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Friday, February 21, 2014

Michelle Bachamnn: "Obama Elected DueTo White Guilt; US Not Ready For A Woman President"

Michelle Bachmann's quote: (Highlight via The Pardu)

Mother Jones

In an interview published Wednesday, Bachmann said that Barack Obama won the presidency because white people felt too guilty about past racial injustices. "I think there was a cachet about having an African-American president because of guilt," she said in an interview with Cal Thomas, a syndicated conservative columnist. 
Bachmann didn't stop there. She thinks Hillary Clinton has poor odds of winning the presidency in 2016. "People don't hold guilt for a woman," she said, explaining that much of the country isn't prepared to elect a women as president. "I don’t think there is a pent-up desire."
I ask that you keep the quote in mind, or frequent the quote as we move through this piece.

CNN's Don Lemon and guest broadcast a six minute segment on Bachmann's remarks earlier today. We should qualify. The production was to focus on Michelle Bachmann's latest verbal "spit-up", but as is frequently the case, when conservatives and liberals sit on camera the discussion moves to fissures across party and social lines. Today's segment was no different.

First, Lemon explains the contextual fallacy of Bachmann's statement as she ran for the GOP nomination in 2011. She actually led the pack until her campaign exploded (many quit, others were forced out) and until her campaign remarks reminded people of her idiocy and lack of veracity. The conservative pundit (posted as a GOP strategist and who seems to have dropped out of pundit school) quickly came to Bachmann's defense. She started with that common refrain of "I just got off the phone with her staff," and finished with Bachmann's did not make such a statement and was being taken out of context.  You now have your first opportunity to re-read the quote above.

While, I also noticed Lemon and his guest's burst into laughter, I ask how could one keep a straight face as the conservative pundit spoke so ridiculously. The laughter certainly did not appear to have been rehearsed. If one makes a ridiculously stupid statement, one opens themselves up for ridicule which can include laughter.

Let's face it, Michelle Bachmann over the course of her last two terms, has gone completely berserk with inane and ridiculous statements that are often proven to be outright lies. You will notice the conservative pundit also deployed the "Some people say....." mantra so popular with Fox News and Bachmann. 

Yes, we have a quick digression to make a point. We offer a quick visit to the Tampa Bay Times Politifact.


Republican from Minnesota
Michele Bachmann, first elected to the U.S. Congress in 2006, represents the 6th Congressional District of Minnesota. She was reelected in 2008. Previously, she served in the Minnesota State Senate. Prior to that, she spent five years as a federal tax litigation attorney. Bachmann and her husband, Marcus, who have five children and have opened their home to 23 foster children, live in Stillwater, Minn., and own a mental health care practice.

Recent statements involving Michele Bachmann

Says Michele Bachmann said "English was good enough for Jesus when he wrote the Bible."

"The president … by executive order" could grant voting rights to illegal immigrants who are newly legalized under pending legislation.

The IRS is going to be "in charge" of "a huge national database" on health care that will include Americans’ "personal, intimate, most close-to-the-vest-secrets."

The IRS is "going to be in charge of our health care."

"The IRS will have the ability potentially" to deny or delay health care.

Seventy percent (70%) of the indicators lean in degrees towards "false."  

Now for the subject CNN discussion. The commentary after the video (below) is that of NewsAttackNow.

YouTube posted 

by NewsAttackNow

Published on Feb 21, 2014
2-21-14 - CNN anchor Don Lemon lashed out at a conservative guest during a panel discussion about Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) blaming gender bias for her poor performance in the 2012 GOP primaries. When conservative Emily Miller insisted that gender bias did factor into how she was treated, and that "white guilt" played a role in President Barack Obama's two elections, Lemon and his liberal guest laughed at her.

Miller began by saying that the press is taking Bachmann's comments out of context and clarified that the Minnesota lawmaker was saying that many voters are less likely to vote for a woman than they are, for example, for a minority. "I think there's a lot of truth to that," Miller explained. "I think there is still white guilt over a what is happened..."

"And they were still guilty four years later?" Lemon interjected.

"I think so," Miller replied. "He obviously didn't win on the merits."

