Michele Bachmann

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann paired up for a campaign event today in Minnesota.  Somehow the universe did not implode.
  • The AFA's Don Wildmon will be a featured guest at the Florida Family Policy Council's 5th Annual Policy Awards Dinner where he will receive the FFPC's Lifetime Achievement Award, the Daniel Webster Award for Principled Service to Public Policy.
  • For some reason, Phyllis Schlafly is really focused on preventing a second Constitutional Convention. Is anybody calling for a second Constitutional Convention?
  • Peter LaBarber hops aboard Matt Barber's "the Left is just like Fred Phelps" bandwagon.
  • Thomas Sowell accuses President Obama of exploiting polarization, just like what happened in Rwanda.
  • Finally, it seems appropriate that Alan Keyes will be speaking at Tea Party rally that will be held at the Nutter Center.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Alan Colmes: Doctor Against Treating Obama Supporters Admits Not Knowing What’s In Health Reform Bill.
  • Americans United: Religious Right Leader Says He Fears Theocracy (And We Fear He’s Fibbing).
  • Towleroad: Deepak Chopra Apologizes for Causing Mexicali Earthquake.
  • Minneapolis City Pages: Michele Bachmann's Census claptrap ignored in Minnesota.
  • Justin Elliot: Idaho GOP Gov Hopeful: I'm OK With Militias Showing 'A Little Force.'
  • Think Progress: GOP Willing To Filibuster Obama’s Yet-To-Be-Named SCOTUS Nominee.
  • Finally, John McCain declares "I never considered myself a maverick" and Steve Benen calls it "as pathetic a political display as anything we've seen in quite a while."

AFA's Fischer Hopes Americans Will Violently Revolt Against the "Tyranny of a Repressive Central Government"

Last week, the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer reacted to the passage of health care reform legislation with utter fury, declaring that it signaled the death of America and warning that unless the individual state's asserted their rights under 10th Amendment and stopped its implementation, it would lead to bloodshed.

In case there by any doubt that Fisher is entirely serious about the prospect of violent armed revolution in response to this legislation, rest assured that he is:

The American people are overwhelmingly opposed to the implementation of MussoliniCare. It is heavy-handed and repressive and is a worse form of oppression than any the Crown imposed on the Colonies in the 1770s.

It is a shocking thing almost beyond comprehension that our president intends to lock up his own citizens for refusing to cooperate with a wholly unconstitutional mandate which forces us at gunpoint to purchase a product as a condition of maintaining what remains of our liberty.

The Intolerable Acts were passed by the British Parliament on virtually the same day in 1774 the Democrats passed MussoliniCare in 2010. The passage of the Intolerable Acts in 1774 led directly to the convening of the Continental Congress which produced the Declaration of Independence and prompted Americans to defend their newly declared liberty with the force of arms.

The question immediately arises as to what remedies the states and the people within them possess to resist the tyranny imposed on us by the Intolerable Act of 2010.

Fischer goes on to quote James Madison at length, highlighting Madison's calls for armed revolution, saying that while he hopes it never comes to that, if it fails he hopes that people will rise up and use all "morally and constitutionally justified means" to resist the "tyranny of a repressive central government":

Let us fervently hope and pray that things do not come to this pass, and that our state officials will exercise their constitutional authority to protect their own citizens by flatly refusing to meekly submit to this gross abuse of power.

But let us also hope that the Father of the Constitution was right, that no free people will in the end submit to the tyranny of a repressive central government, and that they will, as a last resort, use all the morally and constitutionally justified means at their disposal to defend their inalienable rights to life, liberty and property. Otherwise, we are serfs and not citizens.

Allow me to point out, again, that just two weeks ago Fischer was featured on the Family Research Council's anti-health care reform webcast along with Rep. Tom Price, (R-GA), Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN).

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Matt Barber continues to attack the SPLC for labeling Peter LaBarbera's Americans for Truth a hate website while LaBarbera takes pride in the designation.
  • Rep. Michele Bachmann spoke at a Susan B. Anthony List fund-raiser last night where she declared that she was among the first to highlight President Obama's "anti-American views ... and now I look like Nostradamus.”
  • Speaking of the Susan B. Anthony List, Sarah Palin will be headlining their "Celebration of Life Breakfast" in May.
  • Operation Rescue says that it has been inundated with hateful messages and death threats for its opposition to health care reform.
  • Not surprisingly, the Family Research Council does not like the new Don't Ask, Don't Tell guidelines.
  • Concerned Women for America claims that "thousands of women we represent cannot and do not feel safe with AG [Eric] Holder directing the Department of Justice."
  • Finally, behold Pat Robertson's birthday cake:

Right Wing Round-Up

FRC's Faith & Family Summit Free to All Comers

Back in December, the Family Research Council announced that it would be holding a Faith & Family Summit in Washington, DC on April 29 - May 1, 2010. 

