Let’s not pretend Carson and Trump’s anti-Muslim words don’t represent the GOP

Republican U.S. presidential candidates Dr. Ben Carson (L) and businessman Donald Trump talk during a commercial break at the second official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, United States, September 16, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson - RTS1HUL

Ben Carson’s anti-Muslim comments have given Republicans a chance to look good by distancing themselves from him, with the cooperation of many in the media. Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham and others do deserve credit for rejecting an unconstitutional religious test for the presidency, but let’s not get carried away here.
Yes, the New York Times can reasonably point to moments in which George W. Bush referred to “the peaceful teachings of Islam” or John McCain rejected a supporter’s characterization of President Obama as “an Arab.” But are those moments the ones that define the tenor of the Republican attitude toward Islam? Not hardly.

A Pew survey last year asking individuals to rate, from 1 to 100, their feelings about religious groups found that Muslims only averaged 33 percent among Republicans and Republican-leaning voters — far below other faiths. […]
But concern about Islam extends more broadly on

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The Holocaust, slavery, and the Republicans’ routinely repulsive rhetoric

In the course of American and world history, slavery and the Holocaust are sui generis cataclysms. Any comparisons—especially casual ones—to the Nazi genocide of European Jewry and the bondage and oppression of African Americans necessarily diminish these unique and unparalleled horrors. To seriously equate the ordinary to the almost unimaginable is a special kind of blasphemy that rightly prompts most reasonable people to recoil in disgust.
Sadly, the ranks of reasonable people apparently don’t include many of the leading lights of the Republican Party and its amen corner in the conservative movement. Over just the past several days, former Arkansas governor and 2016 GOP White House hopeful Mike Huckabee accused President Obama of preparing to “march Israelis to the door of the oven” with the Iran nuclear deal. Conveniently forgetting 50 years of history during which the GOP welcomed Southern conservatives, the Klan, and the Confederate flag with open arms,

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Michele Bachmann says the Rapture is coming: ‘Rejoice’

Republican candidate for president U.S. Representative Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) (C) holds a news conference with Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) (L) and Representative Steve King (R-IA) (R) to discuss the debt ceiling and military benefits, at the U.S

Looks like the Apocalypse to me.

Former Rep. Michele Bachmann is very excited that the world may be coming to an end. Iran may be getting the bomb, and gay people are getting married these days, and all of this is wonderful news because it means Israel is going to be destroyed and there will be wars and plagues and famines and that means Jesus is going to come back to fly all the bestest Bachmann-approving-of Christians into heaven while her enemies get left to rot in whatever post-nuclear wasteland comes next. You think we are making this up. We are not making this up.

“We get to be living in the most exciting time in history,” she said, urging fellow Christians to “rejoice.”
“Jesus Christ is coming back. We, in our lifetimes potentially, could see Jesus Christ returning to Earth, the Rapture of the Church.”

It should

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Anthony Brown searches for redemption in Maryland

Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, Democratic nominee for Maryland governor, holds a campaign rally at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland October 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) - RTR4C944

Anthony Brown is looking to salvage his political career after a shocking defeat last year

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MD-04: Love him or hate him, Anthony Brown is not the type of guy who stays down for long. On Thursday, the former lieutenant governor and 2014 Democratic gubernatorial nominee announced that he would run to succeed Senate candidate Donna Edwards in this suburban D.C. seat. Former Prince George’s State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey is also seeking the Democratic nomination here, and there are tons of other local politicians who are eying the race.

Until last year, Brown was a rising star in Democratic politics, and he looked poised to become the state’s first African American governor. However, while Brown easily won the Democratic primary, he faced an unexpectedly tough challenge from Republican Larry Hogan. Fellow Democrats criticized Brown for allowing Hogan to define the last eight years of Democratic governance as a failure, and for focusing on social issues at a time when economic anxiety was the defining issue. Brown’s role managing the state’s chaotic Obamacare rollout also worked against him. Plenty of Democrats are still angry about Brown’s 51-47 defeat, and that could conceivably make it harder for him to fundraise or win key endorsements.

Still, Brown has some assets. He has plenty of name recognition in the district, where he served as a state delegate before winning statewide. Brown took 71 percent in MD-04 during the 2014 primary, though neither of his opponents hailed from the area. Brown wouldn’t be the first politician to bounce back after an embarrassing defeat, and we’ll see if he can put his gubernatorial loss behind him and win next year. Obama carried this seat 78-21, so Brown would actually be in the clear this time if he wins the Democratic nomination.

