An instructive farewell

Bachmann's concession speech imparted perceptive take on politics

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That wasn’t a concession speech Michele Bachmann gave Wednesday. It was a civics lesson.

In a moving and articulate goodbye to the presidential campaign trail, the Minnesota congresswoman painted the vision of America that its founders had – and explained in detail how the current leadership in Washington has painted over it.

And how dangerous that is for all of us.

“Entrusted to every American is the responsibility to watch over our republic,” she said, adding that while it is “the greatest force for good that has ever been seen on the planet,” the country is “in very serious trouble.” She cited the federal health care law and Dodd-Frank, which have exponentially grown federal power over our health care and financial lives, respectively.

Barack Obama’s socialist policies, she said, “are destructive to the very foundation of the republic.”

Provoked by the passage of “Obamacare” and inspired by the faces of the founders she sees on Capitol walls, Bachmann ran for president as a citizen concerned about her country and the fragility of the republic Benjamin Franklin so famously warned us about.

She could not be more right or more perceptive.

This newspaper doesn’t generally endorse in primary elections, and we would’ve made no exception in this case. But we have made Mrs. Bachmann’s acquaintance, and can tell you that she is as good and gracious and patriotic and competent a woman as you will ever meet. Whether she deserved the presidency is one thing – voters in her native state voted in the negative – but she certainly deserved better than she got in this campaign.

Talk-show host Jimmy Fallon’s band, for instance, welcomed Mrs. Bachmann on his show with a song titled Lyin’ A-- B----. Late-night entertainment is one thing, but when it’s used, quite consciously, as a cudgel with which to beat down political opponents, that, too, is destructive to the very foundation of the republic. When good, God-fearing, selfless citizens – Mrs. Bachmann and her husband helped rear 23 foster children – are treated to a firing squad of cynicism for the sin of being conservative, then we have poisoned the pool of public servants to our own detriment. God help a society that treats good people thusly.

Beyond her concession speech, her very candidacy was a civics lesson – of how a free country shouldn’t treat aspiring public servants.

We hope, for the country’s sake, that no one else is ever treated as Michele Bachmann was, or Sarah Palin before her. As Bachmann said Wednesday, our founders and the men and women in the military who “have given their last full measure of devotion ... are watching us; they’re expecting us to stand up and protect what they fought to give us.

“We owe it to them and to our posterity and to the God that we serve, who created us ... to keep our republic free.”

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Jake
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Jake 01/05/12 - 11:48 pm
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Her message was so strong and

Her message was so strong and popular (if you believe the ACES claptrap) that even the people of Iowa (hardly, I mean hardly, a liberal stronghold) rejected her. The whole Republican primary comedy reminds me of Abbot & Costello's "Who's on First" routine.

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ken8375309 01/06/12 - 12:36 am
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"Beyond her concession

"Beyond her concession speech, her very candidacy was a civics lesson – of how a free country shouldn’t treat aspiring public servants."

"We hope, for the country’s sake, that no one else is ever treated as Michele Bachmann was, or Sarah Palin before her. "

But I guess it's okay with you to treat Ron Paul this way, since you don't agree with him.

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scoopdedoop64 01/06/12 - 12:39 am
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It's not right to treat

It's not right to treat anyone that way. It's sad that good and honest people can't or won't run for office because of all the negative and disgusting ways they are treated. I thought Michelle Bachman was a class act even though I just don't think she was qualified for the job, we have already seen what one unqualified president can do.

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Techfan 01/06/12 - 07:22 am
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Politifact: "As we noted in

Politifact: "As we noted in our report card on the Republican candidates last week, Bachmann has the most ratings on the false end of the scale, with 72 percent Mostly False or lower. She also ranks first for the largest share of Pants on Fire ratings (23 percent).
Consider her record another way: Nearly 60 percent of Bachmann's ratings have been either False or Pants on Fire."

TParty
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TParty 01/06/12 - 08:37 am
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Facts have no place with the

Facts have no place with the new GOP, it just doesn't sell. Huntsman is labeled bland and boring because he does not go out and about throwing rocks and lying. He is not fun, but Bachmann was- and it's because she is crazy and a liar.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 01/06/12 - 09:25 am
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The fact that Michelle

The fact that Michelle Bachmann may be "good and gracious and patriotic" is totally irrelevant to selecting a president of the United States. Of course MR goes on to claim she is also "competent," a claim which the caucus voters of Iowa clearly rejected. The fact is that Bachmann, an Iowan by birth, and Rick Santorum spent more than any other Republican candidates in Iowa, and the comparison is instructive.
This means of all the candidates, Iowa got to know Bachmann and Santorum better than any of the others. The result? Santorum virtually tied for first (and according to some late news may actually have won) and Bachmann ended up dead last among those candidates who actively campaigned. DEAD LAST! Obviously the voters in Iowa came away from their "up-close-and-personal" encounters with her with a very different impression that MR. They found a woman with almost nothing of real substance to say, and a large amount of what she did say either exaggerated or false. 95% of Iowa's caucus voters, many who share Bachmann's evangelicalism, rejected her. The Bachmann Iowa fiasco surprised me, I must admit. I always believed it was impossible that a candidate could lose an election in Iowa by being too stupid. Michelle Bachmann proved me wrong.

