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Sep 04 2012

Bachmann’s Bizarre Argument for Romney

Okay, we all knew that Michele Bachmann’s reality is, to put it kindly, not the same one the rest of us are living in. But when she starts saying that people should vote for Romney instead of Obama because Obama is rich and out of touch with the “common man”? Wow.

USA Today caught up with Bachmann at the Republican National Convention earlier this week and asked her how someone with “vast wealth” like Romney could “connect with the American public, really understand what the plight of the American public?”

“Well, President Obama is extremely wealthy,” Bachmann replied. “He and his wife have been wealthy for a number of years, and so I think that’s really the issue. Obama is wealthy, what do, or — what does he understand about the common man right now?”

“And I think what people care about is not hating someone for what their assets are — the American people don’t hate President Obama because he’s a very wealthy individual,” she added.

“What they care about is how their lives are, would their lives be better? And I think it’s very clear under the Romney-Ryan ticket the average Americans’ lives will be much better, they’ll have a lot more money to spend in the way that they want, and they’ll also have a much more secure future for their children.”

Okey dokey.

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  1. 1
    VeritasKnight

    Understanding the common man is like a loop. You get it when you’re poor and middle class. Once you make your first million, though, bam. Now you’re a rich, snobby son of a bitch. Once you make your first HUNDRED million, though, you understand the average joe again.

    Or something.

  2. 2
    raven

    Bachmann is the poster person for fundie induced cognitive impairment.

    1. Does she ever notice that most of what she says makes no sense and/or is wildly wrong.

    2. Do the people in Minnesota who keep voting her into office notice? Do they care?

  3. 3
    Raging Bee

    It’s another racial dog-whistle: the Obamas are scary black people who got rich (making money that white people should have made), instead of staying in their proper place. It’s just more otherization, along with their usual incoherent nonsense about his birth certificate and his college transcripts.

  4. 4
    dingojack

    So Bachann’s argument against ‘Romney rich, does he understand the ‘common man’? (who is not rich) is:

    1. Well Obama is rich too – so there!
    2. Obama is rich so what does he know about the ‘common man’?
    3. The ‘common man’ doesn’t care about being rich anyway.
    4. The ‘common man’ doesn’t hate Obama for being rich.

    1. is just ‘yes but he is too’
    2. implies that Romney doesn’t know about the ‘common man’ either, since both are rich.
    3. That being rich isn’t an issue anyway (so why mention 1. & 2. then Michele?)
    4. That people don’t hate Obama for being rich (in contrast to Rmoney?)

    I’ll take non sequiturs for $1000 thanks Alex!

    Dingo
    —–
    Notice she can’t even answer a fairly straightforward question. The Right’s punditry strays into ‘can’t even lie straight in bed‘ territory.

  5. 5
    lofgren

    Once you make your first HUNDRED million, though, you understand the average joe again.

    Once you make your first hundred million, you can simply tell your Average Joe what to think. You are beyond mere understanding.

  6. 6
    Abby Normal

    That may just be the most cogent argument Bachmann’s ever presented. And while I’m at it, I’d say She Wolf is the most photorealistic Jackson Pollock piece.

  7. 7
    Michael Heath

    I think the most likely explanation for Rep. Bachmann’s behavior is as follows.

    The Holy Spirit transported Rep. Bachman’s soul into Mitt Romney’s body. Ms. Bachmann now feels the pain Mr. Romney feels by acting as if he’s in touch with the common man while trying to bilk us, and his failure to get us to believe him. Ms. Bachmann is then transported back into her own body where she is psychologically projecting this Mitt Romney plutocratic defect onto President Obama.

    This is also some grad-level wingnuttery at play here given Bachmann’s projection of another’s failure onto another. We’ve reached a whole new level; it’ll be interesting to see how Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, David Barton, and Bryan Fischer respond. Can they keep up? Somehow I think so.

  8. 8
    justsomeguy

    She’s right about one thing, though: most people don’t begrudge a person for their wealth. We save our begrudging for *how* those people get their wealth.

  9. 9
    Modusoperandi

    “And I think it’s very clear under the Romney-Ryan ticket the average Americans’ lives will be much better, they’ll have a lot more money to spend in the way that they want, and they’ll also have a much more secure future for their children.”

    Shorter Bachmann: “I have no idea how things work.”

