Chris Matthews Still Spooked By Michele Bachmann’s: “Manchurian”, “Queen of Diamonds”, “Hypnotic Trance”

Here is Michele Bachmann’s appearance on Meet The Press, Sunday. I thought she did a masterful job of getting her main talking point out there (which was unfortunately ignored), and of fielding questions from an interviewer whose main objective was to trip her up:

Now watch Chris Matthews’ rather unhinged reaction to that:

Geoffrey Dickens at Newsbusters wonders what the big deal is:

Leave it to Chris Matthews to look at a typical, by the book, recitation of talking points appearance by Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and describe it as a sign of conspiracy or lunacy. On Monday’s Hardball, after Matthews played clips of Bachmann on NBC’s Meet the Press, he wondered if she was trained by “a group in Virginia that teaches right wing people” to “use the most wild language” and repeat it or was she simply “behaving like a zombie?”

I’ve watched entire interviews where the Democrat refused to answer a single question, and instead blathered on and on about his own self-serving talking points.
And I’ve watched the liberal interviewer allow him to get away with it. Michelle Bachmann had a story- a 105 billion dollar scandal that she desperately wanted to break on a highly rated Sunday talk show, an which the supposed journalist who was interviewing her had no interest in following up on…what more,  all  liberal pols can talk about today is that she dodged a question.

As Ace explained earlier today, there’s a very good reason why Bachmann dodged the “Will you shut down government” question.

David Gregory relentlessly stayed on his own message: asking and re-asking if Bachmann would shut the government down over these “political” spending questions. (Later in the show, he made a strict distinction between spending cuts which are “not political” and spending cuts — to liberal favorites NPR, Planned Parenthood, and ObamaCare — which are “political” and therefore unreasonable. He never explained why cuts to programs other than these should be considered “not political.”)

Let me turn to Gregory’s agenda: He kept asking the same question. He was attempting to get Michelle Bachmann to commit to either shutting the government down or not shutting it down.

It’s a trap question, because any answer she gives helps Obama. If she says she’ll shut the government down over these “political” spending cuts, then Gregory and Obama can paint her as an “extremist” who refuses to “compromise” and therefore pressure the GOP to relent on these questions — Heads Obama wins.

If she says she’s willing to compromise and give on these points, then she has absolutely no negotiating position when she goes to the table, and Obama himself can threaten to shut down the government because he knows Bachmann will fold — in this case, she would have already announced she’d fold, after all. Tails Bachmann loses.

Chris knows all of this very well. He’s not new to politics. He understands how the game is played. His attacks on Bachmann have nothing to do with how she answers questions…the attacks are meant to deflect attention away from the Master.

He may also be a little sore about this.


Livestreaming Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Spring Event With Pawlenty, Cain, Gingrich, Santorum and Roemer

All American Blogger, Duane Lester is in Waukee, IA, tonight for the Iowa Faith and Freedom Forum, schedule here.

Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Spring Kick-off Event * Monday, March 7th; 5:30-7:30 pm * Point of Grace Church in Waukee, IA (Click link for directions) * 305 NE Dartmoor Drive

Don’t miss the most exciting political event ever held in Iowa’s presidential caucus history! The Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition is hosting its Eleventh Annual Spring Kick Off on Monday, March 7th, at the Point of Grace Church in Waukee. This year the event has garnered wide national and international media interest. CSPAN will be broadcasting the candidate’s speeches live! Please join hundreds of other fellow Iowan’s for this historic event!

Five potential presidential candidates will be speaking – former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza Herman Cain, former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and former Speaker of the U.S. House Newt Gingrich. This collection of speakers marks the first event of its kind in the 2012 race with multiple potential candidates sharing the same stage!

Other distinguished guests expected to attend the event include Congressman Steve King, Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, other statewide elected officials, state legislators and the president of the national Faith & Freedom Coalition and Fox News contributor Ralph Reed.

Duane has a front row seat and plans on live streaming the statements of the candidates at 7 pm Central:

You can also watch the livestream and read more about the event at All American Blogger.

Gov. Walker Says The Barrier To Progress Is Senator Miller

Walker notes Miller is misleading the public, Republicans, and even his own caucus. He says they have a path to move forward, but we’ve got to have leaders who are willing to stand up and stand in the way of those who are trying to block this from happening.

Here’s the PDF of the letter that Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald sent Miller:

March 7, 2011

Sen. Mark Miller

Parts Unknown, IL

Dear Senator Miller,

Thank you for your hand-delivered letter with an offer to meet, in Illinois, about the business and future direction of Wisconsin.   Let’s set aside how bizarre that is for a moment.