Can Republicans avoid embarrassment with their State of the Union responses?

Marco Rubio reaches for water during the 2013 GOP SOTU response

Sen. Marco Rubio delivers the 2013 Republican response to the State of the Union.

Republicans will continue to show off their party unity with three different responses to Tuesday evening’s State of the Union address. Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst will deliver the official party response, Florida Rep. Curt Clawson will deliver the tea party response, and Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo will deliver the Spanish response, though he is expected to be in line with Ernst’s response. Last year, Sen. Rand Paul also delivered his own homemade response and posted it to YouTube, but maybe Paul figures that since Clawson voted for him for speaker of the House, his views will be adequately represented.
This should be interesting. The official voice of the GOP will be “one of the most frighteningly right-wing senators in a generation,” and then trying to fill out the right flank will be a guy who looks at high-ranking officials from the State Department and Commerce Department and makes the mental leap from brown skin and desi names to “they must be representatives of the Indian government.” And Ernst and Clawson will be in roles that have brought their recent predecessors such glory!

In 2009, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was widely mocked for talking about “something called volcano monitoring,” and more generally failed to be the savior Republicans needed. In 2011, Rep. Michele Bachmann delivered her tea party response while looking into the wrong camera. In 2013, Marco Rubio … well, you can look at the picture above for a reminder of his desperate water-bottle grab. In fact, it seems like the best-case scenario of recent years is simply avoiding humiliation.

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At White House Christmas party, Michele Bachmann asks Obama to bomb Iran

Republican candidate for president U.S. Representative Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) (C) holds a news conference with Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) (L) and Representative Steve King (R-IA) (R) to discuss the debt ceiling and military benefits, at the U.S

I love this picture and you will never get me to stop using it.

Rep. Michele Bachmann already gave her farewell address, but she hasn’t gone home yet:

In an interview with the Washington Free Beacon, outgoing Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann said she attended the White House Christmas party this week and used the opportunity to lobby the President to bomb Iran.

How do you even do that? “Merry Christmas, Mr. President. I have a list here of other nations I think we should be bombing, I hope you’ll take some time to—”

“I turned to the president and I said, something to the effect of, ‘Mr. President, you need to bomb the Iranian nuclear facilities, because if you don’t, Iran will have a nuclear weapon on your watch and the course of world history will change,’” Bachmann explained.

Hey, I was right.

According to the Republican congresswoman, the President laughed at her.
“And he got his condescending smile on his face and laughed at me and said, ‘Well Michele, it’s just not that easy,’ ” she  said. “And I said to him, ‘No, Mr. President, you’re the president, it will happen on your watch, and you’ll have to answer to the world for this.’ And that was it and then I left. Merry Christmas.”

And a happy holidays to all of us, each and every one.

Rep. Michele Bachmann delivers her farewell address

Republican candidate for president U.S. Representative Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) (C) holds a news conference with Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) (L) and Representative Steve King (R-IA) (R) to discuss the debt ceiling and military benefits, at the U.S

So long, Shemp.

Let it go, let it go …

Outgoing Rep. Michele Bachmann, true to form, attributed the United States’ economic rise through history to “the Ten Commandments” in her final speech on the House floor Tuesday night.
The Minnesota Republican cited to the U.S. motto, officially adopted in 1956, of “In God we trust,” and saying it’s “fabulous” that the United States decided to “declare, in full voice, that it is in God that we as a nation put our trust.” […]

“It could be no coincidence that this nation, knowing and enjoying the heights of such great happiness and such great prosperity, that it could be built upon that foundation of the Ten Commandments and by the law given by the God in whom we trust,” she said.

I was going to briefly catalog some of Michele Bachmann’s greatest congressional hits, but do either of us really want to read that? I say the living would envy the dead.

Bachmann also used the speech to thank her campaign’s donors, Minnesota voters, her “prayer warriors,” her family, her staff, military veterans and God. […]
“No government gave me rights that only God can give, and no government can take away the rights that only God can give,” Bachmann said.

It seems a bit awkward to pipe up with that one immediately after your nation has released a much-redacted report on how it tortured prisoners and while your fellow party members are scurrying to book themselves in front of television cameras to declare that they’re glad we did it and hope we do it again, but Michele Bachmann was always an Old Testament sort of lawmaker. The Ten Commandments said to love your neighbor, but it didn’t say anything about “stress positions.”
So let us wish Rep. Michele Bachmann well in her new career of waiting to be indicted for campaign finance oopsies, and/or helping Marcus convert gay people to nongayness, and/or whatever else the future holds—wait. What’s that?

