Making Joe McCarthy’s ghost proud by accusing the Democratic presidential nominee of harboring anti-American views has very expensive consequences. (Videos after jump.) This is the hard lesson that Republican Michele Bachmann, who represents Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District, learned after she unleashed a torrent of absurdities aimed at discrediting Barack Obama, Democrats, and liberals. (But, I’m sure McCarthy’s doing back flips on Satan’s love seat.) It’s quite apparent that the barrel of bad behavior for the 2008 election has no bottom.
Last Friday afternoon, Bachmann told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews that Obama “may have anti-American views,” due to past association with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, and his love affair with “socialist” policy solutions. As a result of her remarks, the Republican National Committee pulled ads slated for Bachmann’s district, and her opponent, Elwyn Tinklenberg, was flooded with over a million dollars in fresh donations from outraged voters across the country.
Bachmann swiped a page straight from Sarah Palin’s playbook. The Armani-clad, former sweatpants-wearing Hockey-Mom used character assassination to fire up a culture war, drawing a line separating the policies of Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama and what is good, just and fair for America. According to the sisters of no mercy, Obama, if elected, will send his evil minions to steal what’s left of your possessions – including your collection of assault weapons; make abortions not only mandatory, but readily available at former Starbucks locations; set your church ablaze to roast veggie burgers; and replace your Bible with a federally-funded copy of the Koran – signed by Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Representative Bachmann actually busted the loony scale that was designed to gauge Palin’s campaign tactics, saying the press should investigate members of Congress to see exactly who in that august chamber stand for pure American values, and who wants to smoke pot, snack on acid-laced Arugula and dance naked to Barbra Streisand’s Greatest Hits around a mountain of burning American flags.
Once caught in the headlights of national press scrutiny, Bachmann blamed Chris Matthews – a member of the liberal media elite – for setting her up and twisting her words. Sarah Palin did the same thing last night, denying that she was implying that some parts of America are just not patriotic – contradicting what she actually said. For Michele Bachmann, fomenting a culture war cost her campaign money and support. Hopefully, in two weeks the voters will make her pay with her congressional seat.
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