Saturday, January 06, 2018

How Will Kirsten Gillibrand Feel About The Al Franken Scalp On Her Belt If Michele Bachmann Wins His Senate Seat?


You remember Michele Bachmann, right? She founded the congressional Tea Party caucus and is married to a bizarre closet case who used to advertise in gay magazines and in 2012 became-- along with Michele-- citizens of Switzerland. She was a crackpot Minnesota congresswoman from 2007 until she was forced to retire in 2014 rather than face trials for numerous campaign finance violations, for bribing Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson to support her in the presidential caucuses and for stealing a homeschool e-mail list. When she was finally driven from office, she was under investigation by the House Ethics Committee, the FEC, the Iowa Senate Ethics Committee, the Urbandale Police Department and the FBI. She was told if she didn’t retire from Congress, she could be spending years behind bars.

Last week during an interview with disgraced televangelist far right and really, really crazier than ever Jim Bakker, she announced that she is considering running for the U.S. Senate seat Gillibrand forced Franken to resign from... but offered one caveat-- she’s waiting for God to tell her what to do before making a final decision. Currently she serves on the Trumpanzee evangelical advisory board and has publicly avowed that Señor T is now a “committed believer” of Jesus Christ and a “man of faith” who has “asked God for help and wisdom.” Just watch that video up top. And thank Kirsten Gillibrand that this monstrosity is back in the public sphere.

The Republican favored to run at this point isn't Bachmann but former senator and current lobbyist Norm Coleman, who Al Franken narrowly defeated in 2008. Coleman was a conservative Democrat (anti-Choice, anti-union... the same kind of turgid garbage the DCCC always loves) but joined the GOP in 1996. I wonder which one Gillibrand would prefer, a former Brooklynite (Coleman-- he went to the same elementary and high school as Bernie, Schumer and I did) or the woman in the race, Bachmann. Here's one of my favorite of many Bachmann memes. It's real... and, needless to say, Fox News was proud to run it:

UPDATE: Many Folks Are Pissed Off At Gillibrand And Her Opportunism

If Gillibrand thinks she can ride her maneuvers against Al Franken to the Democratic nomination, she and her consultants better think again. No one likes her hypocritical move and today Democratic super-donor Susie Tompkins Buell, a huge donor to Democratic women candidates, is reconsidering future contributions to politicians like Gillibrand.
Buell said she is weighing whether to continue her financial support after the calls for Franken's exit last month. The charge for his resignation— led by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and followed almost immediately by a string of statements from other prominent female Democratic senators— came on Dec. 6, before the conclusion of an official Senate Ethics Committee inquiry.

…In two interviews this week, Buell described the push for Franken’s departure as "unfair," "cavalier," and somewhat politically motivated — "a stampede," "like a rampage," she said, speaking in stark terms about senators she has backed for years, naming Gillibrand in particular.

"They need to know that some of their biggest supporters are questioning why they did that," Buell said. "We have to do things conscientiously and fairly. He didn't have the chance to defend himself."

The critique marks a somewhat significant departure for Buell, who is a mainstay in Democratic donor circles and has cultivated a reputation over the years as a fierce and vocal supporter of Democratic women.

…Since 1991, Buell has contributed to nearly every one of the 17 Democratic women currently serving in the Capitol's upper chamber, according to campaign filings. She has given the most to Gillibrand and her PAC, Off the Sidelines, a group dedicated to supporting other female candidates.

…"These are senators that almost unanimously said he should have his opportunity to explain himself with the Ethics Committee," she said. "Then, within hours of each other, they said he should resign. It was clearly, clearly highly organized.”

UPDATE: A Sign From God

Bachmann said she wanted a sign from God before making up her mind about whether or not to run for the Minnesota Senate seat. This week she got one:

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At 3:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So as a public service to DWT readers, what address does one use to thank Gillibrand for Michele Bachman? I have much to thank her for, since I had to stop the video at 0:17 having had more than enough to remind me of how odious Bachmann is.

Heck of a job, Kirstin!

At 4:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bachmann is an idiot (clearly, duh!). If she moved to texas, Alabama or most any state in the south... or Alaska maybe, she'd be a shoo-in for another congressional seat.

They should bulldoze her old district to the ground, the people with it. Clearly they are all far too stupid to live if they ever elected that pos.

At 4:29 PM, Anonymous Hone said...

