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Michele Bachmann, evangelical feminist?
June 27th, 2011
06:09 PM ET

Michele Bachmann, evangelical feminist?

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - If Hillary Clinton, the woman who came closest to becoming a major party presidential nominee, is a feminist icon, could something similar be said of Michele Bachmann, who officially launched her presidential campaign on Monday?

Bachmann is seldom described in those terms; the conservative Minnesota congresswoman and Tea Party darling might cringe at the feminist label.

But some religion and politics experts say that she exemplifies an evangelical feminism that is producing more female leaders in Christian nonprofits, businesses, and education and politics, even as more traditional gender roles prevail in evangelical homes and churches.

“It’s not that evangelical feminism is entirely new,” says R. Marie Griffith, director of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics at Washington University in St. Louis. “But this lack of fear going into top positions of power is new and astonishing and exciting for this segment of the population.”

Though evangelical women have long been involved in political activism, including helping to lead the temperance movement and campaigning for and against women's right to vote, seeking the White House is a more recent and dramatic step.

“It’s a trend that was started by Sarah Palin,” Griffith said, referring to the former Alaska governor, who was the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2008.

D. Michael Lindsay, a scholar who has studied evangelical leaders, says that evangelical feminism largely followed the trend in secular feminism, even if it was delayed by a decade or so.

“Evangelicals are not traditionally the innovators in gender roles, so they’re not going to be at the vanguard,” says Lindsay, who was recently appointed president at Gordon College and who wrote the book Faith in the Halls of Power. “But they also don’t trail too far behind.”

Lindsay says that evangelical feminism took off in the 1980s, pointing to Ronald Reagan tapping Elizabeth Dole, a Christian with strong connections in the evangelical world, to be his secretary of transportation as one example.

George W. Bush, meanwhile, appointed evangelical women to top roles in his presidential administration, including Karen Hughes as a top adviser and Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state.

At the same time, there are distinctions between evangelical and secular feminism. Many female evangelical leaders, for instance, talk of being called by God to pursue professional careers.

“This idea of women being out in the world when they’re doing God’s work – that’s the key,” says Griffith, who is author of God's Daughters: Evangelical Women and the Power of Submission. “You have to be called.”

Bachmann, an evangelical Lutheran, has talked of being called to run for president.

“When I pray, I pray believing that God will speak to me and give me an answer to that prayer, and so that’s what a calling is,” she told CBS News on Sunday, explaining that she had prayed about her decision to seek the presidency. “If I pray, a calling means that I have a sense from God which direction I’m supposed to go.”

Another difference between some evangelical and secular feminists is a public emphasis on motherhood. Bachmann’s political identity is constructed largely around her role as a mother of five kids and her experience of taking in 23 foster children.

Palin, who was raised in the Pentecostal tradition, has also emphasized her role as mother, frequently discussing her children and famously using the term “mama grizzlies” to describe female political candidates for whom she campaigns.

Lindsay says that the motherhood angle could be refreshing to evangelical voters, who constitute a majority of the Republican electorate in early states like Iowa and South Carolina.

“A lot of male evangelical politicians have trumpeted family values, but we’ve seen time after time how many break their marriage vows and have tense relationships with their kids,” he says.

“When you’re the mother of four or five kids up there talking about how their commitment to politics stems from your commitment to kids, which is true for both Palin and Bachmann, that resonates with people who are skeptical of American politics.”

The emphasis that some women evangelical leaders place on motherhood appears to be connected to women taking on more prominent roles in the antiabortion movement, which is closely tied to the evangelical subculture.

“There were a lot of women who were representing the old guard abortion center feminism and there were very few pro-life women who were credentialed in state legislatures and running at the federal level,” says Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the antiabortion group Susan B. Anthony List, describing the organization’s founding 20 years ago.

Dannenfelser’s group works to elect women candidates who oppose abortion rights, raising roughly $11 million in the 2010 election cycle.

