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The next Sarah Palin?

The radical right has found a new darling in Michele Bachmann


 

Right-wing radicals in the U.S. are lining up behind an outspoken, striking brunette as their 2010 female presidential hopeful but it isn’t former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, the Guardian reports. The far right’s new darling is 53-year-old Michele Bachmann, a mother of five from Minnesota who calls herself a “fool for Christ” and lambastes Obama as a socialist at the head of a “gangster regime.” Bachmann has emerged as one of the most strident voices in American politics as a leader of the so-called Tea Party movement, which has campaigned vociferously against health-care reform, the economic stimulus package and legislation to combat climate change. She’s viewed as part of an increasingly visible “female brand” of conservatism rising in America fuelled by syndicated commentators Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter and of course Palin herself. “All these women express a mood of conservative discontent that is becoming increasingly vocal and, some experts warn, extreme,” the paper notes, quoting Shaun Bowler, a political scientist at the University of California: “They are tapping into grassroots frustration… they are charging up an already highly charged group of people.” Among liberals Americans, Bachmann has emerged a figure of both fun and fear: “It is hard to think that people take her seriously. But on a national level it is happening. It scares me,” said Aaron Landry, a senior correspondent at MNpublius.com, a Minnesota-based politics blog.

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The next Sarah Palin?

  1. Somedays i believe life's the reality tv show, rather than the other way around.

  2. I love how one side are the "right-wing radicals", and the other side are "liberals". Clearly the 47% of Americans who voted for Palin are right-wing radicals, while anyone to their left is not radical or on a "wing" of any sort.

    Do you suppose, just a guess here, that the person who writes these Need-to-Know headlines is perhaps biased?

    • It's remarkable how this strident extreme right-wing radical who is scary because they are hard to take seriously came across to their viewpoint!:

      –Born in Iowa but a Minnesotan by age 12, Bachmann acquired what she calls "her family's Hubert Humphrey knee-jerk liberalism." She and her husband danced at Jimmy Carter's inauguration. Shortly thereafter, however, she was riding on a train and reading Gore Vidal's novel "Burr," which is suffused with that author's jaundiced view of America. "I set the book down on my lap, looked out the window and thought: That's not the America I know." —

  3. 47% of Americans (who voted) did so for the McCain-Palin ticket, not necessarily for Palin herself. Considering the number of people who believe she would even be qualified to be President is below 30%, I'm betting most Americans voted for the McCain part of the ticket, not the Palin part.

  4. Or perhaps against the Obama-Biden ticket rather than for the McCain-Palin ticket

    • Good point. I personally would have voted for the none of the above ticket.

  5. It's hard to complain about nearly choking to death on the loaded language when the source is the Guardian. They are after all the newspaper who wrote a piece about David Fum and Mark Steyn as "Barack Obama's Canadian Enemies".

    I read a more balanced introduction to this woman just ten minutes ago from conservative opinion columnist George Will:

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/10

  6. This articled was bigoted against conservatives and religious people. It's one thing to find the ideas of both groups wrong, perhaps even morally offensive. It's quite another thing to be so convinced of one's own rightness that one won't even allow them a place in public discourse. That's bigotry.

    I'm sick of this Need-To-Know Editor's radical anti-conservative bias (and I don't even like conservatives). Who do we write to get him or her fired? Public discourse would be one the better.

  7. I'd be happy to be called the radical right if I can call you the wacko left. Give me a break. Michele Bachmann is a terrific individual with mainstream values. It is those in entertainment and the media that live on another planet.