Bachmann taking heat over ‘nation of slaves’ comments

WASHINGTON — “We are determined to live free or not at all. And we are resolved that posterity shall never reproach us with having brought slaves into the world,” Founding father John Jay wrote in 1775, extolling Canadians to take up arms against their British overlords.

According to Rep. Michele Bachmann, speaking to a crowd of conservatives in Denver, those words still ring true today.

“We will talk a little bit about what has transpired in the last 18 months and would we count what has transpired into turning our country into a nation of slaves,” Bachmann said, according to the Colorado Independent (a sister publication of the Minnesota Independent).

The comments appeared throughout Minnesota media today (like in today’s Daily Glean) and have now gone national, featured in articles from POLITICO to Talking Points Memo.

In a donation-soliciting e-mail to supporters today, Clark campaign manager Zach Rodvold called her comments “inflammatory rhetoric that does nothing for us back home.”

“While comments such as this leave all of us shaking our heads, families in the 6th District can be especially outraged,” Rodvold wrote. “For two years, Congresswoman Bachmann has traveled the country, making headline-grabbing statements at rallies and right wing conferences. Not only is this not what she was elected to do, it does nothing to help the people she was elected to represent.”

I asked Bachmann’s campaign manager, Gina Countryman, if Bachmann stood by her comments, and if the Jay quote was apt. Her response: “Congresswoman Bachmann gave a very eloquent speech that speaks for itself.”

But Rodvold had more.

“It’s time to stand up and demand that our Representative’s biggest congressional accomplishment must be more than an offensive gaffe or consistent defense of BP and other corporate special interests,” he said, encouraging even more donations in a race that has shattered records en route to almost $7 million in campaign contributions through the 2nd quarter.

Ahh yes, BP.

Lest anyone out there still thinks this race won’t be a top focus of national Democrats from here on, the Democratic National Committee today took aim at Bachmann today over comments she made on BP, adding her to its list of “BP Republicans.”

The DNC and Tarryl Clark know the truth about BP and are more interested in playing politics than taking steps to resolve this situation,” Countryman responded. “Congresswoman Bachmann has been abundantly clear that BP is completely liable for cleaning up the Gulf and making the victims whole and no taxpayer money should be used.  Clark, [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and the Obama political machine should not be politicizing this disaster.”

Since I referred you to the Daily Glean once before, I’ll do so again for our Max Sparber to respond to almost that quote exactly.

(Note: In an earlier version of this post, I misidentified Rodvold as being Bachmann’s CM, not Clark’s. He is quite obviously Clark’s CM, and the post has now been fixed to reflect that. Apologies. -DW)

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Aaron Klemz on 07/12/2010 - 05:32 pm.

    Fix fifth graf from “Bachmann” to “Clark”

  2. Submitted by Jeremy Powers on 07/13/2010 - 12:11 pm.

    I realize that we don’t all agree on everything — and maybe I am naïve, but I always thought elected officials were trying to make a better place. It is VERY clear that Michele Bachmann’s only interest it to run around the country, stir up trouble, inflame emotions and do her best to start a new Civil War.

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