Now That's A Campaign Ad

I was sitting in my hotel room last night in Sioux City when this ad for Iowa Congressman Steve King (R-Mars) came on and I have to wonder, has there been a bigger waste of campaign funds ever spent than whatever the King camp spent on this?

“One wife, one house and one church”? Yippee! There’s my top 3 reasons to vote for someone…
Oh and speaking of tin foil hat wearing Republicans, it appears that another Republican from Mars, Michele Bachmann, is experiencing some unexpected trouble in her bid to win re-election.

Despite her national fan base and a massive war chest, Rep. Michele Bachmann may be in more danger than most suspect, with a new poll showing her lead diminished to just 2 points. Independent voters have swung against her by nearly 20 points in just two months, from a 4 percent advantage to a 15 point disadvantage. The internal poll, conducted by Democratic pollsters Greenberg Quinlan Rosner at the behest of Democrat Jim Graves’ campaign and shared with Salon, shows that Bachmann’s favorability rating has tumbled since their last survey in mid-June, and finds Graves gaining ground with independents as his name recognition grows.

Maybe, just maybe, crazy is finally going out of vogue

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Under President Bachmann Gas Will Be Under $2 A Gallon

Michele Bachmann promises that she has a plan that would somehow cut gas prices in half to under $2 a gallon gas if she becomes President. All we have to do is open up our domestic drilling and somehow make oil shale production profitable at $50 a barrel.

“The day that the president became president gasoline was $1.79 a gallon. Look at what it is today,” she said at an event in Greenville, S.C.. “Under President Bachmann, you will see gasoline come down below $2 a gallon again. That will happen.”

Who knew it would be so easy to tame the speculation and world oil markets?


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Bachmann: Even Hypothetical Cuts Are Fake

During the Iowa GOP debate the other night the candidates were asked a hypothetical question on whether they would accept a debt reduction bill if it was setup so that it included a 10 to 1 cut to tax increase ratio. Everyone on the stage being the good tea bagging suckups that they are, raised their hands to say that they wouldn’t

Yesterday during an interview with Fox’s Chris Wallace, Michele Bachmann was asked to explain why she wouldn’t agree to such a debit deal that would in theory be a big win for the GOP:

WALLACE: Let’s go back to that moment in the debate, though, when you — and I’ve got to say, all the other candidates on that stage said that you would walk away from a debt deal, here it is right here, $10 in real spending cuts, to $1 in revenue increases. 10-1. Even Reagan’s top economic adviser, Marty Feldstein, said that is too hard-line, that that would be walking away from a huge conservative victory.

BACHMANN: Well, I think probably Reagan would be the best example, because Reagan was going to get $3 in spending cuts for every $1 in tax increases. It ended up being $3 in tax increases for every $1 in spending cuts. That’s the way it works in D.C. The deal sounds so rosy in the very beginning, and usually the cuts are illusory, they are off into future years. And of course one Congress can’t bind the next Congress, and a Congress lasts for two years. So we can’t bind what future Congresses can do. We can beat our chests and be really proud and say, oh, we’re going to cut trillions of dollars, but we can’t guarantee what future Congresses will do. That’s why no one would take that deal on the Fox stage of the debate, because we all know that they’re fake cuts, essentially. They sound good. They’re soundbites, but they are not real.

Yep, that’s right, Bachmann said she wouldn’t vote for a hypothetical debt deal that might take a few dollars from the rich in the form of higher taxes because the cuts would be fake, you know the hypothetical cuts that weren’t even specified!

The Koch brothers have her trained well don’t they?

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Ok Iowa, Very Funny. So Who Really Won?

Michele Bachmann (R-Mars) won Iowa’s straw poll yesterday which if anything shows that Iwegians have a sense of humor (please Iowa tell me you were joking) and satirist Andy Borowitz reacts.

Calling the results of today’s Iowa straw poll “alarming,” Standard and Poor’s took the unprecedented action of downgrading Iowa’s IQ.

While the effects of such an extraordinary measure are hard to predict, experts say the IQ downgrade could result in Iowans having difficulty completing sentences or operating a television remote.

“This downgrade would be very upsetting to Republicans in Iowa,” said an S & P spokesman. “Fortunately, there’s no way they’ll understand it.”

And in other Iowa straw poll related news, some other Minnesotan called it quits after Iowans wondered who this guy was on their straw poll ballot.

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Keeping Up Appearances

Apparently Michele Bachmann was more concerned with keeping up appearances than she was in boning up on the issues for the latest Iowa GOP debate.

