October 19, 2012 |
Guerrilla Girls, the anonymous women's political art collective that often appears in gorilla masks, has lent its talents to the bid to defeat a proposed amendment that would write a ban on same-sex marriage into Minnesota's state constitution. Its artwork for the cause is a 14-foot-high by 40-foot-wide billboard image of Minnesota's conservative Republican congresswoman Michele Bachmann, no friend to the gay rights movement. The sign, high above a busy intersection in downtown Minneapolis, deploys a fragmentary quote from Bachmann - “we all have the same civil rights” - to unwillingly enlist her as a spokeswoman for the side she opposes.
August 27, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. - Defeated Republican presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain told a Tea Party Unity rally here Sunday night that the conservative movement they championed in the primary election season has lost none of its power and will be fully engaged in the fall campaign to defeat President Obama. Bachmann told the rally of about 1,200 tea party activists gathered at the River Church that they had “already won” by forcing the Republican Party to adhere closely to the activists' goals of small government and reduced taxes.
August 22, 2012 |
Missouri congressman Todd Akin's outrageously weird assertion that a woman cannot get pregnant from “forcible rape" exposes three predicaments facing the Republican Party. First, Akin has made himself so toxic that he may lose his race against Missouri's Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and thereby kill any chance Republicans have of taking control of the U.S. Senate . Second, Akin's sudden notoriety is bringing to public attention the fact that his absolutist stance on abortion is fully shared by a guy named Paul Ryan, the chap who will be nominated for the vice presidency at the Republican convention next week.
July 26, 2012 |
With only a month to go before the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Sarah Palin must be beside herself at all the possibilities. Sarah P. has not won an invitation to the big show. But that should hardly be a barrier. Mama Grizz has a way of pawing into the limelight. Recall the former Alaska governor's attention grab in New Hampshire as Mitt Romney declared his candidacy, or her soaking up the glow of the Ames straw poll, even though she never entered. The political pros at her SarahPac have already rented space at a mall a mere five-minute walk from the convention center where the GOP regulars will gather.
July 20, 2012 |
On Thursday night, Jon Stewart added his voice to the growing chorus of criticism directed at Rep. Michele Bachmann and her campaign against Huma Abedin, longtime aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton (as well as the wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, a New York Democrat). Late last week, the former presidential candidate and four other Republican representatives sent a letter to top intellgence officials urging them to investigate Abedin's alleged connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.
July 19, 2012 |
This has been a week in which someone at the Republican National Committee must have said, "Send in the clowns!" Michele Bachmann, Rush Limbaugh and lesser jesters in the GOP circus were just a few fake noses and a seltzer bottle short of performances worthy of Ringling Bros. Bachmann was the premier buffoon. The Minnesota congresswoman alleged that a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Huma Abedin, may be a spy for the Muslim Brotherhood. Savvy readers will recall that Abedin is the wife of ex-New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, the twit who got caught tweeting photos of his nether regions.
July 12, 2012 |
Ann Romney is on the record: She would like to see a woman as her husband's running mate. And so would any number of Republicans who are concerned about their party's standing with female voters. But for all the excitement that the topic stirs up, don't hold your breath: It's unlikely a woman will share the spotlight at the top of the GOP ticket. It's not for lack of qualified candidates - former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman are often mentioned - but because of the tortured legacy of one former nominee: the inimitable, unpredictable, irascible and, oh yeah, female former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin.
June 28, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Conservative icon Rep. Michele Bachmann called the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the healthcare law the end of economic and religious liberty in America as she rallied disheartened activists. “We lost religious liberty - that is a fundamental right under the constitution,” she said to a crowd outside the Supreme Court building Thursday. “We lost economic liberty - that is a fundamental right under the constitution. We lost our individual liberty to set our course in this country.” “This court has forced us now to pay for their utopian dreams,” she added.
May 11, 2012 |
WASHINGTON — One day after calling her dual Swiss-U.S. citizenship a "non-story," Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann asked the Swiss government Thursday to take her name off its rolls. "I am and always have been 100% committed to our United States Constitution and the United States of America," said Bachmann, a tea party favorite and former candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. Swiss citizenship was automatically conferred in 1978 when she married Marcus Bachmann, the son of Swiss immigrants, she said, and the recent news was merely because she and her family had updated their documents.