Graves says “Mission Accomplished”

Friends of Minnesota, as of today, Jim Graves is going to indefinitely suspend his campaign for Congress for the 6th District.  With Michele Bachmann stepping down he believes that since there is no one more radical than Michele Bachmann that would be voted in during an election, so he can step down knowing that anyone is better than her. 

“Basically, after all that’s gone on, and with Michele Bachmann now stepping down, I’ve been talking to my friends and family and frankly, the feeling is, ‘Mission Accomplished.’ She wasn’t representing the people of the 6th District appropriately, and now she won’t be representing them. There’s no way anyone could run and win who would be worse than Michele Bachmann. So we accomplished that task.”

Graves said in a phone call with a MinnPost reporter that he entered his brief political fling with the hopes of  emphasizing three or four qualities and ideas that he felt were the opposite of Bachmann’s approach.

1.Bachmann demonizes those with whom she disagrees. He believes in civility.

2.Bachmann constantly misstates the facts. He believes in being careful and rigorous about the factual basis for the positions he advocates.

3.Bachmann thrives on gridlock, believing that preventing the Democrats from accomplishing anything is goal enough. He believes in trying to find solutions to problems, even if you have to compromise with those advocating different solutions in order to make progress.

Graves was asked whether his decision was shaped by the thoughts that, while he had a fair shot at defeating Bachmann, his chances against a less radical Republican were not very strong, because the 6th District has such a strong Republican lean. He did not say yes or no. He emphasized that Amy Klobuchar has done very well in the district in both of her Senate races. She is a Democrat, but uses a much more constructive approach in her political dealings. 

At the end of the day, Bachmann is leaving and the 6th District of Minnesota, along with the entire country, is going to be much better without her in office.


10 Of The Craziest Things Michele Bachmann Has Ever Said

Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann

In keeping with today’s general ‘Michele Bachmann is Bat Shit Crazy’ theme here at Fagan Around, I now share with you the 10 craziest things  she has ever said, as compiled by ThinkProgress:


1. BACHMANN WARNED ‘THE LION KING’ WAS GAY PROPAGANDA: At the November 2004 EdWatch National Education Conference, Bachmann said the “normalization” of homosexuality would lead to “desensitization”: “Very effective way to do this with a bunch of second graders, is take a picture of ‘The Lion King’ for instance, and a teacher might say, ‘Do you know that the music for this movie was written by a gay man?’ The message is: I’m better at what I do, because I’m gay.”

2. BACHMANN CLAIMED ABOLISHING THE MINIMUM WAGE WOULD CREATE JOBS: While testifying in front of the Minnesota Senate in 2005, Bachmann said, “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.” This isn’t remotely true. Even simply reducing the minimum wage would, as Paul Krugman noted, “at best do nothing for employment; more likely it would actually be contractionary.”

3. BACHMANN CLAIMED THAT SCIENTISTS ARE SUPPORTERS OF INTELLIGENT DESIGN: During a 2006 debate, Bachmann said, “There are hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding Nobel Prizes, who believe in intelligent design.” This was, and is, not true.

4. BACHMANN CLAIMED TERRI SCHIAVO WAS ‘HEALTHY’: Not long after Terri Schiavo died, Bachmann said she would have voted for thePalm Sunday Compromise because Schiavo “was healthy. She had brain damage — there was brain damage, there was no question. But from a health point of view, she was not terminally ill.” An autopsy found that Schiavo had suffered irreversible brain damage and her brain, said the medical examiner, was “profoundly atrophied.”

5. BACHMANN LIKENED VISITING IRAQ TO VISITING MALL OF AMERICA: In 2007, Bachmann returned from a junket to Iraq and told her colleagues, “[T]here’s a commonality with the Mall of America, in that it’s on that proportion. There’s marble everywhere. The other thing I remarked about was there is water everywhere.” As ThinkProgress documented at the time, the comparison was preposterous.

6. BACHMANN CLAIMED THAT CARBON DIOXIDE IS ‘HARMLESS’:In 2008, a Stanford scientist revealed “direct links” between increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and “increases in human mortality” — globally, he found that as many as “20,000 air-pollution-related deaths per year per degree Celsius may be due to this greenhouse gas.” The next year, Bachmann, who is not a scientist, said that “carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.”