“The constant line from Jane Fonda and Barbara Boxer on abortion was ‘You can’t possibly know how a woman feels - how dare you speak on an issue you have no knowledge of,'” says Dannenfelser, referring to the pro-abortion rights actress and U.S. senator.

“Now we have women communicating the truth of the matter, which is that abortion is really destroying a lot of women,” she says.

Though Bachmann is widely considered to be a long shot for the GOP nomination, a weekend poll from The Des Moines Register had her running second only to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney among likely Republican caucus-goers, with 22% support.

Even as more evangelical women pursue top jobs in politics, there is little sign that they will be invited into similar roles in evangelical churches, which continue to be led by men, with some exceptions. Some evangelical denominations, including Southern Baptists, have recently moved to put more restrictions on women serving as pastors.

“It seems to me that most evangelical congregations make a sharp divide between the sacred and secular realms,” says Lindsay, “so that church is the last context where you’ll see women in ordained roles.”

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  1. garc

    No. Just no. I'm so tired of this argument. If you're not for RIGHTS for women-the most basic rights, including rights over our own bodies, you're not FOR women. The only reason women like Bachmann are the only prominent female politicians who've been allowed the spotlight is that they are pleasant enough for men to look at. It's as thought what they're saying doesn't matter at all. If she said what she said and was 50 pounds overweight or 10 years older, no cameras would be capturing it and no one would be hearing it.

    June 28, 2011 at 7:46 am |
    • Rex Lutherin

      Pleasant looking? She has to be the scariest looking female with horns I've ever seen. Notice how scaly her skin is and dig her pasty complexion. Ecchhhh!!!

      June 28, 2011 at 8:25 am |
  2. Jody

    The discussion I've read on this board are the reason we need separation of church and state. If you allow your religious belief system to dictate your governmental policies, what happens to those who don't agree with you? Now imagine that the person in office is a Muslim, or Jew, or Hindu (pick any belief system) and the outcome changes, yet each one of these people believe that they, and only they, have the "correct" answer from God.

    June 28, 2011 at 7:43 am |
    • rich

      We have heard that same story over and over again...and with the same murderous results

      June 28, 2011 at 7:46 am |
    • Curt

      We have a president who has a belief system that is killing this country. Liberals have a belief system. Liberal judges use their anit-Christian beliefs to make law/not enforce it. Everyone has a belief system. Your comment about Christians is really "tolerant". You liberals are the most intollerant people on earth. Did it ever occur to any of you that we like Michelle Bachman because she believes the way we believe and she's good looking? I guess coming from the "look like a man" party, there is much jealousy no matter what her politics. Your hate for Palin and Bachman are killing the chances for any woman (RIGHT OR LEFT) to ever hold the office of president. Sad.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:54 am |
  3. Richard

    Michelle Bachmann is not a feminist. She thinks everything is about her life and people like her, not realizing the feminist movement is historically about the choice of women, if she had her choice, say goodbye to women having any say on contraceptives, abortion, etc. aka bare foot and pregnant. Sorry this is my opinion.

    June 28, 2011 at 7:41 am |
  4. LeeVA

    Recent history has shown us that anyone who attempts to use christian values as an election position is not likely much of a christian in terms of actually living those values. The Rerpublicans long ago realized that this was the only way to get elected and pass laws that make the middle class pay for the life-styles of the wealthy. What other reason can anyone give for a tax code that taxes the middle class a high rate while taxing the wealthy at a low rate?

    June 28, 2011 at 7:41 am |
    • Curt

      Have you looked at the tax code lately? NO. the rich get taxed at a higher rate than everyone else. You watch too much MSNBC. The top one percent of rich people pay over 50percent of our taxes. If it weren't for them we wouldn't have jobs, companies, roads, police, etc. YOUR PRESIDENT just extened George Bush's tax cuts (for everyone). If you think the tax rates are unfair, vote against Obama. He's the one that kept them the same.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:58 am |
    • VirologistTim

      Warren Buffett explains that he pays a lower percentage in taxes than his employees: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu5B-2LoC4s

      June 28, 2011 at 8:00 am |
    • LeeVA

      The majority of the wealthy earn their income off of capital gains and dividends, which is at a much lower rate than a middle class person making between $100,000 and $250,000 in wages. Do not try to equate high-wage earners with the wealthy. And don't fall for the Republican tripe that wealthy investors are business men and women. The bread and butter business people of America are middle class wage earners.