And then that was all we heard about it, until today when FRC announced a list of participants ... and that fact that the organization is putting everyone up for free

I hope you are considering joining FRC for our Faith & Family Summit this April 29-May 1, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

Now more than ever, we need to join together and uplift each other to stay engaged and continue to stand for faith, family and freedom. Fellowshipping with fellow Christians at our Faith & Family Summit, you will be encouraged, even in this challenging season for our nation.

Event Update: Dr. Ergun Caner has been confirmed as a speaker. The son of a Muslim leader in Turkey, Dr. Caner is President of Liberty Theological Seminary and his energized remarks will give you a unique perspective on the threat of radical Islam.

FRC Board Member and Princeton University Professor Robbie George will also join us to discuss the Manhattan Declaration, a call to Christians to adhere firmly to the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, and religious liberty.

Other confirmed speakers include:

* Congresswoman Michele Bachmann
* Gary Bauer, President, American Values
* Pastor Bob Emrich, Leader in Maine marriage victory
* Bishop Harry Jackson, President, High Impact Leadership Coalition
* Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman, House Republican Conference
* John H. Sununu, Former NH Governor and White House Chief of Staff
* Rick Santorum, Former US Senator and FRC Action Board Member

Time is running short. We need to know by Friday, April 1 if you plan to attend, due to a hotel deadline for room reservations.

I encourage you to contact Sara Kontz at 800-225-4008 or sek@frc.org now to reserve your place. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and space is limited.

FRC will provide complimentary accommodations at the Hyatt on April 29 and 30 and meals during the Summit; you need only to cover transportation costs to and from Washington, D.C. This invitation is non-transferable.

AFA's Fischer: Fed. Gov't Should Be Shot for Trespassing On States' Rights

The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer had not yet weighed in on the House's passage of health care reform legislation when I put together my round-up of right-wing reactions earlier this morning.

And that turned out to be a good thing, because his response deserves its own post, as he declares  4:07 p.m. on March 7, 2010 to be the exact moment that the United States died:

Rep. Bart Stupak will go down in history as a man who will live in infamy. And March 7, 2010 will go down in history likewise as a day that will live in infamy.

It is a rare thing when a nation can point to one specific moment in time in which its tragic destiny was sealed. That moment came today at 4:07 Eastern time.

For at 4:07 p.m. on March 10, 2010, Bart Stupak announced that his pro-life convictions had collapsed like a cheap tent in a slight breeze. As a result, the America we knew and loved is gone, gone, gone.

Fischer followed that post up a short time later with a new post calling on the states to resist Congress and "stand up against the tyranny of the central government" while comparing the government to trespassers and squatters who should be shot and warning that only the 10th Amendment can save this nation from bloodshed: 

Thus what Congress did yesterday in passing the monstrous MussoliniCare bill, will not only bankrupt America, it is flatly and unequivocally unconstitutional and is hated by a majority of the American people. Something is being crammed down our throats that makes us gag and vomit.

The last remedy left - other than bloodshed - is the 10th Amendment, which reserves to the states any power not delegated to the federal government. The central government is exercising a power that it does not have, and can only exercise by usurping that power from the states.

State governments can legitimately and constitutionally decide not to cooperate with the central government on the legal ground that Congress has transgressed the boundaries marked out in our founding document. The central government is trespassing on the sovereign territory of the states, and the states have every right to throw them off their property.

Trespassers can be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Squatters can be evicted. If they won't leave, they can be tossed. And in the worst case scenario, if they won't surrender peacefully, they can be shot.

Do I need to point out that just last week, Fischer was featured on the Family Research Council's anti-health care reform webcast along with Rep. Tom Price, (R-GA), Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)?

Janet Porter Goes 9 for 9

You know how yesterday I was marveling at the fact that there it was seemingly impossible for any right-wing activist to be considered so radical that Republican members of Congress would refuse to be seen anywhere near them? 

