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Berniecrats Anonymous 12-Step Program

by Invenium Viam on July 17, 2018 · 0 comments

1. We admitted we were powerless over PC – that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that an Independent Vermonter greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to Bernie as we understood Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of Hillary Democrats and other non-Bernie Democrats.
5. Admitted to Bernie, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of their moral inferiority.
6. Were entirely ready to have Our Revolution remove Boomers’ and Centrists’ defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Bernie to remove all their shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons who had harmed us and became willing to let them all make amends. Except for DWS. Not her.
9. Let such people make direct amends wherever possible, except when to do so would further injure our fragile self-esteem.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and, when other Democrats were wrong, promptly said so.
11. Sought through Instagram and Snapchat to improve our consciousness of Our Revolution, as we understood It, praying only for a Blue Wave for us and its power to carry our candidates.
12. Having had a Political Correctness Reawakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other Democrats and to force them to practice our principles in all their affairs. Still, if we lose the mid-terms, we’re all gonna go home and sulk.



Early Symptoms of ODS

In a heartbreaking confession of mental incompetence, Senator John “Country First” McCain broke down on the floor of the Senate chamber today and admitted he’s been suffering from a long-term mental illness.


“For anyone who still questions whether Obama Derangement Syndrome, or ODS, is real,” a sobbing McCain told fellow senators in a querulous voice today, “you need to look no further than me for living proof. Fortunately, my psychiatrist tells me that with a long rest and various medications I can expect to make a full recovery. As long as there are no black people around to upset me.”


Apparently realizing that his last remark was somewhat incendiary, McCain attempted to clarify what he meant. “It’s just … it’s just … I still can’t believe I got beat in a presidential election by that skinny black kid from Chicago!” he moaned.


The unspoken motivation behind McCain’s admission is the recent letter to Iran’s leadership by 47 Republican senators now universally reviled as the infamous ‘Gang of 47.’  “I used to say ‘Politics ends at the water’s edge’ and I meant it,” McCain continued. “Then that know-nothing dipsh*t Tom Cotton stuck that godd*mn Iran letter under my nose. My political instincts just evaporated and something inside me couldn’t resist. I was too confused to see the danger and I signed it. The need to lash out against Obama is just so … overwhelming. It’s all because of Obama Derangement Syndrome and, my friends, it’s real. A lot of my fellow Republicans have it. Forty-seven of us, in fact. We joke about getting cotton-mouth from gnawing at the bedsheets while we sleep.”


With that, Senator Lindsey Graham rushed to the podium to help his distressed friend. Draping his arm over McCain’s shoulders and whispering quietly in his ear, he was able to coax the aging senator back to his seat where other Republican senators quickly surrounded him to prevent CSPAN cameras from recording what appeared to observers present there to be a series of petit mal seizures with incontinence.


“It’s sad, really” Senator Graham told reporters afterward. “My friend John McCain was once a revered national hero and a prominent statesman. Because of this terrible disease, ODS, he’s degenerated into an embittered, emotionally fragile old man who no longer has a dependable grip on reality. ”


Reporters then asked whether Senator Graham’s recent remark that he would, as president, ‘… literally use the military… ” to prevent Congress from leaving town, should it fail to vote on various spending bills, might also indicate a break with reality. Senator Graham responded, “I’ll leave that to the voters of Virginia to decide. We don’t all of us 47 traitors suffer from ODS, regardless  of what John just told you.”


When a reporter pointed out that Senator Graham represents South Carolina, not Virginia, and that he had just referred to himself as a traitor, he evaded the question by quickly dodging into a nearby elevator.


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McFadden Four-Flushing on Veteran Funding

by Invenium Viam on June 23, 2014 · 9 comments

Mike McFadden

Mike McFadden

Four-flusher‘ is one of those great old slang terms that has fallen into general disuse over the years. Specifically, it means a poker player who likes to bluff having a flush, but only has four cards of the same suit, not five. By extension, it means someone who misrepresents himself to others in a self-serving way. More pejoratively, four-flusher is used as a synonym for a con-man, a phony, or a fake.