As you know, this legislation is designed to finally balance the state budget, prevent layoffs and create jobs in the real world.  There are hundreds of thousands of unemployed or underemployed Wisconsinites, and at least 1,500 more whose jobs are in the balance because of your media stunt.  We all deserve better than this. In the meantime, members of your caucus have been meeting with the governor’s staff, talking to the media, trying to find a way back to Madison, and contradicting your message in public.  In case you don’t remember, you were present yourself at one of those meetings with the governor’s staff.

Your grasp of reality, and control of your caucus as minority leader, continues to amaze me. As you know, your opportunity to compromise and amend the bill was on the floor of the state Senate.  As you know, you forfeited that right and opportunity when you decided to flee the state instead of doing your job.

Your stubbornness in trying to ignore the last election and protect the broken status quo is truly shameful.  While we wait for you and your colleagues to finally show up, Senate Republicans continue to stand ready to do the job we were elected to do, here in Wisconsin.  I hope you are enjoying your vacation, and your vacation from reality.


Scott Fitzgerald

Senate Majority Leader CC: Governor Scott Walker

Trevor Loudin has profiled Mark Miller: Red Reps 3 Mark Miller – Socialist Stooge in the Wisconsin State Senate?

Even before thousands of socialists and labor unionists descended on the State Capital, Miller reportedly worked with Madison mayor Dave Ciesliewicz in an attempt to persuade the Secretary of State to delay Scott Walker’s Bill, so that Ciesliewicz could sign off on City union contracts before the Bill was passed.

I have written herehere, here, here, here, here and here on efforts by the U.S.’s largest Marxist organization  Democratic Socialists of America to fan the Wisconsin flames, into a nationwide anti- GOP movement.

D.S.A. has a policy of infiltrating and influencing state legislatures nationwide. DSAers members and sympathizers posing as Democrats,  hold key positions in several state legislatures, including in New York, Michigan, Illinois, Maryland, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Wisconsin. These covert socialist supporters are then used to put D.S.A. drafted legislation before their legislatures and agitate and lobby for its passage.

Read more at the site.

Walker and the Republicans really have their work cut out for them…

Monday Menagerie

The Foundry: In Pictures: Bush Vs. Obama On Gas Prices

New Zeal: Is There a Frighteningly Simple Explanation For This?


Breaking News at The PJ Tatler:

Iranian Official Admits Aiding Hezbollah, Says All Middle East Oil Will Be Cut Off To the West

Sepah News (the house organ of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard) reports:

On Wednesday, March 2nd, Commander of the Basij organization, Brigadier General Mohammad-Reza Naghdi spoke at a conference of specialist working groups of Basiji corps of engineers. “Seventy percent of the world’s fossil fuel reserve is under the feet of the soldiers of the Supreme Leadership and soon oil and gas fields belonging to Muslims, which is now in the hands of America will fall into the hands of the people; that will be the time when all those overlords will have sanctions put on them.” He added: “The enemy is heavily dependent on this energy and the events in the region has them quite agitated, this of course provides us with a hopeful future.”


A timely guest post at Legal Insurrection: Polling 101 – How People Answer Polls by Matthew Knee, “a Ph.D. candidate at Yale University specializing in campaigns and elections, ethnic voting patterns, public opinion, and quantitative and experimental approaches to political science.”:

Analyzing polls with only what polling companies release is a tricky business. Near-ideal poll analysis requires a database of actual, person-by-person responses, expensive software, and advanced mathematics. Ideal poll analysis requires actually being the pollster and having an overstuffed budget. However, there are a number of rules, tips, and tricks that anyone – with a bit of logic and a calculator – can use to draw meaningful conclusions from flawed polls and incomplete information.

I will be addressing these issues in three stages. In the first section, I will talk a bit about how people answer polling questions. In the second, I will discuss samples and biases. In the third, I will discuss techniques for evaluating the seriousness of bias.

All-purpose disclaimer: This series will include approximations and simplifications. It is for understanding media polls, not for writing articles for scholarly journals. It is also not exhaustive. The list of specific problems that can arise, especially in poll wording, is, obviously, enormously long.

How People Answer Polls

1. Most People Probably Don’t Think About Politics Like You Do

Keep reading….


On the Rush Limbaugh Show today, Rush discusses the “gorilla” in the room in the 2012 elections aka – Obama’s Socialism, and the sad fact that none of the Republican contenders are going to have the stones to reference it, focusing instead on policy. The problem with that of course is – people need to understand why the policies Obama has pursued have been so disastrous, because the left will continue to blame Bush/Republicans for everything that has gone wrong.


