14 June 2011

Bachmann Impresses in First Debate

Leader of the TEA Party caucus announces candidacy... 
then proceeds to show 'em what she's made of


Besides the fact that Romney escaped the evening unscathed (candidates were agreeable, introducing themselves and only attacking Obama) the evening's other winner clearly seems to have been Michele Bachmann...

The Minnesota Congresswoman definitely made the most of the opportunity, announcing that she's filed to run and will soon make a formal announcement. In debate, Bachmann came across very well -sharp and extremely well-informed on the issues- tearing into the Obammunist regime while charming the audience with an empathetic, folksy charisma and clear, concise arguments:

  • "As President of the United States, I will not rest until ObamaCare is repealed... you can take it to the bank and cash the check."
  • "What could the President be thinking, passing a bill like this (ObamaCare)... knowing full well it will kill 800,000 jobs...?"
  • Unlike how the media has tried to wrongly portray the TEA party... the TEA Party is really made up of dissaffected Democrats, independents, people who have never been political a day in their life, libertarians, Republicans, it's a wide swath of America coming together- I think that's why the Left fears it so much. They're people who simply want to take the country back, they want it to work again...
  • We're going to win, make no mistake about it. So I want to announce tonight... Barack Obama is a one-term president
  • This election will be about economics: it will be about 'how will we create jobs' - 'how will we turn the economy around'- 'how will we have a pro-growth economy'. That's a great story for Republicans to tell: President Obama can't tell that story, his report card has a big, fat failing grade on it. But Republicans have an awesome story to tell-
  • I've voted against raising the debt-ceiling in the past, and unless there are serious cuts, I can't.... but I'd like to speak of someone far more eloquent than I- someone who said "Just dealing with the issue of raising the debt ceiling is a failure of leadership". That person was then-Senator Barack Obama: he refused to raise the debt ceiling because he said President Bush had 'failed at leadership'.

And I just see now that Eric Erickson at RedState was put back in his chair by Bachmann's performance... 

The surprise last night was Michelle Bachmann. 

If there was a winner of the anti-Romney coalition, Michelle Bachmann not only won, but won by a wide margin. Suddenly, for many, the flirtation toward Herman Cain and others will go in Bachmann’s direction. 

Bachmann’s stellar performance also contrasted with Tim Pawlenty who could have sealed the deal, or taken substantial steps toward sealing the deal, of being the anti-Romney candidate.


Michele Bachmann's been languishing at around 5% in the primary race so far, so with this under her belt and the campaign official it will be interesting to see the next poll... and then if Perry and/or Palin are getting in. Erickson thinks -as do I- that now we'll see Rick Perry come in, as anti-Romney factions join together and back him... did I hear somebody say
'Perry-Bachmann 2012'...?


The CNN debate can be viewed in-full -here-



15 comments:

Randy-g said...

Perry, Bachmann would be a win win for America!

Reaganite Republican said...

Would work on a lot of levels- North/South, male/first female VP, governor/Capitol Hill... and aid Perry's credibility as a true conservative- Bachmann would never acquiesce to any RINOism, that's for sure- would resign on principle, imo

Just a conservative girl said...

Bachmann did very well last night and you are correct. She would make an excellent VP candidate. One of the most important things the VP candidate does is the attack dog role. Not only will she do it she will do it with gusto.

I thought Pawlenty did well last night. From what I have read so far, I seem to be the minority. Yes he didn't do a full frontal on Romney, but I think he got his point across that he is a viable general election candidate.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks for the link to the debate video. Since I did not watch it, because I know the candidates position, I wasn’t about to help raise the CNN ratings for the time slot. :)

Perry/Bachmann, Bachmann/Cain, Cain/Bachmann, Perry/Cain, Bachmann/Perry... ALL works for me.

Reaganite Republican said...

That is an interesting point... VP attack dog material for sure

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

I didn't say it, RR. How about Bachmann/Perry?

Reaganite Republican said...

The one with the executive experience would have to be on top imho

KateM@newsy.com said...

Bachmann performed well in the New Hampshire debate and I like that she’s announced her presidential campaign, but I wonder how well she’ll do against Romney and potentially Palin and Perry. I think it’s great that there will be an additional candidate in the GOP debates because it gives American voters more options and more of a feel for the candidates’ views on hot topics (i.e. abortion, illegal residents and border security, taxes and social programs). But I’m not too confident Bachmann will make it past the primaries especially when pitted against Romney. I think Romney has a better chance because his views can attract conservative Democrats while Bachmann’s are very much to the right on many issues and that will alienate people, though she does have a better chance as a vice president or paired with another of the candidates. I wanted to share this video on the GOP debate and Bachmann’s announcement. I think you’ll appreciate how it analyzes news coverage from different sources to show various perspectives on how the debate went and her chances against Romney. I hope you’ll considering embedding the video in your post.

http://www.newsy.com/videos/bachmann-steals-the-show-in-new-hampshire

Best,
Kate

Matt said...

She did a great job last night. The better she does, the greater the attacks against her will be.

Steve Dennis said...

I thought Bachmann was great last night,and I look forward to listening to her now that she is running.

Reaganite Republican said...

You know- there's something to be said for a candidate who knows how to rise to the occasion and maximize an opportunity like that... some of the others looked nervous while she smiled and impressed.

A real winner- we need a bit of that next year

Good Ole Boy said...

Romney will eventually get what for on Romneycare.
Perry has problems that Bungalo Bill, Andrew33 and I put out on your piece on him, they will come out, he's not Obama.

Bachman is rock solid conservative, the Tea Party loves her. She is good in debates as we have seen. That fact will make it harder for sheeple to believe what the media says about her when they eventually attack.

Bachman/Pawlenty or Bachman/Paul are my picks.

Reaganite Republican said...

Agreed, I LOVE Bachmann but not big on your VP choices

How bout BOLTON, my friend?

Good Ole Boy said...

Bolton is good and I love the way he calls them as he sees them but he might have problems with that very reason. I left out two very good VP choices that would strengthen the ticket, West or Cain.

Reaganite Republican said...

10-4 on that

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