Tag: Michele Bachmann

Bachmann Out

That’s Michele Bachmann out of the Presidential race; not Marcus out of the closet. It makes sense. Iowa was supposed to be a stronghold or her. If she came in sixth there, she’s toast.

Perry is reconsidering his campaign. Given how much money he spent, I think a withdrawal is imminent. Newt should pull out but he won’t.

Realistically, is is now down to Romney and Santorum, unless the conservative wing suddenly discovers John Huntsman. I’m not sure I’m looking forward to seeing which of those two can be nastier.

One Up, One Down

Tim Pawlenty is dropping out after yesterday’s disappointing result in the Iowa straw poll, which was won by Bachmann. I’m surprised. Pawlenty wasn’t too far back in the non-crazy division of the GOP field. But it’s become clear that he’s not going to overtake Romney. I suspect there are structural problems within the campaign as well.

However, as the GOP field lost one governor, it gained another in Ricky Perry. Perry’s appeal is mostly due to the decent Texas economy and his embrace of the Religious Right. He was my governor for four years and my opinion was … mixed. Just as the blame for the bad national economy should be put on decades of accumulated bad decisions, the health of Texas’ economy should be credited to decades of good ones, most notably Texas’ sensible regulation of the housing market following the real estate bubble of the 1980’s. Texas housing prices didn’t go on the roller coaster ride other areas experienced, so the housing sector didn’t take the rest of the economy with it. Low taxes have helped, but it’s easier to keep taxes low when you’ve had a series of legislatures and governors committed to keep them that way. Perry didn’t save Texas’ economy; he continued policies that have kept it healthy. This is not a model for what needs to be done on a national level.

Perry has a bad history of crony capitalism, creating slush funds to finance business ventures by the politically powerful. He also has been very cavalier in asserting the most awesome power the government has: the power to execute people. On the other hand, Texas is one of the leaders in taking a more sensible approach to crime, having reduced its prison population even to the point of closing a prison, without seeing a spike in crime.

Mixed, as I said. We’ll have to see what comes out of the debates. But right now, assuming Pawlenty really is out, this is really going to come down to Perry and Romney. In my mind, the others break down as such:

Leader, Crazy Division: Bachmann
Been Nice Knowing You: Cain, Gingrich
Wish He’d Get More Attention, but Alas: Huntsman, Johnson, Paul
Who the Hell are You Again?: Karger, Martin, McCotter, McMillan, Roemer
And the Horse You Rode In On: Santorum

Palin isn’t in yet and I’m not sure that she ever will be. If she does jump in, it will be mostly to drum up some attention and donations. But she really doesn’t strike me as a serious contender. If she were, she’d be in by now. But Perry and Bachmann have stolen her spot.

So, who will be next off the island? I mean, of the big guys. I expect Santorum to drop out soon — his campaign isn’t drawing enough to even cover expenses. Then Gingrich and Cain once the real primaries roll up. Bachman, Paul and Johnson may linger around for a while, given the passion certain segments of the GOP have for them.

Right now, I’ll continue to support Johnson and Paul. But it’s really down to Romney and Perry. And between them … hmmm.

Crazy Eyes

Dear Newsweek:

Don’t make me sympathize with Michele Bachmann, you assholes.

Really? This is your idea of objectivity? I have no use for Michele Bachmann. In fact, I do think she’s a dangerous looney-tune. But I’m just some asshole on a blog; I can shoot off my opinionated mouth at will. You’re supposedly reporters. Don’t you think you can dig into exactly what appeal she has and why she’s suddenly so popular within the GOP? Bachmann may be crazy and misinformed. But she is also smart, polished and media-savvy. And all you’re doing is making her more popular.

Call of the Wild

Oh, just great. Following in the steps of Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry claims he is hearing God telling him to run for President. If he’s hearing God’s voice, that means he’s in. I can’t imagine Perry hearing “the call” and deciding not to run.

I could throw out some boilerplate on church and state, but I’m sure you’re already thinking that. I want to go in a different direction with this, however. This being called by God to run for President thing offends me a lot more religiously than it does politically. Assuming there is a God, I do not think he is so petty and micro-managing that he wants only his selected few to become President.

I was once a member of church softball team. Before each game, they would have a prayer. And even though I wasn’t Christian, I enjoyed it because the prayer was very general and the only specific request they made regarding the game was that no one got hurt (this didn’t always work, of course; but maybe someone was looking out for me that time I got barreled over at home plate and still hung onto the ball).

In conservative Jewish tradition, there is a similar prayer for the country. It is completely non-partisan. Here is a part of it:

Our God and God of our ancestors: We ask Your blessings for our country, for its government, for its leader and advisors, and for all who exercise just and rightful authority. Teach them insights of Your Torah, that they may administer all affairs of state fairly, that peace and security, happiness and prosperity, justice and freedom may forever abide in our midst.

If you’re going to pray in politics, pray for that. Pray that those who are in power — no matter who they are and what party they belong to — make wise decisions. Don’t pray for the personal political success of some egomaniacal fundamentalist twit from Texas. Or Minnesota. Or Alaska. Or Illinois, for that matter.

Rainbow Retards

The right (?) to foist my opinion on others, regardless of setting, circumstances or the receptiveness of the audience, an inalienable right, or just the peculiarities of the clueless left? Right Online just wrapped up their conference in Minneapolis. Of those invited to speak, some were presidential candidates such as Michele Bachmann:

Before I lay into this……………….young lady, let’s all agree that throwing confetti at someone is pretty innocuous. Given what many lefty loons use as ammo, pies , blood, flour, eggs, confetti seems harmless.

You would have thought after the Gifford’s shooting that some extra security for all politicians in public would be SOP, how is it possible that this woman got so close to Bachmann? Even in a somewhat secure environment (this woman had no trouble registering and getting an invite) there was no security buffer, no one standing between a potential crazy loon carrying whatever weapons she could smuggle in and the unknowing victim. This should be a wake up call for all the other candidates.

So Glitter Girl does not like Michele’s take on gay marriage ,”When politicians continue this anti gay attacks against families like mine”, so disagreeing with your position on gay marriage is an attack? Could it be assumed then that disagreeing with Michele, who thinks that the word “marriage” should be reserved for a man/woman union, is an attack on her and her family? All differences of opinion are now attacks? Since same sex marriage is a states rights issue, where many states have in fact legalized it (others recognize it) and Obama has already ordered Justice to stop defending it in court, how about she goes through the process and gins up support in whatever state she resides at for it’s acceptance, and quit throwing things at people?

I guess I should appreciate the limits she places on herself, as long as no one gets hurt (that’s more than what many of these loons do), but what happens if Michele slides on a confetti laden floor and breaks her neck?

How about if all these folks that have a message that just has to get out into the public domain, how about if they all wear a sign that says ,”look at me, I’m special”? I promise, I will recognize the effort put forth in not being a git, and might even consider your message, see, I”m with you, I think the states should decide this as well. But quit being a bloody bore and throwing shit, it’s stupid.