I’ll leave it to you to decide in which senses of the term Mike McFadden might be a four-flusher.


On June 10, McFadden’s campaign issued a press release damning Senator Franken for failing to keep a campaign promise to veterans: “In 2008, Al Franken promised Minnesotans that he would stop shortchanging our veterans and put an end to wait times at VA clinics. Five years later, we know that Sen. Franken has failed miserably,” said Tom Erickson, spokesman for the McFadden for Senate campaign. “With over 57,000 patients waiting for their first appointment, it’s clear that Sen. Franken’s campaign promises are little more than empty rhetoric from just another politician. Our veterans deserve better.”


As a veteran, I have enormous regard for Senator Franken, as do millions of others across the country. With regard to flag-draping, ambitious posers — not so much.




Michele Bachmann has been reappointed to her seat on the House Intelligence Committee despite the fact that she continues to make crazy charges of Obama administration plans to impose Sharia law on the United States. (Link below.)

And there’s more law trouble on the horizon for Michele Bachmann’s campaign:

Last year the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators (NICHE) alleged that its contact list for thousands of home-school families had been obtained by the Bachmann campaign and improperly used for their campaign fundraising.

NICHE policy forbid the use of its contact list for political purposes. Barb Heki, a former Michele Bachmann presidential campaign staffer and Bachmann’s homeschool coalition director, filed a lawsuit against Bachmann, Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson, and other members of Bachmann’s senior campaign staff. Heki claimed that she and her husband lost their seats on the NICHE board after they were unjustly blamed for leaking the contact list.

But if use of the NICHE contact list for political purposes was forbidden and NICHE didn’t give the Bachmann campaign access to it: how did Bachmann’s presidential campaign obtain it?

On Friday NBC News obtained a copy of a September 4th affidavit written by Bachmann presidential Iowa campaign chair Eric Woolson. (Woolson was also named in Heki lawsuit against the Bachmann campaign.) Woolson accuses former Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson “of stealing the list from another Bachmann staffer:”

…in his affidavit, Woolson says he approached Sorenson on the same day the fundraising emails were sent, and was told the list had been stolen.

According to Woolson:

“Kent smiled at me and said, ‘Do you want to know how it happened?'”…

I said, “No,” and tried to back out of his office.

Kent said, “We took it.”  Kent said they weren’t getting anything from Barb (Heki), so when she stepped out of the office they took it.

Kent said, “We stood watch.”

According to NBC News, Woolson’s version “appears to corroborate the account of the alleged victim, Barb Heki…Heki alleged senior (Bachmann) staff was aware of what Sorenson had done but allowed her reputation to suffer.”

So far there’s no “smoking gun” evidence indicating that Michele any advance knowledge of the alleged theft of the NICHE contact list. But if Woolson’s account is true: Michele Bachmann employed senior campaign staffers who 1) engaged in wrongdoing, and 2) kept quiet about the wrongdoing even after it damaged other people’s positions and reputations.

A question remains; one that goes directly to Michele Bachmann’s integrity. Once it became clear that the Hekis’ positions and reputations were damaged by the Bachmann campaign’s abuse of the NICHE list–why didn’t Bachmann herself conduct a full inquiry into how her campaign obtained that list, and clear Heki’s name?

From the Iowa Republican:

Shortly after the NICHE list was illegally used, President Justin LaVan sent an email to the group’s members that said, “We have been assured by the Bachmann Campaign that it was inadvertent.”

Barb Heki says she found out on January 4…that the campaign’s use of the list was deliberate. The news came from a surprising source.

“Michele (Bachmann) told me,” Heki said. “We had a private staff luncheon right after she left the race and she came up to me then and told me that she was told that Kent did it. I was flabbergasted. When Michele and I got done talking, I walked straight over to Eric Woolson and asked him if it was true. He said, “Yes.”

The NBC story filed this weekend suggests that Woolson’s affidavit confirms Heki’s account:

In his affidavit, Woolson says Heki ultimately learned details of the alleged theft from Bachmann herself, during a staff party the day after Bachmann quit the presidential race.