Allow me to follow that up with this simple observation that, over her last nine radio program, Faith 2 Action's Janet Porter's has had nine different Republican members on Congress on as quests:

March 9 - Guest: U.S. Senator Mike Johanns (R-Nebraska)

March 10 - Guests: Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyoming)

March 16 - Guests: Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)

March 17 - Guests: U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)

March 18 - Guests: U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-Missouri) and U.S. Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona)

March 19 - Guests: U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) and Rep. Tom Price (R-Georgia)

Do I really need to recount all of the crazy things Porter has said?

And yet multiple Republican members of Congress have been making time to appear on her radio program on a regular basis. 

Behold Today's Religious Right and Its Congressional Allies

The other day we noted that it was seemingly impossible for any Religious Right figure to be deemed so radical that Republican members of Congress would decline to appear at events with them, highlighting the fact that the American Family Association's militantly anti-gay Director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy, Bryan Fischer, was being featured in a Family Research Council hosted health care webcast along with Rep. Tom Price, (R-GA), Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN).

The event aired earlier this week and, as it turned out, Fischer wasn't even the most radical person involved as that honor went to Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall:

Last month, Marshall made news by declaring during an anti-Planned Parenthood press conference that disabled children are God's punishment for abortion and then asserting that he had never said anything of the sort.

I didn't bother grabbing any of the video of Fischer or Marshall because, frankly, they didn't say anything particularly interesting, with both insisting that health care reform is unconstitutional.

But what was interesting was the fact that Fischer and Marshall were featured together in the webcast and their appearance was sandwiched in between Rep. Mike Pence and Sen. David Vitter.

In short, today's conservative movement consists of right-wing leaders who think gays should be treated like criminals and that God punishes women who've had abortions with disabled children ... and high-profile Republican members of Congress.

Can Anyone Be Too Radical For Today's GOP?

I just have to ask if there will ever come a time when Republican members of Congress will be held accountable for the Religious Right activists with whom they willingly associate:

On Tuesday, March 16, at 8:30 p.m. EST, Family Research Council's legislative lobbying arm FRC Action will host a live webcast, "National Townhall on Health Care: Stop the Government Takeover." The webcast will mobilize tens of thousands of supporters only days before an expected vote on "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," a health care reform bill that the United States Senate passed on Christmas Eve, 2009.

...

Who:

Tony Perkins, President, FRC Action
Rep. Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA)
Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN)
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
Marjorie Dannenfelser, President, Susan B. Anthony List
Kristan Hawkins, Executive Director, Students for Life
Douglas Johnson, Legislative Director, National Right to Life
Bryan Fischer, American Family Association
Tom McClusky, Senior Vice President, FRC Action
More to be announced...

So that is three GOP members of Congress who are going to be joining with the AFA's Bryan Fischer who, in recent months, has declared that all Muslims should be banned from the military, homosexuality should be illegal and all gays should be treated like criminals, praised Ryan Sobra for his anti-gay rant at CPAC, and called for the stoning of a killer whale at Sea World.

Just how utterly radical does a Religious Right activist have to be in order to become toxic to Republican members of Congress, considering that one who openly calls for the criminalization of gays is deemed perfectly acceptable? 

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Rush Limbaugh says he'll leave the country if health care reform gets enacted.  That's pretty much the best argument I've heard to its passage.
  • Speaking of Limbaugh, remember that he is totally not racist.
  • Why am I not surprised that WorldNetDaily's financial columnist faces a $1.5 million SEC sanction?
  • Watch Ezra Klein provide a relatively simple explanation of the issues surrounding reconciliation on The Colbert Report.
  • Michele Bachmann, Tony Perkins, Harry Jackson, Ken Blackwell and a bunch of others are all co-authors of a Heritage Foundation book called "Indivisible: Social and Economic Foundations of American Liberty.”
  • "Do you want men dressed as women teaching your kids"? The Traditional Values Coalition sure doesn't
  • Finally, I'm going to be traveling tomorrow, so posting will be rather light and sporadic.

One Of These Things Is Just Like The Other

Sometimes you just have to marvel at the utter lack of shame exhibited by conservatives when it comes to their willingness to try and generate "controversy" out of whole cloth. 

