Michele Bachmann must be seeing demons, and undoubtedly Marcus Bachmann’s homophobic panties are all in tight sweaty bunch now that Fred Karger has won more votes in the New Hampshire primary than Sister Crazy Eyes.
Yup, that’s right Michele, you were beaten by an openly gay Jew. How does it feel?
Karger who is a lot more socially liberal than Bachmann, and a lot less insane, campaigned hard in the Granite State–he was the first candidate to file papers to run in NH and has been very visible in local media. Karger told his followers in an email blast:
Congresswoman Bachmann was in 12 national debates, raised $10 to $12 million, received massive news coverage, has huge name ID and we beat her in New Hampshire. She and I had been tied in several recent New Hampshire polls. Early last month I said that I wanted to beat Santorum or Bachmann in New Hampshire. It’s a big win for me.
Karger scored 128 more votes than Bachmann. Granted, she dropped out of the race after she hit rock bottom in Iowa, but that didn’t stop 347 people from voting for her.
Hopefully Karger will now be allowed to participate in a GOP debate–he has qualified for them in past, based on his poll numbers, but so far has been shut out.
And in a weird way it also sucks for for the comedy industry because, well, Michele and her hunky hubby Marcus are just so darn loony. So loony that 96% of Republicans polled say they wouldn’t vote for her.
Glitter rained down from the sky Sunday at the Minnesota State Fair as activists sprinkled sparkles onto the Minnesota for Marriage booth and participants shouted
Where’s our booth?! Equality for all!
When the fair opened, neither the anti-marriage equality group Minnesota for Marriage (more like Minnesota against Marriage, since the coalition of the Minnesota Family Council, the Minnesota Catholic Conference and the National Organization for Marriage oppose same-sex marriage) nor the pro-equality group Minnesotans United for All Families were able to secure booths. Minnesota for Marriage –I am trying really hard not to abbreviate them as M4M but I can’t resist–set up a few blocks away outside a church, while Minnesotans United shared space with the Independence, Green and DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) parties.
The local Christian radio station helped out the anti-equality group. Broadcasting from a little white house inside the fairgrounds, KKMS regularly announced:
While you’re visiting the fair, please, stop by the Minnesota for Marriage information booth in front of Church of the Holy Childhood.
But on Labor Day Weekend, the fair’s last three days, all of sudden M4M was given space for a booth, while Minnesotans United for All Families were not. And as the video shows, people felt that was unfair.
Marriage equality is also a focus at the Minnesota House of Representatives State Fair poll booth, featuring the unscientific poll that queries fair-goers about issues that will be on November 2012 statewide ballot in Minnesota, like ice-fishing laws, and an ID requirement for voting, and whether Minnesota should add a constitutional amendment that would prohibit same-sex marriage. The amendment, which was sponsored by the Republican-controlled legislature, passed the constitutional ballot question in May. According to Minnesota Public Radio:
The Minnesota Republican Party doesn’t promote a position on the marriage amendment at its booth, and a spokeswoman said the party has no plans to do anything with it during the fair.
Independence Party volunteer James “Red” Nelson told MPR:
This is Minnesota. They don’t pry into other people’s business. Let them do what they want.
I just think it’s completely ridiculous and unfair that in 2011 and 2012, we’re going to be fighting about something like whether people should be able to get married. We’ve got so many economic problems; our foreign policy is a mess; the country needs so many things, so many problems to address, but instead we’re dividing ourselves over something like this, over preventing some people from getting married.”
I’m Jewish. And my family was pushed out of Eastern Europe by people when the government wanted to distract people from real issues and pick a scapegoat to kick around. I think I’m pretty sensitive to when the same thing’s happening here.
State Rep. Rick Hansen, DFL-South St. Paul told Minnesota Public Radio:
We’re getting folks that say, “Why is this happening? We had the budget issue and we had this focus on the amendment, why is this happening now?’ That’s been the number one question I’ve had here so far.
For the second time, a horde of gay barbarians descended on Marcus Bachmann’s psychology clinic. Today the clinic was ready for the sexy savages, locking the doors and leaving the barbarians at the gate. Last time the heathen mob encroached, the clinic waiting room was sprinkled with glitter. Oh teh horror! Teh horror!
The flash mob was suddenly met by a dapper gray-haired man in a suit who swinging a whip as he feebly attempted to discipline the glitter-bombing barbarians. Then overcome by his feelings–a strange stirring in his loins, a love that dare not speak its name, maybe he was born this way?–the Marcus Bachmann impersonator fell to his knees mid-exorcism, ecstatically receiving a sparkling glitter baptism before rising, then dancing to Lady Gaga with his new-found friends, free at last from the shackles of denial.
Carl Atiya Swanson, the actor who played Bachmann in Thursday’s street theater piece told City Pages:
I think [Marcus] and Michele sort of exemplify a great tragedy in the American ethos, which is that they believe in freedom but only in the ways they want to be free. That’s my main problem with their politics. It extends, obviously, to Marcus specifically for his use of ‘reparative’ and ex-gay therapy, which is a farce that ends in tragedy
Nick Espinosa, the piece’s organizer said:
It was a response to Marcus and Michele Bach’s continual dodging of questions relating to the therapy that’s happening at their clinic. Until they stop stonewalling and come clean with the American people about what’s happening at that clinic they can continue to expect people to keep standing up against what they’re doing.
Lots of middle aged white guys dance funny and some talk in pseudo-soothing, condescending tones as they deliver harmful, offensive remarks.
I don’t know if Marcus Bachmann is a closeted gay self-hating homophobe misusing Jesus’ message to damage the lives of men and women who are trying to find peace and resolution in their lives. But he is a self-righteous hate-filled homophobe who misuses Jesus’ message.
“I’ve expressed caution about how we approach the issue of Medicare.” Considering that [Michele] Bachmann has previously said we must “wean everybody” off Medicare and Social Security, her new hesitancy to do so belies the extremely unpopular nature of the GOP plan.