Bachmann believes in what she says, like Wellstone, says DFL chair

You don’t often hear about similarities between Rep. Michele Bachmann and the late U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone, but DFL Party Chair Ken Martin made the leap Monday, says MPR.

At a press conference called to attack Republican Mitt Romney, Martin slipped a bit off topic to make the comparison between the Minnesota politicians on the far opposite ends of the spectrum:

“The reason people give someone like a Paul Wellstone some credit and give someone like a Michele Bachmann some credit is because, at the end of the day, they feel that she and someone like Paul, believes honestly what they said and they stood up and fought for what they believed in, not what they felt was the most politically expedient,” Martin said.

 The story makes clear, though, that Martin disagrees with Bachmann’s political ideology.

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 11/29/2011 - 12:38 pm.

    There’s also this small matter of facts.

  2. Submitted by Eric Ferguson on 11/29/2011 - 01:57 pm.

    One small difference: the things Wellstone believed in actually existed, unlike much of what leaps from Bachmann’s delusional imagination. I’ll believe she believes what she says, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t making it up.

  3. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 11/30/2011 - 05:03 pm.

    The difference, of course, is that Bachmann believes in freedom. Wellstone believed in winning elections.

  4. Submitted by Bill Coleman on 12/01/2011 - 12:21 pm.

    Bachmann and Wellstone represent the “true believer” crowd. Both were/are incredible organizers of dedicated people. Both were able to articulate their philosophy quite clearly and get people to follow them. I think that they would probably agree that the actions of individual people working together for a common person is what it takes to overcome societal problems. Wellstone would say that this action can be accomplished by all segments of the community working together; Bachmann would exclude government as a possible positive force while elevating religious organizations.

    All that I can say to the Bachmann crowd is that I will support the government getting out of the social service business whenever the churches start taking care of the hungry, homeless and sick.

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