Bachmann told Newsmax host Steve Malzberg that she plans to “weigh in with a female perspective” on the 2016 presidential election, reminding people that Clinton is the “godmother of Obamacare” and is to blame for the 2012 Benghazi attack.


GOP says Obama pushes popular immigration policies to win votes. Er, that’s called democracy.

Kids at an immigration rally

People usually vote for those who support policies with which they agree. That’s Democracy 101.

I’m finding that sometimes Republican arguments don’t exactly make 100 percent sense. Any of you out there finding that? Okay, enough with the understatements. Republican politicians and right-wing talking heads have long criticized President Obama for what they call pandering to Latinos over immigration, as demonstrated by his support for comprehensive immigration reform, as well as his previous executive actions and the one he announced on Thursday.
Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, and Sarah Palin have all charged the president with pandering on immigration. Just after this month’s midterms, Alfonso Aguilar, executive director of the Latino Partnership at the conservative American Principles Project, accused Democrats of pandering to Hispanic voters, in particular in Colorado, during the fall campaign. Going further, Javier Manjarres, writing at Breitbart.com this summer, accused the Democrats of pandering on immigration and looped it back into a broader attack on the party’s entire approach to policy:

The name of the immigration reform game for Democrats is ‘pander for votes.’ Democrats are banking on amnesty for illegal immigrants because they believe those immigrants would eventually vote along Democrat Party lines. Democrats will undoubtedly offer these illegal immigrants the entire gambit of Obama goodies and entitlements.

By the way, Mitt Romney echoed this absurd notion in a post-mortem on why he lost in 2012, and our own Dante Atkins skewered him for it. Back to immigration where, for good measure, we also had Ron Fournier—no liberal—who didn’t exactly accuse Obama of pandering on immigration but instead said that Hispanics would see his actions as pandering. This is a perfect “middle approach” for Fournier, who after all doesn’t like partisanship.

It’s worth noting that some on the right have gone even further, as you can see below the fold.

GOP leaders fret, but their problem with Latino voters goes deeper than just Steve King

Man with woman holding sign saying

Why ever would people be alienated by attempts to separate their families?

New York Times headline:

Some in G.O.P. Fear That Their Hard-Liners Will Alienate Latino Voters

Gee, you think? One major quibble with the headline—and the worry itself—is that it’s not so much a thing that might happen as a thing that has happened. Sure, Latino (and Asian-American) voters have other reasons to vote for Democrats or against Republicans, but the numbers strongly suggest that alienation has already happened. The question is whether and how much it will intensify.
A lot, if Reps. Steve King and Michele Bachmann and their ilk have their way. (And so far they have.) Bachmann decided not to run for re-election this year, so her time is limited to say things like “The social cost will be profound on the U.S. taxpayer—millions of unskilled, illiterate, foreign nationals coming into the United States who can’t speak the English language” while she’s still a current Republican officeholder. But King will continue to be with us, and it’s hard to dismiss him when, as the Times puts it, he is “once a fringe figure against immigration and now a voice of rising prominence.” After all, the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill, but:

House Republican leaders have refused to consider that Senate bill, and the only immigration legislation they allowed to pass, sponsored by Mr. King, called for deporting Latino “Dreamers” who were temporarily spared the threat of deportation by Mr. Obama’s more limited executive order in 2012.

Luckily for Republicans, right now newspapers like the Times and the Washington Post seem inclined to balance anti-immigrant nastiness from people like King and Bachmann with as many quotes from Republicans fretting about how bad it makes their party look. But in the end, the legislative votes they hold and the prominence they allow voices like King’s will tell the tale. And King’s rising prominence and that vote on his deport-the-Dreamers bill tell you what you need to know.

Michele Bachmann warns of ‘illiterate foreign nationals’ voting in 2016

U.S. Republican presidential candidate and Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) speaks during a news conference in Des Moines, Iowa December 29, 2011. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)

Rep. Michele Bachmann is going a little off the Republican Party’s desired message on President Obama’s planned action on immigration. The official Republican message is that their anger is about executive overreach, not about scary brown people. Bachmann, though, is definitely focused on the scary brown people:

“The social cost will be profound on the U.S. taxpayer — millions of unskilled, illiterate, foreign nationals coming into the United States who can’t speak the English language,” Bachmann told reporters at the Capitol. “Even though the president says they won’t be able to vote, we all know that many, in all likelihood, will vote.”
Bachmann added: “The president has a very single-minded vision. He’s looking at new voters for 2016…. People do vote without being a citizen. It’s a wink and a nod, we all know it’s going to happen.”

