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Bachmann: 'This isn't over'

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... Aaaaand we’re back. But if you’re anticipating a new year full of fresh, new, never-before-gurgitated stories, you may have to rein in your excitement just a bit longer. Cruel as it may be, the GOP primary season is just beginning. Which means we are once again looking at … Today in Bachmannia. We, of course, are sobered by the thought that our daily/twice-daily/hourly chronicling of Our Favorite Congresswoman’s valiant campaign for the highest office in the land (or a FoxNews sinecure) may soon come to an end. But don’t anyone say she went down without a blaze of chutzpah. As Kevin Diaz of the Strib puts it: “After millions have been spent on ads by her rivals in tomorrow’s Iowa presidential caucuses, Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann finally got on the air Monday. She’s last in the polls, and apparently down on her funds as well, which would be the only way to explain why she waited until the last day to put an ad up on TV.  A little late, but at least she leaves Iowa caucus-goers on an up note. It’s titled ‘Iron Lady,’ following her recent campaign theme channeling the consistently conservative spirit of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.” Apparently Joan of Arc was taken, and because of the snake thing, Marcus steered her away from Cleopatra.


Right-wing blogger Ed Morrissey at “Hot Air” notes that Our Gal is making brave noises about flying on down to South Carolina Wednesday morning: “It’s hard to say just why Bachmann fell; as a candidate, she didn’t change from August to now. My best guess: Whereas her attacks on Tim Pawlenty resonated in some way at the time, her attacks on anybody and everybody but Mitt Romney ever since then have apparently begun to pall. They leave voters with the impression that she stands against liberalism even more than she stands for conservatism. Her congressional record of ‘no’ votes just underlines that impression. If Gingrich’s conservative credibility has been undermined somewhat by his superabundance of ideas and refusal to defend himself, then Bachmann’s has been undermined by her lack of them and by her negativity toward her fellow competitors. In this GOP primary, voters — like Goldilocks — are really, really looking for just right ... and not quite finding it.”

Earlier, Alex Pappas at The Daily Caller wrote: “During an appearance on MNSBC’s Morning Joe, Bachmann said her campaign has ‘already bought our plane tickets. We’re headed to South Carolina as soon as we’re done on Wednesday morning. We’ll be there. We’re going the distance.’ Bachmann won the Iowa Straw Poll in August, but suffered a fall hard as the campaign season went on. The most recent Des Moines Register poll shows her in last place, with 7 percent. ‘This isn’t over,’ she said. ‘We’re not here for a post mortem. We’re here because I intend to continue to launch our campaign out of Iowa. I think we’re going to do very well.’ ” Of course, by her logic, she always has and always will.

While many of us lost long hours watching college bowl games Monday, Tim Nelson of MPR filed on the Vikings, “reminding” everyone that they are officially free of that pesky Metrodome lease: “The Senate stadium bill sponsor, Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, said she and her Senate colleagues would have to regroup on the issue, in the wake of the political turmoil surrounding the resignation of Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch last month. But noting the Senate's new leader, Dave Senjem, has supported horse track casino games, Rosen said the financing options may be clearer. ‘Everything is still at play. I think gambling absolutely is going to be part of the funding source for a new stadium,’ Rosen said.”

Kevin Seifert at ESPN writes: “If he chose to, owner Zygi Wilf could entertain offers from Los Angeles or other locales about moving the franchise. But Lester Bagley, vice president of stadium development/public affairs, indicated Sunday that Wilf isn't prepared to do that. ‘It's no secret that we have been contacted by other communities,’ Bagley said. ‘But we've told them that we're encouraged, we're hopeful, we're in position to get it done in Minnesota. That has been our response.’ Justified or not, there appears to be significant optimism that a deal to build a stadium — either in suburban Arden Hills or downtown Minneapolis — will get done this year. But it could be awhile before the Vikings know whether they'll be playing in the Metrodome in 2012 or at the University of Minnesota's outdoors TCF Bank Stadium.”

