Goodbye, Michele Bachmann

Goodbye, Michele Bachmann October 24, 2011

The Bachmann presidential campaign is pretty much over now. She’s dropping fast and now her entire New Hampshire staff has resigned. Rats from a sinking ship.

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s campaign was showing signs of meltdown on Friday when her entire campaign team in New Hampshire quit.

The half-dozen staffers expressed frustration with the way she is conducting her campaign in New Hampshire, where the first of the Republican nomination primaries is scheduled to be held and which can play a decisive role in the final outcome.

The exodus of her team in New Hampshire follows the departure of other members of her staff elsewhere over the last few months, the most high-profile being the veteran strategist Ed Rollins.

Bachmann, who is well to the right on many social issues, was criticised by Rollins for some of her more controversial comments and he also disclosed she was in financial trouble.

Other ex-staffers have complained privately about her allegedly dictatorial management style, saying she has a tendency to treat internal criticism as a show of disloyalty.

There’s a shock. This is what happens when you think you have a direct line to God — you think you’re infallible and anyone who questions you is questioning God and therefore must be dismissed.

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  • Michael Heath

    To further the narrative she denied her staff had quit. She was on Face the Nation yesterday morning where the always clueless, unprepared, and cowardly Bob Schieffer fed her softball questions. Ms. Bachmann’s answers were everything Barack Obama does is horribly wrong, even when it requires that she contradict answers she gave in response to the previous questions.

  • Under other circumstances, I’d say this is good news. Unfortunately, there aren’t any sane alternative candidates to benefit from her loss.

  • Aquaria

    Every comedian is now weeping–imagine all the money they’re going to be losing when they won’t have Googly Eyes to kick around anymore.

    Michele, maybe you didn’t bring enough crazy. That means you need to bring out your best insanely stupid–go out in a blaze of glory!

    I won’t lie–I love her campaign for the lulz.

  • Randomfactor

    So, Teabaggers: are you going to take this sitting down on your Hoverrounds? Your favorite Mad-Eye Mishie has been sabotaged by the Republicans from day one. Now’s the time to mount that third-party campaign you’ve been itching for! Maybe with Sarah the Hockey Stick Figure in second place–again.

  • The Lorax

    The only thing Bachmann and Palin are good for at this point is mud wrestling.

    C’mon girls, put the ‘P’ back in ‘GOP’!

  • Trebuchet

    @ Randomfactor: I actually rather expect her to mount a third-party/teaparty campaign. As you said, God told her to run, just like he did Perry and Cain. Unfortunately she’s probably too incompetent to get on the ballot in enough states to torpedo the Republican candidate.

  • This can’t be! God told her to run. Does that mean the forces of evil (homosexuals and liberals–who else ya gonna blame) defeated GOD?

    Must not be much of a god if he can’t end the earth on schedule. Speaking of which, the end-time predictors are telling each other: “Keep trying. We only have to be right once!”

  • Randomfactor

    And it might be better for us if she DOESN’T get on enough ballots. Don’t want the Teabaggers showing up and voting downticket either.

  • Aquaria

    And it might be better for us if she DOESN’T get on enough ballots. Don’t want the Teabaggers showing up and voting downticket either.

    Don’t worry–they’ll come out for whoever has an (R) by their name if the crazy can keep coming long enough.

  • Marcus told her not to pay them, except that cute young lad with the blue eyes and dimpled cheeks–who also has a pretty face.

    Sidenote: The fucking log-in page is fucking fucked again the fucking fucker.

  • Picturing the post title being said by Goldfinger or Blofeld. It’s entertaining.

  • Isn’t this like the fourth or fifth time her campaign staff somewhere has resigned en masse, or a chief-of-staff quit? She hasn’t let reality intrude on her campaign before, so why start now?

  • noastronomer

    “This is what happens when you think you have a direct line to God ”

    Actually this is one reason that I doubt that any high religious officials actually believe the crap they spout. Those people who sincerely believe that ‘god’ has a destiny planned for them wind up like poor Michele here.

    Meanwhile the people who know religion is all a sham, and are prepared to fake it to get ahead, they climb to the top over the bodies of the Bachmanns of this world.

    Mike.

  • raven

    Isn’t this like the fourth or fifth time her campaign staff somewhere has resigned en masse, or a chief-of-staff quit?

    Yes, there is a history of this.

    Don’t remember the number of times but it happened once before. Iowa maybe???

  • matteff

    This can’t be! God told her to run. Does that mean the forces of evil (homosexuals and liberals–who else ya gonna blame) defeated GOD?

    Isn’t it obvious? The forces of evil are using iron chariots again.

  • d cwilson

    I have zero doubt that Jesus will be telling Bachmann to run a third party campaign. She is that crazy.

  • dingojack

    matteff – “Isn’t it obvious? The forces of evil are using iron chariots again.

    Satan throws Michele Bachmann under the bus? 🙂

    Dingo

    —–

    PS: Here’s hoping Ol’ Crazy Eyes runs as a Teabagger candidate (along with as many, more electable, crazies as possible).

