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Good Riddance, Michele Bachmann

For the last few years, we’ve struggled to remember that “Michele Bachmann” is spelled with one “l” and two “n’s.” Seriously … she’s a copy editor’s worst nightmare. The Minnesota Republican is also a certifiable nut, a politician who – like most “reformers” in Washington, D.C. – consistently chose the path…

For the last few years, we’ve struggled to remember that “Michele Bachmann” is spelled with one “l” and two “n’s.”

Seriously … she’s a copy editor’s worst nightmare. The Minnesota Republican is also a certifiable nut, a politician who – like most “reformers” in Washington, D.C. – consistently chose the path of rhetorical pandering to substantive policy. Don’t get us wrong: Bachmann has generally been a reliable vote in the U.S. Congress on behalf of our tax dollars (except, of course, when she cast the deciding vote for fiscally liberal U.S. Speaker John Boehner’s reelection earlier this year) – but she never developed a gear beyond reflexive hyperbolic indignation.

Anyway … Bachmann, 57, has decided she won’t seek reelection to the U.S. House in 2014.

“The law limits anyone from serving as president of the United States for more than eight years, and in my opinion, well, eight years is also long enough for an individual to serve as a representative for a specific Congressional district,” she said.

We agree … and commend Bachman for her decision (and the acknowledgement that rotation in office is a good thing). However we view her political career as a tremendous wasted opportunity.

“Bachmann is perhaps the biggest disappointment of the 2012 GOP field,” we wrote upon the occasion of her exit from the GOP primary. “At a time when specific fiscal policy solutions were desperately needed, she chose instead to pander to the religious right.”

That pandering earned her an early surge in socially conservative Iowa (where U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is currently pandering to the same Bible thumpers), but she couldn’t maintain her momentum – and failed to emerge as a credible alternative to fiscally liberal “Republicans” like Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and eventual GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

When will such an alternative emerge?

We’re still waiting, people …

In addition to being a flop electorally, Bachmann’s failed 2012 presidential bid has also spawned an ethics investigation into whether she illegally coordinated with a political action committee, among other alleged violations.

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68 comments

Smirks May 29, 2013 at 9:19 am

If God told her not to run again, I’ll be the first to say Hallelujah!

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shifty henry May 29, 2013 at 9:55 am

A candidate for political office was orating heavily at his audience. “I want housing reform! I want land reform! I want educational reform! I want—–”
A bored voice in the crowd yelled –“Chloroform!”

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? May 29, 2013 at 10:39 am

God has a good sense of humor. He also told her that her husband working for a “Pray the gay away” organization made him a good husband for her.

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CorruptionInColumbia May 29, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Instead, she wound up with a gay dude whose prayers were not answered.

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? May 29, 2013 at 9:13 pm

How dare you!

lol

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This Just In May 29, 2013 at 1:52 pm

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The average I.Q. of a member of the House of Representatives is expected to rise sharply in 2015, experts said today.

The experts, who indicated that they were “cautiously optimistic” about the development, said that the gains were most likely to be made in the Midwest.

The expected rise in I.Q. could mean that the average congressperson would have a greater grasp of basic concepts in math and science, including the law of evolution, as well as addition and subtraction.

The last time a branch of the federal government experienced such a significant increase in average I.Q., experts said, was the executive branch in 2009.

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Smirks May 29, 2013 at 9:19 am

If God told her not to run again, I’ll be the first to say Hallelujah!

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shifty henry May 29, 2013 at 9:55 am

A candidate for political office was orating heavily at his audience. “I want housing reform! I want land reform! I want educational reform! I want—–”
A bored voice in the crowd yelled –“Chloroform!”

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? May 29, 2013 at 10:39 am

God has a good sense of humor. He also told her that her husband working for a “Pray the gay away” organization made him a good husband for her.

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CorruptionInColumbia May 29, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Instead, she wound up with a gay dude whose prayers were not answered.

