Bachmann rips Obama, Franken – denies “anti-American” remark

November 19th, 2008 – 9:33 AM by Kevin Diaz

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, appearing Tuesday night on Fox News’ show with Sean Hannity and Alan Colmes, derided President-Elect Barack Obama as “more of the same” over reports that many of his new appointments are recycled Clintonistas.

The Minnesota Republican also accused DFL Senate candidate Al Franken of trying to “stuff the ballot box” in his recount struggle with GOP incumbent Norm Coleman.

All the while, Bachmann managed to reserve enough ammo to dismiss as an “urban legend” reports that she had suggested on a pre-election episode of the “Hardball” show with MSNBC host Chris Matthews that Obama and other members of Congress were “anti-American,” and that the media should investigate them as such.

Resident Fox liberal Alan Colmes, who read a transcript of Bachmann’s “anti-American” quote from her appearance on MSNBC, offered to have her watch the video clip of her remarks on his own web site. But the segment ended before Bachmann could fully respond.

Not, however, before Bachmann pummeled Obama over some of his recent presidential appointments, including the pick of former President Clinton official Eric Holder as Obama’s new attorney general.

Hannity, joined by Bachmann, faulted Holder for his role in Clinton’s pardon of billionaire financier Marc Rich, who had been indicted for tax evasion. Holder also has come under attack for his role in sending 6-year-old Cuban Elian Gonzalez back to the island nation during the Clinton presidency.

“I don’t think any American sees this as change,” Bachmann said. “It’s back to the future.”

Bachmann, who has become a regular conservative commentator on cable television talk shows in recent months, reserved some of her sharpest barbs for the Senate race recount process in the Minnesota, where Franken has sought to review rejected absentee ballots.

“He wants to stuff the ballot box with rejected ballots,” said Bachmann, adding that the dispute “calls into question what the record is and who’s watching the books.”

Her comments about the fairness of the recount seemed at odds with those of GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty as well as with Coleman himself. They have both expressed confidence in the recount process in recent days, though some campaign and GOP party officials have criticized Franken’s aggressive lawyering in the recount.

Bachmann’s appearance on the Fox TV show also represented a change in tone from her most recent remarks about Obama. On Nov. 6, two days after the election, Bachmann was quoted in Politico saying she was “extremely grateful that we have an African American who won this year.” Although she supported GOP hopeful John McCain in the presidential election, she told Politico that Obama’s victory was “a tremendous signal we sent.”

Those remarks were widely seen as an attempt to soften her pre-election criticism of Obama, including her remarks on Matthews’ show that the Illinois Democrat “may have anti-American views” and that reporters should investigate whether other Democrats may be “anti-America.”

Reminded of those remarks by Colmes Tuesday night, Bachmann suggested, as she has before, that she was baited and trapped by the media, which created an “urban legend” about what she says she really said.

“What I said was ‘do your job,’” Bachmann said. “That’s what I said.”

23 Responses to "Bachmann rips Obama, Franken – denies “anti-American” remark"

parthian says:

November 19th, 2008 at 10:03 am

“What I said was ‘do your job’, that’s what I said”

The phrase “do your job” was never uttered during the interview, but never mind, lying is par for the course with Darlin’ Michele. Her point was that the national press needed to “investigate” members of Congress on their “anti-American” views. So facts on videotape now pass for an “urban legend” in the mind of this nut. No wonder she doesn’t know which end is up.

But at this point, lib’ruls are done being baited by this crazed cretin. The dummies in her district returned her and they obviously want her to gas on mindlessly on Fox News and other deadend “conservative” gab sites. She is not a serious person and won’t be treated as such by serious people.

Michele’s a backwater minority party backbencher and the people of Bachmannistan might as well not be represented in Congress for all she’ll be able to “accomplish”. A sensible person should think long and hard about buying a house in Bachmannistan or moving there. House values in Bachmannistan should plummet.

In short, Darlin Michele is a joke. Enjoy your nitwit lying Congresswoman, 6th District. She’s obviously what you see when you look in the mirror.

Les says:

November 19th, 2008 at 11:34 am

It’s hillarious to read the left wing version of Bachman comment on Bachman.

Thanks for the humor, partial…

Les says:

November 19th, 2008 at 12:41 pm

Hey partial brain.. Here’s a transcript.

Could you point our where Bachman used the word “”investigate”? I beleive you are lying when you make that statement.

Methinks your employing her tactics….