Case in point is this new right-wing claim that President Obama is trying to buy off Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) and win his vote in support of health care reform by nominating his brother Scott to a seat on 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Everybody involved - from the White House to Rep. Matheson, to both of Utah's Republican Senators  - say that such allegations are completely unfounded and utterly absurd ... but Rep. Michele Bachmann is calling for an "independent investigation" of the nomination:

A big question that has to be addressed right now, Larry, is what in the world is going on in the White House? Because today, the president offered a judgeship to the brother of a member of Congress. Tonight, the president has that same member of Congress at the White House pressuring him to change his vote on health care. We really need to have an independent investigation into this matter. Because we've seen the Cornhusker Kickback, the Louisiana Purchase, the union loophole and now the big question is, is the White House trading health care votes for judgeships? This is a pretty serious issue.

I have to say that this totally reminds me of the outrage and demands for an investigation back in 2001, when President George W. Bush nominated Rep. Chip Pickering's father, Charles Pickering, to a seat on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Oh wait ... that never happened. 

Scarborough Merging Tea Party and Religious Right Activism, Hosting Conference Calls With GOP Leaders

Vision America hadn't sent out its "Rick Scarbough Report" in several weeks, but today the most recent email showed up in my inbox and it is carrying an exciting new addition to its name:

In the latest update, Scarborough informs us that his appearance at the National Tea Party Convention was a massive success and that he intends to merge Tea Party activism with his standard Religious Right activism, changing the TEA Party's "Taxed Enough Already" acronym to "Truth Exalts America" and launching a "Patriot Pastors' Tea Party" with the support of David Barton.

Also, he's been regularly hosting weekly conference calls with Republican members of Congress including Michele Bachmann, Steve King, Randy Forbes, Jim DeMint, David Vitter, and others.

VISION AMERICA AT THE FIRST NATIONAL TEA PARTY CONVENTION

On February 4-7, I attended the First National Tea Party Convention at the Gaylord Hotel in Nashville, which brought together over 600 leaders of various local Tea Party groups. These are the folks who've wrought an overnight revolution and I was honored to be with them.

The Convention included speeches by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Roy Moore, former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, and a host of other national leaders.

On the first evening, I spoke to the Convention and led a prayer service. The following day, I conducted an hour-long breakout session on "Why Pastors and Churches Must Engage In Politics." Every chair in the room was filled and people stood around the walls in a hall estimated to hold 300.

To say our message was well received is somewhat of an understatement. The press reported that audience cheered as I explained how this nation has fallen as we have drifted further and further from our Judeo-Christian roots.

We made many friends and allies. I believe the seeds we sowed in Nashville will bear fruit in the months ahead, resulting in a growing alliance between Vision America and the Tea Party movement.

On Saturday morning, I had a closed-door meeting with 16 pastors and several laymen. Some traveled hundreds of miles to be with us. We discussed ways in which pastors can become more involved with local Tea Parties, including organizing their own Tea Party. Former syndicated columnist Don Feder talked about effective communications techniques.

LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE CALLS

As we have for the past year, we are continuing to do our Thursday afternoon leadership, networking conference calls (3pm Central Time).

Last week, we heard from Congressman Steve King (Iowa) on mega-deficits, taxes and looming fiscal calamity. This week's presenter was Congressman Randy Forbes (Virginia), founder and chair of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, which leads its members in national efforts to protect prayer and America's spiritual heritage. Rep. Forbes spoke on the work of his Prayer Caucus and the sham of a health-care "compromise."

Past presenters have included Senators Jim DeMint (S. Carolina) and David Vitter (La.), Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, and Congressmen Louie Gohmert (TX),Lamar Smith (TX), and syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin.

...

PATRIOT PASTORS TEA PARTY?

More than 60 pastors have been involved in an effort to organize a Patriot Pastors' Tea Party, just for Pastors. I have been conducting weekly conference calls for the past three weeks to explore the possibility of having a Patriot Pastors' Tea Party in San Antonio, at the Alamo, on July 7th. We have adopted the acronym Truth Exalts America for our TEA Party.

On the last call, the pastors heard from Wallbuilders' David Barton on the role pastors (the "Black-Robed Regiment") played in generating popular support for the American Revolution.

I promise to keep you informed of our progress on all of the foregoing, and earnestly solicit your prayers and support.

