The Passion Of The Bachmann

April 20th, 2010at 07:21am Posted by Eli

Michele Bachmann has managed to lower the bar for martyrdom under the floor:

Representative Bachmann called our democratically elected president and mostly representative congress a “gangster government,” conjuring images of a violent coup. (It’s part of the fringe Conservative obsession with “thugs” and “thuggish behavior” and Obama’s “thugocracy”—nothing racially charged about that language!)

And that led to this fairly mild quote from former president Clinton:

“They are not gangsters,” Mr. Clinton said. “They were elected. They are not doing anything they were not elected to do.”

And here’s Bachmann’s response:

“I’m in my second term as a Congresswoman and the former president of the United States decides I’m important enough to take me out!”

Um.  I checked out the NYT story to see if there was a “I pledge myself to kill Michele Bachmann and feast upon her entrails, and I encourage everyone reading this to do the same” quote that was being overlooked, but the best I could come up with was this:

In advance of a symposium on Friday about the attack on the Oklahoma City federal building and its current relevance, Mr. Clinton, who was in his first term at the time of the bombing, warned that attempts to incite opposition by demonizing the government can provoke responses beyond what political figures intend.

“There can be real consequences when what you say animates people who do things you would never do,” Mr. Clinton said in an interview, saying that Timothy McVeigh, who carried out the Oklahoma City bombing, and those who assisted him, “were profoundly alienated, disconnected people who bought into this militant antigovernment line.”

(…)

“Because of the Internet, there is this vast echo chamber and our advocacy reaches into corners that never would have been possible before,” said Mr. Clinton, who said political messages are now able to reach those who are both “serious and seriously disturbed.”….

Mr. Clinton pointed to remarks like those made Thursday by Representative Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota Republican, who when speaking at a Tea Party rally in Washington characterized the Obama administration and Democratic Congress as “the gangster government.”

Ooo, threatening.  The gauntlet is totally down!

(h/t WT)

Entry Filed under: Clinton,Politics,Republicans,Wankers


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