Both Lemon and The Root columnist Keli Goff burst out laughing. "I think that's really underestimating the American people," Lemon protested.

"So, white people felt guilty enough to vote for Barack Obama the first time and then you are saying, in your estimation, he did a terrible job, and they were so guilty that then they again voted for him — they were stupid enough, if they felt that way to vote for him again?" Lemon asked. "That's insulting to Americans."

"No, it's insulting to the president," Miller shot back.

"I think that's incredibly insulting," Goff added. She continued that Bachmann or any other "privileged white lady" should attempt to explain their situation to the parents of slain black teenagers Trayvon Martin or Jordan Davis.

"The Trayvon Martin case had nothing to do with race," Miller began as both Lemon and Goff laughed again.

"Oh my God, it does not make sense," the CNN anchor concluded.

Let's dissect a bit.

Did you notice Emily Miller (conservative to the right of Lemon on camera), responded to Lemon's introduction with a diatribe that included the alleged call to Bachamnn's staff and the disavowing of the quote posted at the top of this piece (Another opportunity to read the quote).

Her comments remind of this:
“I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.”

Did you notice the applause from the supportive audience?

The very next day, Santorum pulled a real "boner."

Huffington Post
“I looked at that, and I didn’t say that,’ Santorum told O’Reilly. ‘If you look at it, what I started to say is a word and then sort of changed and it sort of — blah — came out. And people said I said ‘black.’ I didn’t."
Ms. Miller also performed up to standard relative to jumping to a position of self-perceived privilege and authoritarianism via telling (ordering) her discussion counterpart to "calm down." Lemon nor the other guest, chastised Miller as she delivered what is becoming a mantra regarding ".....Mitt Romney would have made a better president." We are seeing it and hearing it more and more. Factually, the statement is without substance and as phony as Paul Ryan's lies about running a marathon in record time (refuted by his brother) and his invasion of the DC soup pantry for a video an photo shoot. The assertion is a personal opinion that is often dropped when the speaker knows the show host will not push for quick response as to 'why.' It is classic Rovianism and like any advertisement, if heard enough, for some, it soaks-in like maple syrup on Romney's Peanut Butter pancakes. 

Granted Keli Goff, the guest to the left of Lemon, took her long awaited response outside the scope of the discussion via beginning in Trayvon Martin. I assert her comments certainly did not warrant a "calm-down." The order to "calm-down" was both bush-league and amateurish as Miller was not the show host. Thus, she possessed no authority to order the speaker to "calm-down." Yet, she felt Fox News like in reaching to her point-counter-point opponent for a figurative verbal punch (put-down) so loved by people who watch Fox News.

Frankly, as the segment broadcast I envisioned Michael Dunn's conferred privilege of reaching over to a vehicle that was parked long before he arrived to instruct the three young black teenagers to "turn-down" their music. Dunn was buoyed by his concealed weapon (and reported anxiousness to fire upon a person) and the thought he could tell a strange what to do. Ms. Miller seems to have assumed a similar disdainful aura regrading Ms. Goff. 

Why do some people feel they have the privilege to order others around as if the person is a subordinate pet? 

Ms. Miller's non-verbals at discussion end was very telling. Read her eye raise/roll as you will, I read the involuntary reflexive act as a form of contempt for the people with whom she had just disagreed. And, without regard for the fact others do not hold her views and perspective.

Punditry is a art, that some do not perform very well. When a person is charged with defending and standing up for the likes of Michelle Bachmann, with a veracity record as delineated above, I suggest the pundit should posses skill that far surpass those of Ms Miller. 

Moreover, there are people in the 92% GOP who should understand they can no longer simply order a world according to their paradigm.

Michelle Bachmann should realize two or three points. First, if she is speaking honestly the people with whom she spoke may have been sending her a personal message "Not to pursue the nomination." Second, Bachmann isn't a person a non-far-right conservative would spend one minute in conservation. 

Frankly, I doubt any progressives of liberals would waste a moment speaking with Bachmann. On a tertiary basis, we seriously doubt Bachmann is speaking honestly, We reflect on the Politicaft table above: 70% less than honest when publicly speaking

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