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Bachmann vs. Palin: Who’s the Better 2012 Candidate?

Mother Jones

Assessing the pros and cons of the tea party’s favorite flamethrowers.

At first glance, you might think you were seeing double. Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann are both hard-right Republican firebrands with a populist touch, a love of the spotlight, and devoted throngs of conservative followers. Though both have been regularly shunned by the Washington establishment, they’ve proven to be prodigious fundraisers who’ve competed for the title of “Tea Party Queen”—and have been floated as presidential contenders. The two even bear a passing resemblance to each other.

But though Palin and Bachmann may seem like GOP doppelgangers, there’s a lot separating them as well. And the differences have led a growing chorus of Beltway watchers to conclude that Bachmann would actually be the more credible candidate of the two. Having watched the Minnesota congresswoman on the trail for years, Minnesota political operatives on both sides of the aisle warn against simply laughing off Bachmann. “You underestimate Michele Bachmann at your own peril,” says Zach Rodvold, the campaign manager for her Democratic opponent in 2010.

Bachmann is expected to form a presidential exploratory committee in the next few months and has already trekked out to Iowa to make early inroads. Though the Minnesota Republican remains a longshot, she also could finally give tea party types a candidate to rally behind in a decidedly lukewarm GOP primary—and could be a (relatively) more formidable candidate than the former governor of Alaska. Here’s why:

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Fox & Friends Falsely ‘Reports’ That Democratic Congressman Called The Constitution ‘Silly’

Why am I not shocked at Fox News’ blatant lies?


On Friday morning’s edition of Fox & Friends, the program’s anchors spent several segments “reporting” on the remarks of Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) concerning the reading of the US Constitution on the floor of the House. While their interpretation of his statement that he’s “tired of reading the Constitution” was, perhaps, unfair, their assertion that he “called the Constitution silly” was factually inaccurate. Does the “opinion/news” border fence at Fox entitle Fox & Friends to their own facts?

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McDermott’s remarks, even without any surrounding context, are pretty clear. When he says “I am tired of reading the Constitution and all the silly things we have done for the last 13 weeks,” he’s clearly referring to the gimmicky nature of the Republicans’ insistence upon reading the US Constitution into the record at the beginning of the 112th Congress, a reading that omitted any reference to slavery, or to any parts of the document whose pages were stuck together.

He’s also referring to the House GOP’s new rule that every bill include an explicit Constitutional citation. You remember that, don’t you? It’s the rule the Republicans immediately decided to ignore.

More broadly, the “silly things” includes, as he says in the next sentence, all of the non-job-related wastes of time that the GOP-controlled House has engaged in, such as an ill-fated attempt to redefine rape, an extra swearing-in ceremony necessitated by two of its members taking their oath via TV, and their recent attempt to circumvent Schoolhouse Rock.    Continue reading…