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Bye Bye Bachmann

Michele Bachmann, legendary author of fictional American history and valiant advocate of praying away The Gay, is quitting the race for the Republican presidential nomination after 95 percent of the caucus-goers in her native Iowa chose last night not to rally to her noble cause.

Delusionary to the very end, Bachmann preposterously claimed in her DROPOUT  SPEECH that her practice of politics has not made her a politician –which is like Hannibal Lecter saying that his peculiar epicurian tastes didn’t mean he was a cannibal. 

“While a congresswoman by title, a politician I never have been, or will I ever hope to be,” she said.

That’s how ridiculous this woman can be.

It might turn out that Bachmann’s most enduring legacy will be an end to the ridiculous credence the mainstream media have accorded the Ames Straw Poll.

You remember the Ames Straw Poll, don’t you? It’s held every four years on the campus of Iowa State University, and it’s a monumental waste of time. But the media like to pretend that it’s important.

This past August, Bachmann won the Ames thingie,  after which untold volumes of newsprint, air time and Internet bandwidth were devoted to silly notions that the Minnesota congresswoman had emerged as a major contender for the GOP presidential nomination.

But Bachmann finished sixth in last night’s Iowa caucuses, thereby demonstrating that the Ames Straw Poll was a harginger of nothing.

So, we owe you a vote of thanks for that, Michele — along with gratitude for the many laughs you’ve evoked along the campaign trail.

UPDATE: Meanwhile, Rick Perry has decided to STAY IN THE RACE.

Whoopee!

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  1. Bachmann is right. She is not a politician. A politician does something while they are in the congress.

  2. Neftali

    Jerry – By your notion Obama wasn’t a politician either when he was elected President. He didn’t do anything while in Congress either.

  3. Neftali: Don’t be silly.

    In his first two years in the Senate, Obama sponsored 15 bills that became law (not counting trivial bills, such as the naming of post offices, etc.).

    Two of those bills addressed foreign policy, three addressed public health issues, two involved national security, two addressed openness and accountability in government, one had to do with the needs of Armed Forces, and the other five were about other matters.

    Obama also signed onto and worked for scores of other bills of varying importance.

    Ah, but you’ve heard from some wingnut source that Obama did nothing in the Senate. Well, it just ain’t true. Yes, his absenteeism was high in 2008 while he ran for president, but it was no higher than John McCain’s. Have you ever accused McCain of doing nothing?

  4. Terry C

    Michele Bachmann has sponsored 39 bills since Jan 4, 2007 of which 38 haven’t made it out of committee and none were successfully enacted. Bachmann has co-sponsored 532 bills during the same time period. (The count of enacted bills considers only bills, and not resolutions, actually sponsored by Bachmann and companion bills identified by CRS that were themselves enacted, but not if they were incorporated into other bills, as that information is not readily available.)

    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=412216

    Barack Obama has sponsored 121 bills since Jan 24, 2005 of which 115 haven’t made it out of committee and 3 were successfully enacted. Obama has co-sponsored 506 bills during the same time period. (The count of enacted bills considers only bills, and not resolutions, actually sponsored by Obama and companion bills identified by CRS that were themselves enacted, but not if they were incorporated into other bills, as that information is not readily available.)

    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=400629

  5. From Wikipedia:

    Barack Obama sponsored 137 bills from 4 Jan 2005 until 16 November 2008. Two became law. This figure does not include bills to which Obama contributed as cosponsor, such as the Coburn-Obama Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 or the Lugar-Nunn Cooperative Proliferation Detection, Interdiction Assistance, and Conventional Threat Reduction Act of 2006. Nor does it include amendments to other bills, although in the Senate these are not required to be germane to the parent bill and can therefore effectively be bills in their own right. During the same time period, Obama has co-sponsored 689 bills in total; 408 of which had secured his support by the day they were originally introduced in the Senate.

  6. Wow, those 15 bills you referenced are some heavy hitters. I’m sure Netfali stands corrected. I really like your reference to “one had to do with the needs of Armed Forces” which in reality just modified an existing law to extend the list of relatives that can have their passport fees waived when visiting the grave or attending the funeral of a member of the Armed Forces overseas. How did Senator Obama ever manage to find the time to sponsor such a major piece of (rewritten) legislation?

    Also, next time you might want to cite the Daily Kos article you pulled your information from or at least change their wording a bit more.

  7. Argue all you want about his Senate recorded. It doesn’t matter. Obama will be running on his Presidential record, something no one else can.

  8. Terry C

    Jerry Critter says:

    “Obama will be running on his Presidential record, something no one else can”.

    Jerry, do you actually think anyone else would want to run on that record?

  9. Neftali

    According to the Stimulus bill that was sold to us by the Democrats, unemployment was supposed to be at 6% by now.

    http://economics21.org/blog/revisiting-unemployment-predictions

  10. Pat Robertson must have told Bachmann his secret. I suppose Fox Entertainment will now pick her up as a commentator with Sarah Palin for their obtuse news hour. What she really needs to do is go back to Minnesota and take care of her house guests.

  11. Steverino: She should spend more time trying to pray away The Gay. Her efforts so far don’t seem to be working very well. Them preverts (pronounced PRE-verts) are everywhere.

    By the way, it’s always fun to ask religious homophobes like Bachmann to cite anything in particular that Jesus said about homosexuality. Truth is, he never said anything about it.

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