Here we go again


I’m really getting disgusted with ThinkProgress:

Bachmann: ‘I Hope’ Higher Unemployment Will Help My Campaign | Appearing on CNBC this morning, presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was asked about this morning’s dismal jobs report and whether higher unemployment rates might help her chances of winning in 2012. “Does it strike you that as the unemployment rate goes up, your chances of winning office also go up?” host Carl Quintanilla asked. “Well, that could be. Again, I hope so,” Bachmann replied.

This is a classic case of what Bob Somerby calls the “Cult of the offhand comment.”

While what ThinkProgress reports is technically true, it’s obvious if you watch the whole clip that Bachmann wasn’t wishing for a rise in the unemployment rate to help her candidacy. What she was inartfully saying was that if unemployment continues to rise she hopes people will look to her as someone who can fix the problem.

I’m not saying she’s right, in fact I doubt it. I’m just sick of progressive groups and individuals throwing away all their credibility in the name of tribalism. I am really sick of having to defend people I don’t like or support.



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14 Responses to Here we go again

  1. myiq2xu says:

    This shows class and a sense of humor:

  2. WMCB says:

    It’s such bullshit. Yeah, she really said she hopes unemployment goes up. Really.

    Or did she perhaps mean that she hopes her chances of winning go up, irrespective of the forces that made it so?

    It was a throwaway comment to brush off a GOTCHA question. If she’d answered “no”, they’d have pilloried her for “admitting” she has no chance to win.

    And like you, myiq, Bachmann is not someone I want to see in office AT ALL. But sheesh, this is ridiculous.

  3. Dario says:

    Clearly, Bachmann is not a polished politician. Think Progress likes politicians like Obama who spent years polishing, and polishing, polishing, accomplishing nothing.

  4. ralphb says:

    This from ThinkProgress is pretty good though.

    Social Security benefit cuts may be a bridge too far for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). But what if Republicans and Democrats alike just agreed to refer to a benefit cut by another name.

    And if you think Democrats are playing dumb because they want a deal, think again. They’re some of the biggest supporters of this plan.

    These corrupt asshats will do anything to avoid cutting their precious new discretionary spending. Paying back their contributors is the #1 goal.

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/07/whats-in-a-name-dems-support-social-security-benefit-cut—-by-calling-it-something-else.php

    • WMCB says:

      The Dems are really starting to disgust me. I disagree with a lot of the R’s budgetary solutions, but from what I can see they are at least taking the problem seriously and wanting to do something major and bold address it. If you don’t like the specifics of what they want to do, then put your own BOLD plan out there and duke it out.

      But no, the Dems want to nibble at the edges of SS and Medicare and play accounting shell games, and find irrelevant symbols (like fucking jets) to demagogue upon, and generally fiddle while Rome burns.

      • ralphb says:

        Seriously, if the deficit is the biggest problem then it should be cut and not in the “out years” but now. The federal government has been running without any kind of budget for over 2 years. That’s not just irresponsible, I think it’s illegal.

        Seems to me that if you are a deficit hawk, cutting discretionary spending back to 2008 levels would be a good target. I couldn’t argue that would or wouldn’t hurt the economy since we’ve never been in this situation before. But continuing as we are is not doable.

        • angienc says:

          But, but, but . . .if the Dems cut discretionary spending, how are Obama, Pelosi, etc. going to pay their cronies back?

      • WMCB says:

        I think that if congress showed itself serious about getting spending under control soon (not 12 years out, because we’ve played that game before and it NEVER materializes), then the American people might be amenable to some tax increases etc to do their part.

        If they actually did some serious restructuring, and did across the board cuts in defense, govt bureaus, depts, discretionary spending,etc, then came back to the people and said “We have done all we can, and we are still in too deep a hole to dig out”, the response might be different.

        People are feeling stubborn because they don’t trust the fuckers not to take the increased taxes, wiggle their way out of frugality on their end, and wind up right back where we are now in 4 years. They are in a “you go first” mood toward congress, and I don’t blame them.

    • Dario says:

      The jobs report screams economic downturn, and additional cut backs at the federal level will make the economy much worse. If SS is cut, we’ll see poverty with soup lines like it was many years ago.

      • JeanLouise says:

        Food banks are already reporting record requests for aid. And the food banks themselves are reporting record shortages of contributions. Soup lines really aren’t far behind.

      • Lola-at-Large says:

        Who are you kidding? I made my first trek into downtown Indianapolis (my new city!) yesterday and there was a sign-wielding panhandler on every. single. corner. “Change for a sandwich?” was the call of the panhandlers. A number of business-folks had prepacked sandwiches ready to hand out when approached for change. It was amazing to see.

    • ralphb says:

      Duh, I need more coffee. that’s TPM not TP.

  5. Mary says:

    Think Progress has always been trash. Pure Obama fluffers.

    Why are you surprised?

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