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03-27-2011, 06:52 AM   #1
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Is Michele Bachmann the new Sarah Palin?


Republicans warm to woman they once saw as a joke

Michele Bachmann is winning more attention than Sarah Palin as a Republican presidential hopeful. Now she's getting serious, says Alex Spillius in Washington.

Until last week Michele Bachmann was considered something of a joke by members of Washington's Republican establishment. But after announcing that she was almost certainly running for USpresident, their smiles quickly vanished.


A Tea Party favourite, Mrs Bachmann is a former tax lawyer who many moderates in the party think could prove its biggest liability in the forthcoming primary for the 2012 nomination.


Her gift of the gaffe is such that a leading Republican consultant recently said that she made Sarah Palin look like Count Metternich.


That was after Bachmann mistakenly placed Lexington and Concord, scenes of the first battles in the American War of Independence, in the state of New Hampshire, where she was speaking at the time. They are in fact in Massachusetts, as every US schoolchild knows.


Rarely shy of a conspiracy theory, she has suggested that Democrats wanted to do away with the dollar, and during the Iraq war claimed to have knowledge of a plot to annex part of the country to Iran.

During the bird flu scare, she hinted that President Barack Obama who she once derided as "anti-American" was to blame for the virus. It is no surprise she has chosen to fan the flames of the notion which is popular among many grassroots conservatives that the president is not American-born.

Her blunders and provocations, it is believed, would then be exposed to a wider public and would cause collateral damage to the eventual winner of the primary, who is likely to be drawn from among the more experienced but less magnetic male candidates.

As Mike Murphy, a seasoned Republican strategist, wrote: "The vital swing voters who will decide the 2012 election will look at Michele Bachmann and howl like villagers getting their first torchlit glimpse of Frankenstein's monster. They will stampede quickly in the opposite direction, away from the GOP."

Democrats are privately rejoicing at the prospect of Bachmann running, assuming that Obama would benefit from a kooky, antagonistic politician with poor command of the facts.

That attitude may prove complacent, however. Look at what happened in the 2010 midterms. Palin and Bachmann led the Tea Party charge and the Republicans seized the House and halved the Democrat's majority in the Senate.

If she won the nomination, Bachmann would certainly guarantee Obama another term, such is her divisiveness.


Is Michele Bachmann the new Sarah Palin? Republicans warm to woman they once saw as a joke - Telegraph


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Palin is so over.
India? She didn't even show on the Indian news site. They didn't care.
She'd just reaching now.

Michele on the other hand?
She's the hot property.
Gets lots of press.
Can wear lipstick.
Says the darnedest things too.
The rights answer to Pelosi.
03-27-2011, 06:52 PM   #3
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It's like they're testing the population, to see just how much stupid we can absorb.
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I'm not enjoying the test.
When will we be graded?

Ooooops.......they layed off all the teachers.

It's the test that NEVER ends!

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I'm not enjoying the test.
When will we be graded?

Nov 6, 2012.
Study hard for this one.
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Damn!
They closed the library too!
Oh well, off to the FOX news. Glenn always knows best.

Are you guys in Canada sorry you turned away Murdock?
He could have made your next election more "interesting".
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