Former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Sunday defended the tea party movement, saying that it had “been only a force for good.”
“The [Republican] Party has changed so much for the better,” Bachmann told CBS host Bob Schieffer. “The tea party has infused the energy and excitement. And really, it’s bringing the Republican Party back to its basic values, which is limited government, cutting spending, being smart, and making the government more efficient.”
“Has the tea party made compromise a dirty word?” Schieffer wondered. “And is that why Congress can’t seem to get anything done?”
“Not at all!” Bachmann replied. “The tea party has been only a force for good in Washington, D.C., because otherwise we continue to go farther and farther to the left, which is redistribution of wealth. That’s why [President Barack Obama] will be a one-termer, because all he has been about is redistribution of wealth and the rise of socialist principles, and the Tea Party rejects that.”
Watch this video from CBS’s Face the Nation, broadcast Jan. 29, 2012.
From the apocryphal story of the time Ronald Reagan supposedly used “Born in the USA” at a campaign stop to the time John McCain attempted to use ABBA’s “Take A Chance On Me” to entice disaffected Hillary Clinton supporters, stories about candidates who choose songs based on their titles or choruses without listening to the lyrics abound. And that’s not even to get into matters of just plain bad taste, which also abounds.
But the 2012 election cycle is still in its infancy, and bad musical choices are already easy to find in campaign commercials and on stages throughout the early primary states. Discounting Newt Gingrich’s renowned “Dancing Queen” ringtone, the 5 most bizarre musical choices from the campaign (so far) are below.
5. Krista Branch’s “I Am America,” featured in a Herman Cain advertisement
If the ad of adviser Mark Block smoking followed by Herman Cain’s slow-motion grin wasn’t odd enough on its own, the choice of the little-known tea party anthem only added to its weirdness. In the original video, former “American Idol” contestant Branch belts out the song penned by her husband Michael as a response to a 2009 comment about the tea partiers by then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). “Pretend you’re kings, sit on your thrones, look down your nose at the peasants below,” Branch sang in her anthem, which was then used by a millionaire businessman now widely suspected of using his run for the presidency to promote his book whose professional reputation was tarnished by multiple allegations of sexual harassment by former female subordinates and job-seekers — allegations he derided as misunderstood compliments.
4. Kid Rock’s “Born Free” used by former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA)
The last time many people heard from Kid Rock before Romney chose this 2010 ditty for his campaign music was when he and Pamela Anderson had that fight over her role in Borat. But he’s apparently still making formulaic country-rock anthems, including the one he allowed Romney to use. Obviously chosen for the chorus (and potentially for the two men’s shared connection to Michigan), it tells the story of a man who is setting off into the great unknown, with lilting couplets like “And I don’t want no one to cry, but tell ‘em if I don’t survive” and twenty consecutive seconds of Rock singing “whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa.” Romney, however, is expected to survive.
3. Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger,” used by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA)
To anyone who’s read up on Gingrich’s unsavory personal history, the idea that he thinks of himself as a “tiger” probably isn’t surprising, even if one finds the comparison off-putting. But for those who read the Esquire interview with his second ex-wife Marianne might find this line more than a little jarring: “So many times, it happens too fast, you trade your passion for glory.”
2. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ “American Girl,” as used briefly by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
Yes, the song is called “American Girl,” but that’s apparently about as far into the song as Bachmann or her staff delved. Though Tom Petty says the oft-heard rumor that the song is about a female student’s suicide at the University of Florida is untrue, the lines “Oh yeah, all right, take it easy, baby, make it last all night” clearly indicate that the song is less about the All-American Girl image that Bachmann intended to portray and more about one who didn’t pay close attention to the abstinence-only education Bachmann would prefer all students get.
1. Train’s “Soul Sister” as used by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
Though it would have been difficult to escape hearing at least some of the lyric’s of Train’s omnipresent, oversold 2010 hit, at least one line should have automatically disqualified this song in the minds of Bachmann and her staff, even if they were attracted by the line, “I knew I wouldn’t forget you and so I went and let you blow my mind.” That one line, unfortunately for Bachmann, is the first one, which swelled just as she began kissing her on-stage supporters and staff after the speech that marked the end of her campaign: “Your lipstick stains on the front lobe of my left side brains.” For those less schooled in oblique pop music sex references: Train singer Pat Monahan was referring to fellatio. By following that up with “so I went and let you blow… my mind,” he actually worked two fellatio references into he first verse. Other less-oblique sex references litter the rest of the song.
In plainer terms, the man singing is saying that the oral sex he received from the subject of the song was so good that he knew he wouldn’t forget the anonymous woman performing it. And that’s the song to which Michele Bachmann ended her 2012 Presidential campaign.
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Minnesota Congresswoman and Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann claimed she was not a politician Tuesday night after the Iowa caucuses.
“I am a very real person, I am not a politician,” she said during a speech to her supporters. “Nor do I ever hope or aspire to be a politician.”
