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Michael Tomasky writes: "If you're not yet taking Michele Bachmann's candidacy seriously, this may be the week to start. Two polls have arrived show her leading in Iowa, and digging deeper into the numbers - looking at highly motivated caucus-goers, for example - suggests that her lead is even larger than the polls indicate. And then there are her fundraising numbers, which she'll probably announce this Friday."

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks during an event sponsored by The Family Leader in Pella, Iowa, 04/11/11. (photo: Charlie Neibergall/AP)
GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks during an event sponsored by The Family Leader in Pella, Iowa, 04/11/11. (photo: Charlie Neibergall/AP)

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-26 # Erik 2011-07-14 09:25
RON PAUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I expect big stream media to purposely ignore him, but you guys!?!?!
 
 
+17 # billy bob 2011-07-14 12:41
Maybe some of us aren't ignoring him, but genuinely dislike him.

I don't know about you, but I'm not willing to completely destroy what's left of the New Deal just to get a promise from a republican (let's face it) that he'll cut the military.
 
 
+16 # Kayjay 2011-07-14 11:05
If someone like Bachmann would win the White House, it's merely time to move on.... to Canada eh!
 
 
+13 # billy bob 2011-07-14 12:41
It's time to fight back and stop running away.
 
 
+3 # Dave_s Not Here 2011-07-14 16:04
Here we've got Harper, not much different from Bachmann in the lunacy department. Better find someplace else to be out from under the raptureistas.
 
 
+23 # teineitalia 2011-07-14 11:54
Worst case scenario: a Romney/Bachmann ticket. every minister in America will be driving their flock to the polls. The Puritans finally win.

The Constitution, the poor, the uneducated, the highly educated, the farmers, the workers, the women,the children, anyone who is not WASP or WASM *basically anyone of color* the green party; the scientists, the environmentalis ts and the peacemakers... all lose.
 
 
+19 # billy bob 2011-07-14 12:56
In describing the losers, you also described the majority of people in this country. What if the majority actually voted?
 
 
+4 # teineitalia 2011-07-14 16:18
hey billy bob,
I think you're on to something!

but once Obama is voted back in - it could happen - how do we get him to stop trying to play nice with the people who secretly (and openly) hate his guts?
The Republicans have made it clear, they would rather take this country down the gurgler than see him have a successful presidency (i.e. a robust economy and job market, green energy instead of dinosaur sludge, single payer health care, proper funding for education, funding for infrastructure, research, development and innovation... no more subsidies for oil, ethanol and pork in a hundred barrels, fair taxes for all Americans, and end to illegal and unjustifiable wars and over the top military spending... once he is re-elected, how do we hold his feet to the fire? that's the next question.
 
 
+9 # brianf 2011-07-14 20:17
I think the only thing that will make politicians of any party do what the people want is massive protests and civil disobedience.
 
 
+6 # billy bob 2011-07-14 20:44
Have you ever seen a cornered rat? Repugnicans fight like cornered rats ALL THE TIME, even when they're winning. It's part of their nature. I think it comes from having a basic misunderstandin g of everyone they hate and being so brainwashed from birth about why they should never bother to fix the problem.

Right now, they seem to be doing a pretty good job of getting their way most of the time without even being elected.

About holding the President's feet to the fire, I agree completely that we need to. The problem is that, as we speak, he's being congratulated by many on the left for "standing up to repugnicans" about the debt ceiling, when, in reality, all he's doing is offering to make cuts to Social Security to please them and whining that EVEN THAT isn't enough for them.

If the President was willing to fight for us, he'd start asking for a MAJOR concession from repugnicans about the military budget and taxes. If they want to cut expenses, let them START with the military. Social Security and Medicare didn't cause any of our problems. The military budget definitely has.
 
 
+2 # Regina 2011-07-15 21:27
If Obama succeeds in being reelected, he will no longer have to worry about a subsequent term. Maybe then he will grow a spine and stand up against the Snotty Brat Contingent, and pull the country out of the Republican/Tea Party sewer.
 
 
0 # America 2011-07-21 04:13
First we need to get him re-elected.

Your concerns are pre-mature. Right now he is on a losing trajectory with the bad economy.

UNfortunately we forget quickly that the biggest tragedy of his term in office is losing the confidence of the people and losing the House in the mid-term elections!

