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“Just Say It”: For Michele Bachmann, Ignorance Is Bliss

What a wonderful world! My daughter brought me a satellite radio for my birthday and I have been listening to the classic hits of the’50s. I call the station “50s on the Five for 50-Somethings.”  Unfortunately every time I hear the classic 1950s song “What a Wonderful  World” by the great Sam Cooke, I think of Michele Bachmann. Why? Because of the  opening words, “Don’t’ know much about history. Don’t know much biology.”

Earlier this year, Bachmann said that the Battles of Lexington and Concord, which started the Revolutionary War, were fought in New Hampshire when every school kid knows the battles were fought in Massachusetts.  Any day, I expect her to say that Kaiser Willy should  have been tried for war crimes for starting World War II.

Earlier this year, the conservative congresswoman described homosexuality as “sexual dysfunction.” She may be surprised to know  that the American Medical Association  doesn’t list homosexuality as a  sexual dysfunction. Representative Bachmann has  promised to release her  healthcare  proposal to the public shortly. Her husband  tries to convince gays that they are straight and my guess is her solution to  the healthcare crisis will be to convince the sick and injured that they’re felling just fine.

I would add meteorology to biology and history on the list  of things  she doesn’t know much about. She said that hurricane Irene was a   warning to politicians to reduce government spending. Her spokesperson  said the  candidate made the statement “in jest”. The congresswoman has a  sick sense of  humor. I don’t think a joke about a disaster that killed  dozens of people and  caused billion of dollars in damage is very  funny. I wonder what other kinds of  disasters Representative Bachmann  thinks are funny.

The congresswoman from Minnesota is chair of the Tea Party Caucus in  the U.S. House of Representatives and her statements make her perfect   for the job. The Tea Party has a new motto, “Just Say It,” which is why a   recent New York Times/CBS News national survey  shows the group’s negative has  doubled from 18 percent to 40 percent  in the last year. The nominee of the Party of Tea, the party formerly  known as the GOP  will drown with the weight of the Tea Party brand  wrapped around him or her  like an anchor.

Ever wonder why Americans dislike the Tea Party? Wonder no  more. At a  recent presidential campaign rally last week in Iowa, Robin Murphy  of  West Des Moines, Iowa, told Representative Bachmann. “I don’t like  what I  see in Obama—him being born in Kenya and trying to cover up the  birth  certificate thing. And him being Muslim and trying to pretend  he’s a Christian.”

As she held Ms. Murphy’s hand, Representative Bachmann made no effort  to correct the misstatements that the Iowan made about the president. The Minnesotan could have responded to her supporter with a criticism of the  president for his economic policies but also reminded her that the  president  was born in Hawaii and is a Christian. But Representative Bachmann didn’t. If  ignorance is bliss, Tea Partyers must be ecstatic.

I lost electricity, Internet, and phones for a day and a half  in the aftermath of Irene. It was actually pleasant to be out of touch with the rest of the world for awhile. I knew what it was like being a member  of the Tea Party.

Robin Murphy’s statements sound sweet to Tea Partyers and religious  conservatives but they taste sour to the independent suburban voters who are sick of right wing rhetoric. As long as Congresswoman Bachmann  and her  supporters lie about the president’s background, they won’t get  any play from  the moderate swing voters who will choose the next  president in November of 2012.  I doubt Tea Partyers will change their rhetoric though because they live in a  wonderful world all their own.

By: Brad Bannon, U. S. News and World Report, September 1, 2011

September 2, 2011 Posted by | Class Warfare, Congress, Conservatives, Disasters, Economy, Education, Elections, GOP, Government, Health Care, Ideologues, Ideology, Politics, Public, Religion, Republicans, Right Wing, Swing Voters, Teaparty, Voters | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

   

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