Brian Murphy of the PiPress says: “Lester Bagley, the club's vice president of public affairs, stopped short of delivering an ultimatum. But he said the stadium debate has reached ‘critical mass’ for legislators to negotiate a funding bill to help the Vikings build a new stadium in Arden Hills or Minneapolis. ‘The legislature reacts to deadlines. The lease expires after this game. I think they're aware of that,’ Bagley told reporters before the game. ‘It's time. We look forward to taking it on in the short term and getting this resolved.’ The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission maintains that the lease won't expire for another year. The Vikings' landlord contends that when the Metrodome roof collapsed last season and forced two home games to move, the lease extended a year. The Vikings say that is wrong, and the clash seems destined for a lawsuit.” ... Which would likely be more entertaining than the Vikings themselves.

The anti-teacher crowd will no doubt see this as good news. Says Steve Brandt at the Strib: “More than 200 Minnesota school districts remain without teacher contracts, significantly more than two years ago, and there's no longer a state-imposed Jan. 15 deadline to penalize those that don't reach agreements. The 2011 Legislature dropped the financial penalty that hung over the heads of negotiators for most two-year bargaining cycles since 1989. Minneapolis lost about $800,000 when it was one of 24 districts to miss the Jan. 15 deadline in 2010. According to Education Minnesota's count, about 100 of 331 districts have agreed to contracts with teachers. That compares with 126 districts at this point in the 2009-11 contract cycle, with most of the rest settling within the next two weeks. But the financial incentive to settle quickly is gone now.”

An AP story by Chris Williams says some now laid-off Ford plant workers have been slow to look for new jobs: “Wayne Young, supervisor of the dislocated worker program for Ramsey County, which contracts with the state to provide services to the workers, said the number of Ford workers who showed up for registration events spiked as the final closing date neared. ‘It's not unusual for people in large-scale layoff situations to be a bit in denial that it's ending,’ he said. ‘I kind of got that feeling from the folks we have been seeing on the past couple of registrations.’ Ford spokeswoman Marcey Evans said about two-thirds of the 800 employees can transfer to other Ford locations, including assembly plants in Chicago and Louisville, Ky. Employees who took a $100,000 lump-sum buyout in 2006 cannot transfer, a restriction that affects Johnston and many other senior workers. Greg Audette, who worked at the plant for 20 years, said he now regrets taking the money.”

Everyone loves a list, even Scott Johnson at Power Line, who makes some predictions for 2012: “3. Mitt Romney will be the GOP nominee.
4. Inflation will continue to bubble under the surface as an issue contributing to the Carterization of Obama.
5. The GOP will lose a few seats in the House but retain the majority. It will also pick up enough seats in the Senate — say 5 — to regain the majority.
6. The GOP will give back a few House seats it won in the anti-Obama wave of 2010, but it will also turn over a few House seats currently held by Democrats. One of the newly elected members helping to defray GOP losses in the House will be our friend Tom Cotton in Arkansas’ Fourth Congressional District. Tom will go on to become one of the GOP’s shining stars.
7. The United States will not take overt military action to retard Iran’s nuclear program.
8. President Obama will not be reelected to a second term.” I notice Scott is not posting odds.

Johnson’s pal John Hinderaker endorsed Mitt Romney over the break, which may have inspired Nihilist in Golf Pants at the Fraters Libertas blog to do the same. Says he/she: “The ‘anybody but Romney’ mentality has led some to embrace Rick Perry, whose conservative leadership allowed Texas to create more net jobs than the rest of the United States combined; Newt Gingrich, whose record includes actually balancing the Federal budget for the only period in the last 50 years; Ron Paul, whose distrust of Wall Street bailouts make him unfit to be president; and Michele Bachmann, whom I like very much, but whose articulate indictment of President Obama‘s foolish policies might anger squishy centrist voters. The knock on Romney is that he is ‘not a real conservative.’ But he has a solid record of conservative talk as a presidential candidate. Plus, as governor of Massachusetts, he was able to advance an agenda that could appeal to the most liberal voters. The “Romney isn’t conservative” meme is, frankly, a blessing. While the Bachmanns, Perrys, and Pauls of the world will be demonized by the liberal media for their willingness to embrace radical change to solve America’s problems, Romney won’t upset the apple cart. His appeal extends beyond the Republican base, to welfare queens on Medicaid as well as in executive suites. Romney offers something for everyone by literally offering something for everyone.” Why do I have the image in my mind of an over-roasted pretzel?

