In the wee hours of this morning (Wednesday, May 29th, 2013), Michele Bachmann the republican congresswoman from Minnesota’s 6th district since January 2007, announced via a 15-minute video posted (in the wee hours of the morning) on her web site that she won’t run for re-election in November 2014. That’s only 16 short months away.
She stated in her video that none of the difficulties she has encountered in the recent past had ANY impact on her decision. Nope. None of those issues, such as the pasting she got in her bid for the GOP presidential nomination, or the criticism of her endless inaccurate historical remarks, or the investigations she had to endure regarding shady campaign operations, or her total loss of mainstream credibility, or her claim that homosexuality is a “choice” that can be cured if gays will simply submit to her and her husband’s clinic for “prayer therapy”, or that the founding fathers abolished slavery, or that the FDA-approved HPV vaccine causes metal retardation…or the fact that she has the highest “Liar, Liar, Pants-on-Fire!” rating of anyone on politifact.com . Check it out. It’s well worth the click!
Nope. She based her decision no to run, so she says, solely on the fact that the US Constitution’s 22nd amendment limits the president to two terms, or eight years of service. Thus, Bachmann justifies her decision on the basis of an amendment that does not apply to her as a congresswoman.
Actually, the idea of term limits for congress seems particularly attractive in this hyper-partisan times. But it doesn’t exist yet, Michele.
Bachmann is an attractive woman who studied tax law in college and became a tax attorney. She became opposed to the American income tax code that is now more than 80,000 pages of lobbyist- and special-interest-promoted special exemptions. However, she chose the wrong road to correct the problem. For instance, instead of blaming GW Bush’s out-of-control spending on two unfunded wars and idiotic tax breaks for the rich when she was elected. she instead decided to eliminate as much government. That’s akin to the idea that if your child gets his clothes dirty while playing, we should ban all clothes and/or all playing.
Bachmann’s decision o not run is one of those rare actions that causes mixed feelings.
From the republican perspective, the credit/debit balance probably looks something like this:
On the minus side: Bachmann, was a lightening rod for ultra-extremist-religious-right-fundamentalist conservative issues, such as imprinting the bible verbatim onto the government. She was a founder of the Tea Party Caucus in the US House of Representatives, and believes that you don’t need proof or facts…only faith…to back your statements. She was very successful in galvanizing the ultra-extremist right-wing base of what used to be the republican party. But she repelled most mainstream republicans and almost all independents and undecided voters. At election time, it was a big liability that the republican party could do without, and their mostly invisible leadership knew it.
On the plus side: Bachmann was relentless in keeping the extreme right wing republican base intact.. She reinforced the concept that if you say something often enough or in front of the right audience (mostly EXTREME right), you’ll gain brownie points and increase your influence within the internal workings of the GOP. The base LOVED her and hung on her every word.
Interestingly, the democrats have similar mixed feelings about Bachmann’s planned departure, kind of in reverse. On the plus side, they see at least SOME possibility that a democrat can win her seat in 2014, After all, she barely won re-election in November 2012. Her opponent in that race claims he will run again for the seat in 2014. The hope is that with Bachmann gone, the democrat will have an easier time of it. Additionally, Bachmann was a pain in the ass congresswoman who would NEVER compromise on ANYTHING with congressional democrats. As a popular tea party lunatic, she brought all the congressional tea party loonies together. Good riddance, those democrats who were closest to her say.
In the minus column for democrats is that once she’s gone, they can no longer use her frequent idiot statements of untrue fantasy about the world around us to win support of the indecided voter. With her regularly spouted idiotic statements no longer reverberating, the dems will have to settle for the less frequent idiotic statements and proclamations of other less verbose congressional tea party conservatives for their political ammo. Without Michele’s wide-eyed diatribes on how the tooth fairy hates Obama, and in the process her casting a witch’s shadow on the credibility of the GOP, the dems will have that much less to demonstrate why the GOP is dangerous for the USA.
But the worst result of her departure is this: We, the PEOPLE!! won’t have her endless fodder to write about.
And that’s a real loss. 🙂