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Hanging ‘Em Up

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Simpson Damns McCarthyism Revival

Seven-term GOP Rep. Mike Simpson said Friday that Rep. Michele Bachmann's claim that an extremist Islamic group has infiltrated the U.S. government is a revival of McCarthyism that must be condemned. “I thought it was outrageous,” Simpson told the Idaho Statesman's editorial board Friday. “We don't need to go back to those days. I thought we'd learned our lesson when (Sen. Joseph) McCarthy (R-Wis.) finally went down.” Simpson lamented that publicity about the former presidential candidate from Minnesota stains the Republican Party. “Unfortunately, it's not just Michele. The public says, 'There go those Republicans again.' It's a bad reflection on all Republicans. I can't believe the other four members she got to sign the letter with her. Amazing….That doesn't reflect the House Republican Caucus”/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo of Michele Bachmann)

Question: Do you think Congressman Mike Simpson raises a legitimate concern?

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Edit: GOP Wrong To Back Torture

Image that a U.S. soldier is captured and subjected to waterboarding. Would Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann consider that torture? Maybe not, given their disappointing responses to a question about waterboarding posed during Saturday’s Republican debate. And if they did object to the soldier’s treatment, they’ve lost the moral authority to argue against it. Both Mr. Cain, who is leading the field of GOP contenders, and Ms. Bachmann, a congresswoman from Minnesota, expressed approval of the controversial technique, which has been considered torture since at least the Spanish Inquisition/Washington Post editorial. More here.

Question: Would you support a political candidate who supported waterboarding?

Michele Bachmann Would ♥ Idaho

The biggest news in last week's GOP presidential debate was Rep. Michele Bachmann's attack on Texas Gov. Rick Perry for ordering Texas girls to receive the “HPV” vaccine preventing cervical cancer. Bachmann called the vaccine against the human papillomavirus “dangerous,” a claim immediately countered by health experts. In a story in Monday's New York Times, medical reporter Denise Grady wrote, “But the harm to public health may have already been done. When politicians or celebrities raise alarms about vaccines, even false alarms, vaccination rates drop.” Idaho earns the distinction of having the lowest HPV vaccination rate of any state, with 17 percent of girls between 13 and 17 having received the recommended three vaccines. Others below 20 percent included Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama. The national average is 32 percent. Rhode Island has the highest rate, 55 percent/Dan Popkey, Statesman. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Should girls be required to receive the “HPV” vaccine preventing cervical cancer?

Bachmann Or Palin?

Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., greets American Legion officers on stage after addressing the national convention Thursday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)

Question: Who would you rather see as president, if you were forced to pick: Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin?

Hucks Poll: God Isn’t In Quake, ‘Cane

  • Monday Poll: 112 of 148 respondents (75.68%) said that God doesn't send earthquakes, hurricanes, & other natural disasters to chastize politicians & countries for improper behavior. Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann had joked that God sent an earthquake and Hurricane Irene to East Coast to wake up the country's politicians. 32 of 148 respondents (21.62%) said God does use natural disaster to wak people up. 4 (2.7%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Would you be willing to pay $110 for your student athlete to help pay for his/her high school's sports programs?

Bachmann: God Sent Quake, Hurricane

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) joked in Florida this weekend that last week's earthquake and hurricane affecting the East Coast were signs from God, meant to grab lawmakers' attention. The Tea Party congresswoman, who took her campaign for president to the Sunshine State this weekend, joked about the case of those natural disasters during a stop in Sarasota. “I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake; we've had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here?'” she told the audience, per the St. Petersburg Times/Michael O'Brien, The Hill's Blog Briefing Room. More here.

Question: Does God use natural disasters to gain people's attention?

Bachmann: He’s still alive in our hearts

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann got her Elvis Presley dates all shook up during a campaign stop today in South Carolina.

The congresswoman from Minnesota played the Elvis tune “Promised Land” at a local restaurant and told the crowd of 300 that she wanted to say happy birthday to the king of rock ‘n’ roll.

“Before we get started, let’s all say happy birthday to Elvis Presley today!” Bachmann said.

But Aug. 16 is the anniversary of Elvis’ death, in 1977, and someone in the crowd shouted back, “He died today!” More here.

