Did Michele Bachmann Reveal Top Secret Information During A Public Hearing?

Or is she just a blithering idiot who makes stuff up for her own political gain?

In a recent hearing of the Intelligence Committee, which she enigmatically sits on, like some kind of sick joke perpetuated by Squeaker of the House John Boner, this transpired between Bachmann and the CIA director:

[BACHMANN] … When the White House conducted their armed drone strikes in North Africa, particularly in eastern Libya prior to the attack on our mission in Benghazi on 9-1-1 last year, did the White House notify the State Department of the armed drone strikes before they were made?

[BRENNAN, LOOKING TOTALLY BAFFLED] Ah, armed droned strikes in Libya? Um, I’m unknowing of such and I would defer to the White House to address your question.

[BACHMANN] Were there any armed drone strikes in north Africa that were made by the White House?

[BRENNAN] The White House doesn’t have a drone capability/responsibility, whatever so…

[BACHMANN] I’m asking in north Africa, I’m asking, I’m asking director Brennan, were there any armed drone strikes that were made by the United States in north Africa prior to 9-1-1?

[BRENNAN] Well we usually don’t talk about any sort of specific actions, but ah, again, I don’t know what you could be referencing.

[BACHMANN] I’m just wondering if the State Department was aware, or if the military was aware, or if the CIA was aware. and if we aren’t going to talk about that we aren’t going to talk about that, but that’s a question I’d like to know.

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[BACHMANN] But regarding the nuclear weapon program and our intelligence capability — again, we have a wonderful intelligence community, but we weren’t aware of the bombing in 1993 at the World Trade Center tower. We weren’t aware before 9-1-1 occurred in 2001, we weren’t aware of the Arab Spring developments, and we weren’t aware of the attack on the mission on Benghazi. How do we have confidence that we will know when Iran has amassed the capability of developing a nuclear weapon? I ask that because the President said last month that it would take approximately a year for [Iran] to develop a nuclear weapon once they had make that decision. Last week — we know that the current negotiations have gone without any breakthrough or any development. And so I’m very concerned about our intelligence capability of knowing with a high degree of certainty when Iran has either made the decision to develop nuclear weapons, or has obtained nuclear weapons.

[CIA OFFICIAL] I think this subject would be much, much better talked about in closed session.

[BACHMANN] I would look forward to that, and I would appreciated that. Could you comment on what is happening with, ah, we talk a lot about uranium development with Iran’s nuclear program, but Iran is also building a heavy water reactor capable of producing plutonium. What is the status of Iran’s heavy water reactor?

[BRENNAN AND THE OFFICIAL LOOK BAFFLED, THEN THE OFFICIAL SAYS] Well agian, this would be a subject for closed session I think.

[BACHMANN] I look forward to that.

A more detailed transcript, a video of the Michele the Moron (which I say in all due respect) carrying out what appears to be an act of High Treason, and some details about the comedy of it all, are HERE.

A small % of people believe in bigfoot and UFO’s. Michele Bachmann.

Michele Bachmann

I don’t know what causes people to either create beliefs about something that is not true, or to accept incredible beliefs of this sort. I do know that I’ve had such beliefs. When I was 12. At the time that I was 12 and a couple of years before that, I believed that theories like “Worlds in Collision” were interesting and possibly valid. I had mixed feelings about Ancient Astronauts. For at time I felt that Edgar Cayce explained everything. But then, I turned 13 and literally grew out of it. Well, there were other influences. And for some of those beliefs it took another year to completely go away. I’m pretty sure my old-world style Catholic upbringing prepared me to believe things that I now see as incredibly unlikely. If one grows up knowing that demonic possession, poltergeists, assumption, and coming back from the dead are well known phenomena, then an as yet undiscovered hominid living in the forest, or alternative theories of how the solar system evolved are not so hard to accept. But one grows out of these things. Continue reading

Bachmann Widens Net, Redefines Batshit Crazy

Michele Bachmann. Is she bouncing out of the park as we speak?

Michele Bachmann has now accused her fellow Minnesota Congressman, Keith Ellison, of being a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, adding the highly respected Democrat to her imagined conspiracy theory.

In this theory, the nefarious organization known as the Muslim Brotherhood is placing their own people in top positions in the United State Government. Congressman Ellison, who represents Minnesota’s Fifth District, is the only Muslim in Congress. So Bachmann, who is probably the most batshit crazy person to ever be elected to Congress, assumes he’s naturally part of this secret coup.

