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Michelle Bachmann’s Holy War

June 23, 2011

Via Rolling Stone

In modern American politics, being the right kind of ignorant and entertainingly crazy is like having a big right hand in boxing; you’ve always got a puncher’s chance. And Bachmann is exactly the right kind of completely batshit crazy. 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.

Bachmann’s story, to hear her tell it, is about a suburban homemaker who is chosen by God to become a politician who will restore faith and family values to public life and do battle with secular humanism. But by the time you’ve finished reviewing her record of lies and embellishments and contradictions, you’ll have no idea if she actually believes in her own divine inspiration, or whether it’s a big con job. Or maybe both are true — in which case this hard-charging challenger for the GOP nomination is a rare breed of political psychopath, equal parts crazed Divine Wind kamikaze-for-Jesus and calculating, six-faced Machiavellian prevaricator. Whatever she is, she’s no joke…

Michele Bachmann has found the flaw in the American Death Star. She is a television camera’s dream, a threat to do or say something insane at any time, the ultimate reality-show protagonist. She has brilliantly piloted a media system that is incapable of averting its eyes from a story, riding that attention to an easy conquest of an overeducated cultural elite from both parties that is far too full of itself to understand the price of its contemptuous laughter. All of those people out there aren’t voting for Michele Bachmann. They’re voting against us. And to them, it turns out, we suck enough to make anyone a contender.

Can you imagine this insane person running the US?

Worst.

Nightmare.

Ever.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. June 23, 2011 6:58 am

    Scott,

    For the first 6 paragraphs, the Rolling Stones article was nothing more than polemics. I like to see political discussion come down to policy discussions, not mere name callings. RS is hardly the place to go for politics.

  2. June 23, 2011 7:22 pm

    Yes, it’s a good thing that in political conversation that RS is the only one that engages in ‘polemics’… Bachmann or the right would *never* do that! How unfair of RS to play a card Bachmann would never play!

    Also I think you just made an ad hominem attack on a magazine! ;P When a finger is pointing at the moon, a wise man looks at the moon and not the finger (even if that finger is Rolling Stone!).

    OK… Just policy? How about her desire to interfere with public school systems and try to indoctrinate kids to her ignorant uninformed ideological position? Seems like a pretty poor policy to me.

    • June 24, 2011 11:51 pm

      “Also I think you just made an ad hominem attack on a magazine! ”

      Whoops I guess I am busted, I mean it is after all a top notch music and pop culture magazine. No possible bias there….😉

      AS for the publc school issue, I will have to look more into it to form an opinion.

      You have to know something about me, if you hadn’t realized it already, I defend people’s right to crazy ideas (of course I have my limits, but i equally defend liberal crack pots too). Why? Oh because I am a libertarian.

      • June 25, 2011 8:57 pm

        Not sure how music suddenly has a bias or how that automatically makes it wrong?

        Also, if you are a ‘libertarian’–as you are so fond of proclaiming everywhere–it should disturb you that Bachmann wants to maximize government’s role in education, even if the ‘education’ she is proposing is scientifically unproven and unprovable (<- whatever it is, it ain't science).

        I do not care if people have 'crazy ideas' just don't try to legislate the normalization of those ideas down my throat.

        • June 25, 2011 9:59 pm

          “I do not care if people have ‘crazy ideas’ just don’t try to legislate the normalization of those ideas down my throat.”

          hear, hear, I agree scot.

          Seriously, she has some good ideas about the economy, but I dont think she will be able to gain the moderates in the GOP. Again, she just has mojo for this month, which is fleeting.

          As for her promoting her views on education, I take government hands off approach to schools so of course I agree with Bachmanns stance to get rid of standardized testing, but on a different rationale. I dont know what they have in Canada, Scott, but in the u.s., standardized testing sucks, its racist, and completely biased and ridiculous. So on this point I am half and half with Bachmann.

          As for the music industry, I dont know about Canada, but in the U.S., the music industry leans left and uneducatedly, uninformedly so. Its like the fox news for the progressives.

  3. nazani14 permalink
    June 23, 2011 8:19 pm

    Oh, it’s lovely prose, all right, but I tend to agree with Rod. More exposure of exactly who is funding her campaign would be more useful than envisioning her in a sand castle. I really, really want her to debate that high school girl.

  4. June 24, 2011 5:59 pm

    There is some controversy over the article: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/business/2011/06/rolling-stones-bachmann-article-hit-piece-hit-itself/39260

    Seems it was taken from one person’s blog postings, and not not exactly researched.

  5. EricW permalink
    June 27, 2011 10:41 am

    Can you imagine this insane person running the US?

    Worst.

    Nightmare.

    Ever.

    Agreed. If Matt Taibbi were to be running the US, it would indeed be the worst nightmare ever.

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