      June 28, 2011 at 8:03 am |
    • LeeVA

      I don't support what Obama did. I think coporate taxes should be eliminated. I think income tax on wages, tips, and salaries should be eliminated. I think taxes on capiotal gains and dividends should be raised to at least 35% (taxed at the point of distribution) and payroll taxes should be increased to actually make social security and medicare solvent. To make all this work, cut military and discretionary spending in half and cut medicare and medicaid by only 20% by investing now in the development of cures to diseases that the government will then have full rights to and thus be able to market at a low cost. Do all this, and the American economy will prosper, businesses and jobs will return to the U.S., and more investment will flow in, not less, even with the higher tax rate on investment returns.

      June 28, 2011 at 8:12 am |
    • Dave

      @ lee. seriously? Do you even know what the tax code is? the middle class get taxed at a LOWER rate than the upper class. the difference is in income inequality (ie a millionaire can survive a 35% tax rate while a single mother making 20k a year cannot). you make the rest of us lefties look bad with your lies.

      June 28, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  5. IBAMALIAR

    You non-beievers are a sickening bunch aren't you. You really must have some kind of life out there.

    June 28, 2011 at 7:41 am |
    • clwyd

      You must be a Bachmann follower! Your words and actions sound as religiously unstable as hers!

      June 28, 2011 at 7:43 am |
    • LeeVA

      I'm a believer, and it is my opinion that most "chirstian-like" candidates are just duping Christians who are mostly ignorant and choose to remain that way.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:43 am |
    • rich

      IBAMALIAR, a wonderful life and YES I know I’m going to die as it is very much a part of life. I’m not so vain or fearful about what will happen that I need stories to comfort my fears. I know I will live forever, I can see it every day with the next generation and I sigh with relief, that they will make the world a better place. Enjoy your life, do what you can to make it better, don’t live in fear of unknown.

      Stephen F Roberts: “I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”

      Atheism is not a religion nor is it a belief.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:49 am |
    • LeeVA

      rich, atheism may not be a religion, but it is a belief. If it were not, you would not be able to explain in, nor would you take any time or energy to try to explain it.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:56 am |
    • Curt

      HEY LEEVA, your comment: " I'm a believer, and it is my opinion that most "chirstian-like" candidates are just duping Christians who are mostly ignorant and choose to remain that way." Gues you are the ignorant one. Obama claimed to be a Christian and you got duped by him. FACE!!

      June 28, 2011 at 8:10 am |
    • rich

      @LEEVA

      Atheism is, in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in the existence of deities. In a narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities. Most inclusively, atheism is simply the absence of belief that any deities exist. Atheism is contrasted with theism, which in its most general form is the belief that at least one deity exists. :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheism

      Two thousand years ago multiple religions were the cultural norm. The belief in multiple GODs was widely accepted and only varied by type (and special abilities) depending the region you were from. None of the stories were ever PROVEN (BAR NONE) and always written well after the events. The only thing that changed was the names used, from Sumerian times the God “An” to the current Christian name “YAWEH”. Really about the only thing that changed was the “story teller”. In order to improve his or her deity, the writer creates wondrous feats of magic that go beyond basic physical laws. You will find the very same Creation (according to the Sumerian) stories written thousand years earlier, only the name has changed to meet the current God. Of course when questioned these stories, always the standard answer has been “God says so” . But yet these same people question believer’s of other religious sects like the Jehovah Witness and Morons and label them as “whack –jobs” , but fail to see they are no different. The major difference is modern man has proven through scientific exam the laws of nature and how man really works and YES we evolved from lower forms of life and YES Apes are our distance cousin (deal with it).

