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Limbaugh defends Bachmann’s conservative credentials

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Jeff Poor
Media Reporter

Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann has her share of detractors on the left side of the political spectrum. But she also has some critics on the right who question her conservative credentials and whether she deserves to be a leading figure of the Tea Party movement.

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh dismissed Bachmann’s conservative critics on his Monday show and explained the source of such criticisms directed at the Minnesota Republican congresswoman.

“There is a little game being played by the establishment-Republican commentariat, the what I call ‘the inside-the-beltway conservative intelligentsia, the Republican intellectual elite,’” Limbaugh said.  “And it is aimed at muddling conservatism and discrediting – taking down, if you will, conservative Tea Party candidates in the Republican presidential primary process. And the way to do it, by the way, is a page out of the Democrat-left’s playbook.”

Limbaugh theorized that the Republican establishment is motivated by the belief that a principled conservative can’t win elections. Limbaugh cited an article from The Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis challenging potential 2012 Republican presidential contender Rep. Michele Bachmann’s record on “earmarks, farm subsidies and pardons.”

“[I]t’s a takedown of Michele Bachmann in The Daily Caller,” Limbaugh said. “In this case it’s not because she’s too pure. In her case it’s because she is too impure. In other words, let’s not support candidates who are unabashedly conservative because they can’t win. That’s the advice – Michele can’t win because she’s too unabashedly conservative.”

Limbaugh said it should come as no surprise that the so-called establishment is trying to take down Bachmann.

“Now let’s look at Bachmann, just a quick peek here at Michele Bachmann,” he continued. “She’s a favored target of establishment Washington. Now that doesn’t come as a surprise to you, does it? You know she’s a target, you’ve seen it. It might perplex you as to why at this stage of the game – look I know where in the Republican primaries and the battle is between ourselves now. It’s understandable. But establishment Washington – Bachmann is a favorite target, and even to the point to talking about how she is too short, or she’s radical or what have you.”

But the arguments thrown against Bachmann vary, Limbaugh said. While in some cases the argument is she is too pure a conservative to be politically viable, in others it is that she is not as pure a conservative as she claims to be, Limbaugh explained.

“The attack on her is that she supported earmarks and ethanol,” Limbaugh said. “So the argument here is – this is the reverse purity argument. The argument here is that she is not pure and therefore not pure enough for Tea Party activists. This is an attempt to alert the Tea Party that Michele Bachmann is a fraud, that she’s really not one of you. She’s out there trying to create support, command support while all you Tea Party people, but she’s not one of you. She’s not pure. She’s voted for earmarks and ethanol.”

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  • Taters N Beans

    Well, he’s got to be in the tank for somebody. Obama can donate all of his campaign war chest to charity. He won’t even have to run an ad to whip her dumbass.

  • jmk1502

    Here are some choice tidbits from the moron Bachmann (courtesy http://www.buzzfeed.com):

    ”I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out: Are they pro-America or anti-America?”

    ”Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.”

    “But we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States.”

    ”[Pelosi] is committed to her global warming fanaticism to the point where she has said she has even said she is trying to save the planet. We all know that someone did that 2,000 years ago.”

    ”A woman (Terri Schiavo) was healthy. There was brain damage, there was no question. But from a health point of view, she was not terminally ill.”

    ”And what a bizarre time we’re in, when a judge will say to little children that you can’t say the pledge of allegiance, but you must learn that homosexuality is normal and you should try it.”

    ”It is horrific to know that in the African American community, 50 percent of all African American pregnancies in the United States end in abortion, 50 percent. That is a genocide of African Americans of the United States. It should not be. There are Americans all across this country who would love to adopt African American babies, but they can’t because 50 percent of all African American pregnancies today are ending in abortion.”

    ”If we took away the minimum wage — if conceivably it was gone — we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.”

    ”Normalization (of gayness) through desensitization. Very effective way to do this with a bunch of second graders, is take a picture of ‘The Lion King’ for instance, and a teacher might say, ‘Do you know that the music for this movie was written by a gay man?’ The message is: I’m better at what I do, because I’m gay.”

    ”I don’t know where they’re going to get all this money because we’re running out of rich people in this country.”

    ”I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out under another, then under another Democrat president, Jimmy Carter. I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.”

    “The President of the United States will be taking a trip over to India that is expected to cost the taxpayers $200 million a day.”

    The last one is truly classic.