SgtPendleton says:

November 19th, 2008 at 1:11 pm

Les, investigate or expose — it’s a stupid thing she said, and it’s a stupid idea. I have no idea why an intelligent person like yourself is defending this idiot. She’s is what my dad would call “a flake” — she changes her tune depending on who she’s talking to.

Worse, she is apparently unable to restrain herself and she makes careless comments about “stuffing the ballot box” — despite the fact that neither Coleman, Pawlenty nor the MN GOP are complaining about it. She is a goof no matter which way you slice it Les.

No one’s going to question your conservative credentials if you don’t defend this moron. Aren’t there other things you can attack Parthian about?

jplow says:

November 19th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

Lee, your post is disingenuous. (And why the name-calling?)

True, Bachman didn’t use the word “investigate”, but she said: “the news media should do a penetrating exposé and take a look”.

Can’t we agree that a “penetrating exposé” is (or at least requires) an investigation? It seems unreasonable to say parthian is “lying”.

parthian says:

November 19th, 2008 at 1:36 pm

SgtP, Lest*urd’s obsession with me causes him not to be able to think straight.

If he wants to agree that poor Darlin’ Michele really was just saying “do your job”, and not urging the press to investigate members of Congress for their anti-American views, that’s just more evidence of his crazed wingnuttery.

I’ll stand by what I described the kook as saying, Lest*urd. It doesn’t surprise me that a black/white rigid thinker like you thinks he’s hit upon a real compelling “counterargument”, but then, you are a pinhead.

parthian says:

November 19th, 2008 at 1:42 pm

BTW, is it really the “job” of the press to determine what “anti-American” views are, and then indentify and “expose” those members of Congress that hold them? That would be “doing their job”?

Les and Darlin’ Michele apparently think so.

Les says:

November 19th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

SNAP… another trap sprung.

Not defending Bachman, Just highlight partial brain’s unmitigated bigotry. Besides, he’s most blind when he’s on a Bachman rant, going so far as to commit the very act he accuses her of. It’s great fun, and considering his lack of common sense, appropriate.

jplow says:
(And why the name-calling?)

LOL, you obviously havent read many partial brain posts if your asking that question.

SgtPendleton says:

November 19th, 2008 at 5:18 pm

Les, even people you disagree with aren’t 100% wrong all the time. Do you think if you’re going to attack Parthian, maybe you can use someone less “controversial” (to put it mildly) than Batsh1t Bachmann?

Skyliner says:

November 19th, 2008 at 6:45 pm

I’ve listened to several of Michelle Bachman’s interviews, although I missed the one on Fox. She apparently suffers from a mental condition and denies saying things we all know she said. I think she needs help to deal with her problems and is not presently qualified to be in the U.S House of Representatives.

6th district Jim says:

November 19th, 2008 at 9:08 pm

The misogynists are out in force here.
Look at the clowns on parade: hey at least MB was against the endless bailouts and deficit spending of the bug-eyed dork (Pelosi).
And gee, MB just wanted the media to do their jobs, instead of cheerleading for the leftie losers.
We had actual McCarthyists,ala Kucinich, Ellison who put forth motions to have govt investigations of our leaders. Of course, that’s ok since our cultists here all agree.

How are the last two years of our Dem leaders working out for everyone?
Dow? Unemployment? Debt? Deficit?
Any DIAZ blogging on this subject?
Ah Les, you are stuck amongst the dim bulbs here.
Remember peak oil? Yes,as I paid a buck sixty today, I even laughed at that joke. There will be many more laughs in the next two years at our beloved governance. :o ))))

adlib says:

November 19th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

As the Limbaugh urban legend goes about the returning Iraqi war vet telling Chelsie Clinton that his worst fears were ‘Osama,Obama,and your mama.’Very few women as yet have served as Secretary of State, but Hillary may climb that mountain.. yep third or fourth in line for POTUS just after Pelosi. So much for misogyny.

Two out of three fears dispelled. (Did more vets vote McCain than Obama?) As for Osama the odds of bringing him to justice will improve after his pal W leaves office.

What about cheerleaders for the right? How about Bachman and Ann Coulter and Tina Fey as cheerleaders on SNL. It’s just showbizz and everyone’s a comedian.

lebowski says:

November 19th, 2008 at 10:19 pm

This is how they respond…….and really, sums up this blog..

6DJ
“And gee, MB just wanted the media to do their jobs, instead of cheerleading for the leftie losers.
We had actual McCarthyists,ala Kucinich, Ellison who put forth motions to have govt investigations of our leaders. Of course, that’s ok since our cultists here all agree.”

