Garrison Keillor calls ‘Lake Wobegon’s congresswoman,’ 6th District Rep. Michele Bachmann, an embarrassment

Author and radio host Garrison Keillor has sent a fundraising appeal for DFLer Tarryl Clark, who is  challenging U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in the November election. He’s not subtle in his attack on Bachmann.

Writes Keillor:

Thirty years ago, when I started telling stories about Lake Wobegon, I put it smack in the middle of Minnesota — in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, in fact — where staunch Republicans and loyal Democrats know how to live together without yelling at each other and do what needs to be done to work out our problems.

It’s embarrassing to me and a great many Minnesotans that Michele Bachmann, a politician who is so busy grandstanding and giving interviews on Fox News that she doesn’t have time to serve the people who elected her, represents the 6th District in Washington.

He ends his appeal with:

P.S. Instead of working to solve problems, Bachmann talks about us as a “nation of slaves” and about the need for smaller government even though she knows better — the biggest part of big government is military spending, Social Security, and Medicare. Which would she do away with? Bachmann’s so-called policies are just the old Bush economics that Alan Greenspan characterized as “disastrous.”

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Comments (13)

  1. Submitted by Tom Anderson on 09/30/2010 - 08:47 pm.

    Fortunately, the President intends to deal with the deficit next year, and with solid majorities in Congress, we’ll find out if it will be military spending or Social Security that gets cut. Medicare got slashed with the healthcare bill so it is an unlikely candidate. Which does Mr. Keillor propose?

  2. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 10/01/2010 - 08:12 am.

    Last I heard, Gary lives in Saint Paul. He should worry less about the 6th district rep and more about his own embarrassing congressperson who’s a rubber stamp for democrat nitwittery.

  3. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 10/01/2010 - 08:56 am.

    In the midst of Bachmann’s endlessly false ads, and her bright shiny visage which shows so clearly that the lights are on but nobody’s home, it’s nice to have a voice of reason from outside the 6th District reminding folks of who we are as Minnesotans and calling us to return to our senses. Thanks Garrison!

  4. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 10/01/2010 - 10:56 am.

    A few months ago, I happened to see Keillor at the bank on Grand Ave.

    Since that time, I cannot help but picture his fashion display ((Coke bottle glasses drooping off his nose; black wool beanie; sweater 3 sizes too large (it was June and approx 75 degrees); black dress slacks with cuffs riding about two inches above his ankles revealing bright red socks and black sneakers)) every time I hear, or read him.

    The cartoon bubble vision of his mummery not only mutes the brain freeze that almost always accompanies giving his inane papspew the ill considered courtesy of a moment’s thought, but provides a lighthearted backdrop for his frequent commentary regarding the personal characteristics of others.

    Yes Garrison, Rep. Bachmann is quite embarrassing, isn’t she?

  5. Submitted by Niel Ritchie on 10/01/2010 - 11:18 am.

    I was struck by how incredibly disrespectful Bachman is in her latest ad, referring to the President as simply “Obama”. Her lack of civility is breathtaking and really takes a toll on our democracy.

    What a message to send to our kids.

  6. Submitted by Van Mueller on 10/01/2010 - 11:31 am.

    Michele Bachmann has been touted as the best known member of Congress from Minnesota. She has gained this fame not from her legislative accomplishments or her representation of her constituents but from silliness like groping former President George Bush and for her continuous appearances on Fox News. As one of her constituents I am truly embarrassed.

  7. Submitted by Mohammed Ali Bin Shah on 10/02/2010 - 09:44 am.

    So, Gary believe that Central MN is ” where staunch Republicans and loyal Democrats know how to live together without yelling at each other and do what needs to be done to work out our problems.

    So I guess after he moved to St. Paul he became one of those loyal liberals where suing your neighbor over properly approved building plans is how you work things out?

  8. Submitted by Mohammed Ali Bin Shah on 10/02/2010 - 12:54 pm.

    Neil @ #5, That is REPRESENTATIVE Bachmmann. What about the children Neil? Aren’t you forgetting about the Children?

  9. Submitted by Christine Richardson on 10/03/2010 - 06:29 pm.

    Thank you Mr. Swift, for providing a good chuckle on your description of Mr. Keillor’s appearance last time you saw him. I’ve had a few of these encounters myself…which have just endeared him to me even more.

    The only brain freeze and papspew in this thread has to do with the drivel from a wannabe writer who overestimates his talent as iconoclast, living in a state that is foreign to his kind of sad rhetoric. Perhaps you might find another tact (or another state).

    Ms. Bachmann is unfortunately and aberrantly inept for the role she has assumed and will likely be gone soon, and forgotten soon.

    The First Amendment does us a disservice as long as you remain unemployed, with too much time on your hands.

  10. Submitted by Steve Rose on 10/04/2010 - 09:57 am.

    “… where staunch Republicans and loyal Democrats know how to live together without yelling at each other and do what needs to be done to work out our problems.”

    Really? I guess I missed that. I find it embarrassing that one of our best known local story tellers has so little grasp of American history.

    We need to disabuse ourselves of the notion that politics was once civil. There is a lot at stake, and politicians fight with all they have available. They do it on both sides of the aisle; they always have.

    A couple examples of some less than fair and friendly play. Three years following the defeat of the Nazis in World War II, Harry Truman made an analogy between the Republicans and the Nazis. During the 1860 political cycle, opponents of Abraham Lincoln referred to him as an “ape” and “stupid”. Back in 1828, opponents of Andrew Jackson charged that he was a cannibal, a murderer, and that his wife was a prostitute.

    How long ago did the dialogue get poisoned?

  11. Submitted by Steve Rose on 10/04/2010 - 10:42 am.

    Christine (#9):

    Thanks for your contribution to the discussion. I have added your post to my growing collection of liberals exhibiting utter disrespect for diversity. “Perhaps you should find another tact (or another state).” Does it escape you that Bachmann won re-election in 2008, her opponent, what’s-his-name, somehow missing the generous coat-tails of President elect Obama? Whose rhetoric is foreign?

  12. Submitted by Christine Richardson on 10/04/2010 - 11:08 pm.

    (#s10,11) Disrespect for diversity of opinion has nothing to do with my comments. My comments relate to Ms. Bachmann’s considerable lack of talent for the position she has been elected to serve (not that there is any shortage of this phenomenon in Congress). For Mr. Swift to blather on about the physical appearance of Mr. Keillor (a professional writer of the caliber that Mr. Swift will never ever be), makes absolutely no sense in the context. His need to comment on virtually everything written in this news site is obsessive. And your admitted need to keep a ‘growing collection of liberals ….’ demonstrates a reflexive impulse to label a group you obviously dislike. Ms. Bachmann’s wacko thinking hardly speaks to an issue of diversity.

  13. Submitted by Steve Rose on 10/05/2010 - 09:54 am.


    Your words about Mr. Swift, not regarding Representative Bachmann:

    “living in a state that is foreign to his kind of sad rhetoric. Perhaps you might find another tact (or another state).”

    Your comment displays a complete lack of respect for diversity. I find it an interesting phenomenon when people do this. True diversity goes beyond the surface, it is not only skin tone, it includes what we think and what we believe. There is room for all of us in this state. If all of us “wackos” left, you would erroneously conclude that diversity had increased.

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