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Bachmann Daily Beat: Holy Warrior?

A daily roundup of news and commentary about U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.

The Latest:

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann will tour the crucial Republican primary states of New Hampshire and South Carolina after rolling out her presidential campaign in Iowa next week, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The L.A. Times also notes that her planned announcement in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, on Monday will mark the entry of the first woman into the 2012 presidential race. She also plans to hold a party in Iowa on Sunday night that will be open to the public.

For those keeping track, a new national Zogby poll now puts the 6th District congresswoman at the top of the 2012 Republican field. Meanwhile, a statewide poll finds her gaining favorability among Minnesotans but still trailing other presidential candidates.

Commentary:

If you're tired of seeing praise heaped upon Bachmann, today might be your lucky day.

Rolling Stone has published a lengthy profile piece on Bachmann, and be forewarned: it's not flattering. To give you a taste, here's how author Matt Taibbi describes the congresswoman in a nutshell: "Bachmann is a religious zealot whose brain is a raging electrical storm of divine visions and paranoid delusions." And the city of Stillwater: "a Midwestern version of a Currier & Ives set piece, complete with cozy homes, antique stores—and no black people." A number of locals are also quoted in the piece.

Readers who prefer less satirical fare might read Meghan Daum's latest column in the L.A. Times, which actually offers a quite similar take on Bachmann, but with far less invective. Daum predicts that Bachmann will be the candidate of choice for Christian conservatives, and finds her to be a more serious politician than her would-be competitor, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

If you're thirsty for even more Bachmann criticism, The Guardian serves up a column from one of their U.S. correspondants blasting her "anti-gay agenda" and accusing her of "naked prejudice."

Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin is much kinder to Bachmann, but says the candidate needs to reinforce her newfound credibility by crafting a serious policy agenda and proving that she can appeal to more than just the Republican base. Rubin predicts that Bachmann might have the clearest path to the Republican nomination, despite her perceived underdog status.

Edward June 24, 2011 at 03:06 PM
Taibbi's piece carried the same tone and style as everything else he writes. He aims for shock value, and if he wrote about Romney or Obama it would be the same style (but I don't think he'd choose those topics; he goes for the extremes to fit his extreme language/style. MB easily fits with her thoughtless misspeaks and wild speculation -- she's a perfect subject for Taibbi to skewer) . Read his stuff on the financial meltdown (he has a book out on it). He has no sympathy for Goldman Sachs. Taibbi gives every topic his brand of tough love, and Bachmann's past "macaca moments" (calling for investigation of unAmericans in Congress, advising people to not fill out the census, calling Americorps a "re-education camp") play into Taibbi's hand. Michele is a lovely woman, but she'll have trouble with her messaging style outside of her gerrymandered district. Too extreme and too many missteps. No executive experience.
mike June 24, 2011 at 03:46 PM
Nut.... Bigot... a classic example of name-calling... give some examples of what made you not like her... Keep in mind advising people not to fill in the census was just about the extended census that wanted a lot of personal information that was not necessary for the census. Most people did not get this form which is the mis-information that was used against her during the last local election. I don't know any details on the "MACACA moment"... please provide some details. As for Too extreme ... more name-calling... no executive experience? ... lets apply that to ALL candidates present and past ...
Edward June 24, 2011 at 03:57 PM
Name calling occurs on both sides. Nothing new. Too extreme is based on her positions . . . the majority of Americans (if you trust polls) hold positions to the left of Bachmann's stated positions. It's not name-calling, it's simply where she is on the political spectrum. I don't think you'll find many candidates (maybe Santorum?) to the right of Bachmann. No executive experience is simply a fact. Pawlenty is using his executive experience as an advantage against Bachmann (he was a governor). It was used as a knock against Obama in the last election. Just pointing out a hole in her resume . . .
mike June 24, 2011 at 04:21 PM
Being to the right vs. extreme ... sounds like a nearsighted scale... it is an opinion and name calling. Granted "Executive experience" is a legitimate comment, I stand corrected. If you trust polls, most Democrats hold positions to the left of the majority of Americans, but I don't call them extreme... when we talk polls, we need to take into account that we have a dual bell curve, which is awfully close to 50/50... some overlap. Polls can too easily take advantage of that fact, and I am not sure what the answer is to get a real reading.
Edward June 24, 2011 at 05:17 PM
"most Democrats hold positions to the left of the majority of Americans" Same could be said for Republicans (they are to the right of majority of Americans), and especially since the rise of the TEA party, which is the right wing within the Republican party. Bachmann is chair of the Tea Party caucus. I believe the Republican party has moved further to the right since Reagan years. Democratic party has taken more of a chunk out of the middle. I used to be a Republican, before the party moved further to the right. On the local level I voted for people like Peg Larsen and Gary Laidig (Republican moderates), before those with more right leaning views took over (Bachmann). I'm a fiscal conservative, but not getting my undies in a bundle over gay marriage. It's hard to find a moderate Republican in our statehouse; Kriesel is probably the only one who marches to his own drummer these days. The rest appear to be strict ideologues who never deviate from the party line. We need moderate, sane voices. Bachmann is not one, IMO. She has always been a polarizing force, a divider.

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