Adlib
“What about cheerleaders for the right? How about Bachman and Ann Coulter and Tina Fey as cheerleaders on SNL. It’s just showbizz and everyone’s a comedian.”

SgtPendleton says:

November 19th, 2008 at 11:25 pm

Ah yes, decry the ballbuster/she-male Hillary, but when a conservative woman is attacked…my God, the misogyny and sexism is SO DEEP, isn’t it?

Come on Jim, dont’ rehash the old arguments about the “huge” Dem majority in 2006-2008– save them for the next two years when they’ll actually mean something.

Hey, I like “showbizz” with two Z’s. Sorta like writing teevee instead of TV. I’ll have to remember that one.

adlib says:

November 20th, 2008 at 8:05 am

Good point lebowski. Wet’s review the difference between this blog and the general opinions otherwise blogged in the Star Tribune.

This is a place where open-minded critical thinkers of all political persuasions encounter information and arguments that both support and challenge their preconceptions. The goal is not to eliminate differences but to narrow and clarify them. We begin with a bedrock agreement that the search for insight and clarity is important, serious – and fun.

We ask commenters to be civil and substantive and, if possible, good humored. We reserve the right to delete comments that disregard this request.

Nice work if you can get it.

parthian says:

November 20th, 2008 at 9:16 am

adlib, I think you’re starting to see that there aren’t going to be any actual “arguments” presented by the BQ Wingnut Clown Show ™—that’s simply beyond them.

Thus you see simple idiocy—disingenuous nonsense from Les, loopy charges of “misogyny” from the estimable 6DJ (while calling Madame Speaker Pelosi a “bug-eyed dork” in the same post), willful misunderstanding of the concept of McCarthyism, and the inscrutable posts of lebowski (welcome back, BTW, I look forward to an intelligible post).

This is as good as it gets from the astute analysts of BQ Right, and this in a highly educated state/city where one might presume the local “conservatives” have a bit more on the ball than the mouth-breathing rural Southern variety of the species. Sadly, no.

Instead, intellectual disgrace stares from every conservative face.

Les says:

November 20th, 2008 at 9:35 am

And adlib,, dont forget the thoughtful, open minded, civil discorse (aka rants) of the partial brain….

BTW,, where exactly was the word “investigate”

parthian says:

November 20th, 2008 at 9:54 am

Still caught in your “trap”, Pinhead Lester? So sad.

Better call some kindergartner to get you out….

6th district Jim says:

November 20th, 2008 at 9:57 am

Ah Les, you nail it exactly.
MB simply asks the media to present both sides of an issue.
Kucinich and Ellison introduce articles of impeachment (i.e the government actually would HOLD hearings on anti-American behavior of our elected officials). Which gets media scrutiny?
The hypocrisy is unbelievable, and again, it shows people’s ability to rationalize is almost endless.

I also think Jedi parth’s obsession with me is unsettling. Parth, you should leave your basement and get some friends while buying 1.50 gas during this Dem inspired Depression that is mocking “peak oil” theorists. Who knew killing demand postponed peak oil worries? Pelosi is a GENIUS!
And Sarge, the 2006-2007 House has a much larger majority than the Repubs ever had from 1994-2005, so how is this economy working out for you?

adlib says:

November 20th, 2008 at 10:10 am

Has anyone tried posting on the Ford plant story recently.? It’s either closed out or not accepting my posts, which although argumentative aren’t abusive to y’all. Curious.

parthian says:

November 20th, 2008 at 11:28 am

Poor 6DJ, reduced to lamely mirroring my prior charges against him, like an unimaginative 6th grader. As for “obsession”, 6DJ, I forget, did you or did you not post a pinhead argument on this very thread? Why, I think you did!

The recent decline in demand and price hardly invalidates the theory of peak oil, BTW, which is a production-based argument. The effects of the massive oil speculation game of the past summer are likely still being felt in that commodity market.

But one way to effect the severity of peak oil, of course, is to substantially and permanently reduce demand, which is certainly what I advocate, albeit not via a Repub Depression. These gas prices will not do that, and demand will likely be rising again at these prices, even in a serious recession.

Oil prices have turned quite volatile, and that will likely continue, up and well as down. But enjoy the “low” gas prices while they last, waste and guzzle away! Drive from one end of town to the other in search of the perfect stuffed pizza! It’s the way of the thoughtless well-off…..

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