Ex-staffers say Bachmann has to do it her way

  • Article by: KEVIN DIAZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 20, 2011 - 11:51 AM

Reluctance to trust outside advice is seen in her recent gaffes, turnover.

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swmnguySep. 17, 11 5:50 PM

I'm not sure that Rep. Bachmann would benefit that much from seasoned professional campaign insiders. Those people insights have developed GOP candidates like Mitt Romney, and Democrats like John Kerry. The pros might steer her clear of the shoals of her loose-lipped mis-statements and malapropisms, but that professional veneer would alienate her populist non-denominational Protestant base. Without them, she's not even a regional contender. Trouble is, the plain-vanilla pros are the gateway to the real money. The real money has no respect for Rep. Bachmann's actual base. It's a conundrum.

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morganewolfeSep. 17, 11 5:53 PM

It is hoped this paper puts forth a fraction of the effort towards examining any future democratic candidate for senate or President that it has in the constant negative haranguing of Bachmann's candidacy. Instead of fair, objective reporting - possibly tinged with a bit of pride that a Minnesotan could achieve a legitimate run for the White House - readers (not all subscribers) are fed the constant stream of negativism towards Bachmann. Very boring.

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bobbychuck81Sep. 17, 11 6:20 PM

About 2-3 more weeks and this clown is out of the race. Then we can watch to see if the Republicans want to try and win the Presidency (Romney) or choose to throw it away (Perry). Of course that assumes Pennsylvania isn't prohibited from changing the rules in the middle of the game by the Roberts' court. Oh wait, of course they'll get away with it, it is the Roberts' court.

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venetaSep. 17, 11 6:42 PM

It's gotta be tough on the Congresswoman to be in that "submissive" relationship to her husband. If he keeps sticking his nose into the campaign, and punishes her when she doesn't do what he suggests, Rep. Bachmann seem caught between a rock and a hard place. I can't imagine what things will be like if she actually got elected. How much power would the First Hubby actually have, especially with a hairbrush in his hand? How much do we know about Mr. Bachmann, anyway?

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orpheus90Sep. 17, 11 6:44 PM

From the article: ...could put her campaign in danger of foundering .... Could founder? C'mon, has anybody paid attention to this woman's history? Talk about a sure thing. No Vegas Oddsman need come from the casino backroom to tell us this.

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mutt10RSep. 17, 11 6:57 PM

People who worked first hand with her describe her as "irrational," "demanding" and someone who expects "fealty." I wonder what her MMPI would reflect.

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graham298Sep. 17, 11 6:59 PM

Let The Circus Begin

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wetguySep. 17, 11 7:12 PM

This is so disappointing. I really wanted to see the Republican Party run a candidate like Bachmann. I was just starting to enjoy myself when she identified her home town as the hometown of John Wayne, only to find out later that it was John Wayne Gacy Jr. I wonder if her alma mater, Oral Roberts University would have given her partial credit for that one?

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crystalbaySep. 17, 11 7:21 PM

Swmguy: I've no idea why your post was unheard as I agree with you completely. You posted quite a while back about your wife's near tragedy while delivering your child. I want you to know that I excepted that moving post & have used it numerous times to even out the rhetoric about there being no good enough reason for late-term abortion. Thank you for that.

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justanother1Sep. 17, 11 7:36 PM

What's the big deal? Let her run how she wants. After all, she claims she prays for her direction and help in decision. She's no doubt getting campaign advice directly from God! There's not a campaign manager alive that can compete with that! Only thing is, if/when her campaign goes to hell and she has to drop out---there will be some explaining to do, Michele.

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