Saturday, October 29, 2011

Tea Party Group Asks Michele Bachmann to Quit GOP Race

I always love it when conservatives turn on one of their own as is happening now with the Tea Party group "American Majority" which has released a statement saying that Michelle Bachmann needs to quit the GOP presidential nomination contest. What kills me the most is that the faults with Bachmann that are cited have always been in plain view - not to mention that the woman is nuts and unqualified to be dog catcher much less president of the United States. Most of us recognized from the start that Bachmann's bid was all about self-promotion and that her only real plank was social issues and religious fanaticism. Better that some have finally opened their eyes and one can only hope that Michele and "Marcia" Bachmann will soon return to relative obscurity. Here are some highlights from CNN:

A tea party group has a surprising and harsh urging for long-time tea party favorite Michele Bachmann: Quit the presidential race. "It's time for Michele Bachmann to go," reads the first line of a statement from American Majority President Ned Ryun. His group operates in seven states, trains thousands of tea party supporters and is "liked" by over 371,000 people on Facebook.

"Bachmann, the leader of the so-called tea party caucus in the House and the most vocal about her affiliation with the Tea Party than any other Presidential candidate, has consistently presented herself as a champion of the movement and its values," Ryun's statement continued. "Bachmann has ridden her tea party credentials from obscurity to a national platform like no other."

American Majority's rebuke of Bachmann marks the first time a well-known tea party group has turned on one of its own in the presidential race – a candidate who so frequently pushes tea party values it's become a key underpinning of her White House bid. The group explained its reasons why it's grown incensed with Bachmann.

"I think it's pretty obvious that Michele Bachmann is about Michele Bachmann," American Majority Executive Director Matt Robbins said.

"Anyone who knows the congresswoman, and knows her record, we appreciate a national figure standing up for the tea party types," Robbins added. . . . . "Let's face it: she's a back-bencher and has been a back bencher congressperson for years," Robbins added. "This is not a serious presidential campaign."

The group explains another reason it believes Bachmann should quit the GOP presidential race.

"Bachmann's resulting plunge in the polls is troubling for the tea party, not because 'one of their own' is losing her footing, but because the longer Bachmann stays in the race, the more likely we will see her shift to the right," Ryun wrote in the statement. "This rightward shift will come as the campaign works to hold on to its more conservative base of support in advance of the release of Bachmann's new book next month."

Ryun continued: "There is nothing wrong with addressing your base during a campaign. However, I suspect that we will hear more from her about social issues and religion to accomplish that goal. As an evangelical who is deeply pro-life, I can say that while many inside the tea party movement are socially conservative, social issues are not what drive the Tea Party."

As for criticism of Bachmann's focus on social issues, Martin said, "When you're running for president, you're appealing to more than just tea party people. And you have to answer questions on other issues as well. So I'm not surprised when any of the candidates are talking about the other issues because those are things that come up in presidential campaigns."

Ouch!! But again, all of Bachmann's many limitations should have been obvious to anyone who wasn't drinking large quantities of Kool-Aid.

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