“Barb approached me and said Michele Bachmann told her Kent Sorenson had taken the NICHE list and asked me if it was true,” Woolson says.  “I nodded yes.”

Barb Heki was a Bachmann campaign staffer. Michele Bachmann learned that the NICHE list had been improperly obtained and misused. Once it became clear that Heki didn’t leak the list to the Bachmann campaign–why did Michele Bachmann find it acceptable to allow a supporter and fellow Christian home schooling advocate to take the fall for something she didn’t do?

(We already ran an item on other Bachmann “law trouble” stemming from a separate matter: an alleged misuse of donor funds contributed to her MichelePac…)

Hat tip to MPP’s Dan Burns for some of these

Story about the lawsuit against the Bachmann campaign filed by Barb Heki:…

NBC News story about the allegations in the Woolson affadavit:…

Bachmann reappointed to House Intelligence Committee:…


Michele Bachmann: rehabilitating her ‘image’

by Bill Prendergast on January 25, 2013 · 0 comments

Our old friend Conventional Wisdom says Michele Bachmann’s “done” as a relevant national political figure. There are good reasons to believe that: last fall, (running as an incumbent in the most conservative district in Minnesota and despite a humongous funding advantage) she barely survived a challenge from a local political unknown.

During the national debate over the budget and “fiscal cliff” at the end of last year, the normally outspoken Bachmann remained silent. That silence also suggested she was “over.” Bachmann had always been relentlessly outspoken on taxation and spending issues, broadcasting hardline “tea party” positions on them in high profile forums. (She was doing so even before the tea party movement came into existence.) But she refused to show up on media radar during the definitive battle between the White House and the Republican Congress on those very issues.

Steering clear of a critical policy battlefield at a time when American conservatives needed heroes to make a stand for small government: more evidence that Bachmann was “over” as an influential national political voice. (It’s also evidence of political cowardice, but that’s by-the-by.)

So: given all of the above–is she really “done” as a national leader? If you asked most people on the left, I suspect their answer would be “Yes, absolutely, and thank God–it’s high time.” If you ask media professionals who cover politics, I suspect their answer would be: “Right now, her name is dog dirt so far as credibility is concerned. That’s practically impossible to come back from, given her lack of practical policy successes. So, yeah: she’s done as a national political figure.”

But this week we’re seeing an attempt by voices on the right to rehabilitate Bachmann’s credibility as a leader. Over at the Powerline blog, John Hinderaker and Scott Johnson just ran a couple of pieces alleging that Bachmann is an admirable leader–an American political hero who’s been crucified with a media smear campaign designed to destroy her credibility.

According to them, Michele Bachmann is  

You don’t have to “go way back” in this conservative political hero’s history to find her promoting nuthouse conspiracy theories. Just last year she claimed (publicly) that the President of the United States is party to a scheme to impose Sharia law on the United States.

John Hinderaker, “Reconsidering Michele Bachmann.”…

Scott Johnson, “The Campaign to Destroy Rep. Bachmann.”…

Caroline Glick, “The Left’s new campaign to destroy a friend of Israel’s”…


Yesterday at this blog, “the Big E” pointed out that the Minneapolis Star Tribune just ran a couple of straight news stories about Michele Bachmann on the paper’s front page. (A link to the Big E’s story about that appears below the jump.)

That was worthy of comment because: 1) both those Strib stories raise questions about Bachmann’s judgment and integrity, and 2) the Strib has a thirteen year history of spiking straight news reporting that might lead Minnesotans to question Bachmann’s judgment and integrity.

There have been extremely rare cases of the Strib printing facts that might tend to diminish Bachmann’s credibility here in Minnesota. But for more than a decade, the paper’s straight news coverage on Bachmann has been protective: puff piece profiles, stories about how Minnesotans ‘feel’ about Bachmann, stories that describe Bachmann as ‘a populist’ and ‘child safety advocate…’

Worse: the Strib’s always avoided publishing news coverage of Bachmann statements–the allegations, conspiracy claims, and outright lies that made headlines in news forums outside the state. Certainly the Strib’s avoided doing news coverage of that ongoing story on its front page. That’s a serious and damaging omission in covering Minnesota’s most famous political figure–given the fact that those Bachmann pronouncements earned her national notoriety and the support of the American right.

