simplistic coastal elitism is offensive, misguided, and unfortunately, plays right into her hand. There are people in all corners of this country and of all political orientations that are capable of careful, intelligent, discourse and decision-making , just as there are those everywhere who are delusional, paranoid, ignorant, and vulnerable to the rantings of "charismatic" figures like Bachmann.
+8 # cblf14 2011-06-25 22:03
She and who she represents are truly dangerous. Remember Germany in the 1930's.
+6 # lark3650 2011-06-26 19:59
Michelle Bachman is hearing voices and seeing visions claiming she is an instrument of God...I don't get it...
Thomas Paine has been ostracized for his beliefs that were summed up in these few words: "The earth is my church; all mankind my brethren; and to do good is my religion."
+6 # giraffee2012 2011-06-26 21:42
Somebody tell this woman to keep her religion out of our government.

She is supported by Koch brothers which leads me to the article by Bernie Sanders -

Scalia / Thomas must be impeached. Starts with the House. Rule is no justice shall rule by $$ or politics -- duh and that is in the constitution.

Vote in 2012. Register now (get all young/old too) and then get a mail-in ballot - especially if you're in a state with a Rep/TP governor.
+6 # granny 2011-06-27 14:16
Reagan was elected. Bush was elected. Palin was nominated for VP. And sexual perverts in the House and Senate and Supreme Court keep their positions. Gun nuts get what they want across the country. Millionaires, billionaires, Big Oil and other bloated corporations sit fat and happy in tax welfare heaven. Anybody need any hints as to whether Madwoman Bachmann could become the president of this benighted country?

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