    [voice of god] Split that Right vote baby, split it! [/vog]

  • raven

    I have zero doubt that Jesus will be telling Bachmann to run a third party campaign. She is that crazy.

    No doubt about that.

    Her problem isn’t lack of crazy. She has way more than enough.

    Her problem will be campaign money. Anyone crazy enough to send her money is likely too crazy to actually have money.

  • dingojack

    Does anyone know of an good analysis of the McCain/Palin 2008 bid? I love to see why that campagn went so disasterously wrong.

    Perhaps POG candidates sould read about that campaign (and Crazy Eyes’ current one) to learn how not to run for office.

    Dingo

  • imthegenieicandoanything

    Typo alert! That’s a “t” and not a “p”!

  • Is the Silly Party looking for a candidate?

  • This is what happens when you think you have a direct line to God — you think you’re infallible and anyone who questions you is questioning God and therefore must be dismissed.

    Eg-zactly.

  • Larry

    Is the Silly Party looking for a candidate?

    Nah, the GOP has plenty of ’em.

  • Ed, you had better hope that McCain does better than expected in early primaries. Your articles will practically write themselves, as long as he is a viable candidate.

  • Oops. Not McCain. Just Cain. What Freudian slip was that? Yee-hah.

  • dingojack

    imthegenieicandoanything (#20) – What’s a ‘tyto’?

    Dingo

  • jakc

    Dingojack. You might read “Game Change” by Mark Helprin & John Heilemann on the 2008 campaign.

    MB’s campaign in Iowa is in some trouble as well; she’s lost support to Cain in part due to the same kind of high-handed treatment of supporters.

  • Aliasalpha

    Bye michele, don’t let reality hit you in the arse on the way out

  • scifi1

    Far right religidiot tea-bagger as “Dictatorial”?

    Who’d a thunk it?

    Good riddance to this foetid pile of delusional hatred.

    @Aliasalpha

    No chance of reality hitting her on the arse. It tends to whoosh straight over her head (or straight through it, via each earhole!)

  • dingojack

    jakc – Thanks or the reading suggestion.

    Any one got any others? (I like to get multiple viewpoints if possible)

    Dingo

  • Aquaria

    Does anyone know of an good analysis of the McCain/Palin 2008 bid? I love to see why that campagn went so disasterously wrong.

    I haven’t read the book mentioned up thread, but here are a few things that went wrong with the campaign that I noticed, and I do have some experience with campaigns that have succeeded and failed.

    1) McCain tried to run his campaign as if it were still 2004, rather than with 72% of Americans hating Bush, sick of Iraq, sick of everything failing, sick of scandals, sick of Republicans and pissed the fuck off about the loss of one of the most beloved cities in America to gross negligence (New Orleans). People really did want change, and Obama tapped right into that.

    2) Obama ran a 21st century campaign while McSame/Failin’ ran the same old 20th century campaign. Back in the 70s, 80s and 90s, the Republicans had a formidable mailing list that was a huge mobilizer for everything from opposing legislation, screaming at Congress or raising funds quickly. They could target millions of people to send in donations.

    It’s worked for them for decades. But times have changed. Mail? Seriously! In the internet age?

    Obama used the internet for fundraising, with its ability to transfer money instantly. Some strategist from his campaign would send out a notice to Kos or Atrios with their tens of thousands of readers. The missive would say that the campaign needed $25,000 to run an ad in Ohio, or get signs into yards in Milwaukee, and the blogosphere would put $50,000 into the campaign account within hours of Kos or Atrios posting the plea on his site. Sometimes, the amount requested would rack up in as little as 45 minutes. Meanwhile, the Republicans were having to wait a few days to get enough money to respond, but Obama had moved on the next thing, with the extra money he collected along the way.

    To add insult to injury, I happen to know that the very minimum the Republicans spent on their mailings to gin up money was anywhere from $5 – $20 per person, because they’d enclose Priority or Express Mail envelopes for donors to mail money back in, in the vain hope that they’d get the money faster. But they didn’t get it fast enough, usually.

    It doesn’t seem obvious that his would cause a problem, but, I’ve worked on campaigns and know how money arriving at the right time can make all the difference in a campaign. I promise you that the Republicans were scrambling to keep up in 2008.

  • harold

    There may be a message of hope in the collapse of the Bachmann campaign.

    Clearly, a factor was internal nastiness of campaign people toward each other.

    Why was that? Because the whole campaign was based on hate, and it attracted hateful people.

    Although it hasn’t emerged the way I wish it would, there are persistent rumors that the Bush administration created a vast number of damaged, traumatized people.

    I’ll concede that the coalition between hateful Ebeneezer Scrooge economic fallacies and hateful religious fanaticism has lasted longer than one might expect, but still, one probable weakness of the entire right wing is their tendency to turn their hate and anger on each other as well as on everyone else.

  • @ raven

    “Anyone crazy enough to send her money is likely too crazy to actually have money.”

    And too stupid to be able to successfully work those complicated voting machines.

  • wheatdogg

    This is what happens when you think you have a direct line to God — you think you’re infallible and anyone who questions you is questioning God and therefore must be dismissed.

    This describes my ex-wife (and our divorce) to a T.