So here’s the question:

Can somebody tell me
–why or how
–the Strib finally came to the conclusion that
–(as of this last weekend, after thirteen years of neglect)
–it’s now ‘safe’ for Minnesota’s leading daily newspaper
–to start including straight news reporting that might reflect poorly on Michele Bachmann
–in the paper’s coverage of Michele Bachmann?
I would love to know the answer to that question. Because if we knew the answer to that question, we’d know how the paper makes its decisions on “which political realities Minnesotans are allowed to learn about, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune.”

You see: this is not just about Bachmann and her political fortunes. It’s a question about the leading paper in the state, and whether anyone actually needs to read it to learn what’s going on in politics at any given moment.

Actually it’s not just a question limited to the Strib’s political news policy. Over the years I’ve read countless articles about Michele Bachmann run in other Minnesota news publications. That’s not surprising; Bachmann’s been considered “hot copy” by the Minnesota press since at least 2006.

But during the years that Bachmann was earning a national reputation as a conspiracy monger, a demagogue of the American religious right, a politician regularly caught telling lies about factual matters–during those same years, Minnesota news professionals were running items about her appreciation of “A Prairie Home Companion,” her reaction to her portrayal on “Saturday Night Live”–even her personal preference for celery as a snack food. (I’m not kidding. All three of those angles appeared as “legit Bachmann news stories” in Minnesota political media–at a time when her most outrageous pronouncements on evangelical radio weren’t deemed worthy of coverage in the same publications.)

So somebody tell me, please: why now? Why did the Strib decide–suddenly, this weekend–that it’s “safe” for the paper to run headline, front page story that might cause readers to question Rep. Bachmann’s judgment and motives? For more than a decade they’ve had dozens of legitimate, newsworthy, unbiased opportunities to run that kind of coverage before. What was so special about this last weekend?

Did they have some kind of meeting on Friday, between management and editors? A meeting where they said: “Okay, she’s been re-elected and sworn in again–*now* it’s okay to run a couple of stories on our front page that might give readers a few ‘doubts’ about her…”

Or maybe somebody at the meeting said: “Hey, the numbers from our latest reader focus group are in–she’s really plummeted, they must have been reading the out-of-state news reporting on her. Maybe it’s time to print the truth, hmm?”

Or maybe someone said: “The tea party’s reputation in the state is dog dirt, these days. So maybe it’s safe to start publishing the truth as it comes in. Whaddya say we try it this weekend, run it up the flagpole and see who salutes it?”

How do news people decide that sort of thing, that “okay, we’re gonna stop spiking the truth about politics” thing? Over the years I’ve actually asked news professionals here in Minnesota why the state’s papers suppressed factual reporting that might hurt Bachmann’s chances. But their answers were kind of speculative: “the paper doesn’t want to alienate conservative readers by printing uncomfortable facts,” answers like that.

Maybe one of you knows. If you can tell me the secret, maybe we can come up with a strategy to get the state’s papers to print the truth about other political realities.    

LINK: …to the Big E’s story about the two front page Bachmann pieces that appeared in the Strib this weekend. The Strib stories that the Big E links to are well worth reading…


Yesterday the Huffington Post reported that the Republican leadership reappointed Michele Bachmann to a seat on the House Intelligence Committee. That is news because Rep. Bachmann is without a doubt Congress’ number one conspiracy nut.

And if you actually care about national security, you don’t appoint demagogues and conspiracy nuts to the congressional committee overseeing America’s intelligence services. Because that committee has access to classified materials. And conspiracy nuts or demagogues appointed to that committee, can cite their access to those materials to lend credibility to any crazy, lying, irresponsible charge they might make against the United States government.

And that is exactly what Michele Bachmann has done, during her tenure on the House Intelligence Committee. She has cited her access to classified materials as justification for wild charges of Muslim radical infiltration of the White House. (When criticized for making the charges without offering any substantive proof, Bachmann backed off and claimed she had merely “been asking questions.”)

