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May 20, 2006

A Stillwater perspective on Bachmann

Reading the blogs, I noticed a couple of great posts from fellow Stillwater resident William Pendergast. In these entries, he explodes the myth of Michele Bachmann as a run-of-the-mill "social conservative" that has been propagated by the submissive media that is unwilling to paint her as she truly is:

[I]f our political reporters really had a clue, they would not be describing Bachmann as a “social conservative�—they would describe her instead as “Christian fundamentalist politician Michele Bachmann.� Because that is what she is—she is not just another “social conservative�; she is a politicking fundamentalist who is actively promoted by powerful Christian fundamentalist commercial media. These fundamentalists’ agenda is to transform their religious beliefs into our laws.

There is nothing wrong or objectionable about telling readers about this—it’s demonstrable, and it’s the truth. But for whatever reason—unconsciousness, fear of reprisal, secret sympathy for the cause, or sheer density—the major players in Minnesota’s political media won’t identify Bachmann for what she is. Not to their readers, anyway.


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He also extends a warning to Patty Wetterling about the vicious smears that are going to come her way:

[B]eware this time around, Patty. Michele Bachmann is no Mark Kennedy. All means--fair or foul or in between--will be employed to destroy your good name and reputation, so long as Bachmann and her paranoid, pre-apocalyptic followers feel you represent any threat to MB. The way the national and local media characterized the late Terry Schiavo's husband and his motives for their listening audiences--that's the way that the Bachmann campaign is going to characterize YOU!
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William Pendergast recognizes the truth of this campaign: the Republican smear machine is already ramping up against Patty, and the "liberal media," as it's proved so often in the past, will not do anything to stop it. That's why this site exists. We will expose Michele Bachmann's true character and ideology, defend Patty Wetterling against her campaign's attacks, and, above all, spread the hopeful message of Patty's campaign. By doing so, we will help elect Patty Wetterling as the next great Representative from Minnesota.

May 18, 2006

A unified front?

Some local conservatives have their doubts about Michelle Bachmann...

From Always Right, Usually Correct:

I have been saying for a long time that the enemy of our enemy is not our friend. I believe that. Look at what it has done for us over the decades in foreign policy matters.

I believe that and I also believe that character matters. I will not support any candidate whose character is worse than mine. That is a pretty low bar. In my heart of hearts I believe Michele Bachmann has shown in many areas to be below that bar. There is too much that I know about her to prove otherwise...and sadly most of what she has done will get swept under the carpet because people have decided to put their party above it all.


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Seriously, this woman is so bad for the state and the country that I see less danger in electing Patty Wetterling than in electing Michele Bachmann. And expect that to be something I repeat often during the election cycle. "I'm a hard-line conservative, but Michele Bachmann is more of a danger to this country than Patty Wetterling...vote Wetterling."
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Well, obviously. Patty Wetterling is no danger to this country at all. In fact, she is a candidate that can help this great nation get back on the right track. A vote for Michele Bachmann is a vote for the wrong track the Republicans have steered us on since the "Revolution" of 1994.

Warning to the GOP...you will lose big this year in 2006. The paths you have set upon are not very appealing to the moderate, they are not warm to the "principled Republicans" and they are not displaying any optimism.

You will energized your opposition (you are giving them far too much fodder) and supress enough of the conservative base to damage not just your Governor's race, but the Senate race and the state houses, too.

Just keep going and come November I will just sit back and say, I told you so. And curse you jackasses for being so obtuse that you screwed the state just to protect the "R" behind your politicians names.


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From Residual Forces:

The fumbling of getting the amendment through the MN Senate was just the last straw with me. Added on top of that all the other bungling from her campaign, the negative attacks, the lies and misstatements about her own and others’ records [...] I do not want some one to represent me in Congress who is willing to do and say anything to get elected. How can you trust someone like that?
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And, of course, there's always the folks over at Dump Michele Bachmann, some of whom are actually Republicans (of the Log Cabin variety) appalled that their party would nominate such a homophobic candidate. I particularly like this story about how Michele's been charging her cable TV bills to the taxpayers... fiscal conservatism at its finest, my friends.

May 16, 2006

CQ Interview with Patty

A few excerpts from a new interview, out tonight:

On campaign finance reform:

CQ: How are you doing in terms of fundraising?

Wetterling: Fundraising is always a challenge. If I could fix one thing immediately when I get there [to Congress], it would be to address that. It’s going to be, it’s going to continue to be a challenge. I will continue to do what I can. We’ve done well so far.