Her poor performance at the caucuses has fueled speculation that she will drop out of the presidential race in the coming days. Keith Nahigian, her campaign manager, told the Associated Press that he didn’t know if she planned to abandon her White House bid.
Bachmann’s poor performance in Tuesday’s caucus was a sharp contrast to the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa, which she won in August.
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CNN’s Soledad O’Brien probably won’t go down as Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) favorite interviewer anytime soon.
The fading GOP presidential candidate was not impressed by O’Brien wanting to discuss her positions on social issues Tuesday morning, labeling them “gotcha questions.”
“You said, at the Educators Conference in 2004, ‘Gays live a very sad life,’” O’Brien mentioned. “And that ‘it’s part of Satan’ and that’s quote. You’ve taken a lot of flak for that. Do you pull back on any of that?”
“It’s a bizarre thing to bring up,” Bachmann replied. “Today is the election. What people recognize is that the most important issue that people will be looking at is, ‘Who is the best person to deal with the economy?’”
Perplexed by Bachmann’s response, O’Brien asked, “What you’re telling me is you don’t want to discuss social issues because you want to talk about the economy?”
“I don’t think it’s a bizarre question,” she added. “I think it’s a fair question.”
Bachmann still was in no mood to answer O’Brien’s question.
“It’s a gotcha question coming way out of the past,” she said. “I stand very strong for marriage between one man and one woman.”
WATCH: Video from CNN, which was broadcast on January 3, 2012.
Republican White House hopeful Michele Bachmann said Monday that if elected she would erect a blockade against Tehran and put US missiles on alert “to let Iran know that we mean business” over its nuclear program.
One day before Republican voters in the midwestern state of Iowa officially make their choice of a nominee to oppose Barack Obama in the November presidential election, Bachmann said the United States should be “aggressive” in dealing with the Islamic republic.
“What we need to do is take a very aggressive posture toward letting Iran know that we mean business, that we don’t want them to seek a nuclear weapon,” Bachmann said on CBS television’s “The Early Show” program.
As president, Bachmann would do “whatever it takes” to send a “strong signal that the United States is on high alert,” she said, adding that she would consider deploying Patriot missiles, ballistic missiles and other weapon systems in the United States and the Middle East.
The Minnesota lawmaker is one of several Republican contenders making closing arguments to voters here ahead of Tuesday’s pivotal Iowa caucuses.
Her remarks were made in response to a question about Iran’s announcement that it had produced its first nuclear fuel rod and test-fired two long-range surface-to-surface missiles as it wraps up military drills near the Strait of Hormuz.
That means that “potentially within a year, that they will have a nuclear weapon,” said Bachmann, who serves on the US House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee.
“They just demonstrated with their test launch… that they have the capacity to have delivery of a nuclear weapon. This is very serious,” she said.
In another episode of “Bad Lip Reading,” a series of satirical videos that re-dubs audio tracks of politicians and celebrities in a manner that seems to fit what they are saying, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) is spared not an ounce of ribbing as he’s portrayed rattling off nonsensical phrases like a confused old man.
It should hardly need to be said that these videos are not to be taken seriously. But for those intently following politics in the lead-up to the 2012 presidential election, “Bad Lip Reading” has been a source of levity in an otherwise all-too-serious field.
Other targets have included Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former motivational speaker Herman Cain, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
“I helped a fuzzy dude cut a piece of fruit, and when he was chewing on it, I mushed it and called an ambulance,” the Paul voice-over says in the latest “Bad Lip Reading” video. “Well, white men criticize black people over pagers, and, uh, Mexicans will take shoes. You can give me money and I’ll go make a zoo.”
It goes on like that for nearly three minutes before concluding with Paul cheering, “Free bananas!” as he rings a bell. “Alright, well, nevermind.”
The Knoxville Newsreported on Friday that four out of the nine Republican presidential candidates have no committed delegates on the March 6 primary ballot.
The four are Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Gary Johnson, and Buddy Roemer, while Jon Huntsman has only three potential delegates pledged to him. Under Tennessee’s complicated system of delegate selection, this does not make it impossible for these five to secure any delegates, but it does make it harder for them to do well.
“I do think it shows a certain amount of organization on the part of the candidates who have gotten a good number of delegate candidates to run,” Tennessee Republican Chairman Chris Devaney told the News. “That certainly shows there’s a level of organization and that they’re thinking beyond the early primaries.”
Tennessee provides for 41 Republican delegates to be chosen by primary voters, three in each congressional distract and another 14 as the result of statewide totals. Mitt Romney is the only candidate with more than enough potential delegates on the ballot to fill all 41 slots if he were to win overwhelmingly across the state.
Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Rick Perry also have a “substantial” number of committed delegates, according to the News. Perry, for example, could potentially take as many as 27 delegates.
Unlike the situation in Virginia, where both Gingrich and Perry failed to obtain the necessary total of 10,000 signatures to be on the ballot, Tennessee asks only for each potential delegate to submit a qualifying petition with 100 signatures. Even under that easier standard, however, “a couple of prospective Gingrich delegates fell just short — in one case, apparently by a single signature.”
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