Michele Bachmann, a potential GOP presidential hopeful in 2016, seems to be a political target that liberals love to shoot at.
Here are what five liberal pundits had to say about Bachmann:
In June 2011, Rolling Stone ran a vitriolic article on Michele Bachmann
calling her “a telegenic Religious Right social conservative who wants to limit government” and a “nutcase.”
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For the music magazine, Matt Taibbi wrote, “Bachmann is not medically crazy, not talking-to-herself-on-the-subway crazy, but grandiose crazy, late-stage Kim Jong-Il crazy — crazy in the sense that she's living completely inside her own mind, frenetically pacing the hallways of a vast sand castle she's built in there, unable to meaningfully communicate with the human beings on the other side of the moat, who are all presumed to be enemies.”
On several occasions, MSNBC political commentator Keith Olbermann has named Michele Bachmann to his “World’s Worst Person” segments. In an Oct. 1, 2008, broadcast, Olbermann called Bachman “the most un-American member in the House of Representatives” and “a racist.”
Bachmann earned this particular infamous title for blaming the banking crisis on minorities, saying that a federal program established by President Bill Clinton offered home mortgage loans “on the basis of race and often little else.”
There is no love lost between U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi from California and Michele Bachmann. In an August 2013 statement, Bachmann voiced her opposition to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage, saying, “Marriage was created by the hand of God. No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted.”
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During a press conference, Pelosi was asked to comment on Bachmann’s above statements. Pelosi’s response was short and stabbing: “Who cares?” she retorted with a shrug.
Chris Matthews has had more than a few negative comments about Bachmann and during a January 2011 broadcast of his talk show “Hardball,” he blasted her as a “balloon head.” Matthews was outraged at Bachmann’s ignorance of American history when she claimed the country’s Founding Fathers worked tirelessly to end slavery. During the show’s airing, Matthews relentlessly attacked Tea Party strategist Sal Russo for choosing Bachmann as a leader.
Still, there have been a few liberals who have spoken in her defense.
In discussing the political left views Bachmann, MSNBC political commentator Chris Hayes spoke up on her behalf. During a May 2013 broadcast, he said to panelists Joan Walsh and Dan Savage, “People call Michele Bachmann crazy a lot — people on our side, broadly — and it always drives me crazy a little bit because I just feel like that word has this kind of dismissive venom to it that doesn’t grapple seriously with someone who just has a set of beliefs.”
Savage, an activist and author, voiced his disagreement, “Occasionally you have to call a nut a nut — and this woman is a bit of a nut. And not a bit of a nut. She’s a lot of a nut.” Many liberals side with Savage.
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