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Riverman1 01/06/12 - 09:33 am
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The stupidest candidate I've

The stupidest candidate I've ever seen campaigning for president was Joe Biden. He literally didn't know where he was half the time. So what do they do with him? Make him Vice President of the United States.

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copperhead 01/06/12 - 09:39 am
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The very nerve of that woman

The very nerve of that woman running for president.....well,i never!

southernguy08
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southernguy08 01/06/12 - 09:47 am
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EEL posted "The fact that
Unpublished

EEL posted "The fact that Michelle Bachman may be good and gracious and patriotic is totally irrelevant to selecting a president of the United States." Considering who is president now, this is one time I totally agree with your post! Lord help us all!

bjphysics
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bjphysics 01/06/12 - 10:14 am
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harley_52
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harley_52 01/06/12 - 10:53 am
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If you're a woman and you

If you're a woman and you want to be in politics, you'd better be a democrat. Same goes for a black person of either sex.

If you're a woman, or a black, the left and the media will attack you, mock you, hound you, cuss you, belittle you, call you names, and do their best to destroy you and your family.

They can't help it....it's who they are.

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Carleton Duvall 01/06/12 - 11:02 am
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LOL, Harley. You awakened me

LOL, Harley. You awakened me with that one.

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Swampman 01/06/12 - 11:14 am
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Riverman, I've been following

Riverman, I've been following Joe Biden long enough to state that, however much you may disagree with him and however much of an off-the-cuff smart aleck he may be sometimes, one thing he most certainly is not is stupid.

Michelle Bachmann is "gracious"? Yeah, right. Michelle Bachmann is the epitome of the unfiltered rhetorical excess we have come to expect out of the hard right. To repeatedly call President Obama a "socialist" - for a health care plan strikingly similar to one proposed by President Richard Nixon and another one implemented by Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney - is outrageous "red meat", especially when thrown to ideological unsophisticates for whom the distinction between "socialist" and "totalitarian communist" is nonexistent.

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harley_52 01/06/12 - 11:23 am
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It's true, Carleton, isn't

It's true, Carleton, isn't it? Look at Sarah Palin. They're still after her and she's not even running. Look at what they did to Herman Cain. Then Bachman. I think I know their motivation in each case, but it's very predictable.

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TParty 01/06/12 - 11:24 am
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I do not like the media in

I do not like the media in America, because it is tailored to the lowest common denominator. If you want to be punish yourself, watch some CNN. They go to facebook and twitter to pick their stories, then use the comments from twitter to expand on their "analysis". They try to razzle-dazzle you with giant touch screens with graphics everywhere, it's pathetic. I'm not sure if MSNBC counts for anything, I bet only a handful of people who do not work for MSNBC can name more then two people who work there- no one watches MSNBC.

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This false victim hood, Harley, is unnecessary. The people running for President are going to be scrutinized, and since there is a democrat in office right now and no one from his party challenging him- that means all the focus will be on the GOP.

Bachmann campaigned heavily in Iowa, and in fact was born in that state- and she came dead last from people who actively campaigned there. Dead last. From registered GOP voters. They did not want her, and it appears no one else besides a small handful want her. All of her lies are public record. Just because she is called out on her crazy, and her lies- does not mean she is a victim. It wasn't too long ago she was accusing Rick Perry of making children retarded with forced vaccines. She also took a lot of federal money for her farm, but whatever- she is gone. Just like Cain who had he is own issues of not knowing anything except to say 9-9-9.

We need to have candidates that are not extreme, ignorant, and liars. Of course the trade off is that they will be less exciting- like Huntsman.

It's boring to know that Huntsman actually lowered taxes as Governor, while creating jobs, while remaining popular. It's boring to hear reality and details about China. It's much for fun and scary to hear Bachmann say ""By 2015, we will be sending so much interest" to China that "we will be paying for the entire People's Liberation Army." That's also a lie by the way.

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Riverman1 01/06/12 - 11:25 am
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Hey Cousin Swampman. Biden is

Hey Cousin Swampman. Biden is not stupid? He wanted to drive a car through the Jersey tunnel being built for trains. Maybe we should let him try that. He asked the paralyzed guy to stand up. Honestly, Biden lost some grey matter with his brain surgery. The holes are visible in his forehead and some still leaks out now and then. The Secret Service finds him wandering around lost at times. When I think about Biden being a heart beat away, even I appreciate Obama.

