Entries Tagged as 'Michele Bachmann'

Confirmed: The Ames Straw Poll is Useless

January 4th, 2012 at 8:33 am 9 Comments

We have just received yet another confirmation of the virtual uselessness of the Ames Straw Poll. The proud winner of the straw poll, Michelle Bachmann came in sixth in the Iowa caucuses (and in fact finished dead last among all serious contestants–Jon Huntsman just ignored Iowa). Furthermore, she only managed to win just slightly more votes in the caucus than in the straw poll, even though the turnout was seven or eight times greater!

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Growing Up in Bachmann’s World

October 3rd, 2011 at 12:00 am 93 Comments

Michele Bachmann and I grew up in the same evangelical world. We heard similar sermons, read similar books—most importantly the Bible—and we followed the same anointed leaders.

By the time we were in college our generation of evangelicals had been educated into a profoundly different worldview than that of the secular, anti-Christian, Satan-following Ivy League elites we had been taught to fear. We understood the world to be a spiritual battleground with forces of good pitted against forces of evil. Real angels and real demons hovered about us as we prepared to wage these wars. We sang songs like “Onward Christian Soldiers” in our churches. At summer camps and vacation Bible schools we stamped our feet, and waved our arms as we sang with good Christian gusto “I’m in the Lord’s Army.” We knew which side we were on.

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What’s the Plan After Default?

September 25th, 2011 at 10:00 am 41 Comments

David Frum writes:

Tip O’Neill, the former speaker of the House, was asked at his retirement in 1987 how Washington had changed since he arrived in 1953. He answered, “The people are better. The results are worse.”

What he meant: There are many fewer drunks in government than there used to be. Fewer crooks. Fewer ignoramuses. Fewer cheaters and sexual harassers. Yet back when Congress contained many more drunks and crooks and cheaters, nobody doubted that it would vote to pay the American national debt. This summer, a better educated, more sober, more honest, and probably less adulterous Congress pushed the United States to the verge of national default.

Back in 1953 Joe McCarthy was in Congress. But even he didn’t suggest lowering the federal tax rate to zero, as Congresswoman Bachmann proposed the other day.

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Where the Crazy May Be Coming From

September 16th, 2011 at 10:43 am 128 Comments

Our politics is getting weird. The crude, disrespectful behavior of the Tea Party crowd at Monday’s GOP debate underlines the deterioration of our civic institutions. We’ve always struggled against opportunism, corruption and lies. But the fresh rise of what can only fairly be described as “crazy” is hitting us like an invasive species dropped into your local pond. It’s crowding out the parasites we’ve learned to tolerate and eating everything in sight.

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George W. Bush: Just Another RINO

September 15th, 2011 at 12:01 pm 47 Comments

It’s well established that the Republican Party of 2011 is a far cry from the party of the George W. Bush years. Nowhere is this clearer than the fact that the conservative choice of 2008, Mitt Romney, is now widely perceived as a moderate.

This got me thinking, what would the 2012 GOP debates look like if the Twenty-Second Amendment was repealed and former President Bush left the Bush Center and his Dallas home to hit the hustings for a third term?

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Perry Has it Both Ways on Every Issue

September 13th, 2011 at 11:29 am 30 Comments

Last night’s debate showed that, in 2012, Rick Perry may be what Phil Gramm was in 1996: an overrated, negative candidate with a lot of money who goes nowhere very fast.

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Perry: Slow on His Feet

David Frum September 13th, 2011 at 9:01 am 89 Comments

Here’s a sharp observation at National Journal about last night’s GOP debate:

In the most pivotal moment of the debate, Romney laid a trap for Perry by asking if he was going to “retreat’’ from the idea that Social Security is an unconstitutional federal program that should be turned over to the states.

It was as if Romney had waved a red flag in front of the typically hard-charging Perry, who balked instead of lunging forward. First he mocked the idea that the New Deal was beyond reproach, but then he said “obviously we’re not going to take away’’ such an institution. “I think we ought to have a conversation.’’ Perry said.

Romney interrupted with perhaps his best line of the night. “We’re having that right now governor. We’re running for president.”

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Perry Gets Targeted at GOP Debate

September 12th, 2011 at 10:41 pm 12 Comments

It’s difficult to see how Governor Perry walks away from this debate without any chinks in his armor. Ron Paul’s dig as a Texas resident in particular drew some blood, and even what sounded like gasps from the Tea Party crowd. However, his later ramblings about Saudi military bases may have undercut any chance of his performance carrying weight.

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Romney Takes the Fight to Perry

September 7th, 2011 at 10:43 pm 8 Comments

Romney is not going to give up. Romney did not ‘Pawlenty’ himself out in this debate: when struck at, he struck back—hard. The jobs exchange with Perry early in the debate showed some fight in Romney. Romney needs to fight Perry on this in order to defend his own claims on the economy.

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Perry Comes Unprepared to the GOP Debate

September 7th, 2011 at 6:37 pm 58 Comments

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