A new independent poll shows Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) leading his opponent by only five points, just a week after he suggested residents of western Pennsylvania are racist.
Forty-six percent of voters in Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district said they supported Murtha, while 41 percent voiced support for his Republican challenger, retired Army Lt. Col. Bill Russell. Eight percent of voters said they were undecided, 4 percent said they preferred another candidate, and 1 percent refused to answer.
If this is what it takes to get this corrupt SOB out of Congress, so be it. I wonder if there is any way the citizens of Pennsylvania and Minnesota can make a pact to rid themselves of their respective embarrassments. At this point in the game, the continued service of both reps is a stain on the civic pride of both states. Murtha has a long history of corruption and general boobery and Bachmann...well, since calling for anti-American investigations on the Chris Matthews program, she has a) denied saying what she clearly said, b) blamed Chris Matthews for making her say what she clearly said, and c) appeared on Hugh Hewitt and Mike Gallagher's radio programs to repeat what she clearly said. At least she's taking the opportunity to show the state who her true friends are:
Mr. Strom apparently thinks those words will have a comforting effect on voters. I think it's rather obvious that Mr. Strom and Mrs. Bachmann hold the people of the 6th district in very low regard. Like Murtha, if Mrs. Bachmann is the best that her district can produce, than maybe folks like Davey are right: maybe she actually represents idiocy and fear. Somehow I doubt it.
But many Republicans warn against counting out Bachmann too soon. David Strom of the Minnesota Free Market Institute, who stood with Bachmann during the Forest Lake event, said he doesn't see the controversy translating into a defeat for Bachmann. Strom said despite the commotion, Bachmann still has many like-minded constituents in the 6th district.
"At the end of the day Bachmann fits the district very well," Strom said. "And I don't think that most of the people in the district think she's so far out on the extreme, because she actually represents where most people in the district actually are."
UPDATE: Bachmann continues to lie while expecting that her constituents will swallow her line of BS. My God, let's take Davey at his word and say that the 6th district is a conservative wonderland. It should then follow that there is no shortage of conservative candidates who could be trotted out in 2 years and who would be able to perform their duties without calling for McCarthy-esque investigations into the beliefs of their fellow Americans. It should also be pointed out that Bachmann is deserving of no pity for her sick performance. As her subsequent stints on Hewitt and Gallagher make clear, she was spot-on message during her appearance on Hardball. She honestly believes that Barack Obama likely holds anti-American views. Like any good movement conservative, she has put her foot down hard on the victimhood pedal since drawing unwanted attention to herself and the race. If she wins, you can imagine that she will view the victimhood (and the crazy ideas in her head) as being completely validated. Folks, this is one of those moments were you have to put your foot down. Here she is on Mike Gallagher (highlights and font changes are mine):
"What are Barack Obama's policies?" Bachmann said on the show. "Are they for America or will they be against traditional American ideals and values? [Barack Obama's policies have] nothing to do with traditional American values."
She's saying the same thing. You can make believe that "traditional" means something different to those in the pro-American parts of Real Virginia than it does to us city-dwelling liberal heathens, but it doesn't. This is America, period, and the only anti-American sentiment in this entire little escapade is coming from the congresswoman's own mouth. You have to ask yourself: What exactly is she backtracking from? Why is the NRCC pulling money out of the race? Why does she feel the need to tell one crowd that she was tricked into saying what she said while telling another that she misspoke? Why does she tell yet another crowd the same thing she said on Matthews' show in the first place? Who can keep track of all of her stories? How stupid does she think her constituents are that they can't put 2 and 2 together? If she is reelected, exactly what lines could possibly be crossed in future elections to make a candidate unelectable? Folks, that's what this is about. Bachmann has set the bar for reelection hopelessly low. If she clears it...well, I ask again: What type of behavior is considered unelectable?
UPDATE ii: The disease spreads. Here's a GOP Rep from NC saying that "liberals" hate "real Americans."
Like Bachmann, he denied ever having said such a thing even though he was caught on tape. He claims his remarks were taken "out of context." I claim he thinks his constituents are stupid. Ooops...it now looks like he has backed down since the audio has been released. He now claims that his remarks were merely a good-natured attempt to keep the crowd "as respectful as possible." Seriously. This man is in Congress. Maybe we can add him to the MN/PA Murtha/Bachmann pact.