Meet The Oath Keepers

Justine Sharrock has a long article on The Oath Keepers in the latest issue of Mother Jones that notes the organization's ties to Tea Party and 9/12 activists and, by extension, figures like Ralph Reed, groups like the Eagle Forum, and members of Congress: 

Founded last April by Yale-educated lawyer and ex-Ron Paul aide Stewart Rhodes, the group has established itself as a hub in the sprawling anti-Obama movement that includes Tea Partiers, Birthers, and 912ers. Glenn Beck, Lou Dobbs, and Pat Buchanan have all sung its praises, and in December, a grassroots summit it helped organize drew such prominent guests as representatives Phil Gingrey and Paul Broun, both Georgia Republicans.

There are scores of patriot groups, but what makes Oath Keepers unique is that its core membership consists of men and women in uniform, including soldiers, police, and veterans. At regular ceremonies in every state, members reaffirm their official oaths of service, pledging to protect the Constitution—but then they go a step further, vowing to disobey "unconstitutional" orders from what they view as an increasingly tyrannical government.

...

It was while volunteering for Ron Paul's doomed presidential bid that Rhodes decided to abandon electoral politics in favor of grassroots organizing. As an undergrad, he had been fascinated by the notion that if German soldiers and police had refused to follow orders, Hitler could have been stopped. Then, in early 2008, SWAT received a letter from a retired colonel declaring that "the Constitution and our Bill of Rights are gravely endangered" and that service members, veterans, and police "is where they will be saved, if they are to be saved at all!"

Rhodes responded with a breathless column starring a despotic president, "Hitlery" Clinton, in her "Chairman Mao signature pantsuit." Would readers, he asked, obey orders from this "dominatrix-in-chief" to hold militia members as enemy combatants, disarm citizens, and shoot all resisters? If "a police state comes to America, it will ultimately be by your hands," he warned. You had better "resolve to not let it happen on your watch." He set up an Oath Keepers blog, asking soldiers and veterans to post testimonials. Word spread. Military officers offered assistance. A Marine Corps veteran invited Rhodes to speak at a local Tea Party event. Paul campaigners provided strategic advice. And by the time Rhodes arrived in Lexington to speak at a rally staged by a pro-militia group, a movement was afoot.

...

Rhodes has become a darling of right-wing pundits. In a column last October, Pat Buchanan predicted that "Brother Rhodes is headed for cable stardom." Glenn Beck has cited the group as a "phenomenal" example of the "patriot revival movement," while Lou Dobbs declared that its platform "should give solace and comfort to the left in this country." Conspiracy-radio king Alex Jones even put an Oath Keepers segment, including footage of the Lexington speech, on his hit DVD Fall of the Republic. "I can't stress enough how much your organization is scaring the globalists," he told Rhodes on his show.

...

On the conference's final day, National 912 Project chairman Patrick Jenkins stepped up to talk about the National Liberty Unity Summits his group was organizing in cooperation with Oath Keepers. They would provide a chance, he said, for patriots to forge a common agenda and a plan to carry it out. At the first summit, in December, attendees included representatives of groups from FairTax Nation to the Constitution Party to Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum. On hand were Ralph Reed Jr. (former director of Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition and recent founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition), Larry Pratt (head of Gun Owners of America), and Tim Cox (founder of Get Out of Our House, an organization praised on Fox News for its goal of replacing business-as-usual incumbents with "ordinary folks"). Most notable were representatives Broun and Gingrey, who according to summit organizer Nighta Davis have expressed willingness to introduce legislation crafted by summit attendees. (So, Davis says, have Steve King [R-Iowa] and Michele Bachmann [R-Minn.]. None of the representatives agreed to comment for this story.)

As they say, read the whole thing.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • A Truth Wins Out (TWO) and South Florida Gay News (SFGN) investigation revealed that a Wall Street criminal mastermind who was convicted in 1987 of “fraud of spectacular scope” has secretly reinvented himself as a moral leader who “cures” gay and lesbian people.
  • Joe The Plumber is no longer a fan of John McCain or Sarah Palin.
  • Only Orly Taitz could find a way to turn a $20,000 fine levied against her for frivolous legal filings into an opportunity to prove that President Obama was not born in the U.S.
  • The UK broadcast of Glenn Beck's show "was forced to run without any advertisements" for five days in a row due to a lack of sponsors.

  • Hey, Sean Hannity will be joining Sarah Palin as she campaigns for Rep. Michele Bachmann.  Awesome!
  • We get it Matt Barber; you don't like gays.
  • Finally, Republicans sure seem to hate the stimulus bill ... except when they don't.

Is There Any Right Wing Gathering Bachmann Won't Endorse?

We've never even heard of Keep God In America, but via Andy Birkey we see that Rep. Michele Bachmann sure has and is endorsing a three-day rally the group is hosting in Jacksonville, Florida in March:

From what I can gather, the organization was founded by a woman named Nanette Malher who, in addition to owning a company called Aviatrix Enterprises, is also a columnist for the ludicrously right-wing website RenewAmerica.com. Speakers scheduled to be at the conference include John Stemberger of the Florida Family Policy Council, Rick Green of Wallbuilders, Rick Scarborough of Vision America, Terry Kemple Community Issues Council, and Matt Brock of Liberty Counsel.

Like I said, we've never even heard of the group, but rally organizer, and Tea Party activist, Chris Nwasike obviously has enough sway to get Bachmann to produce a four minute video endorsing the rally and its mission.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • PFAW Senior Fellow Peter Montgomery: 'Christian' Manifesto Comparing Liberals to Nazis Gathers Signatures of Religious Right Leaders -- and Catholic Bishops.
  • Eric Boehlert: Palin headlines birther conference; press pretends not to notice.
  • Wendy Norris: Radical Anti-choice Group Rocked by Founder Resignations.
  • Towleroad: Fresno College Professor Relies on Bible to Teach Biology, Says That Homosexuality is a Disease.
  • Robin Marty: Will the Real Pam Tebow Story Please Stand Up?
  • The St. Louis Post-Dispatch covered a lesser-known conservative conference featuring Glenn Beck, Michele Bachmann, and Phyllis Schlafly that got lost amid all the Tea Party Coverage.
  • Finally, speaking of Glenn Beck, it looks like right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton will be playing an important role in his "American Revival" effort.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Rep. Michele Bachmann says America will be cursed by God if we don't stand by Israel.
  • Is Sarah Palin "even dumber than we thought"?  Steve Benen says "yes."
  • I guess it shouldn't be surprising that the Right is using Judge Walker's "outing" to press its agenda.  Honestly, I am surprised that they haven't made a bigger deal about it.
  • Shockingly, Fox and WorldNetDaily are spreading falsehoods about another Obama nominee.
  • Allow me to answer this question with a resounding "ummmm, no."
  • Finally, I must admit that these are actually pretty funny.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • The Family Research Council is seeking signatures for a petition opposing efforts to end Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
  • Self-proclaimed King of the Tea Partiers Dick Armey tells Michael Steele that he has to gain their trust by proving his bona fides on fiscal issues.
  • Gov. Tim Pawlenty's PAC took in $1.3 million in its first few months.
  • Rep. Michele Bachmann has $1 million in the bank for her re-election bid.
  • Religious Right activists are holding a prayer vigil outside of CBS headquarters in support of Focus on the Family's anti-choice Super Bowl ad.
  • Finally, will Sarah Palin still be attending the National Tea Party Convention, even though all the other political leaders have dropped out?  You betcha.

Bachmann and Blackburn Drop Out of National Tea Party Convention

Yesterday we noted that Reps. Marsha Blackburn and Michele Bachmann seemed to be getting cold feet about speaking at the National Tea Party Convention amid complaints from activists and sponsors that its too expensive and something of a scam.

Now it is being reported that Bachmann and Blackburn have both dropped out:

Rep. Michele Bachmann has become the latest high-profile conservative to bag the rapidly unraveling Tea Party Convention in Nashville next week ... Bachmann’s office cited the same concerns that other Tea Party activists have voiced about the first-of-its-kind national gathering: namely, the for-profit model of organizer Judson Phillips, a self-described “small town lawyer” with a history of financial problems.

Phillips has announced that the $549-a-head convention featuring Sarah Palin is sold out. But Tea Party critics and allies alike have been asking questions about what Phillips plans to do with the money. Concrete answers have been in short supply, and in the end it looked like too big a risk for any public office holder.

“We’re out,” said Bachmann spokesman Dave Dziok. “It comes down to conflicting advice as to how these profits are going to be used after the fact. We’d rather err on the side of caution than do it and find out it’s improper... with somebody saying ‘they’re using the money from an event you were at to support this and this,’ which comes as a direct conflict with what you’re doing as a member of Congress.”

One of the only other elected officials scheduled to appear, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., also has backed out, citing similar concerns.