Even with the best intentions he will always be in a compromising position, selling out Medicare etc.
Don't forget the GOP has only one intent to destroy his chances even it means bringing down the country with him!

Let's not be naive ..... that is what politics is all about
 
 
+2 # DurangoKid 2011-07-14 16:22
If the majority actually voted, voting would likely be outlawed.
 
 
+5 # brianf 2011-07-14 20:18
It already is, in many states, for many minorities who usually vote for Democrats.
 
 
+2 # wfalco 2011-07-15 08:23
Well you just nailed the problem, billy bob. However I still don't think enlightened people are the majority. In my travels I run across many who are quite clueless in matters of national importance-be it social justice, climate change, or fairness in tax codes.If they do have some core beliefs they think they are powerless to promote affective, positive change.Many simply do not believe they can make a difference and their vote is meaningless. They have seemed to embrace defeatism.
 
 
-2 # rm 2011-07-14 12:02
I hate to get into this one but here goes -- Michele Bachmann as president would be no different than Barak Obama, if you discount the issues of personal style. Sure she would make a lot more references to God than Obama does and she's keep up a steady stream of religious right buzz words. But Obama keeps up his faux-left buzzwords.

But at the end of the day, the US would still be in a dozen or so wars killing people all over the face of the earth, torturing and terrorizing millions more. The banks would still run the US Treasury and FED. Corporations would still pay no taxes. The nation would continue toward third world status. Nothing would change, other than the style. The religious right would be happy, but now the progressive faux-left is happy with Obama.

The US is not run by elected politicians. Elections don't mean anything. The same oligarchs remain in power no matter who sleeps in the White House. They tell the president what to do and what to say. They don't care if it is a Bachmann or an Obama.

I'm tired of Obama and ready for some real change. Bachmann would not be real change but throwing Obama out for betraying his supporters would be one good lesson for a democrat. Four years later, Bachmann could be thrown out.
 
 
+3 # TGMisanthrope 2011-07-16 02:39
Spot on rm, spot on. People need to suppress their emotions and look at Washington, D.C. objectively. Those in power--from both parties--enjoy the status quo because they and theirs benefit. Seriously, if I was prone to paranoia I'd think that the present shittake passing for politics in the nation's capitol is scripted, with the sole intent of further crushing the middle class' potential for disruption, because as Left and Right bicker the simple fact is that more and more public services are being cut. Hell, other than Bernie Sanders I can't think of a single national pol, Democrat or Republican, willing to stand up for average Americans.
 
 
+14 # bigkahuna671 2011-07-14 12:37
Sorry, but just because Bachmann's playing well in Iowa, doesn't mean she'd do the same in California or anywhere else...it's kind of like the old adage about plays going to Broadway...it played well in Peoria, but..... The fact is that Iowans, as nice as they are and gracious as they are to visitors, haven't ever bothered to check the facts about the people they support. Their state has their natural disasters, then goes hat in hand to the govt. for help. Afterwards, they complain about Obama wanting to help the unemployed and poor. Last I saw as I travelled through that state, they have enough unemployed and poor within their midst. Maybe they need to start checking out what's really happening to them and seeing who's responsible. It's the GOP, folks, and as long as you blindly follow every lie they feed you, you're going to continue to have problems.
 
 
+16 # Jim Rocket 2011-07-14 12:43
Of course you're welcome up here but we now have a Conservative majority government made up mostly of stooges obedient to our born-again PM with worrying megalomaniacal tendencies. Also, his party has a majority in our Senate and he has complete control of his party. They are determined to quickly slash our deficit which they created after having been left a surplus by the previous government (sound at all familiar?)
Our mainstream media, while not as vapid as yours, are quite timid and have never subjected PM Harper to a tough interview. His former press secretary left to head SunTV, an right-wing all- news station. This man (uh, twerp) switched jobs after he and Harper met quietly with Murdoch and Ailes in NYC.

I guess what I'm saying is that you can run but you can't hide. The problem is everywhere - not that we wouldn't love to have you, eh!
 
 
+9 # billy bob 2011-07-14 12:54
Thanks for the dose of reality.
 
 
+2 # Dave_s Not Here 2011-07-14 19:27
Jim Rocket left something important out. Harper and his deluded gang of raptureista thugs have announced that they're embarking on a multi-billion dollar prison expansion program to make room for an expected upswing in the number of citizens they're going to hunt down and convict of "unreported crimes."