UPDATE iii: I'll repeat what I wrote in a post about a week ago:
When radio hosts like Hugh Hewitt tell their audiences that voting for Obama will literally get them killed; and when guys like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity go on and on about Barry Hussein Obama's supposed association with terrorists; and when the McCain campaign itself resorts to a strategy that paints Obama as a socialist Other who literally doesn't see America in the same way that good folks like John, Cindy, Sarah, and Todd do; how is it a surprise that GOP voters are putting 2 + 2 together by expressing fear and anger that the damn terrorist black Muslim might get elected?UPDATE iv: The following email just arrived in my inbox from some friends who attend a mega church in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Bachmann's ridiculous statements are just another version of the sickness:
Let me answer this for you in no uncertain terms: It is not a surprise that the GOP base is behaving this way. It is not a surprise that a constituency which has been the target of 8+ years of non reality-based drivel has suddenly woke up in a country that has two trillion-dollar mistakes, a drowned city, and all-around corruption; and that they can only bring themselves to point their fingers at the only villain they truly know: f'ing liberals.
After hours and hours of right wing radio telling them how liberals want to hand their country over to their pals, Al Qaeda; and after hours and hours of reading right wing books telling them about how liberals want to take their money and teach sex to their kindergarteners; let me ask you again: How is it a surprise that the GOP base is behaving like this?
Please send this to everyone on your mailing list, we have to stop Obama. Our country is at risk.....he is a fast talker, a good speaker and from watching the DNC convention I would say many Americans are being sucked in....so, do pay attention and for goodness sakes help save this country.
Subject: Missionaries in Kenya know Obama
Celeste and Loren Davis are Missionaries in Africa and can shed some firsthand light on Obama.
Thanks for sending out an alert about Obama. We are living and working in Kenya for almost twelve years now and know his family (tribe) well. They are the ones who were behind the recent Presidential election chaos here. Thousands of people have been displaced by election violence (over 350,000) and I don't know the last count of the dead.
Obama, under 'friends of Obama' gave almost a million dollars to the opposition campaign who just happened to be his cousin, Raila Odinga, who is a socialist trained in east Germany. He has been trying to bring Kenya down for years and the last president threw him in prison for trying to subvert this country! December 27th elections brought cries from ODM (Odinga Camp) of rigged election.
Obama and Raila speak daily. As we watch Obama rise in the US we are sure that whatever happens, he will use the same tactic, crying rigged election if he doesn't win, and possibly cause a race war in America.
What we would like you to know is what the American press has been keeping a dirty little secret. Obama IS a Muslim and he IS a racist and this is a fulfillment of the 9-11 threat that was just the beginning. Jihad is the only true Muslim way. We know this because we have been working with them for 20 years this July!
Obama is not an American as we know it. Please encourage your friends and associates not to be taken in by those that are promoting him. It is worldwide Jihad. All our friends in Europe are very disturbed by the Muslim infiltration into their countries.
By the way, his true name is Barak Hussein Muhammed Obama. Won't that sound sweet to our enemies as they swear him in on the Koran!?
God Bless you.
Pray for us here in Kenya . We are still fighting for our nation to withstand the same kind of assault that every nation, including America , is fighting. Takeover from the outside to fit the new world order. As believers, this means we will be the first targets. Here in Kenya , not one mosque was burned down, but hundreds of churches were burned down, some with people in them, burned alive.
Jesus Christ is our peace, but the new world order of Globalism has infiltrated the church and confused believers into thinking that they can compromise and survive. It won't be so. I will send you a newsletter we sent out in February documenting in a more cohesive manner what I've tried to say in a few paragraph.
Why would we take a risk with Obama when there's a American hero with a lifetime of service to this country? John McCain has proven by his actions that he has the best interest of America at heart! Obama has only talked and my Mama always told me, "Actions speak louder than words!" Get out there and vote - don't let November 4 slip by without your voice being heard!
Don't think for one second that when politicians like Michele Bachmann and John McCain "innocently" ask "Who is the real Barack Obama?" that they don't know exactly what the answer is and where it comes from. The answer to this question has been brewing in right wing churches, emails, and on GOP talk radio for 2 years. Who is he? He's an anti-American black Muslim socialist who pals around with terrorists. Bachmann knew exactly what she was doing on the Chris Matthews program. Her only fault was appearing on a show where the audience wasn't up to date on their GOP prep work.