      Stephen F Roberts: “I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”

      Atheism is not a religion nor is it a belief

      June 28, 2011 at 8:12 am |
    • LeeVA

      I not an Obama supporter. You just proved your own ignorance.

      June 28, 2011 at 8:14 am |
    • LeeVA

      rich,

      In its simplest definition, a belief is a thoughful statement of a position or stance on a given topic, which you just presented. Your position is that there is no god. You might even go so far as saying that you know there is no God. Bot are philosophical hypotheses which then require a thesis to explain the position. The hypothesis and thesis toegther make up a belief. Belief is no a religious term, it is a philosophical term. At this point, we are only arguing semantics.

      June 28, 2011 at 8:22 am |
    • rich

      @LEEVa, you got it right: There is no god, glad you agree..

      June 28, 2011 at 8:25 am |
  6. Code

    She is neither a Christian nor a feminist. She is disgusting, filled with hatred for anyone who is not a fascist like her.

    June 28, 2011 at 7:39 am |
  7. Charlie in Maine

    The fact that she is a woman, no problem. The fact that she is a Christian again no problem. The fact that she wants to replace Bill Clinton's "bridge to the 21st century" with a "tunnel to the middle ages" Big freakin problem.

    June 28, 2011 at 7:33 am |
    • rich

      I could not agree more.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:36 am |
    • MooseKnuckle

      WTH are you talking about, dummy?

      June 28, 2011 at 7:39 am |
    • MarineVet

      I agree, Charlie.
      It's one thing to get the Baggers, Birthers and Buffoons to light their hair on fire and run around in circles, but it's another to actually be smart enough to lead a nation that includes rational, smart and ethical citizens.
      Now, if Bachmann had announced she was going to refuse any more $250,000.00 taxpayer subsidies for her corporate farm, as part of her campaign announcement, to set an example of fiscal austerity...............................LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      June 28, 2011 at 7:44 am |
    • MooseKnuckle

      Marinevet, were you one of those pretend Marines? In the rear with the gear, an Admin Pogue, or did you play sea witch with another hump seamen?

      June 28, 2011 at 8:07 am |
  8. Mike

    It certainly stands to reason that we can't keep going on the way we have been. The nay-sayers don't seem to have any solutions.

    June 28, 2011 at 7:32 am |
  9. Ellie

    Another bible waving lunatic talking with a FORKED TONGUE just like her buddy Sarah "The Quitter" Palin. Bachman is nothing but a walking CONTRADICTiON. She blames the Democrats and the President about everything and yet she, her husband and her entire family have BENEFITED from President Obama's policies!!!

    CAN YOU SAY HYPOCRITE?

    CAN YOU SAY HYPOCRITE?

    CAN YOU SAY HYPOCRITE!

    YES I CAN!!

    YES I CAN!!

    YES I CAN!!

    YES I CAN!!

    YES I CAN!!

    June 28, 2011 at 7:30 am |
    • MooseKnuckle

      You are a sad, disgusting feminazi.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:34 am |
    • mabear87

      Thank you for demonstrating that there IS intelligent life in the US. Bachman is neither a feminist nor a Christian. She defies the Christian ethic, and as for feminism, she does not know the meaning of the word.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:35 am |
    • IBAMALIAR

      In what manner pray tell has anybody benefitted in anything Obama has done. What he has done will not go down in History as something he will want in his Library. Like brining the U.S. to financial ruin.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:43 am |
    • Curt

      You are pretty sad. Your president is the most pathetic president in the history of this country. Talk about blaming. He still blames all his bad decisions on someone else. You liberals do nothing but blame blame blame. If you're wrong about somethhing you never apologize. Sad, childish like lefties. Do you even realize this president is doing the exact same things that Bush did but you have no problem with Obama. He's not pulling out of AF, he's only taking back the 30,000 troops he put in. You are a bigot. Yes, a liberal bigot. Just because some people believe in God and have discipline, unlike your Hollywood hero's, you hate them. Your life must be pretty sad to hate people you don't even know. Talk about beind "duped". Obama: "Change, change, change" and you all bought into that crap. You just mad because he isn't doing anything he promised. NOTHING> Acutally he's been more republican than democrat. Why don't you hate him???????

