Michele Bachmann’s Youthful Indiscretion

We know this gives her too much credit, but we can’t help imagine the gentleharpy from Minnesota as Anakin Skywalker:

Q: You’ve been described as Democrats’ Public Enemy No. 1. How do you feel about being a target?

A: In being forceful and fighting for the positions that I’m standing for, I obviously must pose a threat for liberals advancing their agenda. I say that because I grew up a Democrat in a Democrat family. My husband and I both worked on Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign. The first time I ever came to Washington was to dance at Walter Mondale’s inaugural ball. It was a thrill for my husband and me, and we were both happy to work on behalf of Walter Mondale and Jimmy Carter. We really believed in them when we were in college. So in some ways I don’t understand why the Democratic Party would be opposed to me, because I stand for the same values that my parents stood for when we were Democrats.

Wait — Jimmy Carter? In Michele’s defense, she was 20 in 1976, and we all have moments we’d sooner forget from our college days. But if she needs a reminder why we love her so, here’s the interview that put her on the map — the one where she demanded that Congresscritters be investigated to “find out, are they they are pro-America or anti-America?”

Bachmann says she is doing what she was elected to do [St. Cloud Times, via Political Wire]

What the hell did Ashton Kutcher do now??? OK, so there’s those movies. And that prank show. And such as. But come on. There’s also That 70s Show! And he’s just brilliant in that.

If I might now publicly adopt another unpopular stance: Jimmy Carter? I bless Mr. Carter for his amnesty. And I think he’s a decent man.

This reminds me of the end of “With Apologies to Jesse Jackson” (from South Park). Is Bachmann really so spun up in her own personal delusion that she can’t understand why people don’t like her?

I guess we should revisit Churchill’s comment about youngs/olds and their politics.

“If you’re not liberal when you’re young, you have no heart. If you’re wingnutty when you’re older, you have no meds.”

I’ve tried like hell to meet Jimmy Carter several times but he always slips away. I love his book “Outdoor Journal”. I had a meeting once with his 1976 Iowa guy, whose name escapes me now.


Churchill is a quote machine. my fav was when some lady told he he was drunk. he replied “and you Madam are ugly. and tomorrow I will be sober”

@Capt Howdy: I really need to pick up “The Last Lion” again. Dude could fucking party.

there is a great film circulating that was made for HBO called “Into The Storm”. worth netflixing.

@Capt Howdy: Once a woman said to Churchill “if I were your wife, I would give you poison,” to which he replied “if you were my wife, I would drink it.”

@Prommie: It is my understanding that Churchill started on the sherry mid-morning, had a half-bottle of wine with lunch, sherry mid-afternoon, and then the cocktails at 5. He is said to have said “I have taken more from drink than it has taken from me.”

@Prommie: Don’t forget the brandy, which he drank like water.

“Port is for gentlemen; brandy is for heroes.” -Winston Churchill

So, a birthday comin’ up? Wednesday should be “Pound One for Prommie.”

I will interpret that in my own way and pound one for prommie

@redmanlaw: “We’ll have drinks before dinner and wine with dinner and after dinner drinks.” Eye-openers, fog-cutters, pick-me-ups, quick pops, and nightcaps.

@Prommie: Plus nightcaps. And you do know that champagne does not count as an alcoholic beverage? It’s more like a Franch Sport drink to rejiggle your electrolytes.

@Capt Howdy: Yeah, but he also called Gandhi a “half-naked fakir,” so, you know, there’s that.

the most interesting part of that film is his complete fall from grace after the war was over and they no longer needed a bulldog.

@mellbell: But, weren’t most fakirs half naked?

@Capt Howdy: He was much hated in the UK for many reasons. I don’t say good reasons. He was as much revered as reviled during the war and when it was over a large part of the country couldn’t get rid of him soon enough.

@Benedick: And thus, with his downfall, began the evil socialist NHS, which threatens our own great Uhmurrican health system today.

@rptrcub: Quite a few now write about him with a contempt that borders on the comical. Particularly for his writing for which it seems he had a whole staff of ghostwriters, only coming in it at the end to style it up and add the jokes. After the war the country didn’t have much choice but institue a welfare state. As the empire collapsed there would have been fighting in the streets if the government didn’t pay returning soldiers to keep order. The pity is that what replaced him was so narrow-minded.

But when one thinks of Dunkirk, for example, he was quite extraordinary. Without him I doubt the country could have stood so completely alone for as long as it did. Anyone in the mood for a good read might want to check out Atonement which features a long and formidably well imagined account of the collapse of the BEF and the race for the French coast.

@Benedick: Commercial last night showing Ashton being a naughty “free spirit” at a gallery opening. If he doesn’t give a shit about the art, what the fuck is he doing there?

@Benedick: You have probably read “Man Overboard” by Churchill.


@Prommie: Recommendation for brandy? As for Thursday, I saw an article that says tempranillo would go well well with turkey.

@nojo: He is making a ton of money and looking cute. And honestly I don’t think it’s reasonable to expect more of him. Hasn’t he given enough?

@redmanlaw: I’m not a great enthusiast. My grandfather loathed him as did most of the working class before the war.

@Benedick: Similar treatment for Alan Turing, the great logician whose work helped break the German U-Boat code during the war. A grateful nation drove him to suicide for the crime of having a boyfriend.

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