Every time I turn on the news, I'm blown away that Michele Bachmann is still thought so highly as being a viable presidential candidate for the Republican Party next year. During her interview today on Meet the Press, the policy questions she was asked pertained primarily to those dealing with the economy and the debt ceiling (wherein she maintained her party's stance on cutting spending and not raising taxes on big corporations, and continued to go against her party by defending her position of voting against raising the debt ceiling). When asked to justify her position on the debt ceiling (voting to not raise the debt ceiling and thereby opening our country to the economic fallout of going into default), she stated that she voted the way the people of the country wanted her to vote - that because polls showed that many Americans were against raising the debt ceiling (synonymous with allowing us to accumulate more debt), she would stand by what the people want.

It seems like a virtuous tack to take, too; politicians are elected to be the "voice" of the people in essence, but in practical terms, it's completely unrealistic. People vote for politicians to make important decisions based on all of the facts of a situation - many of which us "ordinary" people are unaware of or do not take the time to fully understand. In the case of the debt ceiling, while I'm a person for whom my elected officials are working, I am also not an economist. I don't think my opinions on an economic decision can be taken as directives. My opinions may not be based on all of the facts of the situation, and I may be (actually am) ignorant of all of the machinations of the financial world. So in essence, I find Bachmann's response that her vote was reflecting the will of the people to be a complete cop-out. In fact, it's fairly insulting: the vote to not raise the debt ceiling was not the right decision because it could have caused more havoc for our economy, but because she can't go back and change her vote, she can blame her decision on her constituents. "Well, it's what they wanted" doesn't strike me as being competent decision-making; instead, it's playing a blame-game.

Today's interview then shifted gears to ask Bachmann personal questions about her religious and social views (the answers to which, while important, were not new, and something that, if I were to write about it, would just make my socially-liberal blood pressure go up). But what I wanted to see was a question or two about her ideas on foreign policy. Because if there's one thing that many people can agree on about President Obama is that he has achieved much in the way of repairing our image in the international community. Aside from bombing Libya with drones and straining relations with Pakistan over killing Bin Laden (oh well!), President Obama has been a leader in restoring confidence in the United States for our allies. Let's be clear: under President Bush, we became a laughingstock on the international scene, and that viewpoint has been changed overseas within the last three years. And I just can't see an uber-socially-conservative, right-wing-focused candidate like Bachmann making the same headway on the international stage. Her inability, as demonstrated this morning, to straightforwardly answer questions posed to her about domestic issues and policies will not sit well for those of us who require a president who can think fast on his or her feet in the face of an international crisis.

And this is just how I feel about Bachmann - just wait until we get more sound bites and clips from George Bush 2.0... er, I mean, Governor Rick Perry! Because another term or two with a guy who is a W-wannabe is exactly what we need... :P

Date: 2011-08-14 07:17 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] seraphtrevs.livejournal.com
Oh man, did you catch the clip of her at the Republican debate when someone asked her if she'd be a submissive wife to her husband as president? Uh, let's see if I can get a link...

http://www.rawstory.com/rawreplay/2011/08/bachmann-tries-to-explain-comments-about-being-submissive/

What that clip doesn't show is the amount of time that she just stood there and *stared.* The whole thing was beyond creepy in every conceivable way.

But I hope she gets the nomination - it would be a guaranteed win for Obama, especially when the inevitable Marcus Bachmann sex scandal happens - he runs ex-gay clinics and is hilariously, flamingly gay, so there is no conceivable way that he isn't having all sorts of terrifying sex with male prostitutes.

...and you wrote this extremely thoughtful post on Michele Bachmann's political positions, and all I have is gossip. :( (Although, sadly, in this country, whether or not someone can govern is much less important than whatever weird thing goes on in their personal lives.)

Date: 2011-08-16 07:08 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] marenpaisley.livejournal.com

Oh man, did you catch the clip of her at the Republican debate when someone asked her if she'd be a submissive wife to her husband as president?

What that clip doesn't show is the amount of time that she just stood there and *stared.* The whole thing was beyond creepy in every conceivable way.



I did! It made me so uncomfortable to see that. And on Sunday's Meet the Press she "explained" her words again that submissive = respect. David Gregory (the moderator/host of the program) was really great at calling her out about it, saying that those two words don't mean the same thing to most other people. I'll give her credit, though: she can think on her feet and deflect well enough to fool people (way better than Sarah Palin, at any rate). There are so many anti-Obama people out there now who would get suckered in by a pretty face.

