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Tue Jul 24, 2012, 08:43 AM

OpEd:The Divine Miss M(ichele Bachmann)

By FRANK BRUNI
Published: July 23, 2012 33 Comments

What I find most fascinating about Michele Bachmann — and there are many, many more where she came from — is that she presents herself as a godly woman, humbly devoted to her Christian faith. I’d like to meet that god, and I’d like to understand that Christianity


Does it call for smearing people on the basis of flimsy conspiracy theories? That’s what Bachmann just did to Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, by essentially suggesting she might be a mole for the Muslim Brotherhood.

Does it endorse scaring young women away from immunizations that could spare them serious illness? Bachmann did that during her memorable presidential campaign, when she blithely drew an unsubstantiated link between a vaccine for the human papillomavirus and mental retardation.

Does it encourage gratuitously divisive condemnations of Barack Obama as “anti-American,” one of many incendiary phrases in her attacks against him in 2008? And does it compel a war against homosexuality waged with the language and illogic she uses?

She has said that gay men and lesbians are dysfunctional products of abuse and agents of “sexual anarchy,” and when the singer and songwriter Melissa Etheridge was battling breast cancer years ago, Bachmann helpfully chimed in: “This may be an opportunity for her now to be open to some spiritual things, now that she is suffering with that physical disease. She is a lesbian.”

more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/24/opinion/bruni-the-divine-miss-m.html

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maddezmom Jul 2012 OP
Lucy Goosey Jul 2012 #1
OmahaBlueDog Jul 2012 #2
mac56 Jul 2012 #5
Jessy169 Jul 2012 #10
SharonAnn Jul 2012 #3
raouldukelives Jul 2012 #9
magical thyme Jul 2012 #4
noel711 Jul 2012 #6
Atman Jul 2012 #7
AlbertCat Jul 2012 #8
Fortinbras Armstrong Jul 2012 #11

Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Tue Jul 24, 2012, 09:16 AM

1. I hadn't heard what she said about Etheridge. Just wow.

What a horrible person - Bachmann, obviously, not Melissa Etheridge.

I agree with one of the commenters, bob h:
What a superb chance for Mitt Romney to show strength of character, courage, and leadership by denouncing her tactics. But his continuing silence illustrates his true dimensions.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Tue Jul 24, 2012, 09:54 AM

2. ..yet she keeps getting re-elected

What does that tell us?

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Reply #2)

Tue Jul 24, 2012, 10:16 AM

5. I live right next to her district, about 20 miles away.

It tells you a lot about that district.

Google the phrase "Stearns County Syndrome" to learn more.

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Response to mac56 (Reply #5)

Tue Jul 24, 2012, 11:06 AM

10. Stearns County Syndrome = Republican Base Syndrome

Stearns Country Syndrome description could be applied to thousands of podunk towns scattered throughout the rural Red states. No surprise why these are epicenters of ignorance, intolerance and Republicanism.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Tue Jul 24, 2012, 09:59 AM

3. "Thou shalt not lie!"

That's the commandment she keeps breaking.

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Response to SharonAnn (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 24, 2012, 11:01 AM

9. Bearing false witness seems to be a common tactic among politicians.

And car salesman, insurance salesmen, health care providers, financial planners, US Military, bankers. corporations and just about everything else I can think of that people profit from.
Where there is a dollar to be made a con artist ain't far behind. And it's not frowned upon, it's just good business.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Tue Jul 24, 2012, 10:01 AM

4. his last 3 sentences bear repeating, loudly and in big block letters

Bachmann’s on to something: dangerous fundamentalists have indeed set up camp deep inside the capital. She can find one in her office. She need only look in the mirror.

BACKMANN'S ON TO SOMETHING: DANGEROUS FUNDAMENTALISTS HAVE INDEED SET UP CAMP DEEP INSIDE THE CAPITAL.

SHE CAN FIND ONE IN HER OFFICE. SHE NEED ONLY LOOK IN THE MIRROR.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Tue Jul 24, 2012, 10:27 AM

6. Uh... The Divine Miss M? NOT Bachmann..

I hope Bette Midler (the REAL Divine Miss M.. and a progressive)
sues somebody's sorry ass for misappropriating her title.
There is NOTHING Divine about Bachman,
and to conflate the Real Miss M with a homophobic idiot
is a real mistake.

The real tragedy is that Bachmann keeps getting elected,
that part of the electorate in Minnesota believes she
is worthy of her place in congress.

But Divine Miss M? I don't think so.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Tue Jul 24, 2012, 10:29 AM

7. Ms. Bachmann is an evil, hateful excuse for a woman.

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Response to Atman (Reply #7)

Tue Jul 24, 2012, 10:54 AM

8. Ms. Bachmann is an evil, hateful excuse for a woman.

A self serving idiot.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Tue Jul 24, 2012, 12:37 PM

11. Unconstitutional conservatives

I have heard several conservatives state that Huma Abedin should not have been allowed to become Hillary Clinton's aide because she is a Muslim. Apparently, these people have not read Article 4 of the U.S. Constitution, which states in part "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."

A lot of these people who keep bloviating about their devotion to the Constitution have not bothered to read it.

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