  10. 10
    Area Man

    USA Today caught up with Bachmann at the Republican National Convention earlier this week and asked her how someone with “vast wealth” like Romney could “connect with the American public, really understand what the plight of the American public?”

    “Well, President Obama is extremely wealthy,” Bachmann replied. “He and his wife have been wealthy for a number of years, and so I think that’s really the issue. Obama is wealthy, what do, or — what does he understand about the common man right now?”

    If I understand this correctly, her answer to the question of whether Romney can connect with the public because of his vast wealth is clearly “No”. It’s just that the other guy can’t either.

  11. 11
    Ace of Sevens

    Is Obama any richer than Bachmann? I understand her husband’s clinic does brisk business.

  12. 12
    Matrim

    Honestly, I think she knows exactly what she’s saying (as did Marco Rubio during his RNC speech, and Rick Perry during one of his recent interviews). While she is towing the party line I think she has her sights set on 2016 and another presidential bid.

  13. 13
    d cwilson

    Michele Bachmann is the Bizarro Congresswoman. Everything she says is the opposite of true.

  14. 14
    anubisprime

    Framing!
    For the hard of thinking that haz de bigotry and de hates fur dem furriners that wot iz considerably richer then youw and ‘appens to be prez of the country!

    Michele is just helpin’ the dumb out by givin ‘em a vague reason why they are right to hateses!

  15. 15
    dugglebogey

    I’m very curious. When she says the phrase “average american” I wonder what she pictures in her mind?

    Any guesses?

  16. 16
    dalbryn

    This actually fits a pattern I’ve been seeing. If you hear an argument that you think it compelling, you just use it against the person you don’t like whether it’s true or not. The important thing is that you think the argument is compelling. For example, this weekend I hear that Romney is better than Obama because Obama hates wind power and Romney does not.

  17. 17
    matthewhodson

    Romney is “old money” where as Obama is that icky “new money”.
    Romney understands the plight of the commoners he has been surrounded by them his whole life, they tend his garden, cook his dinners, clean his house and cars. Obama cant compete with that.

  18. 18
    ottod

    By my standards, the Obamas are wealthy, not extremely wealthy, but wealthy, and they’ll certainly become more wealthy when they reenter the private sector. And even though Obama was raised without want, neither of the Obamas were apparently born to or raised with wealth. It’s hard, for instance, to imagine either of them counseling college students to just borrow the money to go to school from their parents. And they worked to go through school, and worked at real jobs thereafter to achieve what they have now.

    On the other hand, by Romney’s standards, the Obamas and I(and most of the rest of us) are much closer, possibly indistinguishably closer, to each other in terms of wealth. I don’t imagine that walking out of grad school into a berth in investment banking is the same as what the Obamas experienced.

    The plight of the common man has probably not changed much since the Obamas experienced it; it may have changed considerably since Romney’s father experienced it as an ill-educated immigrant.

    Michele has a hard time with the concept of being out of touch (with anything).

  19. 19
    Michael Heath

    dugglebogey writes:

    I’m very curious. When she says the phrase “average american” I wonder what she pictures in her mind?

    Any guesses?

    Her voting base.

  20. 20
    Tony! The Queer Shoop

    Once you make your first hundred million, you can simply tell your Average Joe what to think. You are beyond mere understanding.

    You’re almost a god at that point.
    Hmm, fits well with Mormon beliefs.

  21. 21
    cactuswren

    I’m very curious. When she says the phrase “average american” I wonder what she pictures in her mind?

    Any guesses?

    Yeah.

  22. 22
    jayarrrr

    I gotta pile on… That woman is bat-shit insane. Are there pockets of lead paint chip consumption in her district?

  23. 23
    dingojack

    “Are there pockets of lead paint chip consumption in her district?”
    I think they grind it up and use it like salt; why else would they vote for her?
    ;) Dingo

  24. 24
    lofgren

    Wow, they’re so backwards they can’t even use condiments right. Lead paint tastes sweet, not salty.

  25. 25
    kermit.

    lofgren: Lead paint tastes sweet, not salty.

    I did not know that. That explains why there is such a problem with toddlers chewing on the window frames in old houses.

  26. 26
    tfkreference

    I grew up in what is now the outstate part of her district, and shudder to think that I would be her idea of a Real American (I voted for Reagan–twice) if I hadn’t been exposed to the real world (and science) by going to college in a bigger city. There but for the grace of freethoughtblogs go I.

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