My unrequested, layman's prediction is that an unelectable candidate will receive the nomination, and we'll be saddled with four more years of Obama. Why am I so pessimistic? Because the far-right seems unalterably adulated towards faux-populist, divisive mental lightweights such as Palin, Bachmann and Gingrich. [Yes, I concede that Gingrich is incredibly intelligent, but he uses his academic powers for evil instead of good]
I'm pretty torn on other almost-maybe-not-anymore candidates; Huckabee seems to me to be one of the most honest, candid and likable politicians of our current era. I simply cannot however, support someone who does not espouse liberty for all American citizens, and one who puts so much faith and respect into a pied piper of perfidy like David Barton. So I remain ever the pessimist and cynic....but true to my conscience.
I have to relay a nifty compilation of Michelle Bachmann's greatest hits, just to add some context for my perplexed outlook.
Sometime this month, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is expected to travel to Waterloo, Iowa to officially announce her presidential candidacy. Her odds, while firmly in Hail Mary territory, are still better than you might think: With Republicans less than thrilled with the primary field, Bachmann stands at least a fighter's chance in socially conservative states like Iowa and South Carolina.The timeline of her wild-ass history of public statements is a must read.
Now in just her third term in Congress, Bachmann, the leader of the House tea party caucus, has earned a reputation as one of the lower chamber's leading bomb-throwers, lobbing overheated rhetoric at Democrats and needling establishment Republicans. Her Minnesota colleague, Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison once accused her of "psycho talk"; in an interview with Politico, a Pawlenty aide was just as blunt: "She's a real pain in the ass." Former state senator Dean Johnson, who was the Republican minority leader during Bachmann's stint in St. Paul, has said, "I don't think I ever served with anybody who I mistrusted more, from either side of the aisle."
Ouch. Bachmann also has a tendency to stretch the truth, or simply sidestep it altogether. Bill Adair, editor of PolitiFact, recently told Minnesota Public Radio that he has never researched a Bachmann quote and found it to be true (the only major politician for which that's the case).
Here's an incomplete guide to Bachmann's greatest hits: