Talk about turning lemons into lemonade.
Right wing news site The Daily Caller did a hit job earlier this week on Michele Bachmann, calling her out for hypocrisy over her family farm subsidies and the earmarks she's won for her district, all while posing as a budget hawk.
Bad news for a right wing presidential hopeful?
Not at all. It's just another fundraising opportunity.[jump]
Our conservative message and values have hit a nerve. The "intelligentsia," left-wing radicals, mainstream media, and yes -- even some of my so-called friends on the right -- have flipped the switch on their attack machine in an effort to silence my voice and derail our conservative movement.
Some of their tactics and comments are so vile, and disturbing, that I refuse to repeat them. One of the most recent attacks comes from a supposedly right-leaning media outlet, and misrepresents the work I have done at the state and local level for Minnesota.
When left wing radicals and right wing websites have "flipped the switch" on you, the only way to fight back is with YET MORE MONEY. Twenty-five bucks ought to do it, she says. Then she can advertise on The Drudge Report.
Who believes these fundraising pitches? Plenty of people, USA Today reports.
Bachmann, already established as a prodigious fundraiser, collected $1.7 million in the first three months of this year, 75 percent of which came from donors who gave less than $200, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics. Her total was more than any other member of the House of Representatives except Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, the CRP reported.
The recession is clearly over for Team Bachmann.