    • Offensive Bias

      Too bad Obama doesn’t have an original quote without this teleprompter.

    • captaingrumpy

      She should be proud of what she said. She is a true patriot and I would vote for her in an instant.She is not a sheep like the rest.Even Coburn is now giving up on deficits.

  • jmk1502

    Snort a few more Oxycontins and pontificate more, you blowhard hypocrite Limbaugh. It is quite revealing that Bachmann and Palin get support from the far right, revealing what mindless moonbats they are for supporting two people who aren’t qualified to be a dog-catcher.

    • Offensive Bias

      Seems like your head is gonna explode any day from your frothing hatred.

      I know it won’t change a thing in that thick head of yours but for others to read. Limbaugh got addicted to pain killers on the offset of his back surgery. It happens more then people realize, because I personally knew people with similar addictions.

      I’m sure if Limbaugh voted “D” we wouldn’t hear anything from you about this? (crickets chirping)

  • rupaul

    bachmann is a total idiot, with complete white-washing of u.s. history.

    she infamously proclaimed that the “founding fathers freed slaves” — just the opposite, they proclaimed that slaves were only 3/5 of a person.

    • junkmaninohio

      Total idiot? You need to look in the mirror. Drag Queen.

      • rupaul

        haha, that’s my real name, actually…abbreviated for rupert paul, sorta like a hybrid of rupert murdoch and rand paul.

    • Supernatural Witness

      Context is everything. Your Liberal buddies wanted to count slaves as zero in the census so they could give the South less representatives in the House. The 3/5 clause is a baby step toward giving blacks representation in Congress.

      • rupaul

        Not sure which “liberal buddies” you’re referring to, but if it’s Mitt Romney…no thanks!!

        • Supernatural Witness

          “liberal buddies” is a euphemism for “those wascally Democrat predecessors who wanted slaves to be counted at the rate of zero rather than at the rate of 3/5.” Why not just admit that you hate the Founders for limiting what govt can do to you and get rid of your slave lover pretense?

          • rupaul

            Actually, I’m a big admirer of Jefferson and other founding fathers. I spent a year studying the articles of confederation and bill of rights.

            I just disagree with Bachmann’s white-washing of history, as if attempts were made since 1776 to abolish slavery….it took 14 presidents and a bloody civil war for 13th amendment to pass.

    • Supernatural Witness

      And by the way, it is a fact that certain Founders set their own slaves free. No one ever said the Founders overturned the practice of slavery.

      • rupaul

        Her exact quote was “founding fathers worked tirelessly to end slavery.”

        Granted, Adams was an abolitionist, but certainly not Jefferson, Washington, and most southern delegates.

    • J Baustian

      rupaul: you might want to check the facts before you repeat that bogus allegation.

      Go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fG-x1K2eZo and after 2:00. In one sentence she referred to the Founders, and in the next sentence to John Quincy Adams. It is a fair argument that JQ Adams was not a Founder and did not author the founding documents; but it is unfair to claim that she was wrong about a basic fact of American history.

      The Declaration did not say “except Negroes”. The Constitution does not include the word “slavery”. The Constitution was a compromise — but why was there a need to compromise, if there were not delegates to that convention who opposed slavery?

    • The_anniebanannie

      Repeating the same lie over and over might fool a small minded person such as yourself into thinking it’s truth, but it’s still a lie. That isn’t what Bachmann said. You need to update your memo from the DNC.

  • Texas Chris

    Vote for Ron Paul and you won’t have to worry about Bachmann.

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  • elpolacko

    unabashedly ‘conservative’? sure. not particularly bright? true. a bit of a loon? ohh yeah. a presidential candidate?? only if we really want to lose BIG.

  • rod paul

    Bachman is an adamant supporter of farm subsidies.

    Farm subsidies = socialism.

    • J Baustian

      There is a family trust which owns a dairy farm in Wisconsin, as I recall. Michele Bachmann benefits from any profits earned by the trust, but she does not control it. I’ve never worked in the dairy industry, but it is so heavily regulated and controlled that I doubt anyone with more than one or two cows is somehow forced to deal with government price supports and subsidies.

      To find out what she really thinks about farm subsidies, wait until she’s asked in Iowa what she thinks about ethanol subsidies. That will be the moment of truth — whether she’s willing to willing to tell Iowa voters that she opposes the subsidies, or if she fudges the issue, or if she throws the tea party under the bus.