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? May 29, 2013 at 9:13 pm

How dare you!

lol

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This Just In May 29, 2013 at 1:52 pm

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The average I.Q. of a member of the House of Representatives is expected to rise sharply in 2015, experts said today.

The experts, who indicated that they were “cautiously optimistic” about the development, said that the gains were most likely to be made in the Midwest.

The expected rise in I.Q. could mean that the average congressperson would have a greater grasp of basic concepts in math and science, including the law of evolution, as well as addition and subtraction.

The last time a branch of the federal government experienced such a significant increase in average I.Q., experts said, was the executive branch in 2009.

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GreenvilleLwyr May 29, 2013 at 9:27 am

Waiting for Tango to explode about Obama in 3, 2, 1…

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Nölff May 29, 2013 at 10:35 am

ellipses… random CAPITALIZED words….
more dots…
liberal BLIBERAL blah NOBAMA

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GreenvilleLwyr May 29, 2013 at 9:27 am

Waiting for Tango to explode about Obama in 3, 2, 1…

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Nölff May 29, 2013 at 10:35 am

ellipses… random CAPITALIZED words….
more dots…
liberal BLIBERAL blah NOBAMA

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darksied calling May 29, 2013 at 9:59 am

Bachmann is a perfect example of why some people shouldn’t be allowed to vote much less be in politics.

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darksied calling May 29, 2013 at 9:59 am

Bachmann is a perfect example of why some people shouldn’t be allowed to vote much less be in politics.

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Van Halen May 29, 2013 at 10:02 am

So, what do you think the Republican Party’s gonna look like this year?

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Frank Pytel May 29, 2013 at 10:53 am

Same as it ever was.

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Van Halen May 29, 2013 at 10:02 am

So, what do you think the Republican Party’s gonna look like this year?

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Frank Pytel May 29, 2013 at 10:53 am

Same as it ever was.

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Cicero May 29, 2013 at 10:17 am

“She never developed a gear beyond reflexive hyperbolic indignation.” Hmm. Who does that sound like?

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Frank Stanton May 29, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Mr. Evil Empire?

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Cicero May 29, 2013 at 10:17 am

“She never developed a gear beyond reflexive hyperbolic indignation.” Hmm. Who does that sound like?

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Frank Stanton May 29, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Mr. Evil Empire?

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bob sacamanto May 29, 2013 at 10:23 am

Just a note abut “Bible thumpers” and politics: More of them are also fiscally conservative than liberal…vs. the percentage of fiscal conservatives who are also socially conservative… If they actually “left”, fiscal conservatism would be in even worse straights than it is today.

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bob sacamanto May 29, 2013 at 10:23 am

Just a note abut “Bible thumpers” and politics: More of them are also fiscally conservative than liberal…vs. the percentage of fiscal conservatives who are also socially conservative… If they actually “left”, fiscal conservatism would be in even worse straights than it is today.

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Nölff May 29, 2013 at 10:37 am

She’s going to work for FOX. There’s no proof, but I think I’m right.

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tomstickler May 29, 2013 at 10:50 am

Oh, pleezz, pretty pleezz!

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Smirks May 29, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Now that Sanford’s back in action, they have an opening in the “washed up has-beens” department.

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Nölff May 29, 2013 at 10:37 am

She’s going to work for FOX. There’s no proof, but I think I’m right.

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tomstickler May 29, 2013 at 10:50 am

Oh, pleezz, pretty pleezz!

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Smirks May 29, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Now that Sanford’s back in action, they have an opening in the “washed up has-beens” department.

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GrandTango May 29, 2013 at 11:51 am

She’s a LIBERAL’S worst nightmare too. And I’m guessing that is more of a reason why FITS hates her.

She’s a decent woman, who realizes the Damage Liberalism is doing to this country.

She’s a Christain, too. And FITS HATES Christians as much as Obama says he loves the Muslim Call to Prayer.