Both Blackburn and Bachmann sought legal guidance in recent days from lawyers in the House Ethics Committee. According to Dziok, they got “conflicting advice.”

That was enough to put on the brakes.

There is no word yet on whether Sarah Palin will still be speaking.

Syndicate content

Michele Bachmann Posts Archive

Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 09/06/2011, 5:38pm
The ACLJ pushes back against the reports that Jay Sekulow is making millions off the organization. Michele Bachmann loses two key campaign staffers. CWA's Penny Nance worries about incivility while asserting that "violence is nothing new for unions." There is just something hilarious about reading a piece on the AFA's OneNewsNow about how the Religious Right has an image problem caused by their over-the-top rhetoric. Case in point, the AFA's Bryan Fischer says Muslims should at least have the decency to hang their heads in shame on 9/11. Finally,... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 09/06/2011, 3:15pm
After passing the Ohio State House, Janet Porter’s ‘heartbeat bill’ is now poised to have a vote in the Republican-controlled State Senate. Porter, an avowed dominionist who thinks supporters of President Obama are destined to Hell and that legal abortion is responsible for tornadoes, has been leading the fight to pass the ‘heartbeat bill,’ a patently unconstitutional measure that would “ban abortion as early as 18 to 24 days after conception.” She told James Dobson yesterday on his program Family Talk that she thinks her bill will eventually lead to... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 09/06/2011, 2:24pm
A few weeks we wrote a post noting that, at her core, Michele Bachmann was just a Religious Right activist who got elected to Congress and now hopes to become president.   In that post, we compared Bachmann to fringe right-wing activist Janet Porter but it would probably have been more accurate to compare her to Phyllis Schlafly, as that is what Bachmann herself did on a recent "Tea Party Cyber-Town Hall and Webcast" where she lauded Schlafly as her heroine, mentor and everything that Bachmann hopes to be while also calling her the most important woman in the US in the... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 09/06/2011, 10:09am
It seems that Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber is none-too-pleased with the coverage that dominionism and its influence and role within the Religious Right movement has been receiving in the media and on blogs like Right Wing Watch and so he has dedicated his more recent column to attacking and mocking those -including me, by name - who have been writing about it: There has been great gnashing of teeth in “progressive” circles of late over “Christian Dominionist Theology.” MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has warned that much of the Republican presidential field embraces this... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 09/01/2011, 5:37pm
Miranda @ PFAW Blog: Goodwin Liu Gets a Place on the California Supreme Court. Zack Ford @ Think Progress LGBT: Santorum Says Criticism Of His Views On Homosexuality Is ‘An Act Of Bigotry.’ Evan McMorris-Santoro @ TPM: Tucson Republican Leader Slams County GOP For Giffords Gun Raffle. Huff Post Politics: Michele Bachmann Makes Margaret Thatcher Comparison Ahead Of 2012. Warren Throckmorton: What dominionists would do with gays (disobedient children, sabbath breakers, etc.), Part 3. MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 08/31/2011, 4:14pm
Christine O'Donnell was the guest on "Wallbuilders Live" today where she spent most of the program complaining about how mean everyone was.  But before getting to that, she revealed that it was a presentation that David Barton delivered to her church that inspired her to get involved in politics: O'Donnell: Thank you for having me, Rick. And I just want to know what an influence Wallbuilders have played in my own life. In the early nineties, when I first returned to the church, returned to the Lord, David Barton came to speak at the church I was attending and ti was just... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 08/30/2011, 5:35pm
FRC is seeking fifty thousand signatures on its petition to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to include members of the clergy in the 9/11 memorial service. Michele Bachmann assures us that she has a great sense of humor. Frank Gaffney and Rick Joyner, together again.  What could go wrong? If you thought the offical end of the Fairness Doctrine was going to bring an end to right-wing fearmongering about efforts to shut down Christians ... well, you were wrong. Calvin Beisner says that Christians who care about the environment and protest "are actually... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Monday 08/29/2011, 12:30pm
Over the last week Kyle has been rebutting claims by some journalists and Religious Right activists that Dominionism, which contends that fundamentalist Christians must take ‘dominion’ over society and government, is nothing more than a liberal conspiracy. Dominionism has been gaining attention as Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry’s close ties with outspoken propagators of the radical dominionist ideology come to light. In a post today, Rachel Tabachnik takes on the Washington Post’s Lisa Miller’s much-discussed article dismissing dominionism. Tabachnik notes that... MORE >