During the CNN/WMUR/Union Leader GOP presidential candidates debate held in Manchester, New Hampshire, earlier this month, the 55-year-old Minnesota congressional representative and chair of the House Tea Party Caucus more than held her own against Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum, effectively decrying the TARP bailout, explaining why U.S. involvement in Libya isnt in our national interest, and mentioning her 23 foster children several times.
One of the evenings most memorable soundbites involved her signature issue nationalized health care. As President of the United States, I will not rest until I repeal Obamacare its a promise, take it to the bank, cash the check, declared Bachmann.
Following the debate, Bachmann nabbed the second place spot (behind Romney) in a Rasmussen Reports telephone poll of Likely GOP Primary Voters, and a star was born. It signaled that the Congresswoman from the Midwest and the mother of five was about to receive the full "Sarah Palin treatment" from the Mainstream Media.
Earlier this week, Rolling Stone, the music publication dedicated mostly to rock (and other youth-oriented genres such as techno, grunge, hip hop, or whatever the next musical flavor-of-the-week may be) founded and published by ber-liberal Jann Wenner, posted a 5000+ word hit piece on Bachmann.
The snarling begins.
Written by Matt Taibbi, the piece entitled Michele Bachmanns Holy War is loaded with hyperbole, vulgarity, and smears.
Taibbi concludes that Bachmann, whom he concedes is a telegenic Religious Right social conservative who wants to limit government, is a nutcase. He writes, Bachmann is not medically crazy, not talking-to-herself-on-the-subway crazy, but grandiose crazy, late-stage Kim Jong-Il crazy crazy in the sense that she's living completely inside her own mind, frenetically pacing the hallways of a vast sand castle she's built in there, unable to meaningfully communicate with the human beings on the other side of the moat, who are all presumed to be enemies.
Taibbi also rages that Bachmann, who received her law degree from the now-defunct O.W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University, was mentored by a crackpot Christian extremist professor named John Eidsmoe, a frequent contributor to John Birch Society publications
Taibbi, let us not forget, works for a publication, sold at many mainstream outlets, which has featured entertainers like Lady Gaga, John Lennon, and the cast of True Blood, in the nude, on its covers. To boot, HBOs True Blood cast was covered in blood. But its a scandal-free constitutional lawyer and junior member of Congress, not the publisher of Rolling Stone (who is estranged from his wife and now has a boyfriend) who is certifiable. Go figure.
Too busy mocking her Christian views and scribbling biased, frantic post-modern prose, Taibbi also didnt bother to check how Bachmanns voting record lined up with constitutional government.
Please allow me: Gun Owners of America gave her a grade of A. NumbersUSA, an immigration enforcement organization, also gave her a grade of A. Her score with the American Conservative Union is 100. Citizens Against Government Waste recently declared her a Taxpayer Hero. She supports defunding Planned Parenthood, and supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee one hundred percent of the time. Her cumulative score on the Freedom Index, for the 111th Congress, is 88 percent.
Bachmann, who has been married to a clinical therapist (Marcus Bachmann) for over thirty years, says she defines marriage as a pact between a man and a woman.
During her re-election campaign in 2010, Bachmann, a tax attorney, raised over $13 million.
Bachmann also appreciates Big-Picture Thinkers. She told the Wall Street Journal, When I go on vacation and I lie on the beach, I bring von Mises, referring to the free-market libertarian economist, Ludwig von Mises. She also lists Christian philosophers Francis Schaeffer and Ravi Zacharias among her favorites.
But to Matt Taibbi this complex woman, whom he has stereotyped as an unstable clone of Michelle Duggar (the homeschooling mother of 19) and that could become the GOP presidential nominee, is his worst nightmare.
The closet sexist howls, She wins Iowa, then swallows the Tea Party and Christian vote whole for the next 30 or 40 primaries while Romney and Pawlenty battle fiercely over who is the more viable boring-white-guy candidate. Then Wall Street blows up again and it's Barack Obama and a soaring unemployment rate versus a white, God-fearing mother of 28 from the heartland.
Now, whos crazy?
Isabel (Izzy) Lyman blogs at http://thecastillochronicles.blogspot.com