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Saturday, November 8, 2008

The Turn

posted by on November 8 at 10:54 AM

Remember this:

Can you guess who is praising Obama now?

That whole anti-American, friend-to-the-terrorists thing about President-elect Barack Obama? Never mind.

Just a few weeks ago, at the height of the campaign, Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota told Chris Matthews of MSNBC that, when it came to Mr. Obama, “I’m very concerned that he may have anti-American views.”

But there she was on Thursday, after narrowly escaping defeat because of those comments, saying she was “extremely grateful that we have an African-American who has won this year.” Ms. Bachmann, a Republican, called Mr. Obama’s victory, which included her state, “a tremendous signal we sent.”

The hand of the snake.

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did she say 'a tremendous signal WE sent'? because she didn't send any signals other than a load of crap. that lady was on the wrong side of history, she can't go back now.

Posted by douglas | November 8, 2008 11:35 AM

But she also said she hasn't personally seen any racism, and that Obama's win basically means there is none. Her about face is laughable, but I guess coming in so close to defeat will do that. Next thing you know she'll be telling us all about her black boyfriend in college.

Posted by hal | November 8, 2008 11:43 AM

Yeah, Cleavon Little was her black boyfriend.

Miss Congressbitch: "It's twoo! It's twoo!"

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | November 8, 2008 11:51 AM

Hey, at least you guys don't live in her state. She's a fucking crackpot on all fronts, and the area that voted her in is viewed as representative of all of Minnesota. Google Katherine Kersten to see what kind of Christian drivel our home paper, the Star Tribune was forced to add to our paper in an attempt to not seem so 'liberal' by her constituency. I just got back from Massachussetts. Seriously thinking of moving there.

Posted by That annoying 'interest troll' | November 8, 2008 11:56 AM

OK Minnesotans:

she's up for reelction in 2 years. The campaign starts in about one year. Find someone. Or run the one that just lost again. Whatever. Just pick someone, OK?

There is now a massive on line community where this person can raise money and we can take her out.

Besides, after she votes against Pres. Obama a few times, he will have ample reason to come visit this congressional district and campaign against her. He will be able to target say 12 key districts -- WA-8 comes to mind, too -- and take out a bunch of Republicans.

Minnesotans, it's your ball. Get a candidate now and we will back you.

Unity -

Posted by PC | November 8, 2008 12:15 PM

McCain floated the new meme in his concession speech: The fact that there is a black President means that racism no longer exists. I expect to hear this fatuous talking point repeated ad nauseum during the Obama Presidency.

Posted by flamingbanjo | November 8, 2008 12:23 PM

She's the rep for the Iron Range, PC. It's Minnesota's version of the Appalachians. The evangelicals will vote her in every time. Nothing short of moving to her area would impact the vote, and I am certainly not going to do that.

Posted by That annoying 'interest troll' | November 8, 2008 12:26 PM

I wish it were just a matter of finding a candidate. You have to realize, in order for someone else to win, they have to redraw the district. Maybe if there weren't an Independant candidate running as well, the Democrat would have won.

In 2006, though, she won by a larger margin, also with an Independant running. The Democrat she beat is a fairly famous mother of an abducted child - Patty Wetterling.

All states have crazy parts. Sometimes we just can't keep them from getting embarassing amounts of attention.

Posted by In MN | November 8, 2008 12:43 PM

@7 Have you checked your congression map lately? Michelle Bachman's district is a odd shaped thing that runs across the northern part of the Twin Cities, through some of the 'burbs. The Iron Range is NOT the equivalent of Appalachia. Much of the Iron Range is in District 8, which has been represented by the good Democrat Jim Oberstar (considered a possiblity for Transportation Secretary under Obama) for many, many years.

Posted by In MN | November 8, 2008 12:52 PM

@8: true, true, blah blah lbah that's can't do thinking.

Yoiu have a freaking national monstrosity representing this district, you had $800,000 pouring into her opponent in just a couple of days, ge6t off your butt and go settle on one candidate now and start organizing.

Didn't you read what I wrote? We can send PRESIDENT OBAMA to the district to bump her off. He will hae an e mail list oout of the white house that has like 25 million people on it including thousands from that district.

Please. Just stop with the neggative thinking. There's going to be a Democratic candidate, there's going to be a race, so up there wherever that district is, get off your butts, pick the candidate you want, get her or him going like NOW, and work work work and throw her ass out.

Jesus. A little encouragement, a little bit of a challenge, a little bit of help from outsiders and the reaction is "we give up, we can't do it." Pitiful. Truly pitiful.

