oh boy…..

Steve Benen: Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann campaigned in Florida yesterday, attending services at a Baptist megachurch near Tampa. Afterwards, the right-wing lawmaker offered a rather unique perspective on the weekend’s weather developments:

“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.”

…. under sensible political norms, this should probably be a career-killer for a national political figure …. anyone who thinks the federal budget prompted God to send a hurricane that killed 20 Americans has issues that far exceed flakiness …. Bachmann’s reported remarks should effectively ruin her political ambitions.

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16 Responses to “oh boy…..”

  1. 1 proudmemberofglobalzero
    August 29, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Good Morning everyone. I cannot stop praying for the east coast residents. Flooding is catastrophic in Vermont. The video’s I have seen of the destruction this morning are devastating to look at. We lost 22 in the storm so far. The President and each state has done a wonderful job to keep loss of life to a minimum.

    By the way…I cannot stand that T shirt. I cannot believe that people will vote Republican in any form for the next decade. I people do not have that short a memory.

  2. 2 Ladyhawke
    August 29, 2011 at 9:43 am

    As I said in the previous thread, these comments need to be added to the DNC twitter account called @GOPsayWhat.

    GOPsayWhat GOP

    We’re compiling the most extreme, out-of-touch, did-they-really-say-that Republican quotes & positions for your retweeting pleasure. Good quote? Tweet at us.


    • August 29, 2011 at 7:44 pm

      Ladyhawke, I am glad I caught this. I will take this seriously. Would you give me your twitter name so I can follow you? (Of course, I would love to have you follow me too)


  3. 4 JER
    August 29, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Michele Bachmann: Since you brought up the subject of God getting the attention of politicians, consider that He just might telling people like you, like high profile evangelists, ordinary evangelists, politicians, and others, “STOP THE HATE!”

  4. August 29, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Isn’t it just confounding to the extreme that someone with this kind of mindset is being considered for POTUS? You can’t even put President Obama’s clear thinking in the same category as someone who could possibly believe that God caused Irene because he was mad at government spending. These 2 people are on complete opposite ends of the smart spectrum, as is the case with all the Repub candidates. One can’t help but shake one’s head in disbelief at the continuous idiocy.
    I see Bachmann is making a quickie stop today at some bakery near the Naples airport, hosted by some loony teapub there. Wonder if she’ll attract that same big crowd of 5 people that flocked to Christine O’Donnell’s book signing there. They draw from the same group of low level thinkers.

    • 6 JoJothecat
      August 29, 2011 at 10:34 am

      There are the evangelical candidates that said God told them to run, you have the anti-government candidate Ron Paul that says don’t look for the government to help you when there’s a disaster – if you can’t prepare for the worst disaster and get up to go to work the next day, oh and pay your taxes, don’t look to anyone else. When GOP Presidents are in power, Fema does not work well, i.e. both Bushes. When there is a DEM president Fema works – Bill Clinton & President Obama. Anyone 50yrs old and older has been around long enough to compare. I prayed so hard that California did not have a earthquake during the Bush/Cheney years.

  5. 7 StR
    August 29, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Bachmann is finished. She’ll stick around to Iowa if she has enough fundraising – but she’ll lose there and get out before NH. Perry offers everything she was offering, but has the perceived gravitas of being a long time Governor whereas she’s seen as a red meat and little else lightweight.

    Will she try and run for her House seat and wll her constituents have her after she has been waxing poetic about how she’s from Iowa and has Iowa values on the stump for months and months? Or does she try and go the Palin route and cash in?

    • August 29, 2011 at 10:47 am

      Her being a woman is also a loser for her. I don’t care what the republicans say, they do not want women in positions of authority. Period.

      • 9 Sue in Minnesota
        August 29, 2011 at 11:15 am

        I’m still processing her comments and the name White People Funk Band from yesterday’s posts. This is either intentionally bigoted or she is even denser than I expected, and frankly I did not think that could be possible, at least until yesterday.

        Everytime she opens her mouth we are exposed to her malfunctioning mind. Yesterday I saw she was quoted as saying she would turn the economy around in three months if elected President 😯 That anyone in America would buy that has me dumbstruck, gobsmacked!