      June 28, 2011 at 8:06 am |
  10. Jean-Marie

    The last religious fanatic (GW Bush) in power almost sank the country. He was a ridiculous clown who made a fool of himself. The last thing we need are religious to be in charge, they are like fascist extremists

    June 28, 2011 at 7:30 am |
    • Jonsie

      And now that we have the great Obama, the US is in great shalpe! Double digit unemployment, a staggering national debt, and the hits just keep on comin'!

      June 28, 2011 at 7:38 am |
    • Cameron

      If Bush made a fool of himself, Obama looks like a real idiot then.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:49 am |
    • Jody

      Bush was not smart enough to make a fool of himself.

      June 28, 2011 at 8:02 am |
  11. Reality

    The education of Michele B. continues:

    Part II:

    From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."

    Even now Catholic/Christian professors of theology are questioning the bodily resurrection of the simple, preacher man aka Jesus.

    To wit;

    From a major Catholic university's theology professor’s grad school white-board notes:

    "Heaven is a Spirit state or spiritual reality of union with God in love, without earthly – earth bound distractions.
    Jesus and Mary's bodies are therefore not in Heaven.

    Most believe that it to mean that the personal spiritual self that survives death is in continuity with the self we were while living on earth as an embodied person.

    Again, the physical Resurrection (meaning a resuscitated corpse returning to life), Ascension (of Jesus' crucified corpse), and Assumption (Mary's corpse) into heaven did not take place.

    The Ascension symbolizes the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church.

    Only Luke's Gospel records it. The Assumption ties Jesus' mission to Pentecost and missionary activity of Jesus' followers The Assumption has multiple layers of symbolism, some are related to Mary's special role as "Christ bearer" (theotokos). It does not seem fitting that Mary, the body of Jesus' Virgin-Mother (another biblically based symbol found in Luke 1) would be derived by worms upon her death. Mary's assumption also shows God's positive regard, not only for Christ's male body, but also for female bodies." "

    "In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, Pope John Paul II pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of a spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist. In this he is applying the philosophical categories used by the Church in her theology and saying what St. Thomas Aquinas said long before him."
    http://eternal-word.com/library/PAPALDOC/JP2HEAVN.HTM

    With respect to rising from the dead, we also have this account:

    o An added note: As per R.B. Stewart in his introduction to the recent book, The Resurrection of Jesus, Crossan and Wright in Dialogue,
    o
    o p.4
    o
    o "Reimarus (1774-1778) posits that Jesus became sidetracked by embracing a political position, sought to force God's hand and that he died alone deserted by his disciples. What began as a call for repentance ended up as a misguided attempt to usher in the earthly political kingdom of God. After Jesus' failure and death, his disciples stole his body and declared his resurrection in order to maintain their financial security and ensure themselves some standing."
    o
    o p.168. by Ted Peters:
    o
    Even so, asking historical questions is our responsibility. Did Jesus really rise from the tomb? Is it necessary to have been raised from the tomb and to appear to his disciples in order to explain the rise of early church and the transcription of the bible? Crossan answers no, Wright answers, yes. "

    o So where are the bones"? As per Professor Crossan's analyses in his many books, the body of Jesus would have ended up in the mass graves of the crucified, eaten by wild dogs, with lime in a shallow grave, or under a pile of stones.

    June 28, 2011 at 7:18 am |
    • rich

      The plot thickens.....

      Stephen F Roberts: “I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”

      Atheism is not a religion nor is it a belief.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:21 am |
    • MooseKnuckle

      Do you just regurgitate what you read, or do you have an original thought? Idiot!

      June 28, 2011 at 7:37 am |
    • Doh

      Moose, the scroll wheel was invented just for people like Reality. Do what the rest of us do and just scroll right past his/her nonsensical ramblings. He/she wouldn't know an original thought if it slapped him/her right upside the head. Although his/her cut and paste talents are something to admire!

