Tarryl Clark keeps an eye on Michele Bachmann’s mad rantings

I get interesting, if not exclusive, e-mail:

Dear Ed,

Even if you haven’t heard, it probably won’t surprise you: Following a weekend in which she tested the “Presidential waters” in Iowa (and rewrote American history to virtually omit slavery), Congresswoman Michele Bachmann delivered her own response to President Obama’s State of the Union address last night to a national Tea Party audience.

Even with Bachmann working harder than ever to increase her own fame, and push the agenda of her wealthiest supporters, last night’s speech was more than a little strange.

And as expected, she repeated many of her usual false claims, including:

• Falsely claiming that 16,500 IRS agents would be hired to be “in charge” of the new health care law. (This was debunked a year ago. FactCheck.org said it, “stems from a partisan analysis based on guesswork and false assumptions, and compounded by outright misrepresentation.”)

• Falsely claiming that President Obama and the White House “promised” the Recovery Act would keep unemployment below 8%. (PolitiFact.com calls this ‘barely true’, and has given Bachmann seven ‘false’ and six ‘pants on fire’ ratings for other statements she’s made.)

Michele Bachmann is wrong on the facts, and wrong on the issues.

Bachmann’s cuts to education would devastate Minnesota’s workforce, her cuts to transportation would wreck our infrastructure, and her tax loopholes reward all the wrong economic behavior.

By repealing health care reform, Congresswoman Bachmann would let health insurance companies deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions, add as much as $230 billion to the deficit, take health insurance away from tens of thousands of Minnesota families and raise costs for almost everyone else.

It’s clear that in 2011 and beyond, Republicans and Democrats are going to have to speak honestly about the challenges we face and work together to deliver the results Minnesotans deserve.

We need honest debate, and civil discourse. We need to speak up. We need to get active, and stay active. It will be our voices, our energy, and our commitment that leads America forward.

After all, as President Obama himself said last night, we’ll move forward together – or not at all.


Tarryl Clark

PS Keep in touch on our Facebook page here, and let us know what you thought of Congresswoman Bachmann’s speech.


7 Responses to Tarryl Clark keeps an eye on Michele Bachmann’s mad rantings

  1. Jim says:

    Thanks so much, Ed!

    Still waiting to hear back from SenseI.


  2. Ed Darrell says:

    This is fundamentally intellectually dishonest and, here especially, downright infantile.

    Got any specifics, or just vague, undocumented generalities? Where is Ms. Clark in error?

    Perhaps more difficult, where is Rep. Bachmann right?


  3. Ed Darrell says:

    Is it awaiting moderation? Or is it because it contained a hyper link?

    Moderation, though it shouldn’t go there with fewer than three links. I sprang it for you.


  4. Nick K says:

    really? She didn’t rewrite history? SHe said that the Founding Fathers stopped slavery, Sensei. What would you call that if not rewriting history?

    This is word for word what she said:
    “How unique in all of the world, that one nation that was the resting point from people groups all across the world…It didn’t matter the color of their skin, it didn’t matter their language, it didn’t matter their economic status. Once you got here, we were all the same. Isn’t that remarkable?…We … know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States…I think it is high time that we recognize the contribution of our forbearers who worked tirelessly — men like John Quincy Adams, who would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country.”

    Would you like to admit the inherent stupidity in several of her statements or do you need to be schooled?

    Because I’m pretty sure that the African-Americans, to name one, would very much argue that skin color did indeed matter when they “got” to this country. Same with the chinese. Same with the Japanese. Same with the Native Americans.

    Sorry, I have to deal with the fact that human harpy is my representative. She’s an idealogue and an idiot. And that you chide us for supposed ad hominen attacks against her is laughable considering that’s her stock in trade right along with her constant use of red herrings.


  5. Jim says:


    I submitted a fairly substantive, heavily sourced refutation of our friend SenseI. I hit “post comment” and the post never showed.

    Is it awaiting moderation? Or is it because it contained a hyper link?

    I’d rather not have to do it all over again, but I will. Just let me know.

    Oh. One other thing. Michelle Bachmann. LOLZ.


  6. Jim says:

    Hi SenseI!

    Of course Bachmann re-wrote history. What are you on about here? History is what happened in the past. Bachmann made absurd and patently false claims about things that have happened in the past.

    Are you familiar with Ms. Bachmann’s record of truthfulness at all. Politifact, a non-partisan fact-checking organization has the straight dope. Here’s a link you might find helpful…


    The highlights?

    On light bulbs: Barely True
    On IRS agents: Half True — “speculative at best”
    On Business taxes: Pants on Fire
    On Obama’s India trip: Totally false
    On Pelosi’s bar tab: Pants on Fire
    On SS borrowing from the treasury: Totally false
    On Obamacare lowering costs for most people: Totally false
    On being able to purchase private health insurance under Obamacare: Pants on Fire
    On doctors quitting due to Obamacare: Totally false
    On whether the disabled will be excluded from coverage under Obamacare: Totally false
    On ACORN and the Census: Pants on Fire
    On Census requirements: Pants on Fire
    On ACORN getting tax dollars: Totally False
    On Swine Flu and Jimmy Carter: Pants on Fire
    On Secret Plans to Drop the dollar in favor of the Euro or the “Amero”: Totally False

    And Bachmann’s old file was purged to keep the site up to date. This malarkey is only from 2011 and 2010. This woman also publicly and repeatedly claimed that the Obama administration was crafting a secret plan to forcibly place Christian teenagers and children into re-education camps. This lie was repeated by Glenn Beck…but even he, after a couple months of pressure…caved in and admitted it was a hoax. Yet Bachmann never admitted as much and never apologized for her lie.

    SenseI, my friend, why on earth are you defending such a pathological liar?


  7. senseI says:

    What hogwash: She did not “rewrite history” and the whole locus of her speech had absolutely nothing to do with the 19th century in any of its aspects. This is a complete red herring and one more bizarre attempt at guilt by association. How on earth can this be considered some sort of telling of history at all? What on earth does the whole context have with slavery.

    This is fundamentally intellectually dishonest and, here especially, downright infantile.

    As usual from you, nothing more than Straw Men, Red Herrings and ad hominen attacks.

    You really are not capable of anything else, are you?


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