On her fundraising chances:

CQ: Do you think you will be able to match Michele Bachmann? [Bachmann’s latest report showed she had $396,347 in receipts and had $196,000 in cash on hand as of March 31.]

Wetterling: Yes, I do.

CQ: And do you have a target you’re aiming for?

Wetterling: You know, that’s all part of the strategy that we’re developing this week. I know last [cycle] in ‘04 I raised nearly $2 million in six months, and I know it will be more than that that this race is going to take. It’s a targeted race once again.

On taking on Bachmann:

CQ: Michele Bachmann is very well known for her [conservative] stance on social issues like abortion and the same-sex marriage amendment. Do you think your stance on these issues reflects the voters’ views? [Wetterling supports abortion rights and opposes a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage, although she believes marriage is defined as between a man and a woman.]

Wetterling: I do, and I think that there’s more than one issue that people are going to be concerned about. There’s a lot of concerns in the 6th District about everyday family issues, about getting their kids educated, about jobs so they can care for their families, it’s about health care, it’s about buying gas for their cars. There’s a lot of concerns of people in the 6th District, and I believe I represent those concerns more accurately than Michele.

Worth a thousand words

via Dump Michele Bachmann, caption this picture. (Not here... do it there. It was their idea.)

I think there are two pictures that really capture the essence of Michele Bachmann:

Michele Bachmann, crouching in the bushes at a gay rights rally

The money race

In a recent post, Bachmann v Wetterling mocks Patty's campaign accounts:

Patty Wetterling proclaimed this weekend during her endorsement that she wouldn’t have to spend a dime getting her name out in the District this weekend. That’s good for her since she will have to work on getting her ‘message’ out there. She had better hope she can do it cheap.

Patty Wetterling

Total Receipts: $244,986 Latest Cash On Hand: $168,402

Now if she could only remember what that ‘message’ thing is.

This is kind of ironic criticism, considering the piles of money backing the "Wetterling" side of the Bachmann v Wetterling logo-- it seems to imply there is a wealthy liberal machine (an unholy alliance of the Star Tribune, the DFL, OutFront Minnesota, and the DCCC) showering money on Wetterling.

Irony aside, in that CQ article that everyone's linking to, an observant reader finds this:

As of March 31, Wetterling had net receipts in her House account of $197,406 and $168,000 on hand, both rather modest totals. But she still had $1.2 million sitting in the campaign account she had set up for her planned Senate bid, which she is allowed to transfer to the House account. Wetterling predicted her fundraising would surpass the $1.9 million her campaign spent on her 2004 challenge to Kennedy.

So by my count, that's almost $1.4 million that Patty's got available. Now that she's got the endorsement, watch for those numbers to increase substantially. And remember that, at least initially, El Tinklenberg had the backing of the DCCC and the labor unions--thus the surprising number of PAC contributions in Tinklenberg's fundraising. [side note: Why isn't Patty listed on opensecrets.org? She's not in the CD6 section or the Senate section.]

Compare that to Bachmann's FEC totals:

Total Receipts: $396,347 Total Disbursements: $200,114 Latest Cash On Hand: $196,232

So, unless she's got some money stashed away somewhere (in the bushes, perhaps?), Republicans "better hope she can do it cheap."

May 15, 2006

Sheer wankery

I'm sorry, but the Bachmann v, Wetterling blog is just silly. Come on, guys, let's get original. By my count, they've repeated Tarryl Clark's "devil in the blue dress" quote no less than 5 times in the past 3 days. They've made approximately two "substantive" posts on the issues of the race; most of the rest are hypocritical rants about Patty's/Democrats' "partisan rhetoric" and "vitriol."

One writer goes so far as to say,

[T]he vitriol of this race will be coming from the DFL, not the Republicans or Senator Bachmann.

Hmmm... well, here's some vitriol... can you guess which side this guy's on?

Dumb Fuc*ing Liberal (DFL) State Senator Tarryl Clark Attacks Senator Michele Bachmann "'Michele is the devil in a blue dress, and Patty is a saint,' state Sen. Tarryl Clark, DFL-St. Cloud, said in a nominating speech." (Patrick Sweeney, "DFL Endorses Wetterling In 6th District," Pioneer Press, May 14, 2006) Just goes to show the wonderful world of "The Party of Hatred & Intolerance" the DFL. Patty is a card carrying MoveOn whacko moron. And a liar to boot.

(via Dump Michele Bachmann)

And what about this guy? He was rallying for Michele's anti-gay amendment in 2004.

So was this guy:

I think there will be rhetoric and vitriol on both sides.