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Michele Bachmann’s legacy: What did she accomplish?

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Rep. Michele Bachmann: “I paid attention and listened to the people of the district, and I delivered for them and led on those issues.”

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  1. Submitted by Rolf Westgard on 06/07/2013 - 09:07 am.

    Bachmann’s accomplishment

    She made Minnesota look like Texas or MIssissippi.

  2. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 06/07/2013 - 09:52 am.

    Amen to Mr. Westgard

    …and that’s an accomplishment that’s not especially brag-worthy.

    The St. Cloud airport grant would likely be viewed by most in the area, justifiably, as a plus — one of those “constituent service” events that doesn’t get much media attention — and the veteran’s clinic in Ramsey falls into the same category, but the St. Croix bridge, once the construction jobs are gone, primarily benefits commuters in Wisconsin, and will make Stillwater even more of a backwater, to the detriment of some local businesses, so I have difficulty viewing that as either “business-friendly” or a genuine accomplishment.

    Whether she engaged in bald-faced lying or is simply astonishingly ignorant for someone with a law degree, Mrs. Bachmann’s fact-free diatribes pretty much define her as a right-wing demagogue, and in that context, it’s not surprising that her reputation and fame (or notoriety, depending upon one’s viewpoint) far outweigh her legislative accomplishments. To the degree she can continue to somehow garner the spotlight on the national stage, she’ll continue to be an embarrassment to Minnesota, reinforcing Mr. Westgard’s assertion.

  3. Submitted by James Hamilton on 06/07/2013 - 10:41 am.

    Her greatest accomplishment

    has been to stay in office as long as she has. I’m waiting for the shoe to drop on the real reason for her withdrawal from the race.

  4. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 06/07/2013 - 11:02 am.

    Bachmann didn’t get that bridge built.

    Without Franken, Klobuchar, and Dayton, that bridge wouldn’t be going up. They did it despite Bachmann not because of her leadership. “Advocating” is not an accomplishment unless you bar for is so low it’s actually resting on the floor. This leaves us with one actual accomplishment, a small grant for the airport that may or may not have been obtained with Bachmann’s support, and that looks a lot like one of those earmarks that Bachmann fought so hard to eliminate.

    Zilch. That’s what we’re left with.

  5. Submitted by Hiram Foster on 06/07/2013 - 11:03 am.


    Republicans, especially on the federal level, aren’t supposed to have positive legacies. They are there not to do things, but to prevent things from being done.

  6. Submitted by Ray Marshall on 06/07/2013 - 02:57 pm.

    Bachmann and Feminist Attacks on her

    I thought that the Democratic Party was the party of feminism and it supported women getting a fair shot in life.

    Why is it that Republican women who dare to speak out are subject to such vicious attacks, even after they are down and out. Bachmann and Palin are the two most recent victims.

    Do only Democratic women, even when incompetent, get a fair shake from the Democratic Party/

    Or are you afraid of Republic women who have a following?

    Don'[t you feel yourselves to be hypocrites. Make it clear that no Republican woman should ever dare to be a political leader.

    • Submitted by Sarah Magnuson on 06/07/2013 - 03:30 pm.

      No Feminist Attack Here

      Michelle Bachmann is criticized not for “speaking out”, but for making untrue and outrageous claims about a myriad of things without verifying their truthfulness. And even when it was discovered that she, shall we say, “mis-spoke”, did not have the character to own up to being mistaken.

      As a conservative voter I have cringed virtually every time Bachmann made the news, because it has mainly been for a controversial statement that was not well thought out. There are many female Republican and Democrat leaders that I admire. Mrs. Bachmann is not among them.

      • Submitted by Jonathan Williams on 06/08/2013 - 08:26 pm.

        I’ll call that blub

        Who are the “many female Republicans” that you admire? Seems like any woman that strays from dogmatic leftist views is attacked viciously by those that claim to support feminism.

    • Submitted by Tom Christensen on 06/07/2013 - 04:02 pm.

      It is all about the facts man, all about the facts

      Bachmann doesn’t need facts to seek the spotlight. Bachmann is not a leader. Only she calls herself a leader. There is a big difference between a leader and a personality. Bachmann is nothing more than a Republican personality who seeks the spotlight. She specializes in outrageous rhetoric that generally gets several Pinocchio’s or a pants on fire rating. To be all about repealing the Affordable Care Act, Obomacare if you must, is not leadership, it is nothing more than political theater. Put forth a Republican woman, after the “Republican brand repair” has been completed, who will work with other, has new viable ideas, not just stale failed Republican talking points, and she will have her place in the political dialog.

    • Submitted by Jim Roth on 06/07/2013 - 07:06 pm.

      Bachmann and Palin as Victims???


      People don’t “attack” Ms. Bachmann and Ms. Palin because they are women; they disagree with them because of their extremist views on many issues. It’s hard to accept your view of them as victims of hypocrisy by those who legitimately support the rights of women an others. It’s not an issue of Democrats vs. Republicans, it’s an issue of who supports polices that are supportive of women in general (and not just of themselves). Ms. Bachmann and Ms. Palin fall in the category that I characterize as “shameless self promoters” and that is not a characterization I reserve for Republican women. I describe them both as “flamethrowers” not as reasonable people who are willing to listen to others and consider compromise. I criticize these characteristics in both males and females, Democrats and Republicans, when I see them. I totally disagree with your attempt to criticize those who find fault with these two. Please find better “victims” if you want to argue this point.

  7. Submitted by Ron Gotzman on 06/07/2013 - 05:49 pm.

    A fighter

    Bachmann defeated every DFL Hack that ran against her.

    Bachmann endured and won even though she was the “target” of every DFL special interest group.

    Bachmann was a strong voice for conservative values and smaller government.

    Bachmann never asked for God’s blessing on Planned Parenthood.

    Bachmann championed progress and turned back the tide of the “flat earth type people” who obstructed progress in the proposed building of the Stillwater Bridge.

    Bachmann never monitored your phone calls or gathered info on your internet activities.

    Bachmann did have a tendency to play loose with the facts: in the Susan Rice tradition. After all, “what difference does it make?”

    Bachmann never proposed to “fundamentally transform America” but to reinforce the values that have made America the greatest nation on earth. ( It is the greatest nation on earth – liberals, get over it)

    As Liberals frequently say about fellow liberals who never accomplish anything legislatively – She was a “fighter. “ As Paul Wellstone was a “fighter.”

    If Bachmann became the head of the IRS – Liberals would have nothing to fear.

    Michelle would never say “mission accomplished.”

    I am not even a Bachmann fan…

    • Submitted by Jonathan Williams on 06/08/2013 - 08:28 pm.

      Good points

      I’m harsh on her in certain areas, but she was very right in fiscal issues. I’ll lighten my tone on her.

  8. Submitted by David Frenkel on 06/11/2013 - 09:32 pm.

    worst legislator

    She was also called the worst legislator on Capital Hill by the Washington Post a few years ago.
    Her own party was embarrassed by her and stuck her on the intelligence committee which does nothing to help MN.

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