And yes there's more.

From politico: "It’s going to depend on how she [Palin] comes back,” Murkowski said. “I would hope that she is going to give her all to being a great governor. And if she is a great governor, that enhances her ability to do whatever it is that she may want to pursue, whether it is governor for another term, whether it’s the presidency in 2012 or whether it’s the possibility of a federal seat,” said Murkowski, who acknowledged she’s heard rumblings that Palin might challenge her in a Republican primary in 2010, when Murkowski’s seat comes up."

You bet. Palin will challenge Murkowski. So let's get that mayor of Anchorage dude to start planning to run for Senate in alaska in 2010.

Note to Sloggers: why not have Washingtonian activists pay special attention to this race. Just focusing soem dollars and volunteer time up in Alaska could be decisive. Even if every Washingtonian pro Obama person just called their friends and relatives in Alaska that could help.

Obama's going to need help and ou rwork isn't over. Let's not fall asleep for the next year basking in the Obama glow. MAny more seats are in reach. Organize!

Politico: "Murkowski is a big supporter of Stevens, while Palin has called for him to resign."

Just imagine Palin getting the nomination. Her opponent would get such huge donations from the whole nation, and he or she (the opponent) could actually say who is in NAFTA and construct an English sentence. Sends a chill up my leg!!

Unity -

Posted by PC | November 8, 2008 12:55 PM

Oberstar brings home the bacon, that's why: D+FL= Minnesota DFL. Farmers and Laborers. Iron range=laborers. Iron Range does not=social liberals. And our mining operations are going into decline, so they will up their Jesus fix, I'm sure. As for ALL of Northern Minnesota not being a bunch of hicks, you're welcome to your opinion, and I mine. Remember how St. Cloud treated the minorities there for school?

Posted by That annoying 'interest troll' | November 8, 2008 1:08 PM

PC: in '06, her church declared that the Pope was the Antichrist on its website, and it still didn't sway enough voters to go against her. "in MN" is right about the evangelical support. Booting Gov. Pawlenty would be an achievement I could get behind, however. Talk about a Bush flunky.

Posted by That annoying 'interest troll' | November 8, 2008 1:26 PM

Okay, I'm going to chime in one , more time. First, @11: St. Cloud is not part of the Iron Range, but it is part of Michelle Bachman's district. So, if you're saying Michaell Bachman represents a bunch of racists and fundementalist christians, I couldn't agree more. Also, you do have a right to your opinion, but the facts are the facts.

@10 I'm glad you're still very excited about Obama's election and are empowered by collective action. I am too. I will do what I can to ensure Bachman looses the next election just as I did this year and two years ago. She's been a wackjob for a very long time. I'm not being negative, I'm being realistic. I think the only way we'll be done with Michelle is if she gets a rope long enough to hang herself with or if she gets to big for her britches. I'm betting on the latter. She'll probably try to run against Klobuchar in 2012.

Posted by In MN | November 8, 2008 1:37 PM

Fuck, I can't stand that nutbag. So sorry, guys. I certainly didn't vote for her. We'll do better next time! (The people in this state are mostly yahoos, btw.).

Posted by Ariel | November 8, 2008 1:44 PM

13: A friend of mine related to me yesterday that in one of the bars in I believe Hibbing, they up until around the 90s had a sign up that said "No Dogs or Finns". Extrapolate that to other races, religions and sexualities. I see no difference between those bigots and the bigots in St. Cloud. One of the last lynchings in the U.S. happened in Duluth. There was a protest at the time they attempted to commemorate it, again in the 90s. I am not convinced by your statement that simply because they vote "DFL" that they are liberals waiting to emerge from their cocoons.

Posted by That annoying 'interest troll' | November 8, 2008 2:01 PM

Dear Interest troll @7, 11, and 15: Your geographic and political understanding of Minnesota is minuscule. "In MN" is absolutely correct: the predominantly rural (and white) Cook, Lake and St Louis Counties, which contain all of the Iron Range and the city of Duluth, were as blue as any rural county in this country. Obama was elected with percentages of 60%-65%. Oberstar, a mainstream Dem who has been in office forever, won re-election there with 68% of the vote. By contrast, St Cloud and its wobegone neighbors were solidly red for McCain.

Stop impugning northern Minnesota when you clearly know nothing about it!

Posted by emma's bee | November 8, 2008 6:26 PM

This freaky woman represents the absolute worst of America. Arrogance & ignorance rolled into one ugly package.

Shame on the voters who brought her back for an encore!

Posted by blackhook | November 9, 2008 12:54 PM

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