Anyone care to speculate what those "unreported crimes" are?
 
 
+1 # teineitalia 2011-07-15 02:57
hey Dave's not Here... love the reference, BTW... i speculate that the unreported crimes would be anything related to sex.... pregnancies ended; gay citizens being openly gay; people living together out of wedlock...

yes, that's what we need... more prisons to incarcerate anyone who doesn't wear a flag pin, pray to the right god, or believe in higher education and critical thinking skills.
 
 
+11 # billy bob 2011-07-14 12:51
I will do anything I can to get President Obama replaced, but only by someone BETTER. I feel that Obama is a stealth repugnican posing as a Democrat.

BUT, I also think bachmann is a stealth NAZI posing as a repugnican.

If the choice ends up between Obama and bachmann, BELIEVE ME, I WILL BE VOTING - not for Obama, but AGAINST bachmann.

There is NO WAY, she would win the general election, no matter HOW excited the 20% of the electorate who actually agree with her gets. The more she's noticed, the worse her chances get. I don't think there's one single age or ethnic demographic she could win. She WILL win in places like Wyoming, Utah, and Oklahoma, though. That's not enough to be President.

If the final choice is between Obam-ne or Rom-boma, I might have a hard time distinguishing the Democrat from the repugnican for the first time in my life. bachmann, on the other hand, presents a CLEAR choice for anyone who has any opinion about what it means to be an American. In other words, she represents the true intentions of the repugnican party.
 
 
+4 # Rara Avis 2011-07-14 14:11
Bachmann has a tremendous advantage in capturing the Republican Presidential nomination. All her gaffes do not affect her popularity with the base of the party at all but are strengthened by them.

It is facing all of the nation's voters including independents and moderate Republican voters not at the center of the party in the November 2012 election matched against Obama that will be hard for her. Count on the Democratic Base not to support her at all. And count on independents to however reluctantly cast a vote for the devil-they-know , our current President. Progressives must support Obama but this time push him hard to exact something more than words about change.

Bachmann wins the Republican nomination and then faces little support beyond the Republican base and a very few independents. Can that make her President? A long shot at this point.
 
 
+4 # lark3650 2011-07-14 15:22
I can't even believe anyone is taking this woman seriously. I guess some of the American people are less informed about the Constitution and the history of our country than I thought. Scares me!
 
 
+2 # foxtrottango 2011-07-15 08:48
The US right wing fundamentalist dogma Christian church has a lot to do with it. They discovered long ago that weak minds are easier to manipulate (brain-wash) than those with proper education about civil rights and democratic principles.

Ignorance, arrogance, hypocrisy and prejudices have a place in American politics and it's working well with the Republican Party.
 
 
-5 # DurangoKid 2011-07-14 15:45
If Bachmann gets the nomination, I'll seriously consider voting for her. For starters, the next couple of decades are going to be a disaster in any case. Why not put a person in office who will bring it about more quickly so we can just get it over and move on? The system cannot be reformed; it must be destroyed. Who better than some delusional nut case? In jujutsu, the weight and momentum of the opponent are used to defeat him. We elect Bachmann, in effect giving her a tug, and then stand aside as she crashes to the ground. We certainly haven’t been much good at preventing the sorry state of affairs we find ourselves in.
 
 
+1 # billy bob 2011-07-14 20:46
What part of the Foundation Trilogy are you reading?
 
 
+1 # teineitalia 2011-07-15 02:58
wow, the glass really is half empty for you, Durango Kid.
 
 
+3 # Anarchist 23 2011-07-14 15:52
I am not drinking the kool-aid offered by the Rethugs-Bachman n or any other. OTOH, I wish the Dems would nominate somebody else-like Kucinich, Sanders, Greyson-somebod y who would uphold unions, Social Security, minimum wage (how quaint all this sounds!) and all the rest of the now despised New Deal. I'd vote for anyone who reread the speeches of FDR. At least I could believe that person had a clue! Otherwise-anoth er country-prefera bly warm one. Argentina anyone? They already had their nasty dose of Fascism.
 
 
+3 # teineitalia 2011-07-15 03:00
Alan Grayson for president. put him on a ticket with Bernie Sanders, I'm all in.
 
 
+8 # Scott Galindez 2011-07-14 16:00
I would argue that we have covered Ron Paul, he is on our home page...

I also agree that just because he has an isolationist foreign policy is no reason a progressive should support him.
 