Lunatics like Bachmann should be banned from politics forever. If Pence ever takes over, maybe he would appoint her to some position - Chief strategist perhaps? She is very religious, after all. Things wouldn't get any better with Pence - his appointees would be just as horrible as Trump's. God would be schmearing all over Washington.

I wish Franken had stood firm and waited for an ethics investigation - it is too bad he resigned under the pressure. Didn't he have a choice? It all happened way too quickly and too impulsively, while the Trump investigation goes on and on at a snail's pace when the evidence is there for anyone to see. He is guilty as hell of the triad - obstruction, collusion and money laundering. Gillibrand led a lynch mob and other Dems went along with it, even Pat Leahy, who now has expressed regret. He will never forget it either and will live with the guilt.

What will I do when Gillibrand runs for Senate again in NY against a horrible Republican? Should I vote for her? It would make me ill, but I think I'd have to do it. The Dems must hold and take back as many seats as possible to do something about Trump, like get the hell rid of him before he completely ruins everything. The USA, led by Trump, has jumped off of that 50 story building. The Republicans are saying, "Hey, things are ok so far," while passing by the 25th floor. I love that analogy, so apt. Perhaps Zephyr Teachout will run in the primary against Gillibrand. Unfortunately her chance of winning would be slim at best.

At 5:16 PM, Anonymous ap215 said...

Gillibrand won't get my vote that's for sure.

At 6:36 PM, Blogger Jill said...

If the loathsome DNC clears a path for Gillibrand to be the nominee in 2020, I'm staying home. The truth is that the ONLY way the Democratic Party elects another president is to run a white guy. And they had one in Al Franken -- a smart, funny progressive who relates well to people and would have been the PERFECT foil to either Trump OR Pence. But nope -- the DNC wants identity politics all the way.

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At 7:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Bachmann can win, MN should be bundled with WI, IN and the south and thrown out of the union. A statewide win by Bachmann would be an admission that they are dumber than shit and need to die.

And again, still, Hone. Explain how a democrap majority will do anything about trump? I'm pleading with you. please.

At 6:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Anonymouse-4:08pm -- I doubt a Bachmann would be a shoe-in in the Bible Belt states. The Southern Baptist/Evangelical mindset doesn't seem to like electing women to high office, if you look at the track record. Not sure whether that's more due to their preferring men being in charge as demanded by their God, or because their women don't bother to run. Same with the Mormons.

At 6:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Jill - I disagree that Franken would have been a strong candidate for president. He lacks the charisma that is required to win that office.

Still, he shouldn't have been forced out by Gillibrand and the other Dems. Why do the Dems always eat their own? Republicans would rally around Satan himself to protect their brand.

At 6:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Jill - It's extremely shortsighted to think Dems can only win the presidency in 2020 by nominating a white male. A key will be nominating someone whose CHARISMA inspires people to actually turn out in numbers so overwhelming that they overcome the voter suppression efforts.

Elizabeth Warren is potentially one such a candidate (assuming she or her husband/associates don't have any disqualifying baggage we haven't heard of yet).

I do agree that an African-American nominee would have a very steep hurdle to overcome, given the inherent racism of the electorate after Obama--but that has ALWAYS been the case. I just can't think of any current African-American officeholders with that winning combination of charisma, name-recognition, experience, and progressive policies who would stand a reasonable shot.

The two who come closest would be Deval Patrick and Kamala Harris. Patrick has the charisma, but has cast his lot with hedge funds/Bain Capital, so not sure how much support he can generate among the more progressive of us. (Also, I don't think his wife would be interested in him running.) Kamala Harris hasn't yet shown the kind of fire that most of us associate with a Sanders or Warren.

And don't get me started on Wall Street-loving Cory Booker. Who, by the way, at age 48 is still never-married, which may fly getting elected to the Senate from NJ, but would be problematic for getting into the White House.

At 10:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Booker is a disgusting sycophant to Wallstreet BUT he's one of the absolute best Democrats when it comes to criminal justice reform.

At 10:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Anonymous-10:17pm -- Criminial justice reform is an important policy, a just policy to stake out, but it ain't gonna win anybody the White House in 2020. Same as with the push for protection of the Dreamers/immigration reform. Obama was able to win because he inspired both progressives and centrists, who saw McCain calling for more war in the Middle East and claiming that "the fundamentals of our economy are strong" while anybody could see that the economy was in full-blown meltdown.

Middle America doesn't give a hoot about the Dreamers or criminal justice reform. They do care about their promised Social Security, healthcare benefits, and taxes.


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