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harley_52 01/06/12 - 11:26 am
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Obama IS a socialist.

Obama IS a socialist. Denying it is pretty silly. Obamacare is but one example.

Plenty of others available, along with his own words both spoken and written.

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David Parker 01/06/12 - 11:53 am
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Abbott and Costello reminds

Abbott and Costello reminds me " Slowly I turn, step by step, inch by inch" .classic and off topic

bjphysics
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bjphysics 01/06/12 - 11:57 am
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"No Lie Too Big, No Smear Too

"No Lie Too Big, No Smear Too Small"

GOP 2012 bumper sticker

harley_52
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harley_52 01/06/12 - 12:02 pm
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"Deny, Obfuscate,

"Deny, Obfuscate, Attack...it's who we are."

Democrat 2012 bumper sticker

bjphysics
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bjphysics 01/06/12 - 12:07 pm
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Republican Epistemology:

Republican Epistemology: saying something IS true MAKES it true.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 01/06/12 - 12:11 pm
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“What is Obama? Centrist,

“What is Obama? Centrist, Liberal, or Socialist”

Nicholas R. Goebel, The Pragmatic Center, April 20th, 2010

“The Republicans have effectively branded the Democrats including President Obama as radicals and socialists. While it may be great politics it is not the truth. It’s as wrong as calling President Bush a fascist and Republicans racists. But this is what politics in America has become; perception is more important than reality.

What is the reality? The link below is for an article by Norman Ornstein. Ornstein is an influential political scientist who is respected by people of all ideological backgrounds. Moreover, he works for the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. He analyzes the claim that President Obama is a radical socialist. What is the truth? Click the link to find out.”

http://thepragmaticcenter.com/essay/what-obama-centrist-liberal-or-socia...

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harley_52 01/06/12 - 12:22 pm
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Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 01/06/12 - 12:25 pm
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Harley posted: It's true,

Harley posted:
It's true, Carleton, isn't it? Look at Sarah Palin. They're still after her and she's not even running. Look at what they did to Herman Cain. Then Bachman. I think I know their motivation in each case, but it's very predictable.

YUP!!

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harley_52 01/06/12 - 12:26 pm
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Democrat Episiotomy: 'If I

Democrat Episiotomy: 'If I lie about it enough, some people will eventually believe it.'

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burninater 01/06/12 - 12:47 pm
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Harley, I think you've got

Harley, I think you've got that last epistemology confused: Bachmann was running as a Republican, not a Democrat.

Bruno
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Bruno 01/06/12 - 12:45 pm
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Bachman and Palin did it to

Bachman and Palin did it to themselves with the things they said. It isn't a smear if you quote the person.

burninater
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burninater 01/06/12 - 12:56 pm
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I do agree with you harley,

I do agree with you harley, that female candidates often have a harder time of it. What Bachmann faced was a mere shadow of what Clinton had leveled at her in 2008 -- and, paranoid theories to the contrary, it wasn't just the "Leftist MSM" that was going after Clinton, the woman, tooth-and-nail. I do find it interesting, however, that you seek to blame the MSM for making it so difficult for woman and minorities to be elected in Republican races.

It's not Republican voters, but the MSM who determines the content of Republican representation? Really?

bjphysics
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bjphysics 01/06/12 - 01:20 pm
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“‘Without Precedent’ or How

“‘Without Precedent’ or How the Republican smear machine works

Steve Benen in The Washington Monthly dissects the Republican Party's attempts to smear President Obama's administration as somehow different than any other administration before. The key to the Republicans' tactic is to label even the most mundane and common actions by the Obama administration as somehow "odd" or out of step with established practice. The mainstream media is basically lazy and more often than not repeats the Republican attacks as though they had merit. Benen provides a useful list of all the different ways Republicans have tried to use this tactic against Obama. Here are just a couple of examples:”

http://www.the-richmonder.com/2010/05/without-precedent-or-how-republica...

TParty
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TParty 01/06/12 - 02:13 pm
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I've never understood how so

I've never understood how so many fanatical GOP'ers can call Obama a socialist, or communist. He is for capitalism. It's crony capitalism, but capitalism for sure. In his 2008 election run, his campaign raised something like 730 million dollars. Think that all came from commie Americans? Well, you can look at his top donors.

Goldman Sachs ($1,013,091)
JPMorgan Chase & Co ($808,799)
Citigroup Inc ($736,771)
WilmerHale LLP ($550,668)
Skadden, Arps et al ($543,539)
UBS AG ($532,674)
Morgan Stanley ($512,232).

Big banks. Big capitalistic banks....

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