This is so wrong on so many levels. Set aside the overt racism, it’s completely wrong about what Obama is doing. The plan is to allow people who have already been in the United States for years to avoid deportation, not about new arrivals in the country, and as Bachmann admits she knows, non-citizens are not allowed to vote.
But we really shouldn’t set aside the overt racism. After all, the entire point here is to scare voters into being afraid of illiterate brown people dragging down the economy and taking over the government. That’s pretty damn racist! However, Bachmann was prepared to explain that she had excellent sources for her claims:

“… I spent four days at the border and spoke to American Hispanics on the border. That’s what they told me. Those are not Michele Bachmann’s words, those words came from Hispanics who live on the border…. I’m not using a pejorative term against people who are non-American citizens. I’m only repeating what I heard from Hispanic Americans down at the border. That’s what they told me.”

Right. I wonder if while she was there at the border, she also ran into any mothers who told her that HPV vaccine causes “mental retardation” or any seven-foot doctor who told her Obamacare requires the IRS to pre-approve medical care.

Tom Harkin’s line about Michele Bachmann, not Taylor Swift, is what really has Joni Ernst worried

U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) at the 38th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) meeting at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, February 10, 2011. The CPAC is a project of the American Conservative Union Foundation

The real crux of the issue.

Joni Ernst is outraged—OUTRAGED—over Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, the Democrat she’s seeking to replace as he retires, alluding to her looks in recent comments. But Ernst wants voters to focus on what Harkin said about physical appearance and ignore the fact that he was really making a political point:

“In this Senate race, I’ve been watching some of these ads,” Harkin said at the Story County Democrats’ annual fall barbecue last week honoring the retiring senator. “And there’s sort of this sense that, ‘Well, I hear so much about Joni Ernst. She is really attractive, and she sounds nice.’”
“Well I gotta to thinking about that. I don’t care if she’s as good looking as Taylor Swift or as nice as Mr. Rogers, but if she votes like Michele Bachmann, she’s wrong for the state of Iowa.”

Ernst is, of course, focusing on the “really attractive”-Taylor Swift part and ignoring the Mr. Rogers part and, most of all, the Michele Bachmann part. Partly this is because if you look at the whole quote in context, you get that Harkin is saying that Ernst is trying to market herself as an appealing person while avoiding political issues. That her ads, or Republican ads on her behalf, market her as attractive and nice but don’t talk about her positions on, say, Social Security or reproductive health. Because that is exactly the campaign Ernst is running, and avoiding the issues is paramount.
Which, duh. Yet Ernst is outraged, because there’s political capital to be gained:

“I was very offended that Sen. Harkin would say that,” Ernst said in an appearance on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.” “I think it’s unfortunate that he and many of their party believe that you can’t be a real woman if you’re conservative and you’re female.”

Democrats believe you can’t be a real woman if you’re conservative? Wha? Seriously, this makes no sense as a reading of “I don’t care if she’s as good looking as Taylor Swift or as nice as Mr. Rogers, but if she votes like Michele Bachmann, she’s wrong for the state of Iowa.” He did not say this. At most, Harkin should have known not to mention a female candidate’s looks even in a context in which he might well have referred to a male candidate’s looks, were a male candidate running the campaign Ernst has been.
Ernst is relying entirely on people not having heard what Harkin actually said. It’s basically the Republican play of 2008, when Barack Obama said, of John McCain and Sarah Palin’s policies, “you can put lipstick on a pig. It’s still a pig” and “you can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It’s still going to stink,” and Republicans set up a fuss about Obama calling Palin a pig but had nothing to say about either McCain-as-old-fish or the actual political point being made. Because the outrage isn’t real.

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Republicans don’t want voters knowing what this is about any more than they want voters knowing where Ernst stands on the issues. They just want voters having heard a rumor that Harkin personally attacked Ernst and Ernst is hurt and offended. But this isn’t about Ernst’s similarities to Taylor Swift. It’s about her similarities to Michele Bachmann. (Poor Mr. Rogers—nobody’s thinking about him here.)

In the Loop: Attention PACs! Your names are kinda lame.

The PAC naming business could use a little imagination.

