Michele writes once more to me, her “cherished friend”

Not to mention, “immensely loyal supporter.” Which would come as a surprise to a lot of people.

I received this this morning from Michele Bachmann:

Dear Friend,

As a most cherished friend and an immensely loyal supporter, I’m writing you today to say THANK YOU for all you have done both for me and my campaigns.

As a special thank you, I have prepared a personal video just for you that I hope you will view right now. I’m excited to share this important breaking news about a decision I have made with you first.

After watching the video, I hope you will provide me your feedback or leave a comment.

Again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for your continued support. I look forward to working with you in my future endeavors.


As I’ve mentioned in the past, Rep. Bachmann has for some time assumed a certain intimacy with me. I was particularly disturbed when I would get those “Are you free to talk tonight?” emails. It was like she thought we were married, or at least seriously dating.

I suppose I got on the list from my contacts with Wesley Donehue’s outfit, since they worked with her presidential campaign.

Maybe it’s over now. Do you think? Surely I won’t hear from her any more. Will I?

16 thoughts on “Michele writes once more to me, her “cherished friend”

  1. Brad Warthen Post author

    I tried to watch the video, but didn’t finish. My, how she does go on.

    Taegan Goddard this morning shared some interesting, related (although Michele insists this has NOTHING to do with her electability) thoughts, under the headline, “Running for President Can Kill Your Political Career:”

    First Read: “A word of warning to anyone thinking about 2016: Running for president doesn’t always help your political career. After unsuccessful presidential bids in ’04 and ’08, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) later found himself without a congressional seat. After he finished sixth in the ’08 Iowa caucuses — after moving his family to the state — Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) saw his popularity in his state plummet and decided not to run for re-election. And after briefly running for president in 2008, former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) lost a Senate race four years later. And now you can add Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who like Dodd finished sixth in Iowa in 2012, to this list.”

    Reid Wilson: “Bachmann may have been the loudest member of the class of 2006, the one who inspired the most heated arguments. But she will hardly be the most consequential; her enduring legacy may be the lessons she taught in how to lose friends and become completely uninfluential.”

  2. Phillip

    Interesting, then, in light of Goddard’s piece that you quote, how Bachmann puts at the very front of her extremely long-winded announcement her defensive-sounding claim that concerns over electability (and then, a mention of investigations into her Prez campaign) had nothing to do with her decision.

    DWTS, anybody?

    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      It had NOTHING to do with her electability. Nothing at all. Don’t think, even for an instant, that it did. If you doubt me, ask Michele; she’ll set you straight.

      It amuses me that you would even have such a thought. It’s so crazy! HA-HA-HA-HA-HA. See, I’m laughing at the very idea.

      That’s THE most important thing you should take away from this…

    1. Steven Davis II

      Where will the HI congressmen go? Some rainbow decorated, taxpayer provided shelter I’m guessing.

  3. Silence

    Since Brad brought up intimacy….
    I’m thinking hoping that she’ll go the Farah Abraham route and “accidentally” release a professionally made, high quality sex tape called “Back Door Tea Party”.

  4. bud

    I came across this on one of the liberal websites. I thought it captured the Republican Party pretty well:

    The Republican Lords Prayer

    Our Republican Father, Who art on Wall Street, hallowed by Thy profits.
    They wealth does come, but only for some, on the backs of the working poor chumps.
    Give the poor this day no dail bread, and forgive them not for being such lazy bastards.
    As we condemn those who dare to question Thy authority, please lead us to temptation and deliver the illegals to Sheriff Joe for deportation.
    For Thine is the money, the power, and the offshore bank accounts for ever and ever.

    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      Except that it doesn’t.

      The first line or two describe the old, rational-self-interest Republican Party.

      Now it contains all those populists, nativists and such, who don’t care a fig for Wall Street.

      1. Brad Warthen Post author

        The Michele Bachmann part of the party isn’t about any particular IDEAS at all; it’s about emotions.

        That actually is the big difference between, say, Mark Sanford and Nikki Haley. Sanford is about the ideas of the radical economic libertarians. Nikki appeals more to the emotional crowd.

      2. Brad Warthen Post author

        Or at least, that’s what Sanford was about back when Jenny was running his campaigns; now he’s more about saying “Nancy Pelosi” over and over. So he’s more about the emotions these days.

  5. bud

    Brad you hit the nail on the head. Of course there’s still the Romney faction that adheres pretty closely to the old Country Club Republican way of thinking. But indeed that is a shrinking faction. Much of the GOP has lost any sense of direction. What do they really want to do other than oppose anything the president wants to do? Voting to repeal Obamacare 37 times isn’t really much of a strategy, especially if you are 100% certain it won’t ever pass as long as Obama is in the White House. Hey, in 2017 that may be an option by why not push for something positive now rather than all this grand standing?

    Then there’s the war monger faction led by McCain and our own Lindsey who never grow weary of talking about bombing Iran. But more and more I think Brad is right, the GOP is rapidly just becoming the party of obstructionism and absolutely nothing else.

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