Bachmann: Irene a Message from God

August 29, 2011

Drawing the obvious conclusion from the past summer’s weather extremes,  —  Michelle Bachmann says Hurricane Irene was a message from God to cut spending.

Washington Monthly:

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann campaigned in Florida yesterday, attending services at a Baptist megachurch near Tampa. Afterwards, the right-wing lawmaker offered a rather unique perspective on the weekend’s weather developments. (via Jay Bookman)

She hailed the tea party as being common-sense Americans who understand government shouldn’t spend more than it takes in, know they’re taxed enough already and want government to abide by the Constitution.

“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.

I realize there are conservatives in evangelical circles with whom this message will resonate, but under sensible political norms, this should probably be a career-killer for a national political figure.

Consider exactly what she’s saying here. A major storm swept through the East coast over the weekend, causing at least 20 deaths across eight states. Michele Bachmann, a member of Congress and a leading presidential candidate, believes the hurricane was a message from God? And that the deadly storm has something to do with Bachmann’s opposition to federal spending? And that God is somehow aligned with Tea Partiers’ agenda?”

Apparently not a career killer in 21st century America.

UPDATE: Bachmann now says drilling in the Everglades would be ok.  Presumably the Grand Canyon as well. What about under the White House –  or Bethlehem?

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9 Responses to “Bachmann: Irene a Message from God”


  1. Yes, she really did warm up the audience by shouting”Who likes white people? Yea, that’s right” Obama’s 2012 campaign slogan could be – I may suck, but consider the alternative.

  2. witsendnj Says:

    This is the way it’s heading in this country. The more the disasters pile up and frighten people, the more fervently idiots will follow evangelicals. We may end up with them running the asylum, or we may inherit the fascism we deserve.

    But since when did Jesus Christ create the universe? I thought his dad did that…

  3. Bob Athon Says:

    She doesn’t say what they’ve edited her to look like she’s saying, so that’s not a great video to post. Doesn’t make her any less of a nutter though.

    http://boingboing.net/2011/08/29/michele-bachmann-who-likes-white-people.html

    • greenman3610 Says:

      in review, that is correct.
      But I wouldn’t have to look very far to find something equally or more outrageous
      coming out of her mouth, so, whatever.
      To me, the “white people” remark totally pales besides the hair raising preachifying that follows.

  4. livinginabox Says:

    All I got was a message: “This video is private”, so I didn’t get to see it.

  5. Bob Athon Says:

    Hmm, you specialise in documenting other people’s use of misleading videos, and when it’s pointed out that you’ve posted a very misleading video your response is “whatever”

    Seems a little odd.

    I agree with your point though. As I said.

    • greenman3610 Says:

      The video was most remarkable in my mind for a political candidate’s religious proselytizing. Others have pointed out that the opening remark is out of context. The video has been replaced with a more complete version.
      Whatever.

  6. Bob Athon Says:

    Ok – whatever :-)


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