In a Twitter post that evening, Jennifer Jacobs, a Des Moines Register reporter, wrote, “Bachmann left the stage at every commercial break, even during the last one, when the Fox crew corralled her and asked her to stay,” and someone with knowledge of what happened confirmed that account. They said that Mrs. Bachmann insisted on leaving in order to touch up her makeup, even after Fox employees warned her that leaving during such short breaks was risky.

At least she looked good while falsely telling us that raising the debt ceiling gave Barack Obama a blank check to add more debt.

Michele Bachmann repeated a false claim that raising the debt ceiling
is giving Obama a $2.4 trillion “blank check.” She also adds another
misleading statement that the debt-ceiling agreement — known as the
Budget Control Act of 2011 — will result in only “$21 billion in
illusory cuts.”

Bachmann, Aug. 11: It was very important that we not raise the debt ceiling, because — consider what happened. The Congress gave Barack Obama a blank check for $2.4 trillion. What did the American people get in return? $21 billion in illusory cuts.

As we have written before, a “blank check” means unlimited spending. But the administration is limited under the agreement to new borrowing of between $2.1 trillion and $2.4 trillion, depending on future congressional actions, as the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office explained in an Aug. 1 analysis of the deal. Also, the administration cannot spend money without congressional authorization. The borrowed money will go to pay obligations Congress has already approved or will approve.

As for the “$21 billion in illusory cuts,” Bachmann is referring to the estimated impact on the federal deficit in the first year. The CBO estimates that the debt-ceiling agreement would reduce the federal deficit by $2.1 trillion over 10 years, including $756 billion over that time by capping discretionary spending.

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Those Damn Entitlement Programs

To be considered for the GOP nomination these days you have to preach about the evils of just about any entitlement program. It certainly wouldn’t pay to have any socialist tendencies with the tea party’s calling the shots in the GOP now would it?

So I guess it isn’t going to be all wine and roses for 2 of the tea party favorite sons/daughters as it is being reported that Minnesota crazy woman, and entitlement hater, Michele Bachmann has been at the front of the line when stimulus dollars were being handed out not to mention the government aid she and her husband have received over the years for their business interests.

A Freedom of Information Act request filed by The Huffington Post with three separate federal agencies reveals that on at least 16 separate occasions, Bachmann petitioned the federal government for direct financial help or aid. A large chunk of those requests were for funds set aside through President Obama’s stimulus program, which Bachmann once labeled “fantasy economics.” Bachmann made two more of those requests to the Environmental Protection Agency, an institution that she has suggested she would eliminate if she were in the White House.

Taken as a whole, the letters underscore what Bachmann’s critics describe as a glaring distance between her campaign oratory and her actual conduct as a lawmaker. Combined with previous revelations that Bachmann personally relied on a federally subsidized home loan while her husband’s business benefited from Medicaid payments, it appears that one of the Tea Party’s most cherished members has demonstrated that the government does, in fact, play a constructive role — at least in her life and district.

And then there is Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Fresh off his “Response” rally with some of his most hate filled fundamentalist friends we are learning that he apparently suffers from a slightly milder case of the same affliction that South Dakota’s own Kristi Noem suffers fromfarm subsidies.

Falling into line with the Tea Party rhetoric against “out-of-control” government spending, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) is now supporting a move away from direct subsidies to the agriculture industry in favor of an incentives-driven model. But Perry himself has benefited from over $80,000 in farm subsidies over the years and publicly declared his support for farm subsidies when running for Texas Agriculture Commissioner in 1990.

Obviously coming from my political persuasion, benefiting from government programs like both Bachmann and Perry have is nothing to be ashamed of. Doing so and then preaching on how evil they are, on the other hand, certainly is.

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Michele Bachmann Is Good For Business, The Fact Checking Business That Is

Michele Bachmann’s announcement yesterday that she was entering the race for 2012 has made plenty of people happy. Obviously the religious fundamentalists and teabaggers are overjoyed because of Bachmann’s extreme right wing views but another group that has to be happy are the various fact checking organizations that will need to add staff just to keep up with Bachmann’s outright lies, gaffes, and half truths.

See there, Bachmann is likely already creating jobs and she hasn’t won anything yet!

One of those groups, Pulitzer Prize winning,  has documented 26 statements from Bachmann to date. Of those 26 only one proved to be true with 7 more being determined to be either half or barely true. The other 18 were proven to be false or even worse, “pants on fire” which is Politifacts’ politically correct way of saying she lied her ass off.

She got her campaigning off to a flying start on Sunday with her latest gaffe. While speaking to Faux News she compared her spirit to that of another Waterloo, Iowa native John Wayne. Unfortunately for Bachmann, the only John Wayne that spent any amount of time in Waterloo was renowned serial killer John Wayne Gacy. But what the heck she was close right?