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Comments (9)

One wonders what a psychologist would make of the "Iowa-only"/"President of Iowa" campaign run by Bachmann who left the state as a child.

And, on the Wilf front, it is becoming clear that the biggest carrot for Wilf is the money to be made on the Arden Hills site that will not be available elsewhere in the country. That is a bargaining chip that a smart negotiator would pick up on.

It's sooo weird that a conservative critique of Bachmann's completely fails to mention the fact that she's a serial liar with no coherent reality based plans, and no record of accomplishment other than getting elected in a Republican designer district. Much to their credit, even Iowa voters can't take Bachmann seriously, and it's no mystery at all.

I just want to know where the Vikings intend to play football for the next two year? Presumably they have to sign of lease of some kind to keep playing at the dome, and I see no reason whatsoever why that lease should be short term lease of some kind. The Vikings have no leverage here, sure they can build a stadium somewhere else and lose two years worth of revenue (if the league would even allow that) or they can sign a new lease at the dome. Everyone seems to be forgetting that it's the Vikings that need a stadium, not the people of MN. Without a stadium a pro football is just a bunch guys all dressed up with nowhere to go.

Let's take a moment to observe the bargaining table, shall we?

On one side, you see a group representing the teachers best interests, that's the union. On the other side is a group representing the best interests of the kids (the raison d'être for the public schools), that's the school district.

Given those irrefutable facts, as well as MinnPost's revised civility rules, I prefer to think of myself as "pro-student" rather than "anti-teacher" and hope the Glean will respect the difference.

So it within that newfound environment of mutual respect that I gently remind Brian that the 2011 Legislature dropped the financial penalty that hung over the heads of *district* negotiators for most two-year bargaining cycles since 1989. The side representing the teachers never had any such thing hanging over their heads.

Many would recognise that as something negotiators call "a level playing field".

"On one side, you see a group representing the teachers best interests, that's the union. On the other side is a group representing the best interests of the kids (the raison d'être for the public schools), that's the school district."

This is false dichotomy that makes coherent discourse impossible. The teachers and the students are not enemies, they are not apposed to each others interest, and they are not adversaries. Parents and students have no vested interest in underpaid teachers, and teachers have no interest in undereducated students.

The battle here is between an ideology that's been trying to dismantle public education for 40 years, while promoting wealth disparity, and labor unions and anyone else who thinks labor shouldn't race to the bottom of the worldwide pay scale. This is the indisputable fact.

"On the other side is a group representing the best interests of the kids (the raison d'être for the public schools), that's the school district."

No, that's not an irrefutable fact. There are plenty of school board members around that come from the Grover Norquist wing of politics.

Nor is it true that the teachers' interests necessarily conflict with the students' interests.

Fellows, rather than argue, let's hear it directly from the teacher union's top negotiator, shall we?

Take it away Bob.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-piPkgAUo0w

I think that says it pretty succinctly, don't you?

Go Bachmann 2012!

As a volunteer, the majority of calls I make get a good response for Bachmann I hate to tell the author. We'll see...

as for me, Bachmann is it. The rest have way too long a list of problems. Yes, Santorum too all the way from lover of a debt ceiling raise to endorsing very stronly proAbortion caniddates (seven of them at least!) including Specter who was Obamacare's 60th vote. Gee Thanks Santorum! Not! And a big list of important problems with rest. That's how I picked Bachmann. Made a list of negatives and her's was by far the smallest and least important issues.

Our good freind Ted Mondale has told us the Vikings have another year on their lease. Ted? Care to respond to Lester?

As a devotee of Animal House, I need to point out that Bluto, later Senator John Blutarsky, said "Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?" As to what happens next, I would quote Otter: "No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part."