Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Bachmann: ‘Slit our wrists, be blood brothers’ to beat health care reform.

Why is it that the craziest Republicans, the one's prepared to say the most lunatic things, almost always become pin ups for the right?

First, they hailed Sarah Palin, a woman so shallow that most of us have stood in deeper puddles.

Now, they swarm around Michelle Bachmann, who really does seem to revel in the most ridiculous talking points. Here, in a speech "filled with urgent and violent rhetoric", she says of Obama's proposed healthcare reform:

“This cannot pass,” the Minnesota Republican told a crowd at a Denver gathering sponsored by the Independence Institute. “What we have to do today is make a covenant, to slit our wrists, be blood brothers on this thing. This will not pass. We will do whatever it takes to make sure this doesn’t pass.”

“Something is way crazy out there,” Bachmann said in her remarks, billed as a “personal legislative briefing” by the Golden-based Independence Institute, which bills itself as a “free market think tank.”

“This is slavery,” Bachmann said after claiming many Americans pay half their income to taxes. “It’s nothing more than slavery.”
I'll agree that "something is way crazy out there".
“Right now, we are looking at reaching down the throat and ripping the guts out of freedom,” she said. “And we may never be able to restore it if we don’t man up and take this one on.”
What's crazy out there is Michelle Bachmann. What's astonishing is that, amongst Conservatives, she can still find an audience which finds her plausible.


Olbermann's guest sums up Bachman quite succinctly.
That person is a big problem for the Republican party. She's symbolic of an even bigger problem for the Republican party. They began twenty, thirty years ago pandering to the religious right; and the religious right realised that it could just run it's own candidates, elect it's own people, and put the nuts in charge; and that is what they have done. Michelle Bachmann is a religious extremist - and a nut - and she's the kind of person who, once upon a time, the Republicans could count on her vote and her support for saner, more middle of the road, Republican candidates who could work with Democrats and who weren't bat crap crazy.

And now she's the one who is in there and they are stuck with her and her extremism.

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