 
+3 # stonecutter 2011-07-14 17:55
Homophobe Bachmann and her closeted homophobe husband are like a bad auto accident on the interstate: everyone has to slow down and crane their necks to see the mangled cars and bodies, there's a moment of "There but for the grace of God....", but then everyone cruises on, speed picks up and it's back to movin' down the road.

She has ZERO chance of becoming president. Maybe 15% chance of getting the GOP nomination, but it would have to be in the realm of a solar eclipse while Haley's Comet is passing by for her to pull that off.

Any shiksa who is flat-out dumb enough to use the Yiddish word "chutzpah" in a TV interview referring to the president, and pronounces it with a bible belt twang so it comes out "shootspaw", thereby at once betraying her linguistic airheadedness and at the least seriously annoying a few million American Jews, could be the president of the Tea Party, maybe, but no way the United States...not in this century.

Of course, if I'm wrong, I won't mind moving to a colonia on the Texas border and becoming a human shield in the drug wars, or how about a slightly safer alternative, say...Iceland, where tipping is considered an insult!

No, I don't think I'll have to move though...Obama is gonna squash these bugs despite the jobs crisis, precisely because they all make Joe the Plumber seem like Abe Lincoln in Illinois.
 
 
-2 # Margo 2011-07-14 19:56
I was expecting comments on the Orlando Florida case against Casey, so wassup doc??
 
 
+5 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2011-07-14 22:59
I said it a few weeks ago, and I will say it again, about Ron Paul. He is nothing but a GOP TROJAN HORSE!!
 
 
+2 # billy bob 2011-07-14 23:35
AMEN! So is the overplayed concept of "libertarianism ". It's the same as all those red state "small government" "conservatives" who NEED big government when it comes to farm aid or disaster relief. It's a BIG LIE. When it’s THEIR tragedy, SUDDENLY local churches, “Christian charity” and the “kindness of strangers” isn’t enough. Suddenly, it’s EVERONE’S responsibility to come to their aid, because it’s them that are suffering.

A "small government" that doesn't tell people how to live their lives, would also NOT tell people Social Security was "unconstitution al", since Social Security is wanted by the overwhelming majority of voters.

How could you be "for small government", but tell people that the government they elect doesn't have the right to ACTUALLY DO WHAT IT'S ELECTED FOR?

No, "libertarianism " isn't about "government letting you live your life". It's about government not being responsive to its own citizens, and no one in power being held responsible for the general welfare of the country.

It's an avaricious money grubbing panacea. Nothing else. And the paul boys are the country club’s sales department.
 
 
0 # foxtrottango 2011-07-15 08:42
I'd go futher than that. I would say Ron Paul is an angry white male who is smart enough to fool the weak minded in America, which by the way, are also angry white males, mostly racist angry white males, to say the least.
 
 
+1 # foxtrottango 2011-07-15 08:40
Bachmann only proves that half of America has gone mad! It's deja vu all over again. Shades of Nazi Germany for example?

The saying that: "fools that do not learn from history are doom to repeat it again" comes to mind.

The fact is, I have never seen so many whackos trying to be president of the United States as if it's some kind of a joke!

Revolution, anyone?
 
 
0 # Frank Zappa 2011-07-18 17:30
The end goal is not necessarily to win the primary but, to raise enough money to walk away with especially, if at a level of fund raising that trigger government matching dollars. Why does someone like Al Sharpton run for the presidency and no other office?

Bachmann's an opportunist looking only to make a buck and knows she cannot win the Republican nomination but, the money and face time will insure her a near untouchable seat in Congress. This is a woman that rails against "welfare queens" yet, has taken $250k in farm subsidy and $137k to her oddball husband who "prays away the gay".

It's all about money and nothing about the welfare of the people.
 
 
0 # America 2011-07-21 05:07
First we need to implement Democrasy.
The simple fact is that Obama like most other US President was elected by just about 1/3 of the total population.

Simple math: only 63% of the people vote and he got just over 50%.

Something has to be very wrong with a system where 2/3 of the wishes of the people is not being implemented by the so called government!

Not necessarily the fault of the government. People partly to blame for not being proactive in voting. Other reasons the faulty voting mechanism, voter apathy and discontent with the choices being offered etc.
Obama's machinery was positive in brining out new voters in the last election.

But we cannot truly say we have a democrasy with just representing the voice of 1/3 of the people.
 

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