The GOP leadership’s decision to reappoint Bachmann to the House Intelligence Committee signals that they find this reckless garbage acceptable. The leadership could have reassigned Bachmann to any one of a number of committees where she could do much less harm. Instead, a GOP congress facing lower public approval ratings that lice–has decided once again to lend credibility to a notorious lying demagogue. Boehner and Cantor know that Bachmann uses her status on the Intelligence Committee to circulate lies and paranoia for political gain–it’s not that she “stoops” to doing that, sometimes: it’s that she never “straightens up.”

And the House Republican leadership know that, and reappoint her anyway. So don’t let anyone in media tell you that the GOP leadership has contained or completely disowned Michele Bachmann. And don’t let anyone in media tell you that the GOP is better on national security than the Dems. They can’t be, if they appointed her again.


The flag at our home is still at half-mast today. Those poor families…God bless them and help them through this.

On the day of the massacre, Republican conservative evangelical Mike Huckabee went on television to suggest it occurred because God has been removed from public schools (link below.)

And then conservative activist Larry Klayman ran a piece on World Net Daily prevailing upon Congressmember Michele Bachmann and Senator Marco Rubio to stop President Barack Obama from being sworn in for a second term.

…tea-party conservatives, such as Rep. Michele Bachmann and Sen. Marco Rubio have the power in their hands to throw a monkey wrench into Obama’s coronation on Jan. 21, 2013, and start an official proceeding over Obama’s place of birth and his natural born citizen status.

According to Klayman, here’s how Bachmann and Rubio can stop Obama from assuming office again (WARNING: birtherism in Congress and the Electoral College ahead:)
The essence of Klayman’s plan would require Bachmann and Rubio to raise objections to the electoral vote count when the result is officially announced at a joint session of Congress this January. According to Klayman, this would force the Senate and Congress back into their respective chambers to consider their objections–and “finally trigger an official inquiry to be made as to the eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama to be president of the United States.”

I thus call upon the Michele Bachmanns and Marco Rubios of the Republican Party to now put their “money where thus far only their mouths have been” for years and take legal and appropriate steps to prevent this evil and destructive president from fraudulently seizing control of the White House again.

Klayman explains why GOP presidential hopefuls Bachmann and Rubio should show some backbone and do this:

Our Founding Fathers risked and gave of their honor, sacred fortunes and lives to found a new nation.

Actually, what the Founding Fathers pledged in the Declaration of Independence was their “lives, fortunes our sacred honor.” Not their “sacred fortunes,” as Klayman has it. Perhaps a Freudian slip there; there might be a “sacred fortune” in it for Klayman if his idea takes off.

But there are problems with his scheme. For example, Klayman probably shouldn’t have singled out Bachmann and Rubio as designated torch-bearers for his plan. Klayman may not realize that Bachmann has already cast a congressional vote recognizing that Barack Obama is indeed a US citizen.

In 2009, Congress passed a resolution “recognizing and celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the entry of Hawaii into the Union as the 50th State.”

The preamble to the resolution stated: “”Whereas the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, was born in Hawaii…” And nevertheless, the resolution passed with support of Democratic and Republican congressmembers–including Michele Bachmann. (The final vote total for the bill was three hundred and seventy eight “for,” zero voting “against”–despite the ‘controversial’ language recognizing that the President was indeed born in the United States.)  

And when Bachmann appeared on “Good Morning America” with George Stephanopolous in 2011, the Steph whipped out a copy of Obama’s birth certificate (authenticated and signed by the Hawaii registrar.) At that point Bachmann backed off and indicated that this document should put the birther thing to rest. So she will have to do a big 180 if she decides to attend to Klayman’s desperate plea to save the Republic.

Senator Marco Rubio is Klayman’s other choice for “go-to guy” for a congressional birther coup against Obama. But there’s a speedbump there, too: Tea Party hero and “hot copy” presidential pick Rubio is himself the target of birther theories.

How can that be, you ask, if Rubio was born in Miami? (He was, you know.) To answer that, we have to descend into the dark world of deep birtherism. It is not widely known–but many birthers believe that even if you were born in the United States–that by itself does not make you “a natural born citizen” as necessary to be eligible for the presidency of the United States.

