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Summary: In a July 9, 2011 Townhall column, Bill O’Reilly opined on former President Bill Clinton’s seemingly glowing assessment of Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann as a “compelling public figure” who comes across as “real,” concluding it was merely “gamesmanship” to diminish Sarah Palin, whose major distinction from Bachmann is “personality.” However, empirical studies indicate that Palin and Bachmann, in fact, have very similar personality types. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 10, 2010, Aubrey Immelman featured Part 4 of “The Rise of the New Right: A Hardball Documentary with Chris Matthews,” titled “Who Runs the Tea Party?”



Summary: Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s husband, Marcus Bachmann, plays a central role in her campaign for the Republican nomination. The Bachmanns, who are born-again fundamentalist Christians, share a bond born of deep faith in a particularly conservative form of Lutheranism (WELS), a common abhorrence of homosexuality, and an extreme Christian nationalist political ideology. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 7, 2010, Aubrey Immelman featured Part 1 of “The Rise of the New Right: A Hardball Documentary with Chris Matthews,” titled “Don’t Tread on Me.”