      June 28, 2011 at 8:15 am |
    • Reality

      As we "thu-mp" along with reading, reviewing rational thinking, conclusions and reiteration to counter the millennia of false and flawed religious history and theology!!!------––

      June 28, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  12. Byron Jones

    Like it or not, MB has found her niche. Just look at some of the posts here. It remains to be seen if she is a truly committed ideologue, a true nutcase or (my choice) a cynical opportunist who really couldn't care less about anything except gaining power. Place bets, anyone?

    June 28, 2011 at 7:18 am |
    • IBAMALIAR

      Sounds like you described Obama to a tee, doesn't it?

      June 28, 2011 at 7:33 am |
  13. Jayson

    Michele is the one and only choice for us. Whether you like it or not. Tough luck especially if you are Christian haters and Bible hater. We will vote her in and you will be there with your hands in your pockets. Tough luck all you aethiests, anti christ, anti women, anti christians because Michele is coming with the same message that America has survived all these years and that is we are one nation under GOD, and in whom we TRUST.

    June 28, 2011 at 7:09 am |
    • rich

      You don't have any children do you? Just wanted make sure people like don't breed. The world id filled with enough religious whack-job...By the way did you see Elvis or Jesus on your refrigerator?

      June 28, 2011 at 7:19 am |
    • rachbell

      I'm a Christian and she is not the one to be president! She's even scarier than Sara Palin. One thing this country does not need is a evangelical feminist in the White House. She has come out with even more outrageous [and dangerous] statements than Palin. And she only represents a very small portion of the American population. We need a president that represents the majority.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:19 am |
    • sean burns

      Good to hear what a grammatically- challenged 6th-grader thinks.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:23 am |
    • IBAMALIAR

      AMEN. And there is no place on here for Aitheist I am offended by them. The Federal Judges should impose that they're infringng upon my rights as a Christian.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:36 am |
    • IBAMALIAR

      rachbell
      Then you do agree Obama is not a Christian. He has been just frauding us all along and really is an Atheist Muslim. I thought so.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:38 am |
    • Slowgun

      Jayson, your statement sounds like something the taliban would say.
      Please keep your religion to yourself.
      The United States of American is a secular nation.
      This statement of yours;

      "Michele is coming with the same message that America has survived all these years and that is we are one nation under GOD, and in whom we TRUST."

      Is factually wrong...learn American history you wing nut...start by learning when these reference to God happened...not with our founding fathers, but in the 50's and 60's.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:40 am |
    • rich

      @rachbell, though I'm not pro-christian, I do however agree with your remarks....

      “I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”

      Atheism is not a religion nor is it a belief.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:40 am |
    • George

      Michele, we love you and we will make you our president. The lazy democrats won't even come out and vote against you because Jesus won't let them. He will make something happen so that they miss the vote entirely and you Michele will usher in the age of Jesus. Sinners repent, Michele and Jesus will destroy the unrepentant and save the world for Christians.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:45 am |
    • Charlie in Maine

      Anyone else who is frightened by Jayson's words should keep in mind that all you have to do for his side to win is stay home on election day.

      We have a Governor in Maine who reminds me of Bauchman he got elected through the support of about 14% of the voters. How? Only 80% of those eligible to vote bothered to register. Then more than 1/2 of those voters did not. Then 39% voted for him. Don't get me wrong it is not like George Bush 2000. This guy actually won. My point here is that the Tea Party, as much as they are wrong represent about 15% of voters. If everyone votes no problem. They are aminority even in the Republican Party (that they are trying to desrtoy). The problem comes form those who will not vote. If you are still reading this you are not one of those of whom I speak but I would bet you know someond who could not be bothered to vote. Well this time do everything you can to not let that happen or else people like Jayson will be running this country again. 8 years of Bush II was enough thank you very much.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:47 am |
    • Skeeve

      I love when a person living in a country with a very long 250 years history talk about "all these years". As most of the christian idiots out there he doesn't even understand how funny it sounds.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:49 am |
  14. MikeBell

    The liberal politics is opening up its bag of labels to find one that sticks.
    Typical and hypocritical.

