1. gary says

    Michelle Bachmann ranks right up there with the loud mouthed Ann Coulter in my book. Why do you guys give them air time in the first place, all they do is spew hatred!!!!! I don’t understand….

  2. Max says

    What a nasty shrew. I really don’t think she’ll get the Republican nomination, though. The tea is getting cold.

  3. PLAINTOM says

    Bachmann spewed out the bigotry you would expect but watch the audience response. Is it just me or does the applause seem muted. There are some enthusiastic individuals but in general it is just a mechanical/polite response. Some people aren’t even applauding.

  4. I'm Layla Miller I Know Stuff says

    The letter of the law versus the spirit of the law

    The letter of the law versus the spirit of the law is an idiomatic antithesis. When one obeys the letter of the law but not the spirit, one is obeying the literal interpretation of the words (the “letter”) of the law, but not the intent of those who wrote the law. Conversely, when one obeys the spirit of the law but not the letter, one is doing what the authors of the law intended, though not adhering to the literal wording.

    “Law” originally referred to legislative statute, but in the idiom may refer to any kind of rule. Intentionally following the letter of the law but not the spirit may be accomplished through exploiting technicalities, loopholes, and ambiguous language. Following the letter of the law but not the spirit is also a tactic used by oppressive governments.

  5. Talisman says

    Maybe she’s afraid that, if same-sex marriage were legal in her state, her hubby would finally leave her for his male lover?

  6. says

    @Gary It’s imperative that we hear from those that would do us harm, plain and simple. I for one watch and read both sides of the isle so I can make up my own mind.

    However, when you have this much vitriol coming from a segment of society that stands even a remote chance of gaining significant power, it’s in your best interest to sit up and listen.

    Otherwise, complacency will ultimately get you what you deserve and by then, it’s too late.

  7. Phil says

    Michelle Bachmann and Maggie Gallagher. Like it or not, they are the very loud and public face of the anti-equality movement in America. The loud and insulting Bachmann and Gallagher are obsessed with controlling the sex lives of the male population. Who are these ladies? Who were they? Who do they hope to be?

  8. Justin L Werner says

    It gives me a warm burst of schadenfreude to realize that 20 years down the line, when marriage equality is a long-established fact in the US, that these people will know with full awareness that they chose to be on the wrong side of history.

  9. Warren says

    MB like SP and many others give me hope, great hope. They have and continue to turn people like my parents into real thinkers verse sound bit addicts!

    Thank you MB for showing daily your true colors and intentions. It is you and your ilk that is making progress for US so much swifter.

  10. says

    The Tea was always cold. The Tea Party is one of the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on this country. It consisted entirely of Dick Armey rounding up elderly white suburban rioacsts, putting them on busses to Washington and supplying them with signs.

  11. chris says

    To make it worse, word is Bachmann’s sister is a lesbian. (And odds are some of her 1,250 children are GLBT, too.)

  12. Gene Knapp says

    Repulsive. Yes, she definitely turns my stomach. What is it with these Barbie-like homophobic idiots????

  13. dms says

    i”m thrilled she’s running. Having her extreme views out there makes dems seem sane. I wonder if she’d be #2 on a romney ticket?

    I do think Obama is in trouble. If unemployment and gas prices stay where they are, people are going to want to try a different approach. Not that the repubs have a solution.

  14. says

    Bachmann is on the record as loving “Glee” and in particular, Chris Colfer (Kurt). I’d love to do an interview with her that went something like this:

    Me: So I hear that you like “Glee”? Tell me about it.
    Michele Bachmann: Yes. We even got to meet Darren Criss. I still want to meet Chris Colfer, the guy who plays Kurt, though.
    Me: What is it about Glee, and in particular Darren and Chris’ characters that you like?
    MB: (Some sort of drivel response)
    Me: So, you like these characters and the show, but gay people in real life? You’re on the record as saying you like these gay characters, and one of the actors happens to be gay in real life. How do you think it makes gay people – people you ask to be photographed with, etc – feel when you say things like gay people are threatening heterosexual marriage, and that they don’t deserve the same rights as straight people? What kind of message are you sending? Would you go up to Chris Colfer and say something like, “I enjoy your acting, but don’t get all uppity – you’re not as good as straight people so you don’t deserve to have the same rights as they do.”
    MB: (Has a meltdown)

    *sigh* I’d love to ask her these questions myself. Then again if I ever was within a mile of the woman, I’d probably just vomit uncontrollably and not be able to stop.

  15. Esurb says

    Please! Someone tell us what products are made in Bachman’s Minnesota district! Those people have foisted this hateful, stupid woman on all of us. Some of us do not want to send them a single dime of our business.

  16. Disgusted Gay American says

    whats make me even more sick, is when WOMEN of all people…fight against another’s equality….women, who struggled and fought for years to obtain RIGHTS,and the RIGHT to Vote…..these women now-a-days have NO CLUE to what REAL women fought for….they make me sick.

  17. says


    I agree with your assessment of Spirit vs Letter of the law. A perfect example is what’s going on in the States right now in regards to a woman’s right to choose. They are following, to a degree, the letter of the law which is that a woman still has a legal right to an abortion, but are currently passing state laws that make it so difficult to get an abortion now that the spirit of the law has been destroyed.

    In other words. They haven’t outlawed a woman’s legal right to an abortion, as State laws cannot supercede federal law, but with all the additional hurdles the States are putting up that women must now jump over, it has made it so difficult to follow through on an abortion, it’s become out of reach for most women. The very one’s who may need this service the most.

  18. Sully says

    Walter H.,

    Lots of racists loved watching blacks sing and dance but that didn’t mean that they want(ed) blacks to have equal rights.

  19. Jerry6 says

    When left to the the voting public, laws permitting slavery, and the supression of other civil rights of Negros in the Southern States were enacted and were the law of the land. It took the Federal Government to stop it.

    The rights of all minorities should never be allowed to be controlled by a majority. All civil rights are the rights of ALL people; not just a majority of people.

  20. robinbrand says

    Just how stupid do you think we are. When this lady accepted an invitaion to the debate, this told me she was going to run for Presdent. Who was suprised at this announcement? More free press for her, good move

  21. chris says

    @esurb — It’s not a huge manufacturing district (it is an oddly-shaped one, jerrymandered to include only outer-ring, conservative suburbs). But Anderson Windows are made there.