Last month, the Federal Election Commission released its list of “Pacronyms,” which are the “acronyms, abbreviations, initials and common names” for federal political action committees that go by a nickname.

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Bachmann trying to position herself as the anti-Hillary. To be fair, she is nothing like Hillary.

U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) at the 38th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) meeting at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, February 10, 2011. The CPAC is a project of the American Conservative Union Foundation

Rep. Michele Bachmann may be leaving the House in January, but she’s working hard to avoid fading into the obscurity she so richly deserves. Bachmann is planning a series of speeches and consulting with Newt Gingrich on how to stay in the public eye after leaving office. But let’s let Bachmann be Bachmann and explain her hopes:

“I don’t know how you’ll see me, but I would like to be in a situation where I can offer an opposing viewpoint to Hillary Clinton,” Bachmann said during a recent interview in her Capitol Hill office.

Anyone can offer an opposing viewpoint. It’s getting people to take it seriously that’s the trick, though if the “opposing” part of opposing viewpoint is uninformed vs. informed, Bachmann has real promise. But Bachmann is looking beyond the berth at Fox News you might expect for her:

“My preference actually, as fond of I am of Fox [News], is to go on mediums where I can get to audiences that perhaps have a character view of me,” she said. “I absolutely love the 18-to-35 set. Absolutely love them, and that’s a crowd I would like to talk to.”

Uh huh. So. Bachmann is giving a series of policy and women’s outreach speeches, wants to provide a counterpoint to Hillary Clinton, and is really eager to reach out to “the 18-to-35 set.” Could she be much more obvious about her eye on 2016? If she’s not planning to run herself, she’s definitely positioning herself as a vice-presidential pick.
Quick, down on your knees. Pray for Cruz/Bachmann ’16.

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The Fix: Michele Bachmann nears retirement, starts wielding lightsabers

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is close to retirement, and she seems to be toying with the idea of taking up lightsabering as a hobby, as far as we can tell from this photo she posted on Twitter. And in a truly bipartisan gesture, she decided to wield both Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker’s weapons.

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Stunning deal puts Alaska governor’s race in play

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AK-Gov: Alaska Democrats have done something remarkable—and probably unprecedented—in their quest to defeat Republican Gov. Sean Parnell this year. On Monday, the state party voted overwhelmingly to support Republican-turned-independent Bill Walker’s campaign for governor, with Democratic nominee Byron Mallot dropping down to run for lieutenant governor on a highly unusual fusion ticket with Walker.

Walker has agreed to drop his GOP registration, and Mallot will also run as an independent (though he’ll keep his party affiliation), meaning that Democrats won’t formally field candidates in either race. (The two posts are nominated separately but run together in the general, so Democrat Hollis French also had to consent to giving up his bid for the second slot.) But the move, which followed extensive negotiations, actually gives the party a much better chance at unseating the unpopular Parnell.

Polls had shown Parnell surviving a three-way race against both Mallot and Walker in spite of his weak approval ratings, simply because the anti-incumbent vote was getting split between two alternatives. But in a two-way matchup with Walker, Parnell looked a lot more vulnerable—much more so than in a direct head-to-head with Mallot, which is why Walker will get top billing. (Presumably, Walker has more crossover support as a former Republican.) In fact, last month, PPP found Parnell up just 41-40 on Walker, and a new Walker internal poll had Parnell trailing 43-30.

And Parnell definitely has some serious problems: He lacks charisma; his poor outreach efforts have cheesed off legislators in his own party; and he even crossed the local chambers of commerce (normally staunch Republican allies) when he refused to expand Medicaid. And in pushing for a huge tax cut for oil companies that was very nearly turned back by voters in last month’s primary, Parnell showed he was on the side of BP, Conoco, and Exxon—and not Alaska.

In fact, it was that tax cut that inspired Walker to run against Parnell in the first place, so you know he’s no rank-and-file Republican. He also supports Medicaid expansion and is pro-union. Undoubtedly there are areas where Walker won’t be sympatico with Democrats, but he’s united with them on the biggest issue of all: beating Sean Parnell.

A Republican loss in a state as red as Alaska would be a huge blow indeed, and that just got a whole lot likelier this week, which is why Daily Kos Elections is changing our rating on the race from Likely R to Lean R. Alaska’s strong Republican lean might yet save him, but Parnell can definitely lose.