  6. 10 57andFemale
    August 29, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Here’s the description of the storm in Northeast PA, in the Poconos, from my best friend. I’ve been a nervous wreck. I need to find out if her daughter in NC is okay, but they are accustomed to clearing out of the area in a storm. This is harrowing:

    “Irene has been fun so far. We lost power yesterday morning in PA and it has not yet been restored. Authorities say, we may not have it back until Thursday. For us, that means no well, no septic, no stove/oven and no light. We have the Coleman stove out and use the pool water for the commode.

    The ground is so soft from higher than average rainfall this year, and there is so much rock, that many trees do not have deep root systems. Four trees were uprooted on our property. Fortunately, none hit the house. One, on the side of the house, fell AWAY from the house, but damaged the dog’s fence, one fell across the dog’s fence in the backyard, two fell across the driveway on top of the Malibu, but, miraculously, the root ball was above the height of the car, so it covered the car with only a few minor scratches. Once the wind died down some, Gary took out his chain saw and removed it from the car and the driveway while I hauled the brush and trunk chunks to the burn pile. There is still one tree that is partially uprooted being held up by another tree. If that one goes before we can get it taken down, it could hit the house and cause some other damage as well.

    We are pretty fortunate. One father in the area pushed his son out of the way of a falling tree, but the father was killed. Gary and I and the puppies are fine.”

    • 11 JoJothecat
      August 29, 2011 at 10:43 am

      So glad to hear everyone in your friends family are fine. Hope they get the tree that could cause damage cut down. So sorry to hear of so many people young and old, who died. Being in California I can’t imagine what you guys have gone through. The west have our earthquakes and fires, the midwest have tornados & fires, and the south/east have the hurricanes. These natural disasters affect us all one way another because we are one big family and our taxes should go to help get people back on their feet and back to normal as quickly as possible. The GOP politicians who have no problem starting and prolonging wars suddenly claim poverty when it comes to OUR PEOPLE here at home. That alone should make them unelectible.

  7. August 29, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Good Morning, TOD-ers! Wishing a brighter day ahead for all (except those living where temperatures are already way too bright/high – for them I wish cooler temperatures)! I also wish that all who confronted Irene will see progress in their recovery today, however small. I’m briefly sticking my head in earlier than usual today because for some reason one of my first thoughts on awakening was about Fred.

    As Fred may not be able to post her abundance of links today I figured a nice way to keep her here with us in thought is for one or two family members to say “Hi Fred” in our own way sometime throughout the day (within each hour, each two hours, each post, whatever?) This approach is being suggested instead of ‘everyone’ sending their greeting at the same spot. The comments could be made apropos to nothing currently being said at that spot, but just as a reminder that Fred is in the TOD family’s mind. I know this is not like a twitter bomb, but it could be a TOD Familycare thingy (cf. Obamacare). 😉 Think of it this way, if there’s any ‘truth’ to psychic energy she’ll definitely be aware of our support throughout the day, and if there isn’t she’ll still know she was held in our thoughts all day.

  8. 13 Sheila R.
    August 29, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I don’t want one of those! I’d scare people.

  9. 14 Sue in Minnesota
    August 29, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Fred we are holding you in our healing thoughts and prays…hoping your procedure today is beneficial and that it brings you much needed and deserved relief.

    When you are able to let us know how you are fairing please do.


  10. 15 utaustinliberal
    August 29, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Bachmann is an idiot. After she made this horrendous statement, she later told a journalist that she said it in jest. She was just joking. Yeah because the hurricane that killed more than 20 people is a thing to joke about.

    ps: Hi Fred!!! Hope you’re treatment is going better today. Keeping you in my thoughts. 🙂

  11. 16 HZ
    August 29, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Fred, hope that you are doing fine thoughout your day. My candle is burning bright. Just listening to one of my favorite opera singers, and my heart went out with such beauty to you today. I hope you are fine. Let us know, when you feel up to it. Hugs coming your way.HZ

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