This is being reported:

In an interview with radio host Glenn Beck today, Bachmann said Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, “has a long record of being associated with … the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Ellison, DFL-Minneapolis, refuted those allegations in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, saying he has no ties to the movement. The Muslim Brotherhood is an international Islamist movement that recently came to power in Egypt, which some say maintains ties to terror groups such as Hamas.

Accusing Keith Ellison of being in the Muslim Brotherhood is nuts. Bachmann has very seriously stepped over a line here. Again. Further than usual. She’s had these uber-crazy episodes before. Continue reading

Boehner Joins Bachmann Pile-on

Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann. I can see her Congressional district from my front porch.

This is very strange. Michele Bachmann has said batshitcrazy stuff before and there was never a push back by the GOP party stalwarts. But there is now, following her remarks about top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Is there something about calling for the investigation of a particular individual who happens to be a Democrat working for the Obama administration that is worse, in the minds of Republicans, than calling for the investigation of every Democrat in Congress?

Or, is there something going on with Bachmann right now that is causing this unusual negative reaction to Bachmann’s claims. For example, is the Muslim Brotherhood in cahoots with the GOP? (Don’t laugh, it is quite possible.) Or is there talk by the Romney Campaign that Bachmann could be considered as a running mate pick (laugh all you want, but that is even more possible) and establishment Republicans want to make sure that doesn’t happen either to avoid a Palinesque disaster or because they have someone else in mind? Or has the time come, in the Republican Party (and the time always comes for this, eventually) for them to start eating their own? That, I think, is unlikely becuase one usually eats one’s own when one is on the ropes or totally in charge, and it is not clear that they are quite in either state at the moment.

Or, maybe it has to do with Money. Continue reading

So, what did Michele Bachmann do this time?

Michele "Batshit Crazy" Bachmann, Member of Congress.

Huma Abedin is a well respected, experienced foreign affairs expert and aide to Secretary Hillary Clinton. A few days ago, Michele Bachmann and a handful of other Tea Party members of Congress claimed that Abedin has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and is, essentially, a plant presumably put in a high position in the American government in order to carry out nefarious acts at a later time.

That’s pretty normal for Bachmann.

What is not typical, however, is the negative reaction she’s received for her batshit crazy accusations. Sure, we expect Anderson Cooper to say what he said. Continue reading

Is Michele Bachmann painting a target on President Obama?

Bill Prendergast makes the case:

President Obama “thinks he’s above the law,” he’s “ignoring the laws of the land,” he “threw the constitution out the window” (again)–and he is conducting “an autocratic reign.”
All of that’s nuts, entirely untrue, and unsupported by the facts. So you know the speaker must be Michele Bachmann.

When she says stuff like this, she’s putting a sniper bull’s eye on the back of a President–the President who’s already received the most death threats ever. By 2009, Obama was getting 30 death threats a day.

At the Minnesota Progressive Project

“Dual Citizenship is Treason”

That’s the name of a blog post from Ron Paul’s “Daily Paul” site.

I am against dual citizenship of any kind. When you benefit from the blood spilled by patriots in the past, the least which can be requested of you is undivided allegiance. …

The idea of liberty dictates that any human being can choose to be a citizen of any country for which he or she qualifies. That’s his business. But any country could suddenly be at war with any other country. That is realpolitik. For the privilege of being a citizen of this great country, you must choose.

(Click here to find citation)

So, maybe that is the official Ron Paul position.

In Minnesota, Ron Paul Republicans have sort of taken over (what is left of) the Republican Party, in a way. Paul came in second after Santorum in the primaries, but strange delegate math and sneaky stuff by the Ron Paul campaign happened and now Ron Paul has more delegates. I can’t really explain that. The point is, if I was a Republican in Minnesota (which I am not, by the way) I’d look out for Ron Paul and his followers because they have clout here.

So, this would apply to Michele Bachmann:

Don’t you think perhaps that Michele Bachmann should be investigate as Unamerican?

Here’s a good place to learn more about Swiss Family Bachmann.

Bachmann is done in politics

She did the most unAmerican thing possible: She pledged her allegiance to the flag of another country by taking on the citizenship of that foreign power. Presumably this decision will doom her re-election to the Congress. And ..

By embracing a socialist and gay-friendly country, Tea Party favorite Bachmann can kiss any vice-presidential hopes, or even another White House run, goodbye. She could even be in trouble in her own congressional re-election.

Unbelievable. I demand that she be investigated.

Minnesota Redistricting: How will this affect Michele Bachmann, others?