Some more of her highlights that don’t even include her claim that God called on her to run:

BACHMANN: “If you look at one of our Founding Fathers, John Quincy Adams, that’s absolutely true. He was a very young boy when he was with his father serving essentially as his father’s secretary. He tirelessly worked throughout his life to make sure that we did in fact one day eradicate slavery.” – On ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

REALITY: John Quincy Adams was not a Founding Father. He was 9 when the Declaration of Independence was made and 20 when the Constitution was adopted. His father, John Adams, was the Revolutionary War figure and an architect of the declaration – and therefore a Founding Father. Both father and son became president. Bachmann was defending her earlier, inaccurate remark that the Founding Fathers had devoted themselves to ending slavery.

BACHMANN: “Overnight we are hearing that potentially 10 to 30,000 people could have been killed in the strike.” – Criticizing Obama in May for the “foolish” U.S. intervention in Libya, and citing what she said were reports of a civilian death toll from a NATO strike as high as 30,000.

REALITY: The U.S. ambassador to Libya, Gene Cretz, said in late April that U.S. officials have seen reports that 10,000 to 30,000 people may have died in Moammar Gadhafi’s crackdown on protesters and the fighting between rebels and pro-government forces, but it is hard to know if that is true. He was speaking about all casualties of the conflict; no one has attributed such a death toll to NATO bombing alone, much less to a single strike.

BACHMANN: “It’s ironic and sad that the president released all of the oil from the strategic oil reserve. … There’s only a limited amount of oil that we have in the strategic oil reserve. It’s there for emergencies.” – On CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday.

REALITY: Obama did not empty all the oil from the strategic reserve, as Bachmann said. He approved the release of 30 million barrels, about 4 percent of the 727 million barrels stored in salt caverns along the Texas and Louisiana coasts. It’s true that the U.S. normally taps the reserve for more dire emergencies than exist today, and that exposes Obama to criticism that he acted for political gain. But the reserve has never been fuller; it held 707 million barrels when last tapped, after 2008 hurricanes.

BACHMANN: “One. That’s the number of new drilling permits under the Obama administration since they came into office.” – Comment to a conservative conference in Iowa in March.

REALITY: The Obama administration issued more than 200 new drilling permits before the Gulf oil spill alone. Over the past year, since new safety standards were imposed, the administration has issued more than 60 shallow-water drilling permits. Since the deep water moratorium was lifted in October, nine new wells have been approved.

It’s going to be a fun campaign season…

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Definitely No US History Major

Tea Billie darling Michele Bachmann is many things but US history buff doesn’t seem to be one of them. Speaking in New Hampshire, the state with the first primary, she decided to show off her ignorance in front of a crowd of a few local Conservative activists.

“What I love about New Hampshire and what we have in common is our extreme love for liberty,” the potential GOP presidential candidate said. “You’re the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord. And you put a marker in the ground and paid with the blood of your ancestors the very first price that had to be paid to make this the most magnificent nation that has ever arisen in the annals of man in 5,000 years of recorded history.”

Oops, seems that Ms. Bachmann might want to add US history to the Constitution class she provides to US House members as last time I checked the battles of Lexington and Concord were in Massachusetts but why let facts get in the way?

Can you say President Bachmann?

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Thune Not Running For POTUS

Not surprisingly, our junior Senator John Thune has decided that he will not be running for the Presidency. In his press release, Thune gives a myriad of reasons for his decision including being able to best serve South Dakota but strangely missing is his real reason for not running.

He didn’t want to get his ass whooped in the primaries…

Any numbers one chooses to cite shows that he would have gotten trounced and would have been lucky to make it out of the first couple of primaries. CPAC polling as well as the latest New Hampshire straw poll had Thune listed so low that he was all but a footnote not even rising to crazy wingnut Michele Bachmann levels. No way Thune sees these numbers as anything but what they are, the end of a Presidential run.

Thune’s choice not to run is not the result of any revelation from his prayers or because of any desire to better serve South Dakota. Thune isn’t running because his golden boy image would have been severely tarnished by the trouncing he would have experienced.

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The Silence Is Deafening

A full 24 hours after the House voted to extend the spy on Americans portion of the Patriot Act, not one Republican blog in the state that I am aware of even mentioned the story in passing (or Dem blog that I can see). I just love the constant rhetoric from the Reich Wing on protecting our freedoms at all costs but when it comes down to actually doing so, silence.

So Ms Noem, how do you reconcile the fact that you along with 274 of your cohorts in the House have chosen to vote against the very principles you claim to hold so dear? Even worse, how does Michele Bachmann who just a few weeks ago decreed that her colleagues be able to cite the specific passage in the Constitution that validates any bill before the House, explain away her obvious hypocrisy?

Bueller, Bueller

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