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A Bachmann challenge that’s conventional just will not work
Jim Graves

I’m not going to be on any Jim Graves’ list of favorite people, so I might as well say what I think.

Take the gloves off and shovel the green.

The Minnesota 6th District has become iconic in regards to its conservative bent. But crazy is crazy and Michele Bachmann shows no signs of dialing it back.

And why should she? Her experience tells her that the crazier the conspiracy theory the more money she rakes in. It’s like she pulls the slot machine lever and hits the jackpot with all jokers.

Even conservatives in the 6th have to be scratching their heads at what has been going on. This Muslim Brotherhood obsession has so many Joe McCarthy comparisons it isn’t even funny. Not close to funny.

I understand the Jim Graves strategy. He can’t embrace the Obama policies. OK. He needs to find middle ground to latch onto. Fine. Has to stay clear of progressive labeling. Got it.

But if you think conventional funding and conventional politics are going to defeat Bachmann, then you have joined the crazy as well. Bachmann needs to be challenged on every assertion she makes. And that is easy enough because 98% of what she says is made up. Call her out. Challenge her. If the media won’t ask the questions than the Graves campaign should force it — make them ask. Call a press conference after every nut crazy speech.

And the money has to flow. I know it is unseemly for outside observers to suggest how Graves should spend his own money… but darn it, that’s why he got the endorsement. Even the insinuation that he might self fund drew us all in. Conventional fund raising can never keep up with Bachmann. She knows that if the coffers slow down, crazy talk can always dial it up.

Jim Graves has a window here. Bachmann has opened it ever so slightly. Time to push it wide open and let the political winds blow whichever way they want to. 

Challengers in the 6th have always been too cautious. They have assumed that the conventional will win out over the crazy. Hasn’t happened and won’t happen unless the campaign is willing to take some chances and live on the edge.

Get loud. Get vocal. And bring the green.

Seriously, what is there to lose in the 6th? Bachmann has her modus operandi and it has worked every time. How about some direct confrontation and shake it up? 

Can’t get any crazier than it already is.

This post was written David Mindeman and originally published on mnpACT! Progressive Political Blog. Follow Dave on Twitter: @newtbuster.

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Ross Williams on 08/03/2012 - 12:03 pm.


    How is holding news conferences pointing out Bachman’s factual errors not a conventional campaign strategy? All that does is give her another media hit for her message.

    I think the real unconventional strategy is to campaign against Bachman’s celebrity approach to holding office. “If you want a celebrity that will get herself on the national news and give speeches to groups all over the country, then vote for Bachman. If you want someone who will look out for the people of Minnesota, listen to the people of Minnesota and act effectively to protect our interests, then vote for me.”

    The proper response to the current flap is that Graves is less worried about the Muslim Brotherhood than he is about Somali kids here in Minnesota that are getting recruited as terrorists. And the way to prevent that is to make sure those kids are getting a good American education that gives them real opportunities here so they don’t see going to Somalia as an attractive option.

  2. Submitted by Brandt Hardin on 08/03/2012 - 02:23 pm.

    Living in a Society of Fear

    Bachmann is just the latest example of the homegrown fear-mongering our country has been subjected to in the decade following 9/11. These are NOT allegations to be played with in today’s society where dissidence is not being tolerated and minorities are being held without trial. As an elected official, Michelle should be leading by example not spewing her own form of politicized terrorism. You can read much more about living in this Orwellian society of fear and see my visual response to these measures on my artist’s blog at We must acknowledge this type of bigotry erodes our freedoms from the inside out for ALL races of Americans.

  3. Submitted by Rod Loper on 08/07/2012 - 02:14 pm.

    Attack her as a security risk

    Her claims about U.S. partiality to The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt led to an attack on Hillary Clinton’s motorcade over there by Mubarak supporters.

  4. Submitted by Mattias Ericsson on 08/14/2012 - 03:11 pm.


    As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.

  5. Submitted by Mattias Ericsson on 08/14/2012 - 03:45 pm.

    The smart George

    However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.


    PS. To Michelle Bachmann, George Washington was the first President of the United States, he was borned feb. 22 in Virginia which at the time was a British colony he died dec. 14 1799. He did not work day in and day out to abolish slavery, he owned a lot himself. So you rember, born feb.22 died dec. 14. Perhaps of interest he was not born in the United States but as a British citizen. So beeing the watchfull person you are Michelle Bachman there could be a British infiltration that has survived the ages. Thomas Jefferson, also president, was heading the embassy to France. So there could even be a Franco-British coalition. We will never know unless you investigate this. DS.

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