Michele Bachmann suspended her campaign for president in West Des Moines, Iowa, Wednesday January 4, 2012. (Photo credit: Glen Stubbe / Star Tribune)
By Kevin Diaz
January 8, 2012
Michele Bachmann could have soldiered on.
She may not have had the money or the organization, but she had a plausible case for staying in the race, at least until the Jan. 21 South Carolina primary.
That was the view of some of her advisers Tuesday night, when they knew she had only 5 percent of the Iowa caucus vote. …
After Bachmann’s disappointment in Iowa — she won 6,073 votes of 122,000 cast — she spent the night thinking and praying, holding out hope for a rebirth in the Palmetto State, where, like Iowa, religious conservatives and Tea Partiers are a significant presence.
It would give her another shot on favorable turf. She might not have the money for ads there, but she had built up a credible ground operation.
There also was Tuesday’s primary in New Hampshire. True, she was only polling at 2 percent in the Granite State, but the competition would provide two weekend debates affording a free national platform for her small-government, “repeal Obamacare” message.
After all, wasn’t that why she got in the race to begin with?
For Bachmann, winning the straw poll in Ames was gravy — far exceeding any reasonable expectation she had when she first hinted at a White House bid a year ago. But most of her forward progress ended last summer. The 4,823 votes she garnered then were only 1,250 fewer than she got Tuesday night. …
In the end, she knew she did not have the resources to keep up with the leaders. And the possibility of another drubbing would do little for the national Bachmann brand.
So her campaign ended where it began, in Iowa.
Amid misty eyes and tears, she called it quits Wednesday morning, calling together her family, the press, supporters and volunteers. It was a courtesy that had not been extended by former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Similarly dejected after a fourth-place finish in the straw poll, he took his leave in the relative safety of a television studio.
Bachmann’s exit was more honest and raw. She faced the cameras and thanked her supporters, in person, in a public space. Then she walked the gantlet of microphones and questions about her future. …
“With Michele Bachmann, there are no policy flip-flops. There’s no need to compromise on one of the issues that matters to you. She means what she says, and she says what she means.” (Uploaded to YouTube by teambachmann on Nov. 12, 2011)
By Kevin Diaz
Hot Dish blog
November 15, 2011
Michele Bachmann took her campaign motto, “Don’t settle,” to new levels Tuesday in a video highlighting her GOP rivals’ departures from conservative orthodoxy.
How many political ads manage to attack five different politicians in less than a minute?
There’s a younger Mitt Romney saying abortion should be “safe and legal,” segueing to Herman Cain calling it a “choice that a mother has to make.” Then there’s Ron Paul asking “what’s so terribly bad” about a nuclear-armed Iran, and Rick Perry vouching for the importance of educating the children of illegal aliens. There’s also Newt Gingrich appearing with Nancy Pelosi on a global warming ad campaign, and later agreeing that, yes, he was for the individual mandate in health care before he was against it.
Finally, the video returns to Perry’s famous “oops” moment in the Michigan debate, the first time any of the GOP contenders has so explicitly made hay of his mortification. …
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May 15, 2011 – Gingrich calls Ryan plan ‘right-wing social engineering’
May 31, 2011 – Palin and Trump grab a slice
June 9, 2011 – Gingrich suffers mass resignations
June 13, 2011 – Pawlenty passes on ‘Obamneycare’
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Oct. 18, 2011 – ‘I’m running for office, for Pete’s sake!’
Nov. 7, 2011 – Sharon Bialek accuses Herman Cain of harassment
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Nov. 9, 2011 – Gingrich says he served Freddie Mac as a ‘historian’
Nov. 14, 2011 – Cain: ‘I got all this stuff twirling around in my head’
Dec. 10, 2011 – Mitt Romney’s $10,000 bet
Jan. 19, 2012 – Gingrich angrily rebuffs ‘open marriage’ question
Jan. 25, 2012 – Gingrich pledges lunar colony by 2020
Feb. 1, 2012 – Romney: ‘I’m not concerned about the very poor’
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Feb. 26, 2012 – Santorum says JFK speech made him sick
March 21, 2012 – Etch-A-Sketch
March 25, 2012 – Santorum calls reporter’s question ‘bulls***’
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Fiction Nearly Stranger Than Fact
Badlands Unlimited is pleased to announce the publication of Fires of Siberia by Tréy Sager. Inspired by the life of Tea Party leader and Republican Congress-woman Michele Bachmann, Fires of Siberia is an old-fashioned bodice ripper romance that brings the heat for the 2013 summer beach reading season. Presidential candidate Danielle Powers, full of firebrand pluck and red state sex appeal, has the country in a tizzy. But on an international tour to beef up her foreign policy experience, disaster ensues — her plane explodes over Siberia. Miraculously, Danielle survives, along with one other passenger — a mysterious stranger named Steadman Bass. Trapped in a wilderness of snow and ice, the two begin a journey that pushes Danielle to the brink. There she must confront her deepest self and choose between civilization and a wild, primitive ecstasy. All the while, Steadman harbors a terrible secret that threatens to destroy them both.
by Tréy Sager
Published by Badlands Unlimited
E-book on Apple iBookstore + Amazon Kindle
219 pages, 2013
They shook hands, and Danielle felt the hot vitality of his blood. His hand was surging with warmth. His fingers were weathered like a workman’s, but his touch betrayed a grace and kindness his face otherwise kept guarded. She wanted to stay fastened to him, so essential was the heat.
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