Birth dates, death dates, anniversaries, they are all so easy to mix up. Right?

Spovangelist: But is she crazy?

Tea Party Caucus leader Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., center, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Where are the feminists of the world to speak out against the sexism, the injustice, the assault on all the progress we’ve made as women in America?

By which, of course, I mean the rhetoric used to attack Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Nikki Haley, Cathy McMorris-Rodgers and other female Republicans — by both mainstream media and the rest of us.

No? Not offensive? Is it legit stuff powerful women into the tired-as-hell crazy/stupid/bitch/slut costume if they’re pro-life and anti-gay? More here.

Spovangelist, a local blog, takes a shot at those who label powerful women with pejorative adjectives like “stupid,” and “crazy,” and challenges those who are prone to name-calling to go a week without slinging insults.

What do you think? Care to take the Spovangelist challenge?

Bachmann Demands Biden Apology

Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and possible presidential candidate Sarah Palin lambasted Vice President Joe Biden Monday night for negative comments he allegedly made about the Tea Party. Biden was reported by Politico on Monday to have agreed with an argument by Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, who apparently asserted that “[w]e have negotiated with terrorists” during a closed-door meeting with House Democrats about the deal to raise the debt limit. “They have acted like terrorists,” Biden was said to have responded. The Hill reports that in an e-mail Monday night, Bachmann, R-Minn., condemned Biden's alleged statement and called on the vice president to apologize/CBS News Political Hotsheet. More here. (AP file photo, of VP Joe Biden)

Question: Should Biden apologize?

Bachmann: Migraines Not Disabling

Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks to the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce at Christ Central Ministries in Columbia, S.C., Monday. In a statement e-mailed by Bachmann's campaign, Bachmann said that the migraine headaches she experiences wouldn't incapacitate her as president. Story here. (AP Photo/Brett Flashnick)

Question: Do you suffer from migraine headaches?

Bachmann: ‘Cut Spending Now’

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks at an Americans for Prosperity “Cut Spending Now,” rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, earlier today. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Question: Who will be blamed/credited if the federal government shuts down Friday — Democrats or Republicans?

APhoto Of The Day — 1.25.11

Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., delivers her response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday. Bachmann founded the congressional Tea Party caucus. You write the cutline. Story here. (AP Photo)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Michelle BACHMANN, who some in the Tea Party think is a real head-TURNER discusses why government spending has to be shifted out of OVERDRIVE. Said Bachmann, the Republicans are “Taking Care of Business”, and if President Obama can't “Take it Like a Man”, then he can “Roll on Down the Highway” — Eddie Torreal.
  • 2. After becoming aware of fundamental misunderstanding of basic American government and the constitution, Republicans in congress tapped Michelle Bachman to translate the president's SOTU into teabonics for their constituents. Unfortunately they exhausted their supply of Nazi and Marxist analogies — Sisyphus.
  • 3. Tired of being relegated to a “fantasy football widow” each Sunday, Michelle unveils the first ever “fantasy politicians league” to rave reviews. She scored the neat charts from Ross Perot on E-bay — Formerly Sandpoint.
  • HM: Otis G

Minnick Unsure Re: Tea Party Caucus

Only a few days after rejecting an endorsement from the Tea Party Express, one of the many national voices of the Tea Party movement, Rep. Walt Minnick says is he unsure if he will join the newly-formed Tea Party Caucus in Congress.  The caucus is the work of Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, who believes the group will help legislators work more closely with anti-big government advocates in the movement.  Bachmann said the caucus will not serve as the head of the Tea Party movement and that the group of legislators in the caucus will focus on fiscal responsibility in government/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: At this point, don’t you think it’s suspect that Congressman Walt Minnick is unsure whether or not to join the Tea Party Caucus? Is he simply being a conservative tease?

Congress Tea Party Caucus Debuts

Tea Party caucus leader Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., plays with Danille Hollars’ son Damian Hollars, 9 months, both from Woodbridge, Va., at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington this morning. The newly formed Congressional Tea Party Caucus made its debut today. Fox News story here. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Question: Would you be more/less inclined to vote for a candidate who wins a Tea Party endorsement?

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