GOP Launches Stealth Attack In War On Women: Bachmann For President!
If you think you have it hard, consider what a bad couple of years Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has had. After that one great day in 2011 when she won the Ames, IA straw poll, poor Michele hasn’t been able to buy a break . . . not that she didn’t try.
If it’s not the FBI, DoJ and Office of Congressional Ethics poking their noses into her business and saying mean things about her leadership skills, it’s the danged homos making the bottom fall out of the Gay Reparative market. Now Marcus is out of a
scam job and it’s all down to Michele, who—Criminy—just retired from the House. Book sales aren’t nearly covering the legal fees so it’s no time to be out of work.
But when the going gets tough, the tough get going . . . so Rep. Michele Bachmann, looking to her strengths, has decided that another run at the Oval Office might be just the thing!
The only thing that the media has speculated on is that it’s going to be various men that are running. They haven’t speculated, for instance, that I’m going to run. What if I decide to run? And there’s a chance I could run.
Like with anything else, practice makes perfect. “And I think if a person has gone through the process—for instance, I had gone through 15 presidential debates—it’s easy to see a person’s improvement going through that.
I haven’t made a decision one way or another if I’m going to run again, but I think the organization is probably the key. To have an organization and people who surround you who are loyal, who are highly competent, who know how to be able to run the ball down the field in state after state—because now I think the primary process will be very different this time. It will tighten up; it will be a much shorter run than it was before.
Translation: that last group of F*k ups threw me under the bus when they weren’t smart enough to cover their tracks.
This time last year The New York Times reported that:
The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported this month that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was conducting its own investigation, joining the Federal Election Commission and the Iowa Senate Ethics Committee on the growing list of investigative bodies looking into her campaign activity.
Mrs. Bachmann is facing allegations that her campaign improperly used money from an affiliated political action committee, MichelePAC, to pay a fund-raising consultant who worked for her during the 2012 Iowa caucuses. Her campaign has also been accused of making secret and improper payments to Kent Sorenson, an Iowa state senator and popular Republican conservative leader in the state, in advance of the nominating caucuses. And she has been accused of improperly using her presidential campaign staff to help promote her book, “Core of Conviction.”
At that time, Rep. Bachmann announced that she would not seek re-election to the House in 2014:
“I fully anticipate the mainstream liberal media to put a detrimental spin on my decision not to seek a fifth term,” she said in a gauzy network-television quality video posted on her campaign Web site. “They always seemed to attempt to find a dishonest way to disparage me.
But I take being the focus of their attention and disparagement as a true compliment of my public service effectiveness.”
Not to mention that retiring from politics is a tried and true method that savvy pols use to get the Feds off their backs.
As Susie Madrak put it when Bachmann announced her retirement:
Let’s be clear: Not running for office is Michele Bachmann’s best bet at avoiding a criminal conviction. Once a candidate announces they’re resigning, or not running for reelection, that’s when the FBI usually (but not always) puts pending indictments of public officials on ice. It frustrated me as a reporter when they didn’t follow through on those cases, but an FBI agent explained to me how much more efficient it was to let those investigations die. “We get a bad guy out of office and save the cost of going to trial, that’s a win/win,” he told me. (I didn’t agree.)
Hard to say whether or not all of those files have been stamped “Case Closed” but something has put the wind beneath Bachmann’s wings again:
“I think it’s important to have sufficient time to lay the necessary groundwork to have a really solid campaign and a campaign team put together,” she said. “And I think probably I would think about that decision earlier than I did last time.”
Bachmann alluded to her fundraising prowess as a reason she should be taken seriously, calling herself “one of the top—if not the top—fundraisers in the history of the United States Congress.”
[Not sure, if I were Bachmann, I’d be tooting my horn about that. . . but she’s the pro . . .]
She certainly doesn’t seem to be afraid of going mano a mano with Hillary Clinton either:
Bachmann said that the presumed 2016 Democratic frontrunner has “fatal problems” related to her tenure as secretary of state that should “disqualify her” from the nation’s highest office.
Clinton is “not commander in chief material,” said Bachmann. She then ripped the Democrat for the “utter, abject failure” in Benghazi and said she “fails to inspire confidence in practically anything she touches.”
I have to assume that means that Ms. Bachmann must believe that she IS commander-in-chief material notwithstanding the fact that her star is definitely not in the ascendant since her failed run at the 2012 nomination.
She barely squeaked back into office in 2012, winning her own “safe” seat by a measly 4,000 some votes. She has a propensity for off-the-wall sound bytes. She has a cloud of campaign finance impropriety hanging over her head, whether or not it ever comes to formal criminal charges.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has awarded her a One of the Most Corrupt Members of Congress designations this year saying:
“Rep. Bachmann never had much power, but the little she had, she abused,” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan. “Rarely has one candidate’s malfeasance attracted so much attention from so many different authorities in such a short period.”
“It’s no surprise Rep. Bachmann tried to ensure her staff’s silence, given the breadth of the campaign’s many violations,” continued Sloan. “Retiring from Congress won’t end Rep. Bachmann’s problems; her legal troubles will follow her wherever she goes.”
Neither does Bachmann have a stellar track record as a legislator.
As Paul Kane of The Washington Post put it:
. . . under the Capitol dome, where collegial relations are the foundation of building coalitions to pass laws, Bachmann had little clout, a largely aloof figure with no legislative imprint even now in her seventh year in Congress. Her statements often put fellow Republicans on the defensive.
Looks like a promising profile—for a GOP presidential candidate. Especially if she were to run with someone like an Allen West or a Louie Gohmert. Or how about an All-Woman ticket? Bachmann and Virginia Foxx, perhaps? Or—wait, wait—Bachmann and Miley Cyrus—that’s the ticket!
And then, just think, ladies. President Bachmann will be able to prevent that National Women’s Museum on the Mall from becoming “a shrine to abortion!”