7. BACHMANN CALLED FOR A CONGRESSIONAL WITCH HUNT:Pivoting off the news of Barack Obama’s alleged relationship to former Weather Underground member William Ayers, and his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Bachmann accused the candidate of having “anti-American views.” She then suggested that Congressional liberals — including Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid — ought to be subject to “an exposé” by the media because of their views. “I think people would love to see like that,” she told a stunned Chris Matthews.

8. BACHMANN SUGGESTED GAY SINGER SHOULD REPENT AFTER GETTING CANCER: Bachmann saw Melissa Etheridge’s cancer as a teachable moment: “Unfortunately she is now suffering from breast cancer, so keep her in your prayers,” she said in November 2004. “This may be an opportunity for her now to be open to some spiritual things, now that she is suffering with that physical disease. She is a lesbian.”

 9. BACHMANN BOASTED ABOUT BREAKING THE LAW: In advance of the 2010 national Census, Bachmann told The Washington Times that she would break the law by not completing the forms. “I know for my family, the only question we will be answering is how many people are in our home,” she said. “We won’t be answering any information beyond that, because the Constitution doesn’t require any information beyond that.”

10. BACHMANN CLAIMED THAT GLENN BECK COULD SOLVE THE DEBT CRISIS: During a February trip to South Carolina, Bachmann told a South Carolina audience, “I think if we give Glenn Beck the numbers, he can solve this [the national debt].”

List courtesy of ThinkProgress

St Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis vs Jim Graves?

St Cloud’s mayor against another St Cloud native, Jim Graves? It could happen.  One of the names now being tossed around as a potential Republican to run in Minnesota’s 6th District in 2014 is Dave Kleis, mayor of that slice of progressive paradise (not really… it is a crap hole) St Cloud, Minnesota.  In my view, it would be an easy win for Graves thank goodness.

Mayor Kleis isn’t used to running against opponents, he seems to run unopposed for reelection quite often, so he would be ill prepared to run against an actual opponent in a district-wide election for a national office. I ran against Kleis as a write-in candidate in the 2008 St Cloud Mayoral race before changing my mind and not actively campaigning…

Those backwards, right wing St Cloud townies sure made me feel welcome with their mud-slinging and name calling. I made it to the front page of the St Cloud Times. What started as me saying “I will run as a write-in candidate” in the comments section of an article turned into this big thing around town where I was interviewed by the paper and they ran multiple stories on me.

I hope Graves beats whomever he ends up running against. I am happy the Bachmann circus will be ending.

Nonpartisan Study Finds Republicans Lie Three Times More Than Democrats

Example of Republican Liar: Paul Ryan

Example of Republican Liar: Paul Ryan

A new study from the nonpartisan Center For Media and Public Affairs has concluded that since the beginning of President Obama’s second term, Republicans have lied three times more often than Democrats.

The Center For Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University in Virginia found that PolitiFact rated Republican claims as false three times more often than Democratic claims. Not only do Republicans lie more often, but Democrats are more truthful. By a 2 to 1 margin (22%-11%) PolitiFact rated Democratic statements as completely true. A majority of Democratic statements (54%) were rated as mostly or entirely true, compared to only 18% of Republican statements. Conversely, a majority of Republican statements (52%) were rated as mostly or entirely false, compared to only 24% of Democratic statements.

The fact that Republicans lie more than Democrats may appear obvious, but beyond the numbers this study confirms that lying is a major component of Republican political strategy.

The reason why Republicans can get away with lying so often is because the mainstream media, which does NOT have a “liberal bias” despite right-wing claims, refuses to challenge them. The media has become a willing accomplice in the GOP’s lie to win strategy by treating lies as equal to facts (See: Fox News). Republicans know that they can go on television and spread their false talking points with little or no resistance from the media… on outlets such as… FOX NEWS. Republicans have turned the press into empty headed megaphones by refusing to speak to anyone in the media who will challenge their lies… So they only go on… wait for it… … FOX NEWS. Republicans withhold access to anyone who refuses to treat their lies as fact. That’s how the game works, and it is why the corporate media turns a blind eye to blatant Republican falsehoods. It. Is. Ridiculous.

The Center for Media and Public Affairs study blows the media excuse that both sides do it completely out of the water. Both sides don’t do it. Republicans are lying as part of an intentional strategy to mislead the country. These are not just a few false statements by individual members of Congress. These blatant lies are party wide talking points. Congressional Republicans have based their Bengazi, IRS, and other investigations of the president on lies, and they believe that if they keep lying long enough, they can convince the American people that they are telling the truth.

