Bachmann can't stop fighting
Rep. Michele Bachmann doesn't seem to know when enough is enough. Instead of dropping the topic of an anti-American witch hunt, she just keeps bringing it up and providing us with more fodder.
Bachmann tries writing out her feelings today with some commentary in the Pioneer Press. The piece originally ran on Politico. We think it's a little too late as even Republicans Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Sen. Norm Coleman distanced themselves from her comments.
Read some of her defense after the jump.
Last Friday, all the liberal special interests from California to Vermont found a new outlet for their energy, their frustrations and their money. That would be in defeating me.
In a matter of 48 hours after I participated in an interview with Chris Matthews on MSNBC's "Hardball," more than $640,000 from donors across the country flooded into my opponent's campaign. Almost to a one, these are people who never would have considered voting for me if they lived in Minnesota. In fact, most of them have probably never voted for a Republican. These are strong supporters of Barack Obama who want to see more liberal policies enacted in Washington.
These are not people who know anything about my policy views. They don't know anything about my record of reaching across the aisle on issues ranging from support for small business to foster care improvements, an issue near and dear to my heart as a former foster mother to 23 troubled teens.
Or about my record of standing up to my own party when the occasion calls for it — such as opposing the $700 billion Wall Street bailout — and standing up to members of the other party when they try to push through tax hikes or limit personal liberty. These are not even people who know anything about my opponent or his positions on the issues — though they are willing to donate to him based on a few minutes of listening to the political echo chamber.
They have been riled up by a spin machine in serious overdrive as we come down the homestretch to Election Day.
Despite the way the blogs and the Democratic Party are spinning it, I never called all liberals anti-American, I never questioned Barack Obama's patriotism, and I never asked for some House Un-American Activities Committee witch hunt into my colleagues in Congress.
What I did was ask legitimate questions that Minnesotans have been asking me: What does Barack Obama mean by change?
For at least two years, the American people are potentially looking at a liberal policy agenda dominating Washington from both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. In fact, it's conceivable that the Democrat majority in the Senate could be large enough that the traditional minority right to filibuster would be entirely eviscerated. So why isn't it appropriate to ask what that policy agenda would look like?
Of course, none of these points has been noted in any subsequent media reports of the interview. It's like a political version of the children's game of telephone. I make a statement in an interview. Chris Matthews distorts it — as he is paid so well to do. The liberal blogs contort it even more. The speaker of the House and other Democrat leaders utter absolute lies about what was said in the interview. Then the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee picks it up and runs with it, buying $1 million for negative ads so that they don't have to talk about the issues.
The Democrats don't want to talk about the pocketbook issues that are really on the minds of Minnesotans. Those voters were concerned about how much it cost to fill their tank with gas this summer, but that pales in comparison to how much it might cost to heat their homes this winter.
But when you can't win on the issues, you steal the election with a couple of lies and $1 million worth of mud. And the media reports and Democrat responses to my interview on "Hardball" have been echoing the outright lies of the liberal blogs. Is it really any wonder people are so cynical about politics?
Hm.. Watch the video here, because we're pretty sure she said everything people across the country are reporting.
We will give her some credit for calling out all of the blind supporters of her opponent, Elwyn Tinklenberg. While it makes sense (sort of) to help her opponent just to get her out of office, it goes against the whole idea of being an informed voter and donor. People wouldn't so easily throw their money at non-profits without understanding what the money is for, right? Well we don't have enough faith in Americans to answer that question.
Poor Bachmann must be confused about what she said and what she had planned to say. We can't believe she didn't say something when we have the video to prove it. Either own up to it, say it was a mistake and stop talking about it!
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