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Torch May 29, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Not

“In the same poll, Franken also topped Bachmann by a 54 percent to 40 percent margin in a hypothetical general election matchup — an early indication of the uphill climb the congresswoman would face in a statewide race”

And Fits isn’t predjudice, he hates everybody.

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GrandTango May 29, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Al Franken represents you…and you’re PROUD of that…WOW!!!…
Is it any wonder…WOW!!!

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Torch May 29, 2013 at 12:21 pm

No, the below average Addison “Joe” Wilson represents me. Not sure which is worse, Bachmann or Wilson. However, she is not a Liberal’s worst nightmare as Franken would defeat her handily.

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Bask N' Robyns® May 29, 2013 at 1:22 pm

She does scare Liberals, but not the way you think.

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BrigidBernadette May 29, 2013 at 2:55 pm

They’re not fit to shine her shoes. She was the Tea Party Caucus, and that will be her legacy, as long as we need a Tea Party to fight this profligate spending insanity.

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Science Fair May 29, 2013 at 3:17 pm

The Tea Party IS profligating insanity. These bitches believe you can “Pray The Fucking Gay Away!”

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BrigidBernadette May 29, 2013 at 6:27 pm

I know, she went off the reservation more than a few times. It doesn’t negate the things she was right about though.

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Tim May 30, 2013 at 10:07 am

And that would be…?

TankMcNamara May 29, 2013 at 1:53 pm

I’d hit it.

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shifty henry May 29, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Yep! — an excellent photo, and seductive…

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Creeper May 29, 2013 at 9:16 pm

That photo shows that she’s a real pro. The eyes rolling back into her head shows she has complete mastery of the gag reflex.

She probably had to master it when walking down the aisle under the realization that her marriage would be sexless.

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shifty henry May 29, 2013 at 9:41 pm

holey simoley ! how did I miss that ? ….

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Classist Historian May 29, 2013 at 7:58 pm

At 57, she’s a whole lot prettier than the California/Maryland Bag (Nancy Pee) or Hillary (however old and fat she is) or Bobbie Boxer, or Dy-Anne Fienstein….
Nothing wrong about having a Foxy Lady as one of the cockroaches.
Sorry she’s leaving. I can remember when the only good-looking Senatress was Claire Booth Luce, and I don’t remember any House-“maids”.

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TankMcNamara May 29, 2013 at 1:53 pm

I’d hit it.

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shifty henry May 29, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Yep! — an excellent photo, and seductive…

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Creeper May 29, 2013 at 9:16 pm

That photo shows that she’s a real pro. The eyes rolling back into her head shows she has complete mastery of the gag reflex.

She probably had to master it when walking down the aisle under the realization that her marriage would be sexless.

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shifty henry May 29, 2013 at 9:41 pm

holey simoley ! how did I miss that ? ….

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unusualpost May 29, 2013 at 7:58 pm

At 57, she’s a whole lot prettier than the California/Maryland Bag (Nancy Pee) or Hillary (however old and fat she is) or Bobbie Boxer, or Dy-Anne Fienstein….
Nothing wrong about having a Foxy Lady as one of the cockroaches.
Sorry she’s leaving. I can remember when the only good-looking Senatress was Claire Booth Luce, and I don’t remember any House-“maids”.

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cheeper2keepher May 29, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I’m not exactly understanding, sir. How are tax dollars supposed to be used according to Fitsnews?

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cheeper2keepher May 29, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I’m not exactly understanding, sir. How are tax dollars supposed to be used according to Fitsnews?

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dwb619 May 29, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Bachmann, Palin, and that “witch” from Delaware. Now there’s three of a kind that would a full house any day.
They do look fine,though!
YOU BETCHA!
YOU BETCHA!

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dwb619 May 29, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Bachmann, Palin, and that “witch” from Delaware. Now there’s three of a kind that would a full house any day.
They do look fine,though!
YOU BETCHA!
YOU BETCHA!

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