Why not?

The birthers rely on writings at the time of the formation of the republic and references in court cases since then to contend that “natural born” means a person born to U.S. citizens. Rubio was born in 1971 at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital (in Miami,) his office said, but his parents did not become citizens until 1975…”The birthers say Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, whose parents are from India and were not citizens at the time of his birth, is also unqualified,” according to this report.

So you see, it all makes sense.

But Klayman’s first-draft picks to bring his masterful strategy to life (Bachmann and Rubio) will probably disappoint him.

Huckabee on cause of Newtown massacre:…

Klayman calls on Bachmann and Rubio to enact his “master plan:”…

Bachmann votes to recognize that Obama is US born citizen:…

Bachmann on GMA, gives thumbs up for the President’s birth certificate (after time code 2:59)…

Rubio and Jidal are targets of birthers, too:…


Top Bachmann lies of 2012: lies to her supporters

by Bill Prendergast on December 11, 2012 · 1 comment

This is the first in a series of posts cataloging Michele Bachmann’s top lies of 2012. Today’s topic:

Lies to her own supporters in campaign fundraising emails.

It’s not news that Michele Bachmann regularly lies to her own supporters. Lying to fellow conservatives is an essential feature of modern American conservatism.

But the lies Bachmann told to her supporters this year (in support of her campaign fundraising) deserve special mention. These suggest a regular pattern of deception. I think they’re especially egregious because Bachmann professes to be a Christian believer–thus claiming fellowship with many of “average folks,” small donors she was soliciting.

Bachmann began by sending out emails telling supporters that she needed their money because she was facing unprecedented danger of election defeat after “the liberal courts … changed the makeup of Minnesota’s Congressional districts.”

She gave supporters the impression that redistricting put her at a disadvantage, that “the road ahead (would) not be easy.” In fact, the “liberal” courts that redrew the boundaries of the district made Bachmann’s road to reelection easier: by removing the relatively centrist Stillwater area and replacing it with conservative Carver County. (Bachmann went on to win Carver County in November.)

The pattern of deception continued:
Bachmann emails informed fans that she was not in Congress to climb the political ladder–than two months after she ended a run for the presidency:

I am not in Congress to climb the political ladder, instead, I am in Congress to ensure that our conservative voice is heard.

For the rest of the campaign season, she regularly told supporters that she desperately needed more of their donations because she was at funding disadvantage compared to her opponent, Democrat Jim Graves:

…our self-funding, multi-millionaire opponent is flush with cash (he has already written his campaign a check for $100,000).

While my opponent is able to self-fund his campaign to the tune of millions, I am relying on the kindness and generosity of my supporters and friends to support this campaign.

As late as October 26th, Bachmann was telling supporters that she couldn’t even begin to match her opponent’s personal wealth. (She does so in an audio clip linked to a Bachmann email entitled “Stop what you are doing,” October 26th, 2012.)

Was Bachmann telling supporters the truth when she regularly suggested that she was at a disadvantage in campaign funding compared to her opponent?

No. Look:

KARE 11, Gannett Washington Bureau, December 7, 2012:

…(Bachmann opponent Jim) Graves, taking his first stab at elective office, raised $2.5 million (for his run against Bachmann, ) with $540,000 coming from his own pockets…Bachmann repeatedly cited being up against Graves’ personal wealth and the threat of outside spending from Democratic groups in her fundraising appeals.

…New Federal Election Commission campaign finance data covering the period Oct. 18-Nov. 26, show the Stillwater Republican raked in $14.4 million for her 2012 race, almost $1 million more than what she raised during the previous two-year campaign cycle…

…Overall, Bachmann spent $11.8 million on what proved to be her toughest race…

It’s important to remember that Michele Bachmann was misrepresenting the fundraising picture to small donors; people faced with the daily reality of dealing with what Michele described as an awful economy.

More than $11 million of the $14.4 million (Bachmann) collected for her 2012 campaign came from donations of $200 or less.…

These small donors sent Bachmann money because believed in her integrity and character.

