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Bachmann book plays up political betrayal

Core of Conviction

The memoir doesn’t break any new ground for long-time Bachmann observers, but it provides plenty of red meat for supporters of her presidential campaign, and will serve as a simple introduction for potential supporters going forward.

Comments (16)

  1. Submitted by James Hamilton on 11/21/2011 - 09:52 am.

    Looking forward to finding her book in the remainder pile at B&N.

  2. Submitted by Derek Wain on 11/21/2011 - 10:26 am.

    An unusually fair minded book review from Devin Henry. It is about time that MN journalists, even on the Left, come to a fair minded appreciation of what a dynamic and important national figure has grown up in our midst, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, the most courageous and principled Constitutional Conservative on the American political stage.

  3. Submitted by Jon Kingstad on 11/21/2011 - 10:31 am.

    @#1: Ditto for me. Nevertheless, I expect Bachmann’s book will become a “best seller” with the aid of massive purchases by the various Koch foundations and allies wingnut causes.

    It’s telling that Bachmann would characterize his disenchantment with Jimmy Carter a “betrayal.” In Bachmann’s twisted Manichean view of the world, people with whom you find yourself in disagreement can only be “traitors” and “back-stabbers.”

  4. Submitted by Karl Bremer on 11/21/2011 - 11:20 am.

    Now that you’ve read the Cliff Notes version here, read the rest of the Bachmann story here:

  5. Submitted by Jeff Klein on 11/21/2011 - 11:20 am.

    Journalists: can we retire “-bashing”? Please?

    It is an idiotic simplification that lumps all of reasoned dissent and discussion with childish name-calling.

  6. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 11/21/2011 - 11:22 am.

    Amen to #1 and #3, and even to the first sentence of #2. It is a pretty balanced review, given the topic and the supposed “author.” Characterizing Mrs. Bachmann as a courageous and principled Constitutional Conservative is divorced from reality – she hardly knows what’s in the Constitution, and some of what she’s proposed would alter it substantially, which is the opposite of “conservative.” I’m not a long-time Minnesota resident, but I suspect there are number of people who are who will cringe (or perhaps feel nauseous) at Mrs. Bachmann’s suggestion that she’s a “conservative Paul Wellstone.”

    And just to be redundant, I second Jon Erik Kingstad’s last sentence. It’s a trait I’ve always thought interesting among those on the right-hand fringe. One more reason not to trust a “true believer.”

  7. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 11/21/2011 - 11:29 am.

    Derek, do you do two shows at Acme on Saturday night, or just one?

  8. Submitted by Bill Schletzer on 11/21/2011 - 12:07 pm.

    #2, I suppose Bachmann is courageous and principled. Too bad she is also ignorant and irresponsible.

  9. Submitted by Tim Brausen on 11/21/2011 - 12:12 pm.

    I’ve got to get multiple copies of this before Xmas! We’ve been waiting for this, the story that can now be told. Does it include pictures, like the spying from the bushes on the gay rights rally, or for sure delivering “the kiss” to President Bush (was she whispering a threat about future socialist acts?) Nothing left unsaid!

    How many copies can I get for a contribution to the American Heritage Foundation? The Tea Party Express?

    I am genuinely excited! Are there any local book signings scheduled, or do I have to drive to Mason City to see her? I bet they sell at a discount at her rallies. Road trip!

    My friends and family will be getting these for gifts for years, along with those spare copies I have of Sid Hartman’s autobiography, for the sports fans. They’re so lucky…

  10. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 11/21/2011 - 12:37 pm.

    “In the seventies, Carter taught me what I was against, and then in the eighties, Reagan taught me what I was for.”

    That’s exactly how I would describe my evolution to conservative principles, and shared her realization that I voted for a presidential candidate who turned out to be a dismal failure, with policies and actions that didn’t match what you would expect from someone with his background.

    I voted for Carter based on his occupation as a small businessman (peanut farmer) and his experience as a fellow engineer and nuclear submariner. To me that would indicate that he probably knew something about market economics and wouldn’t be afraid to use military force when necessary.

    But his dismal performance during the worst economic period of my lifetime and his wimping out with the Iranian hostages made this life-long democrat consider the republican candidate … the two-term governor from California.

    They called us “Reagan democrats” and eventually they just started calling us republicans.

  11. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 11/21/2011 - 01:41 pm.

    Looking forward to finding her book in the remainder pile at B&N, laying right next to Porno Frank’s Magnum Opus….maybe they’ll spontaneously combust, or maybe they’ll both disappear as when matter/anti-matter combine, or, maybe they’ll create a Black Hole vortex in the bargains aisle!

  12. Submitted by Luke Soiseth on 11/21/2011 - 01:58 pm.

    Something I find strange here unrelated to the publishing of the book is that she and her husband switched parties at the same time. How does that work? A person’s political beliefs and convictions, one would assume, are personally held. And to go from avid supporters of Jimmy Carter to straight-up far right wing social and constitutional conservatives is not a little evolution. That’s whiplash inducing. It’s either a small miracle or one or both of them is just going along for the ride.

  13. Submitted by Steve Perry on 11/21/2011 - 02:03 pm.

    It “reads like a campaign speech” because it IS a campaign speech. It’s just another piece of campaign literature masquerading as a pseudo-bio. You can find piles of them from dozens of candidates going back decades, if not centuries in used book stores across the country. People would come into my store with stacks of these politi-bios and get offended when I offered only a few dollars for the lot… until I took them to the section and showed them the dozens and dozens just like what they were bringing in, all for sale at $.99 each. And they do not sell. Well, except for the realtors looking for books to dress a for-sale house. Then it was 4-for-a-buck. That’s pretty much the fate of Ms. Bachmann’s book.

  14. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 11/21/2011 - 02:52 pm.

    Luke obviously wasn’t around then.

  15. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 11/21/2011 - 05:03 pm.

    It’s clear by what comes out of her mouth every day that if Ms. Bachmann ever read von Mises and Hayek (which I highly doubt), she certainly failed to understand the complexities and subtleties of the works of these ACTUAL economists.

    I suspect she treats their treatises like she treats the Bible and the constitution…

    ignoring the larger argument that’s being made or the larger context and simply taking a phrase or a verse here and there to bolster her preexisting, dubious, reality-and fact-challenged argument (in theological terms: proof texting).

    It’s all too easy to proclaim that immanent dead men agree with you when they can’t defend their own opinions or point out the extreme errors of your ways.

    Furthermore, if Ms. Bachmann ever actually believed herself to be a Democrat, it was only because she was as ignorant of what Democrats at that time were about as she is ignorant about most other things,…

    (calling herself a Christian, for instance when the totality of her approach to life is antithetical to the man of Nazareth from whom she bastardizes that name).

  16. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 11/22/2011 - 09:32 am.

    Or Luke has principles and can think for himself.

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