Published on Jan 30, 2013
From “The Glenn Beck Program” (Tuesday, January 29, 2013 edition)
HUFFINGTON POST – GAY VOICES
The news that Michele Bachmann is throwing in the towel, not seeking reelection in 2014, is a triumph for LGBT activists and all progressives. And it’s a stunning blow to the Tea Party and the evangelical right. Bachmann,
just a year ago running for the Republican nomination for president, saw the world rapidly transforming all around her, the walls closing in as her progressive Democratic opponent, Jim Graves, got within a few thousand votes in the election last fall, and as her state will soon have gay and lesbian couples walking down the aisle in wedded bliss.
Dubbed the Tea Party Queen, Bachmann has been royalty on the far right, including among hard-core anti-gay activists who carried her to victory in the state legislature and in each of her Minnesota congressional elections since 2007. Bachmann ran on extreme homophobia, having courted some of the most horrifically anti-gay figures in the country, such as the evangelical rocker Bradlee Dean, who once cited Sharia law‘s call for the execution of homosexuals and praised Muslim fundamentalists for being “more moral” than Christian evangelicals in that regard.
Bachmann and her husband Marcus have owned and operated “pray away the gay” clinics in Minnesota and she viewed getting an anti-gay marriage amendment on the ballot as one of her crowning achievements, working hard as a state legislator to lay the groundwork for it. Bachmann is the epitome of a homophobe — someone who fears homosexuals — and that was no more clear than in the bizarre incident in which she reportedly ran out a public restroom, claiming she was being held against her will after a lesbian activist and an ex-nun merely tried to address her in conversation.
Published on Oct 21, 2012
RNC chairman and malevolent prankster imp Reince Priebus had a few too many Colorado Bulldogs before his speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention. As a result, instead of the electrifying rally cry his puppeteers had hoped would whip the base into a frenzy, Reince’s appearance consisted of a slurred, intoxicated “Jersey Shore“-esque booty call to his two biggest frenemies.
Later that evening, Priebus was forced back into his ancient puzzle box after being tricked into saying his own name three times backwards. He appeared again only briefly to introduce the white supremacist frat-brat son of former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson as a private fundraiser for underprivileged yacht owners.
THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW
Rep. Michele Bachmann says she will not run for re-election in 2014
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann says she will not run for re-election in 2014, ending her tenure as the representative from Minnesota’s sixth congressional district after four terms.
In a video released on her website early Wednesday, the Tea Party favorite says that, in her opinion, if presidents can only serve eight years that length of time is sufficient for her to serve in Congress.
Bachmann claims her decision was not influenced by concerns that she would not be re-elected, or by recent inquiries into her 2012 presidential campaign.
She says she considered not running again for her House seat in 2012 after her failed presidential bid, but felt another Republican candidate would not have enough time to adequately prepare for the race.
“I will continue to work overtime for the next 18 months in Congress defending the same constitutional conservative values we have worked so hard on together,” Bachmann said.
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