Caribou Barbie Meets Alien Barbie
By Ole Ole Olson
NEWS JUNKIE POSTApr 7, 2010 at 11:28 pm
Modern day Tea Party heroes and the future of the Republican Party met up for a fundraiser yesterday. Sarah Palin came to Minnesota to fill the war chest of Michelle Bachmann in what is expected to be a tough re-election fight. The event by most accounts was surreal with Sean Hannity even doing his show live from the very convention center.
Doug Grow reports that the event had the feel of a presidential campaign event, and indeed, many in the notion is a popular one with conservatives. There was a banner that read: Palin-Bachmann 2012, Our Dream Team!
Instead of taking place in the 6th district, the public rally took place in Minneapolis, in the district of Keith Ellison (D-MN). Reasons for this location were not disclosed.
One of the more bizare moments of the night came when Palin said, “When we first met…I knew we’d be buddies right away, because she was saying, ‘Drill here, drill here, drill here.’ I replied, ‘Drill baby, drill.’ And then we both said, ‘you betcha.”’
That somehow received a huge applause.
A number of points from the dialogue were fact checked by Minnesota Public Radio. They debunked the usual Republican/Tea Party talking point that the health care reform bill is a “government takeover of the health care system”, noting:
a majority of Americans would continue to get health coverage from private insurance companies that is paid for by individuals and businesses.
MPR also rejected Bachmann’s false assertion that “51% of the private economy in 18 months is now either directly owned or controlled by the federal government”.
Sarah Palin has gained quite the reputation in the United States since she was thrust onto the national political stage as John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential race. She has been quite outspoken and to say a polarizing figure in American politics would be an understatement. Among her more controversial statements, she contends that ‘Death Panels’ have been snuck into the health care reform bill as a way to control costs by euthanizing the elderly. She was widely criticized for quitting her job as Governor of Alaska halfway through her term, leaving a large debt in her wake.
Her good looks combined with stories about hunting wolves from helicopters in her home state earned her the nickname Caribou Barbie.
Michelle Bachmann is an anomaly in Minnesota politics. While most of the state is known for soft spoken politicians who are more inclined to follow a Scandinavian model, Bachmann has gained notoriety during her two terms in the US House of Representatives.
Among some of her more outlandish statements and beliefs, she advocated an investigation of members of congress who she suspects of being “un-American”, claimed Americorps are just “re-education” camps, advocated not responding to the US census, was one of the central voices in giving telecoms immunity after allowing Bush to use their services for domestic espionage, thinks global warming is a massive global conspiracy, has spoken out against evolution, tried to link swine flu with Democrats, and thinks the country is running out of rich people. And if that isn’t bad enough, she literally believes that her god told her to run for congress.
Politifact.com has analyzed her public assertions, and found that every single one is either completely false or a “pants on fire” lie. All of these absurd statements has garnered her the nickname Alien Barbie.
Michael Sweeney, writing for The Stonecipher Report last year brought forth the question: Who Is Crazier, Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann?
“I just take the Bible for what it is, I guess, and recognize that I am not a scientist, not trained to be a scientist. I’m not a deep thinker on all of this. I wish I was. I wish I was more knowledgeable, but I’m not a scientist.” – 2003
“[Gay marriage] is probably the biggest issue that will impact our state and our nation in the last, at least, thirty years. I am not understating that.” – 2004
“[W]hat a bizarre time we’re in…when a judge will say to little children that you can’t say the Pledge of Allegiance, but you must learn that homosexuality is normal and you should try it.” – 2004
“Literally, if we took away the minimum wage – if conceivably it was gone – we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.” – 2005
“I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax, because we need to fight back.” – 2009
“They are also building schools for the Afghan children so that there is hope and opportunity in our neighboring country of Afghanistan.” – 2008
“I may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you want to hear, but I’m going to talk straight to the American people.” – 2008
“I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment.” – 2008
“I told the Congress, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’ on that Bridge to Nowhere” – 2008 (of course, this was AFTER she was FOR said Bridge…)
“As for that VP talk all the time, I’ll tell you, I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day?” – 2008
Regardless of who is crazier, both are growing stars in the conservative base, and apparently represent a new wave in the neocon front to try and win over women voters. This meeting of Caribou Barbie and Alien Barbie will almost certainly not be the last.
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