Moments ago, a judicial panel released the new redistricting plan for Minnesota. This is a process that is traditionally started by the legislature, then when they finish disagreeing on it for a while, it is handed over to some judges, who make the final decition.

Michele Bachmann’s place of residence has been placed in the same district as Betty McCollum. McCollum, a Democrat, is very popular in her district, and Bachmann, a Republican, is also popular in hers. Very likely, McCollum would beat Bachmann, and Bachmann sees the writing on the wall. Therefore, she is going to run in a different district than the one she lives in, but essentially in the same district she’s already representing, plus or minus bits and pieces around the edges.

The districts are not all that different than they were before at the large scale. The fourth district, McCollum’s has grown a bit and eaten part of the 6th district, Bachmanns. Meanwhile, the 6th district has been extended to the west a bit, into a region that I think is simply more Bachmann-country. In addition, the sixth has been extended to the south, into an area that may be mixed with respect to Bachmann’s support base. On balance, I think (subject to correction) that Bachmann has lost some of the pesky liberals from the area in which she actually lives, and gained some likely supporters in other areas. In other words, if she was going to be hard to unseat, she is now harder to unseat.

Meanwhile, my district, where I’m supporting DFL candidate Sharon Sund, has changed a bit as well, including a larger area to the south. It is unclear to me what this will mean in terms of relative support for the Republican incumbant vs. the DFL challenger. At first glance, I don’t see a lot of change.

Here is the judicial branch web site on redistricting.

I just got this email from Michele Bachmann:

Dear Greg,

I haven’t heard back from you regarding my email below. I need to know that you stand with me in my run for re-election to Congress.

If you still believe we need a strong constitutionalist in Congress then I need to hear from you today. Greg, I hope I can still count on your support. Please click here and send your very best gift of $25, $50, $100 or whatever you can afford today.

President Obama and Nancy Pelosi will certainly do everything they can to defeat me and I must rely on supporters like you to ensure we have a strong constitutional conservative to lead the charge in Congress and ensure victory this fall. I need your financial support now more than ever.

Thanks,
Michele

Sent from my iPhone

Holy crap. She can code HTML from her iPhone.

Facing irrelevancy at the national level, Michel Bachmann makes important sounding statement of no substance

On meet the press, no less:

“I reserve the right to endorse someone but at this point I have not made a decision about endorsing any one of the candidates,” she said. “We are still in the process and I really truly do, Bob, want to be a unifying person in this party.”

Uh huh.

Political analyst Larry Jacobs of the Humphrey Institute said Bachmann may be holding off announcing an endorsement for “drama’s sake.”

Uh.

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Michele Bachmann Will Run For Re-Election to Congressional Seat

Michele Bachmann will run for re-election to Congress. Photo from Wikipedia

Michele Bachmann, who recently dropped out of the Presidential race, will run for re-election to her seat in Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District.

The district is likely to attain a different shape after expected redistricting prior to the election, which may affect the outcome of this and other nearby elections. The word on the street is that a very likely outcome would chop off the more liberal Stillwater section of the district, making the Sixth an easier win for Bachmann than it already is. The downside for Michele is that she lives in that part of the district, so she would have to either move (over to near my place!) to run in the Sixth, or stay in her new district and run against a popular Democrat, in the more urban and liberal Fourth District.

Bachmann declared her plans in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday. The Republican congresswoman had been mum on her plans since folding her presidential campaign after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses earlier this month.

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More Speculation on Bachmann’s Future

Aaron Blake at the Washington Post wrote this a couple of days ago but I missed it. It is still rather speculative, but the basic idea is that she would win if she ran for re-election to congress (a risky prediction given upcoming redistricting) but notes that her money supply has dried up and the shine is off her candidacy.

The fundraising prowess that Bachmann showed in her 2010 reelection campaign never really translated to the presidential campaign, for whatever reason. Yes, Bachmann raised decent money, but it seemed that as her campaign wore on, she became less and less a hero of the tea party movement. Given her poor showing in Iowa, we have to wonder whether she will retain the kind of cause celebre status that helped her raise an astounding $13 million for her last House reelection bid.

The redistricting is interesting, because Michele lives in the part of her district where she would have less support than other areas, and a redrawing of district boundaries in Minnesota will be required to make her district smaller. So, there is a certain chance that she’d find herself living (and thus required to run) in a district that wouldn’t vote for her.