But I hope she gets the nomination - it would be a guaranteed win for Obama, especially when the inevitable Marcus Bachmann sex scandal happens - he runs ex-gay clinics and is hilariously, flamingly gay, so there is no conceivable way that he isn't having all sorts of terrifying sex with male prostitutes.

Ha! I knew about the clinics her husband runs to "cure the gay (by surrounding yourself with members of the opposite sex and praying!)", but I haven't seen any interviews with him where he appears gay himself, which is just so, so funny. And I agree, I would love it if she were to get the nomination...although Perry comes across as a loony-tune, too. He held a non-political prayer gathering down in Texas not too long ago. Uh...yeah.

...and you wrote this extremely thoughtful post on Michele Bachmann's political positions, and all I have is gossip. :( (Although, sadly, in this country, whether or not someone can govern is much less important than whatever weird thing goes on in their personal lives.)

No problem! I enjoy the gossip just as much. Especially when the candidates themselves trumpet it around. For instance, Bachmann herself repeatedly brings up the fact that she has five children and has had umpteen-gazillion foster children. But for all we know, those kids could have been brought up all weirdly-socialized or maladjusted in some way. Plus, it seems like a strange bargaining chip to bring your family into the race. I don't know why, but it just rubs me the wrong way.

So I say, bring on the funny! Because as we all know, when it comes to presidential campaigns, it's either laugh or cry. ;-)

Date: 2011-08-17 05:12 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] seraphtrevs.livejournal.com
I'll give her credit, though: she can think on her feet and deflect well enough to fool people (way better than Sarah Palin, at any rate).

Lol, she should use that for her campaign trail: "Michele Bachmann - not as slow as Sarah Palin!"

but I haven't seen any interviews with him where he appears gay himself, which is just so, so funny.

I heard it first on the Savage Lovecast, which is a sex advice podcast I listen to. The host, Dan Savage, is gay (and hilarious), and he opens every show with a little rant that's often political. So he mentioned this study some university did about whether or not "gaydar" exists - as in, can people reliably tell within a short period of time what a person's sexual orientation is? And they found that yes, people are actually pretty accurate at guessing even after only hearing someone's voice. So then he told everyone to get their gaydar out and played a clip of Marcus Bachmann screaming about his mission to ~educate the barabarians~ - and omg he has the most stereotypical gay lisp ever. I just about died.

Someone made a pretty hilarious Funny or Die vid about how totally non-gay Marcus Bachmann is.

And here's another Funny or Die vid about the most awesome thing that Dan Savage has ever done.


He held a non-political prayer gathering down in Texas not too long ago. Uh...yeah.

Didn't he have a rally to pray for rain? And then it still hasn't rained. The only logical conclusion is that Jesus hates Perry.

Plus, it seems like a strange bargaining chip to bring your family into the race. I don't know why, but it just rubs me the wrong way.

It bugs me too - Sarah Palin pulled the same shit all the time, and it's just so pandering, not to mention probably all kinds of not fun for the kids in question. (Just ask poor Bristol.)

Date: 2011-08-18 02:30 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] marenpaisley.livejournal.com
Holy mackerel - those videos! Ha! I especially liked Dan Savage's; every time I've seen him interviewed, I've always liked him. He's been especially good on the Colbert Report, which is where I think I saw him last.

And it just burns me up that Rick Santorum is Pennsylvanian. Ugh. But then, there are lot of people like him out in the central/northern part of our state.

The girl from the first video did a great job of making her eyes look crazy like Bachmann's, I noticed. Plus, there's something about that mid-western accent that drives me up the wall. It's got this weird, twangy quality to it that you just don't find on the coasts, you know? Well done, funny videos! :D

Date: 2011-08-18 03:00 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] seraphtrevs.livejournal.com
Dan Savage has his asshole moments, but he cracks me up so much. And I take it back - that's not the most awesome thing he's done. The It Gets Better project is (which I'm sure is what he was on Colbert to promote - it's seriously amazing how much that's taken off.)

And heeeee, there's a couple of other videos from the same people about Michele Bachmann:

Michele's migraines

The story behind the Newsweek cover

Lololol to that last one especially; I kind of love the fake!Bachmanns. Now I feel conflicted, because whenever I think of them now, I'm going to think of these guys and lol fondly.

Date: 2011-08-20 10:42 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] marenpaisley.livejournal.com
Yes, you are right - it was for the It Gets Better Project that I saw Dan Savage on TV. Good memory!

And those videos! Can't type for laughing omg!

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