Okay: so Bachmann raised $14.4 million for her congressional run. But she only spent $11.8 million of that $14.4 million on re-election. What did she do with the rest of the money?  

Boston Herald, December 7, 2012:

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Michele Bachmann has dramatically reduced what had been a more than $1 million debt from her failed presidential run and she has her congressional re-election effort to thank for it.

New campaign finance reports released Thursday show the Minnesota congresswoman repaid more than $750,000 in presidential campaign debt by transferring it from her congressional account. More than $500,000 of that was shipped over between late October and late November…

…Her debt now stands at $170,000.…

How about that? Here is Bachmann telling supporters that she will spend their donations on 2012 congressional reelection expenses:


…Your support is critical to my campaign’s ability to fight back and spread my conservative message. Your donations go directly to funding our get-out-the-vote efforts, airing television and radio commercials and ensuring our campaign has the resources to win in November.

Okay: $14.4 million raised, $11.8 millions spent on the congressional campaign.  After that there’s about $2.6 million left over … minus $750,000 of contributions used to pay off her “2011 presidential ambitions” debt…

I think she’s got about $1.9 million dollars left over (provided she’s not using any of that to pay off the “failed presidential run” debt she still owes.)

Somebody check my arithmetic. Oh, wait a minute–here’s the figure (from the Gannett press report I cited earlier): as of November 26, 2012, Bachmann had $2.1 million dollars left in her congressional campaign account. Well, I was close; she’s got post-election office expenses, paper clips, stamps, photocopying down at Kinko’s, stuff like that…

The point is: she was lying to her own supporters all along, throughout the year–about a redistricting disadvantage, a fundraising disadvantage, about her ambitions, about her desperate need for even more of their money, about what she would spend contributions on.

And it seems she’s still sitting on about $2 million dollars of the money people sent her– long after the campaign’s over.

Let’s let Michele Bachmann have the final word on what all this means. The quote below is from one of her campaign fundraising emails to her fan base (as are all the Bachmann statements quoted above in this post:)

…I need you to scroll down and fill out the form below and make your most generous contribution to the campaign…So won’t you please join me? A candidate you can trust, someone you can believe in… –Michele Bachmann, audio message attached to campaign email, “Fwd: You have got to hear this”, September 14, 2012

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She’s back! We went almost a month without hearing any demagogue stuff from Rep. Bachmann. I think that’s unprecedented. She nearly made it, almost reached the thirty day mark without dipping into the irrational–and then, on the twenty-sixth day…

It’s back to “This (not that) should be America’s foreign policy–because God said so.”

The video (below the jump) is of Bachmann’s keynote speech at the Bet El Institutions dinner in New York City, December 2.

Highlights from her remarks:

Israel is God’s idea. All we are trying to do is following His leading.

(Given the events of this last month) we have witnessed history once again. And as Israel truly is the navel of our planet Earth, we look to Israel to see the course of human events.

It touches my inner soul to think that the modern state of Israel is the literal fulfillment–in our lifetime–of Ezekiel’s prophecy of “the valley of dry bones.” Bones, which thousands of years later, miraculously came back to life.

Bet El Institutions sponsored the Bachmann keynote speech at their prestigious annual gala dinner. (Benjamin Netanyahu has been a keynote speaker.) Bet El Institutions promotes the interests of Bet El, a controversial Israeli settlement on the West Bank. The government of Israel disputes the notion that establishment of the Bet El settlement on the West Bank violates the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Bachmann on the Obama administration and Israel:

Our current administration continues to demand that Israel gives even more and calls on them to concede even more. This is nothing more than foolishness and in my opinion, suicidal for the State of Israel.

(At this writing: the Obama administration is warning the enemy-of-Israel Syrian government that severe consequences will ensue if that government uses chemical weapons on its citizens to suppress rebellion. The Syrian government has loaded Sarin gas into it military aircraft. I wonder if US/European destruction of the Syrian air force would convince Bachmann that the Obama administration is in fact a friend of the nation of Israel?)

LINK: to the story about Bachmann’s appearance a the Bet El dinner, by Arutz Sheva, the Israeli news network that promotes Bet El’s mission.