What is needed, if she runs, is a better DFL strategy. So far the DFL has tried candidates that have features that make them more Bachmann like … former Republican, conservative, minister, etc. etc. What is needed here is are true liberal who is fast on his or her feet and can make people like them regardless of policy … a young and upcoming Paul Wellstone or Al Franken. A loss with a lot of important things said and severe damage done to the credibility of the Tea Party philosophic is the worst thing that can happen in such a case, and if Bachmann stumbles and the stars align just right, a victory by such a candidate over the Darling of the Tea Party would be awesome. And unlike everyone else I know, I don’t use the word “awesome” lightly!

Will Michele Bachmann Run for Re-Election to Congress?

Now that Michele Bachmann, Minnesota 6th district Congresswoman, has pulled her hat out of the presidential ring, the question remains: Will she run for re-election to her seat in Congress? The filing deadline is June 5th, so no matter what we may speculate and no matter what Michele or her operatives may indicate, we will not know for sure until June 6th. Continue reading

Bachmann Quits Presidential Bid

Only hours after indicating that she would take the fight to New Hampshire, we now hear that Michele Bachmann will suspend her presidential bid today. She is expected to make the announcement soon from West Des Moines.

This is a surprise and a disappointment. Michele told us that both God and her husband thought she should run for president. The de facto founder of the Tea Party hast quit after the first real contest, which in turn followed a hollow victory at the Sraw Poll. The Tea-Tossing Patriots of the American Nation had a surprise victory at Lexington and Concord followed by a trouncing at their first real contest, at Bunker Hill, but they did not quit. No. They continued the fight, dragging cannons over the snowy Berkshires and training the weapons on the British Fort in Boston, driving them out. Then they went on to win the American Revolution and found the greatest nation ever.

But Michele Bachmann has encountered one significant loss and is quitting the race. This is very, very disappointing for many reasons.

Including, and especially, the fact that this probably means she will run for re-election to congress in Minnesota’s 6th district. Which I can see from my living room. Damn.

Bachmann, Mother of 28, Plays Gender/Mom Card in Iowa

Which is funny, because Iowa is one of only two states that has never had a female in congress or the statehouse.

Bachmann is the only female candidate in the current Republican field. They used to have a black guy but he’s gone. And I must say that I’m very disappointed that the only woman is, apparently, about to be shoved to the side in the race to the top. I’m not disappointed because of the gender bias … I fully expect that from the Tea Bagging Republicans. A woman’s place is in the home, making babies and brownies, obviously. I’m disappointed becuase Michele was, indeed still is, my candidate. I so much want her to do well in this race and truly set her sights on the White House.

Don’t give up, Michele!

Here’s the story from WCCO discussing the gender thing. It talks about how Michele is a real coupon clipper and stuff.

Strib Throws Bachmann Under Bus, But Occupy Loves Her

Or at least, they tried to move in with her!

Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus were ushered through a back door Saturday as several dozen Occupy Des Moines protesters descended on her suburban Urbandale headquarters chanting slogans and banging drums.

Urbandale Police said they made 10 arrests after a scuffle broke out between some of the protesters and members of Bachmann’s advance security detail.

Read the rest of that story here.

And, from the same source, we hear that Bachmann came in last in the recent Des Moines Regiser poll. But she didn’t. Huntsman came in last, and Michele came in second last, as previously discussed.

Be careful clicking on the Star Tribune links. Sometimes they come up with a video ad running, thus waking up the baby or startling the cat.

Romney Leads For Iowa, but numbers suggest he is not really a favorite

The Iowa Caucus (not to be confused with the mostly bogus Iowa Straw Poll, where Michele Bachmann bought herself a good lead) will be held Tuesday. A Caucus is an actual political event and it is not insignificant. If you hear someone say “Oh, caucuses don’t mean anything” or “A caucus is not a real thing” or whatever, start asking them questions and you’ll quickly learn that they don’t know much about the political process. Very likely, they’ve never been to one. Have you? If you haven’t, and your state has them, give it at try!

Amazingly, Mitt Romney is in the lead according to a recent poll by the Des Moines Register, going into Tuesday’s caucuses, but the lead is slim. And the configuration of the field seems at least a little stable. The CNN poll of December 28th shows this pattern: Continue reading

Bachmann: Teaching Only Evolution Is ‘Censorship’

Uffda …

At an education forum at the University of Northern Iowa this afternoon, GOP presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said she favored the teaching of intelligent design and creationism in schools, saying that just teaching the science of evolution would be “censorship by government.” Asked by a Catholic student why it’s not a violation of the separation of church and state for a public school to teach the religiously-tinged theories, Bachmann said evolution is just a “theory”…

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