To view the study in it’s entirity: click here

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The 8 Most Outlandish Moments of Bachmann’s Congressional Career

As we celebrate the big news that Michele Bachmann is not seeking reelection in 2014, here is a list of some of Michele Bachmann’s most controversial moments in congress:

1. Bachmann peddled a dangerous anti-vaccine conspiracy. Bachmann pushed the disproved theory that the vaccine for HPV — which prevents cervical cancer — can cause mental retardation. That misinformation has had a wide and lasting impact: Vaccination rates are still remarkably low, and experts blame figureheads like Bachmann who communicated misleading information to the public.

2. Bachmann called being gay ‘personal enslavement.’ On the issue of LGBT rights, Bachmann has a long record of either mocking gay and trans (like when she said she’d mistaken ex-gay therapy for anti-aging therapy, ‘pray away the grey‘). But when she isn’t mocking sexual orientation, she has treated it more like a mental disorder. Famously, Bachmann once said, “It’s a very sad life. It’s part of Satan, I think, to say this is gay. It’s anything but gay. […] Because if you’re involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it’s bondage. Personal bondage, personal despair, and personal enslavement. And that’s why this is so dangerous.”

3. Bachmann considers climate change ‘a hoax.’ While experts warn that global climate change is already set to have a lasting impact on our environment, Bachmann calls climate change “all voodoo, nonsense, hokum, a hoax.” She also cast doubt on the entire field of climate science. At a town hall in her district, Bachmann informed constituents that climate science is not “real science” but “manufactured science.”

4. Bachmann led an Islamophobic witch hunt. Last year, Bachmann sought to “expose” members of the Muslim Brotherhood within the U.S. government. The totally unfounded witch hunt was essentially Bachmann’s personal indictment of one of then-Sec. of State Hillary Clinton’s aides, Huma Abedin, but it also served to fuel anti-Muslim bigotry. Bachmann’s fellow party members came out against her, with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) slamming her on the Senate floor for her “unwarranted and unfounded attack.”

5. Bachmann claimed Obamacare would ‘literally’ kill people. In a screed against Obamacare on the House floor, Bachmann warned that the law “literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens.” She also questioned, in an interview with a fringe website that peddles conspiracy theories, whether Obamacare would allow the IRS to “deny or delay access to health care” for conservatives.

6. Bachmann told the American people that Iran had plans to nuke the U.S. During a presidential debate on the issue of national security, Bachmann falsely claimed that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had laid out plans to bomb the United States with a nuclear weapon.

7. Bachmann called on the American media to investigate ‘anti-American’ politicians. Bachmann’s first witch hunt of her career was against her own colleagues in Congress. In 2008, Bachmann told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews that she hoped the media would investigate Democratic members of Congress, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV). “I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress,” she said, “and find out, are they pro-America or anti-America?”

8. Bachmann wanted to abolish the minimum wage to help job growth. Back at the start of her Congressional career, Bachmann told the Minnesota state Senate, “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.”

List courtesy of Think Progress

Bye Bye Bachmann!


Wow.  This is a headline to behold!  Bat $hit Crazy Bachmann spends millions on a television ad buy an unprecedented 18 months before the election and then calls it a day 2 weeks later. She said her prospects for being re-elected and the investigations into her former presidential campaign had no impact on her decision… Yeah. Right. Say whatever you want Michele, but I think most people outside your base are intelligent enough to read through that and see that you are scared.

Bachmann didn’t give a formal reason for retiring, except to say that she considered four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives enough. Even though there aren’t term limits for members of Congress, she said, presidents are only allowed to serve for eight years, and, “in my opinion, well, eight years is also long enough an individual to serve as representative for a specific congressional district.”

Though Bachmann is a favorite among conservatives and Tea Party groups, she underperformed with the electorate at large, relative to the solidly conservative 6th District. Mitt Romney won the district by more than 15 percent in 2012, while Bachmann won by just 1.3 percent. Last week, the Jim Graves campaign released an internal poll showing a statistically-tied race between the two.

Bachmann did not say what she’ll do after retiring from the House… Probably something on the Fox News payroll. Unfortunately, she didn’t rule out a return to politics in the future.