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Is the narrative turning against Michele Bachmann?

by The Big E on February 29, 2012 · 1 comment

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) briefly surged to the head of the 2012 Batman Villain Reunion Tour Republican presidential race, but her utter disregard for the truth and God’s will (as relayed to the old, white men who lead the evangelical movement and decide what God’s will is) doomed her campaign.

Unlike in the Minnesota media, her bigotry, fact-free ranting, gaffe-prone-ways, homophobia and insanity were front and center for all to see.

Is it possible that Minnesotans have picked up on that? Is it possible that even the constituents in her own district may have now finally seen the ugly side of her that Minnesota’s media failed to expose?

Rebounding from her failed presidential bid, Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann is setting her sights on re-election to the House – but she faces a tough battle to retain her seat in a redrawn Minnesota district.

One recent poll showed Bachmann’s favorability rating among Minnesota voters at just 34 percent.

And the Minnesota congresswoman’s national base of conservative donors may be tiring of her pleas for money, as she carries a $1 million presidential campaign debt from her fumbled bid.

“May God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.” With those words, Bachmann departed the Republican presidential arena in January, following a disappointing sixth place finish in Iowa.

Many were surprised that one of the conservative movement’s newest icons would suffer such a disastrous defeat. But a series of fumbles and gaffes on the campaign trail not only caused her campaign to go into a tailspin, it tarnished her most important asset: her ability to raise funds from the grassroots across the nation.


Bill Prendergast February 29, 2012 at 8:26 am

…the only polls that matter are the ones in the Sixth District, Big E.

She keeps winning the nomination and that seat–she stays in Congress, stays in their to rally the right and ultra-right nationally.

It doesn’t matter what “Minnesotans” think, unless Bachmann wants to run in a broader Minnesota race (governor or senator.) What matters is: what the voters in her district think of her, because all she needs to influence politics nationally and in Minnesota is a seat in Congress to prove that her political style (lying, hate-mongering, etc.) is a winner.

She doesn’t need more than 34% of Minnesotans to approve of her, to do that. All she needs is enough votes in her district to keep coming back to D.C. From that congressional seat, she can still the influence national policy debate from inside the Republican Party and the religious right.

She’s already proven that.

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