Quote of the Day: The GOP’s Bachmann Problem

Michele Bachmann

Our political Quote of the Day comes from the New York Time’s Charles Blow who, in a superb column about Republican over the top, demonizing and hateful rhetoric — this time turned on OTHER Republicans — notes this about the Queen of Inaccurate Political Charges, Rep Michele Bachmann:

Last year The Washington Post quoted Jim Drinkard, who oversees fact-checking at The Associated Press, as saying, “We had to have a self-imposed Michele Bachmann quota in some of those debates.”

It’s sad when you are so fact-challenged that you burn out the fact-checkers.

People like Bachmann represent everything that is wrong with the Republican Party. She and her colleagues are hyperbolic, reactionary, ill-informed and ill-intentioned, and they have become synonymous with the Republican brand. We don’t need all politicians to be Mensa-worthy, but we do expect them to be cogent and competent.

When all the dust settles from the current dustup within the party over who holds the mantle and which direction to take, Republicans will still be left with the problem of what to do with people like Bachmann.

And as long as the party has Bachmanns, it has a problem.

It’s not just a matter of having Bachmann.

It’s enabling her, not calling her out on obvious political statements (ahem) at variance with the facts. And not repudiating her.

  

5 Comments

  1. The people of Minnesota are perfectly capable of choosing someone else if they want to do so. If they like Michele, they should have her. She should not be foisted on the rest of us, however. If the Republicans continue to fund her campaigns, they can hardly complain when she gets elected.

    If she is being funded by other entities…that we should be able to do something about. In looking, it seems she receives around twice as much in small donor contributions than in large donor contributions.

    If the Republicans really wanted to do something about her, they could remove her from the House Financial Services Committee; she gets a lot of contributions from finance entities and is used as a conduit to funnel money to other Republicans. That’s hard to give up.

    She’s only been in office since 2006 – it seems longer, somehow….

  2. See this is what I don’t like, the lumping of unnamed “colleagues” others in CB’s rhetoric to besmirch the whole party:
    “People like Bachmann represent everything that is wrong with the Republican Party. She and her colleagues are hyperbolic, reactionary, ill-informed and ill-intentioned, and they have become synonymous with the Republican brand.”
    People “like” CB are masters at this brand of flummery.

  3. Seems like the GOP has a problem. If I were the head of the GOP I would call Roger Ailes and get him to hire her and a couple of her pals to do Fox and Friends. You could get rid of the non-entities there now just dumb and dumber anyway. With her headlining and a couple of other tea party favorites like Allen West this would be a ratings bombshell. The old viewers (average I.Q. of low 80′s) would be happy and everyone else would watch just to see what nonsense would come out of their mouths. It would be true comic relief. The bonus would be her resignation from Congress with the explanation that she is taking her career in a new direction.

  4. She and her colleagues are hyperbolic, reactionary, ill-informed and ill-intentioned, and they have become synonymous with the Republican brand.

    The “colleagues” aren’t only being judged by the company they keep, but also by the company they encourage and foster. This version of the GOP has been cut more than enough slack – certainly more than it deserves. Bachmann is only a symptom of a greater malaise. She wouldn’t exist within the republican culture if it wasn’t such a fertile environment for people like her.

  5. Ah, I understand, bull flop is a great fertilizer.

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