Bachmann 2012 state campaign chair pleads guilty on obstruction of justice charge

U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) at the 38th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) meeting at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, February 10, 2011. The CPAC is a project of the American Conservative Union Foundation

Oops, did we do that?

Former Iowa state Senator Kent Sorenson, who was Michele Bachmann’s Iowa state campaign chair before abruptly and very publicly switching loyalties to Ron Paul, has pleaded guilty over charges that he solicited and got secret payments from the Bachmann campaign in exchange for his support.

In the plea agreement, Sorenson admitted receiving and lying about monthly payments of roughly $8,000 from October to December 2011, when he was still named Bachmann’s state chairman. […]
His resignation came just hours after Mark Weinhardt, a special prosecutor asked to investigate whether Sorenson had broken Iowa Senate rules, released a report saying it was “manifestly clear” Sorenson negotiated payments in 2011 in exchange for his work as Bachmann’s Iowa campaign chair.

Sorenson pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and to “causing a campaign to falsely report expenditures.”
Bachmann’s then chief-of-staff stated in an affidavit that Bachman knew of and approved the payments to Sorenson, routing the money through a company run by a Bachmann fundraiser. Bachmann’s former staff has been a rich source of charges of unethical and illegal behaviors by the campaign, and her looseness with campaign laws continued even after her campaign ended.

For her part, Bachmann has said that her announced retirement from her current House seat has no relation to the multiple investigations into the sketchier aspects of her failed presidential campaign, and we all believe her because she seems nice.

‘Patriots’ rush to support Ferguson protesters

Over just the last few weeks, three unarmed African-American men have been killed by police. After Michael Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri, President Obama urged all Americans to “remember this young man through reflection and understanding” and to “comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.”
But some Americans have had enough of the “lawless, tyrannical police,” and are taking matters into their own hands.

Please read below the fold for more on this story.

The Fix: How Republicans turned a simple immigration vote into a PR nightmare

Sometime late-ish Friday night, House Republicans may well pass a measure to fund efforts to address the crisis of undocumented immigrants streaming into the country. No one will notice.  And it’s their own fault.

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House GOP leaders spike border bill rather than see it defeated

House Republican leaders were ambushed by another conservative insurrection on Thursday, forced to scrap a pivotal vote on a border security bill and scramble to find a solution amid a familiar whirlwind of acrimony and finger-pointing.

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Michele Bachmann: Obama keeping migrant kids so U.S. can perform medical experiments on them

Republican candidate for president U.S. Representative Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) (C) holds a news conference with Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) (L) and Representative Steve King (R-IA) (R) to discuss the debt ceiling and military benefits, at the U.S

The Congressional Three Stooges

It seems like we hadn’t heard from Rep. Michele Bachmann for a while. That was nice, wasn’t it? Alas, all good things must come to an end.

Rep. Michele Bachmann has a new theory about the unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in Central America who have come in large numbers to the southern U.S. border: they are future victims of a liberal plot to use unwilling children for medical experiments.

The origins of this theory are long and complex and more than a little batshit crazy; see the link if you want the long version. The short version is that the conservative movement is absolutely batshit crazy, and a sizable portion of all the people they elect are similarly batshit crazy, and they all get their news from batshit crazy news sources staffed by batshit crazy people until everything is just a blur of crazy-ass conspiracy theories that they’ve convinced themselves of primarily because a bunch of equally batshit crazy people claim they believe them as well.
So let’s set all that aside and listen to Rep. Michele Bachman explain just why President Obama is so eager to keep all of these migrant children in our midst.

“Now President Obama is trying to bring all of those foreign nationals, those illegal aliens to the country and he has said that he will put them in the foster care system,” Bachmann said. “That’s more kids that you can see how – we can’t imagine doing this, but if you have a hospital and they are going to get millions of dollars in government grants if they can conduct medical research on somebody, and a Ward of the state can’t say ‘no,’ a little kid can’t say ‘no’ if they’re a Ward of the state; so here you could have this institution getting millions of dollars from our government to do medical experimentation and a kid can’t even say ‘no.’ It’s sick”.

Holy. Freaking. Freak. Her mind must be a horrible place, a place of bats and alligators and carnival rides staffed by sad-faced clowns wielding axes in one hand and machetes in the other. I don’t know how you get yourself down a path that leaves you believing things like that are somebody’s secret plan, but if you believe that it makes all the little things like “half-century old plan to put a Kenyan citizen in the White House” or “government plan to buy up all of the ammunition so you people can’t get any” look like ho-hum stuff in comparison.