May 17, 2012

Swiss Family Bachmann: She's Disinvited From The Tea Party!

Bachmann Brief: The Bachmann family spent a lot of time in the ‘socialist’ embrace of the gay loving Swiss nation.

It’s been a long time since a blog post was devoted to one of my favorite anti-gay antagonists. I haven’t written anything about this individual lately, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t follow what they’re up to, and read what’s being written and said about the highly esteemed clown college graduate, and I think that I should share with you what I know, so I think that it’s time to see what Michele ‘Bozo’ Bachmann has been up to of late. 

For new readers of this blog, I have written extensively in the past about the fumbles, foibles, and flubs of Republican tea-party favorite, US Representative Michele ‘Bozo’ Bachmann, who hails from Stillwater, and represents the Sixth Congressional district of Minnesota.

On June 27th 2011, Bozo Bachmann announced that she was a candidate for President, and she chose to kick off her campaign by making the announcement in her former hometown. While she was being interviewed by Fox news, Bozo said "Well what I want them to know is just like, John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That's the kind of spirit that I have, too."

In typical Bachmann fashion, her remark was repeatedly shown on cable news stations, and late night talk shows, because actor John Wayne was not from Waterloo, serial killer John Wayne Gacy was. This marked the ignominious start of her erstwhile campaign for President.

After winning the Ames straw poll in August 2011, Texas governor Rick Perry announced his candidacy, and she started hemorrhaging supporters.

After countless debates, on January 3, 2012 the Iowa caucuses took place. This was the first head to head GOP contest, and the official start of the delegate selection process, to determine the Republican presidential nominee. Bachmann spent millions of dollars for 6,073 votes (4.97%), and a last place finish.

In Bachmann’s campaign stump speech, she would brag that “everything I needed to know in life, I learned in Iowa.” She moved to Minnesota when she was 13 years old, and that might explain why she finished dead last. Because of her dismal showing, she withdrew from the race on January 4th, 2012 - and went back to Washington - to represent the good people of Minnesota’s 6th Congressional district.

In February of 2012, the Minnesota Congressional redistricting maps were finalized, and Bachmann’s home sat squarely in the 4th district. What would Bozo do? Would she run against Betty McCollum (DFL), the popular 4th district incumbent, and five-term member of Congress? Or would she look for an open seat elsewhere?

Minnesota does not have a residency requirement for a candidate running for Congress, where they have to live in the district that they represent. So she opted to be a carpetbagger, and announced her candidacy to represent the 6th district again, in spite of her not living in the district.

While her presidential campaign is $1 million dollars in debt, she is confident that she can raise the money necessary to mount a credible race in 2012. Her challenger is Minnesota businessman and hotel developer Jim Graves.

As we all know, Bachmann signs more pledges than any other politician around. Put a pledge in front of her, and she signs it. One of the early pledges she signed after first being elected to Congress, was related to earmarks (also known as pork). Earmarks are specific provisions in a bill, that directs taxpayer money be spent on specific projects.

The tea-party is very vocal about their disdain for earmarks, and Bachmann has long been one of the most vocal critics of earmark legislation. She proudly announced after being elected that “I have taken a bipartisan pledge to not seek any earmarks and am working with like-minded Republicans and Democrats to reform this system which has become little more than a political favor factory at taxpayer expense.”

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced Senate bill S. 1134, the St. Croix River Crossing Project Authorization Act, which would authorize a $700 million dollar bridge project in Bozo’s district. Since it passed in the Senate, Bachmann would shepherd the bill in the House. On March 1st, 2012 reporter Devin Henry wrote at Minnpost.com:

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives approved a new bridge over the St. Croix River on Thursday, voting 339-80 to send a bill authorizing the project to President Obama for his signature.

The bill provides an exemption to the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, which protects the St. Croix River and has prevented the bridge project from going forward for several decades. The $700 million four-lane bridge has bipartisan support from lawmakers in both parties — Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar was the lead architect of the legislation and steered it through the Senate in January, and Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann sponsored the bill in the House.

Klobuchar credited that bipartisan support and the coordination between Minnesota and Wisconsin officials with getting the bill through Congress.

While Bachmann wasn’t the bill’s sponsor, she still got to claim some credit for the bill passing in the House! And guess what - she broke her pledge about not supporting earmarks, and was able to convince many of her tea party brethren to vote with her. 

Remember that in Michele Bachmann’s 6 years in Congress, she had failed every attempt to get a bill of her own passed into law. She did have the month of September designated as “national water on the brain” month, but that was a House Resolution and not an actual bill.


After she was largely absent from the news, her name was in the headlines last week when she announced that she had completed the necessary paperwork to be a dual citizen of Switzerland and the United States. Some members of her family had already received their Swiss passports, and though she was late to the game, she and her husband Mary were so pleased that she finally had her paperwork processed and approved.

Her husband Mary’s parents were from Switzerland, and the Bachmann family had spent a lot of time in the socialist embrace of the gay loving Swiss nation.

Then the tea-party cried foul! Bachmann is the founder and chair of the tea-party caucus in Congress. As such, she became the target of their scorn. One headline blared “Dual Citizenship is Treason.”

Tim Mak wrote in politico.com:

A former Bachmann congressional staffer told POLITICO that the congresswoman sometimes acts “impulsively” and suggests that she must have registered for citizenship without considering all consequences.

“She didn’t think there was anything wrong with holding or applying for Swiss citizenship while serving as a member of the U.S. Congress. She didn’t think it might be perceived as a conflict of interest as a candidate for president or for reelection to her House seat,” said the staffer. “But one might think she’d be better served to focus first on her constituents in Minnesota and then on her fellow citizens in Switzerland.”

I think the most telling words above were “She didn’t think........”

Just 3 days after announcing her dual citizenship, due to the outcry, she renounced her Swiss citizenship.

I have to say that from my experience following the career of anti-gay homophobe Michele ‘Bozo’ Bachmann, she doesn’t know how or what to think about most things, and in general, the woman rarely thinks at all.

From Stillwater, to Waterloo, to Washington , and back - the Swiss Miss was Swiss for all of 3 days. There will still be a Swiss family Bachmann, it’s just that she’s not included.

It will be very interesting to see what the next 6 months hold for Michele Marie Bachmann. It will either be re-election to the House, or an ignominious return home and a trip to the unemployment line.

Just in case you’re not sure, I’m hoping for the latter.



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