    June 28, 2011 at 7:06 am |
    • gozer

      Ignorant twit sticks to Bachmann very well.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:25 am |
    • Slowgun

      yea, lets not use one of those liberal labels for Michele.
      Lets use the one from Chris Wallace and Fox News...Flake

      June 28, 2011 at 7:43 am |
  15. MAVVV

    She is pretty and will win by landslide......all she needs to do is pick Sarah as running mate ! 50% of vote will be hers automatically ! Obamammaaa is history......we had enough of HOPEY stuff already. C U in voting booth..........

    June 28, 2011 at 7:04 am |
    • sean burns

      Yes, "pretty" is enough for me to vote for a lying moron, too!

      June 28, 2011 at 7:27 am |
    • clwyd

      What planet are you living on? The Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumber Twins have support of about 20% of America and when Michelle shows in her Concord N.H. and her John Wayne flub how absolutely stupid and uneducated she is the numbers will melt away! Of course, we have Sarah, "Paul Revere's Ride" version (LOL) to show they are twins!

      June 28, 2011 at 7:47 am |
    • Slowgun

      "She is pretty"...well there you go.

      Another educated Tea Party member speaks.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:47 am |
  16. TominRochNY

    “It’s a trend that was started by Sarah Palin.”

    Thanks, McCan. Thanks a lot!

    June 28, 2011 at 7:04 am |
    • MarineVet

      May 23, 2011
      Categories:

      Fox News
      Roger Ailes ‘thinks Palin is an idiot’
      There’s a lot to chew on within Gabriel Sherman’s monster New York magazine article on Fox News, but most interesting are the doubts that Fox News chief Roger Ailes has about the Republican 2012 presidential field he has done so much to shape.
      Sherman reports that Ailes was particularly disappointed with Palin’s ‘blood libel’ response to the Tucson shooting, since it reflected the fact that she had ignored his advice.
      “He thinks things are going in a bad direction,” another Republican close to Ailes told me. “Roger is worried about the future of the country. He thinks the election of Obama is a disaster. He thinks Palin is an idiot. He thinks she’s stupid. He helped boost her up. People like Sarah Palin haven’t elevated the conservative movement.”

      June 28, 2011 at 7:55 am |
  17. Kebos

    Flake? Hell yeah. Yet another bible thumper threatening to be in a position of power to continue, and in her case, expedite, the path of ruin the USA is on.

    June 28, 2011 at 7:01 am |
    • MikeBell

      Since when did one need a Bible to bring the U.S. to ruin?

      June 28, 2011 at 7:08 am |
    • Slowgun

      @MikeBell

      Since when did one need a Bible to bring the U.S. to ruin?

      -------------------------–

      Since people like Bachmann & Pail use it to gain wealth and power and their minions are too stupid to realize it.

      June 28, 2011 at 9:02 am |
  18. rich

    JESUS H CHRIST another reglious whack-job running for president...I'm voting mormom....who is that running?

    “I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”

    Atheism is not a religion nor is it a belief.

    June 28, 2011 at 6:59 am |
    • MooseKnuckle

      You are too stupid to be on the internet, dummy.

      June 28, 2011 at 7:42 am |
  19. Katie

    Sorry, you can't be a feminist and not promote equality or believe a woman has the ultimate say over her own body. Even being a Christian and being anti-gay (and hawkish Republican) is a stretch, as true Christians follow the teachings of Christ who promoted tolerance and loving their neighbors. Remember Christ loved his enemies right up to the cross and beyond. BLessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    June 28, 2011 at 6:59 am |
  20. johnmenacherjr

    If this is some blessed Christian event count me out of it! No desire here and no christianity there. So how do you reconcile here preaching the Pope is the Antichrist? Oh thats christian too. What BS

    June 28, 2011 at 6:49 am |
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