Michael Barone: It’s the union work rules, stupid

In response to my Sunday Examiner column blaming the late Frederick W. Taylor for the plight of labor unions (if the connection doesn’t seem obvious to you, read the piece), engineer and private space exploration advocate Rand Simberg to remind me of his excellent December 2008 Pajamas Media blogpost on UAW work rules.

That Simberg piece is well worth your time…
A man’s heroic actions prevent a terrorist attack on the 2008 Republican Convention….naturally, the left lines up to smear him – including the NYTs.  This story is an outrage.

It appears the progressive New York Times is running an ugly campaign of character assassination against a real-life American hero who saved lives and helped to safeguard the nation’s sacred democratic process. The man with the bull’s eye on his back is Brandon Darby, formerly a far-left community organizer. The Old Gray Lady has accused Darby of encouraging a plot to firebomb Republicans at the 2008 nominating convention, when in fact he was instrumental in thwarting the conspiracy and saving the lives of Republican delegates and police officers.

Darby stands accused by the New York Times and by angry radical groups of acting as an agent provocateur. In the article Anarchist Ties Seen in ’08 Bombing of Texas Governor’s Mansion published February 23, 2011, the paper said Darby urged two radicals to firebomb the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. According to NYT reporter James C. McKinley Jr.:

Yet federal agents accused two men from these circles of plotting to make firebombs and hurl them at police cars during the convention. An F.B.I informant from Austin, Brandon Darby, was traveling with the group and told the authorities of the plot, which he had encouraged. [emphasis added]

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota this is absolutely, demonstrably untrue.

Thoughts and prayers are in order for Michelle Malkin’s cousin who’s gone missing: Marizela Perez:
She is a University of Washington undergrad and she has been missing since Saturday afternoon, when she left the Rainier Beach neighborhood headed to the UW Seattle campus. Her parents have been trying to reach her all weekend; she apparently never made it to campus and has not been heard from by phone/Internet. They’ve filed a missing persons report with the Seattle Police Department. Hospitals have been alerted, according to family members, and bus and train routes have been checked. No sign.
Bullet People Video added:

Mary Katharine Ham: The New F***ing Tone Is HereWatch the video at AoSHQ.

New f***ing tone also f***ing here.


Gateway Pundit: TEAM OBAMA FOLDS: Gitmo Terror Trials to Resume

Well, that was two years we’ll never have back.

Obama halted Guantanamo war crimes trials the day he took office.

Today, the Obama Administration announced that terror trials will resume at Gitmo.
FOX News reported:

President Obama announced Monday that military trials will resume for detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, saying the tribunals are an “important tool in combating international terrorists.”

Not so cocky, now, are we?


Jennifer Rubin, Right Turn: EXCLUSIVE: New Chris Christie Video


Missouri Watchdog: McCaskill to Democrats: ‘It’s time for us to fight’:

Watch videos of Missouri’s  top Democrats: Senator Claire McCaskill, and Gov Jay Nixon, (both of whom are up for re-election in 2012), Rep Russ Carnahan, who barely squeaked by in 2010, his sis Robin Carnahan, who blamed low voter turnout for the disastrous results at the polls, and others who made equally inane utterances at Missouri’s first Democratic Convention.

Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks


Video: Jesse Jackson Jr Wants Constitution To Guarantee The Right To A “Decent Home”, Medical Care, and “Decent Education”

Jesse Jackson Jr.wants the Constitution to guarantee the rights to a “decent home”,   “medical care”, and for a “decent education”, (providing every student with a computer and ipod), because just think of all the jobs these rights will create!

And I’m sure Jesse Jackson Jr. and his pals will provide for us, their definition of “decent”. Here’s hoping  “decent” includes a swimming pool and jacuzzi. Ka-ching! More jobs for swimming pool and Jacuzzi dealers!

Before you scoff at his “we’ll get there” comment, you’ll do well to remember that Jackson has a highly placed ally.

These are the “positive liberties” Obama famously referred to in a 2001 Chicago Public Radio interview – “what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf” , which the  media chose to ignore  when it came to light in October 2008 via Naked Emperor News.

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers


Video: Joe the Plumber Visits Wisconsin

This video montage of Joe Wurzelbacher in Madison is interspersed with clips from left-wing  protests in Madison and elsewhere. You’ll probably recognize one of the guys from the Common Cause Anti-Koch rally last month. Some of these clips I hadn’t seen before, including the “Revolutionist” who says he hates Republicans, and if we can’t get them out of office, peacefully, “do it violently, then”:

Sometimes I wonder if the more moderate pro-union protesters even realize how much they are being led by Communists…

Cross-posted at Left-Wing Institute For Civil Discourse

Via Breitbart TV.