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Marcus Bachmann Lied; Gay 'Barbarians' Tape Not Doctored: VIDEO

Politico runs a big article on Michele Bachmann and her positions on gays and homosexuality containing perspectives from LGBT rights groups and groups like NOM. Maggie Gallagher predicts Bachmann's homophobia will lead her to victory in Iowa:

Marcus_bachmann “The more that they attack Michele Bachmann on these grounds, the better her chances of winning the Iowa caucuses are,” said Maggie Gallagher, the president of the National Organization for Marriage, who said she’d admired Bachmann since 2004. “The Iowa base is extremely upset about same-sex marriage and I don’t think they’re going to look kindly on these attacks.”

The Daily Beast's Michelle Cottle looks at discussion of Marcus Bachmann's sexuality and how it might affect his wife's campaign:

The more personal the persecution of her husband gets, tied as it is to his antigay labors, the more likely it is to steel Michele’s spine and persuade her to stay the course. “Most social conservatives agree with her about the homosexual issue,” asserts Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, predicting: “Not only is it not going to faze her, it will build sympathy for her among her supporters and admiration that she doesn’t back down.”

On Hardball on Friday, the entire "Barbarians" tape was aired. Bachmann suggested in an interview earlier that day that the tape was doctored and he wasn't talking about gays. It wasn't. In fact, he was talking about children coming to terms with their sexuality and telling their parents. 


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  1. A religious zealot caught fibbing? No...that could never happen.

    Posted by: Jon Lee Hart | Jul 18, 2011 9:34:04 AM

  2. A religious zealot playing the victim card? Also a new one...

    Posted by: ichabod | Jul 18, 2011 9:36:28 AM

  3. this is what always happens, religious bigots prove their faith is a lie by arrogantly breaking God's Ninth Commandment.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 18, 2011 9:39:31 AM

  4. look at the way that creep is fondling the teacup handle @ 3:44

    Posted by: Steven | Jul 18, 2011 9:44:31 AM

  5. Thou shalt not lie* (* except as pertains to making your point over that of the lowly homosexuals, duh)=the full text of that part of the 10 commandies.

    Posted by: Rich | Jul 18, 2011 9:45:37 AM

  6. To be fair it sounds like he was saying that our children, not homosexuals, are barbarians...

    Posted by: b9 | Jul 18, 2011 9:49:41 AM

  7. They are already playing the victim, and with that religious conservative crowd, that position carries water.

    It's outrageous to them that increasingly society is telling them directly, your religious fervor does not justify your mistreatment & prejudice toward others.

    But will media call them out? Or give them a pass, afraid to anger religious people???

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | Jul 18, 2011 10:10:08 AM

  8. There's a difference between being fair and being inaccurate. His reference to disciplining barbarians was in reference to homosexuality.

    Let's say your misinterpretation is right. Then he's a saint for saying -- with seething disgust in his voice -- that children are barbarians that need to be disciplined? Being "fair" is saying that he's promoting hatred and abuse of children?

    You might want to go back to being accurate. At least what he's really saying only makes him a self-hating gay man, as opposed to the child abusing freak you want people to think he is.

    Posted by: ohplease | Jul 18, 2011 10:14:45 AM

  9. Yep, grifter scumbags.

    Posted by: ESA | Jul 18, 2011 10:27:58 AM

  10. Going after Marcus Bachman because he has a gay sounding voice is gay bullying. There's a perception that his voice "sounds gay" therefore he must be gay. That's wrong.

    Denouncing Marcus Bachman for his homophobia, however, is appropriate.

    As for Michelle Bachman, she may be 'nutty' but she is a hella ruthless politician. She is a true believer and will destroy anyone, including her own sister, to get what she wants. Michelle Bachman wants the presidency. She will bend all this criticism into proof that she and her fellow extremists are being persecuted. Her followers will eat it up.

    Over the last few years, conservatives have tried painting liberals as "fascists." Fascism liest at the intersection of religion, government, and business. This is were you'll find Michelle Bachman. Her goal is a theocratic fascist state. There are many people who support this. Look at the fanaticism on display within the Tea Party GOP.

    People should stop making fun of the Bachmans and recognize them for the true threat that they are.

    Obama may not be the great progressive or fierce advocate people wanted, but he sure as hell is a better choice than any of the GOP scary candidates.

    Posted by: Mr. Mambo | Jul 18, 2011 10:33:26 AM

  11. Marcus Bachmann reminds me of (and in large part looks and sounds like) Heimlich from "A Bug's Life"

    Posted by: Ib4e | Jul 18, 2011 10:36:40 AM

  12. We're not denouncing Marcus for having a "gay sounding voice" - we're going after him for being an Uncle Tom self-loathing closeted homosexual.

    Family can spot Family.

    We dont' think he's gay "because of his voice" but because he's a homosexual. We can tell he's a homosexual because he's a homosexual. The "blue streak of recognition" that family sees in each other.

    The man is not Gay. The man is a homosexual. He doesnt' have the orbs to be gay.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 18, 2011 10:39:38 AM

  13. Land is correct that this will make Bachmann popular with people like him, who believe that God had commanded the execution of gay people (Leviticus). But what Land forgets is that fundamentalists are a dwindling percentage of the population and a minority. Bachmann's hateful views do not win her support outside the revivalist backwaters where fundies congregate. The more she wears her religion on her sleeve the less electable she becomes. So, while this may get the deluded evangelicals on her side the more people know about her fanaticism the less the average voter will find her appealing.

    Posted by: cls | Jul 18, 2011 11:00:47 AM

  14. He chews with his mouth open! Gross!

    Posted by: borut | Jul 18, 2011 11:26:23 AM

  15. the bachmanns are total liars. why aren't her followers pushing solutions to the budget crisis rather her total focus on social issues. also why aren't people pushing her and her husband for taking those horrible government payouts. time to hit her on the real deep issue and stop letting her skate on total oblivion to the country's issues.

    Posted by: walter | Jul 18, 2011 12:47:09 PM

  16. He was talking about children.... no doubt about it.

    Posted by: Tre | Jul 18, 2011 2:20:09 PM

  17. the trivial news items concerning Michele Bachman are very tedious reading.

    Unfortunately, they are necessary as Bachman's record of public service accomplishment reads like the Atlantis phone-book.

    There is simply nothing there.

    Posted by: robert chapman | Jul 18, 2011 3:57:54 PM

  18. In order for Marcus to treat people successfully, you need clinical trials to back the effectiveness of the treatment. If you are going to call foul on someone else, you need proof that indeed a misdeed had been done against you.

    He lacks in both areas. I wonder if he lacks in bed just as bad.

    Posted by: Dale | Jul 18, 2011 4:20:29 PM

  19. Maggie and NOM support Michelle Bachman!?!? what a surprise, NOT!! Bigotted birds of a feather flock together. Maybe they can console each other after Michelle loses the nomination.

    Posted by: matt | Jul 18, 2011 4:37:29 PM

  20. Oh, she could win Iowa, just like president Mike Huckabee.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 18, 2011 4:58:10 PM

  21. The hardcore religious gay hating conservative might give Bachman a win in Iowa- but can this extreme message appeal to a national audience?

    Posted by: jaragon | Jul 18, 2011 5:46:01 PM

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