Michele Bachmann ranked No. 80 on British list of American conservatives

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Michele Bachmann may only be a second-term congresswoman, but she’s already among the 100 most influential American conservatives, according to a British newspaper.

The Daily Telegraph, a right-of-center national paper based in London, is counting down the top 100 U.S. conservatives and liberals this week. Today, they unveiled ranks 80 through 61, placing her at No. 80. Wrote the Telegraph:

“A poor man’s Sarah Palin, the Representative from Minnesota shot from obscurity to notoriety just before the 2008 election when she said on cable television that Barack Obama and his wife Michelle were ‘anti-American’ and challenged the media to investigate members of Congress to find out whether they were in favour or against their country. ‘Most Americans are wild about America and they are very concerned to have a president who doesn’t share those values,’ she argued.

“That triggered a wave of cash to fund her opponent the following month but she survived and became a conservative star in the process. A Right-wing crowd pleaser, she has declared herself a ‘fool for Christ,’ is a global warming sceptic and recently said that she wanted Minnesotans ‘armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back.’ Senior party officials view her as a loose cannon. She has raised five of her own children and provided foster care for 23 others.”

Her counterpart on the liberal icons list? First Dog Bo, a pup the Telegraph calls “a potent symbol of the uncritical, adoring coverage that the new President has received from the mainstream media.”

Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s name hasn’t appeared on the list as yet, though the top 60 slots have yet to be unveiled.

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Fritz Dahmus on 01/12/2010 - 01:34 pm.

    This remark: “she said on cable television that Barack Obama and his wife Michelle were ‘anti-American’ and challenged the media to investigate members of Congress to find out whether they were in favour or against their country.”

    This often qouted remark she made on the Chris Matthews show is always referred to as a serious remark. It was bad humor. She got tired of Matthews pushing her into a corner, so she said this, prefaced by a remark about the “liberal media’s” penchant for investigating conservatives and they should use this penchant to investigate Congress liberals. It was not as clever as she hoped and came off poorly….and of course Matthews got what he wanted. She very much believes Obama and all liberals have views that are not shared by most Americans and are very socialistic on the issues. Like all conservatives, she would love the media to portray this more often and of course in a negative way….that’s it folks….she is a religious, small government conservative who believes America is becoming less like the “founding father’s America” and more like a “socialistic America”. The “investigate Congress” remark was just a poor joke.

  2. Submitted by James Hamilton on 01/12/2010 - 10:02 pm.

    I believe you’ve conflated two different statements by Bachmann,Mr. Dahmus, neither of which comes across as an attempt at humor in my view. Watch for yourselves:

    http://video.aol.com/video-detail/michelle-bachmanns-anti-american-mccarthy-rant/4281276173?flv=1

  3. Submitted by James Hamilton on 01/12/2010 - 10:04 pm.

    Another link for those who want to see what Bachmann said and how she said it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_pN2IPAw6E

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