Archive for February, 2011

Bachmann has trouble counting

February 25, 2011

According to TPM, Bachmann told Faux News that she didn’t believe the Democratic state senators who walked out had the support of the people of Wisconsin.


Yeah, only 25,000 to 30,000. We guess that might look small from inside a cable news studio.


Bachmann staff revolving door continues

February 24, 2011

This time, spokeshole Sergio Gor is leaving. Also, a Quist is retiring, but judging from the reporting at Dump Bachmann, she might actually be able to stand Bachmann’s company. As we’ve noted in the past, Bachmann seems to have trouble holding on to staff members — that post we just linked to is about her losing her press secretary almost a year ago. That post also links to a Politico post with an anonymous Republican suggesting Bachmann’s personality is the problem:

A conservative Republican House member, speaking on the condition of anonymity, suggested that Bachmann’s views — and her willingness to state them — make it hard for her to keep staff.

“When your captain’s crazy, it’s time to find a new ship,” the lawmaker said.

The Onion takes a swipe at Bachmann’s extraneous SOTU rebuttal

February 23, 2011

Better late than never! She got not one but two bullet points in a bit about Republican internecine battles:

# Jan. 28, 2011: As criticism of her unsanctioned State of the Union rebuttal mounts, a furious Michele Bachmann finally bursts into 10,000 spiders on the House floor
# Feb. 2, 2011: Michele Bachmann delivers response to Punxsutawney Phil’s (D-PA) response to shadow

Bachmann appears to misunderstand the tax code

February 22, 2011

In this case, what she (possibly intentionally) misunderstands is tax incentives to buy a breast pump. That’s the machine breastfeeding mothers use to pump breast milk for storage, so they have an emergency supply, can get dads to help feed the kid and can occasionally, you know, leave the house. Michelle Obama, the First Lady, has said she supports making breast pump purchases tax-deductible in a health savings account plan. For some reason, a five-time (birth) mother with an LLM in tax law has interpreted this to mean “Michelle Obama wants the government to buy you a breast pump.” Salon:

The IRS announced last week that it would reclassify breast pumps as medical care purchases, and as such tax-deductible. Bachmann thinks this is terrible.

“I’ve given birth to five babies and I breastfed every single one of these babies. To think that government has to go out and buy my breast pump for my babies. You wanna talk about the nanny state? I think we just got the new definition of a nanny.”

To be fair, she did get her degree from Oral Roberts University. But we’re beginning to suspect the right hates Michelle Obama so much that any minor policy housekeeping move with her fingerprints on it is suddenly a huge drama. Sound familiar, Hillary?

Your daily dose of schadenfreude

February 21, 2011

If you aren’t familiar, that’s German for “pleasure in other people’s misery.” In this case, Bachmannfreude. Daily Kos reports that Bachmann has admitted that she can’t just wave her magic tea party wand and kill health care reform. This comes one week after her latest suggestion that Congress can just de-fund it, which is not true because there is no discretionary funding involved. From the post:

Dec. 10, 2010: It’s imperative that we in the House completely defund Obamacare. 

Jan. 7, 2011: We want to fully defund this bill so that, like, it would be akin to a helium balloon that gets no helium inside so that it can’t take off the ground, and that’s what we’re planning to do.

Jan. 7, 2011: You will see the membership all behind defunding Obamacare, because that’s what we’re hearing from the people back home. They want us to repeal Obamacare. And this is the next best thing, which is defunding Obamacare. … we have to defund Obamacare

Jan. 19, 2011: We’re staying full square behind the repeal of ‘Obamacare’ and our commitment to defund it moving forward.

Feb. 8, 2011: I think Republicans are planning to bring forth a bold move, and that would be an amendment to defund Obamacare. If we can deliver on effectively repealing Obamacare for the next two years, that’s a huge get. (Source: Fox News broadcast)

And now, one week after she last claimed it was possible to “effectively repeal” health care reform by defunding it, Michele Bachmann is admitting that her plan won’t work — something she should have known all along. It’s no wonder teahadists are so cynical about government: their favorite representatives don’t know the first thing about how it works.

Bachmann votes for gigantic defense boondoggle

February 20, 2011

For all her talk about cutting wasteful government spending (except transportation projects in her district), she is apparently not willing to take the political risk of de-funding a defense project that has never been used, and EVEN THE PENTAGON thinks should be ended. Very presidential!

The British think we need remedial history education

February 19, 2011

Or anyway, that’s the implication in this article from the Economist, which leads with a quote illustrating Bachmann’s apparent lack of understanding of Revolutionary War history:

AMERICAN history is in vogue, if not well understood. American revolutionaries are reincarnated as tea-partiers. Pocket editions of the constitution are a must-have accessory for politicians. Last month Michele Bachmann, a congresswoman and tea-party favourite, told Iowans that America’s Founding Fathers “worked tirelessly until slavery was no more”. Never mind that this was untrue. It sounded nice.

Unfortunately, they have a point.

Bachmann takes president at his word about his citizenship…

February 18, 2011

which, as the Washington Post points out, appears to be a Republican talking point. As the Post also points out, this implies that he might be lying, which is a great way to throw red meat to the base but is a lie by implication. We don’t need to take him at his word — there is actual evidence that it’s true, even if some people don’t happen to like it. It’s also kind of odd that Bachmann suddenly trusts Obama’s word, since she’s famous for claiming he should be investigated for secret anti-Americanism.

Bachmann co-sponsors bill giving hospitals the right to deny emergency abortions

February 11, 2011

Bachmann and Rep. Joe Kline have helped introduce a bill that would give religious hospitals the right to deny an abortion, even in an emergency. Because babies’ lives are more important than their mothers’ lives; a woman’s only value as a human being is as a baby machine. The bill also discourages health insurance companies from offering abortion coverage by making policies with abortion coverage ineligible for the insurance exchanges set up by health care reform. The American Independent also says the bill includes the “forcible rape” language that turned so many heads last week. Also much more acceptable if you don’t really believe women are human beings.

More details on the bill from TPM.

Bachmann gets Iwo Jima facts wrong in SOTU speech

February 10, 2011

In all the kerfluffle over her inability to look directly at the camera, apparently most major news organizations overlooked another factual error in Bachmann’s speech. Or maybe they’ve just grown numb to it. In any case, a columnist for the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Paul Mushine, happened to notice that she included a… creative… take on the battle of Iwo Jima. Bachmann:

The perilous battle that was fought during World War II in the Pacific at Iwo Jima was a battle against all odds, and yet this picture immortalizes the victory of young GIs over the incursion against the Japanese. These six young men raising the flag came to symbolize all of America coming together to beat back a totalitarian aggressor.


By the way, anyone who knows anything about Iwo Jima knows it was a battle against all odds for the Japanese, not the Americans. Thanks to the efforts of the U.S. military, including my aforementioned Marine father, our side had air and naval supremacy at that point in the war. I realize Bachmann’s not the type to read books, but didn’t our girl even bother to see the Clint Eastwood movie? It was the Japanese soldiers who knew they were doomed – which they were thanks to the Marines, not the “GIs” Bachmann cites as victors.

But that’s a minor point. The major point is the question of why any thinking person would invoke that effort in a partisan speech. My father, for example, was a lifelong Democrat. So was Jim McGreevey, I imagine.

His first column is here. For those of us without dads who served in the battle, this provides more information. Also, Bachmann might want to know that Clint Eastwood made a movie about this.