What I know about Michele Bachmann
The first National Tea Party Convention brings back both pleasant and unpleasant memories for me. We were thrilled with the success of the convention, not only because of the training many of our grassroots activists received, but because of the positive portrayal of the movement the main stream media witnessed.
However, prior to the event, there was a lot of turmoil and controversy generated not only by the left, but by people who’s motives centered on more destroying Judson and Tea Party Nation than they were in furthering the movement. Not only were these attacks personal, they were, in most instances, total lies.
One blogger painted his warped account of his experience with Judson, when the truth was, in my opinion, he was nothing more than a grifter who tried to charge Tea Party Nation $5,000 for software that was a free download on the internet. Once this scheme was discovered, he tried to weasel his way out by slandering Judson to anyone who would listen.
Another well known “conservative” blogger blared the headlines that Judson wanted to make a million dollars from the tea party movement. This headline was put in quotes as though he actually said it. This blogger never bothered to ask Judson if he ever said this. Nor did she have any proof other than the word of people who had personal axes to grind. For the record, Judson has never said this. He has, however, repeatedly stated he wanted to have a million members of Tea Party Nation fighting for conservatism.
As all of this was going on, Judson refused to give interviews to some media outlets because they made it clear from the onset they were out to do a hit piece on him. One media contributor for AOL wrote a crucifying piece filled with stories that were completely fabricated after Judson told the “reporter” he would not do an interview. And to be clear, I have never been married before, nor have I ever lived with anyone other than my parents. I am from Richmond, Virginia and moved to Tennessee when Judson and I got married in June 1996.
In short, Judson and Tea Party Nation were “Palinized.”
Before all of this started, Judson received a phone call from someone in DC who warned him the “Journolist” were about to come after him and to be prepared. We braced for the onslaught and handled the attacks as they launched.
This brings us to Michele Bachmann. Both she and our Representative, Marsha Blackburn, were scheduled to appear at the convention. Shortly before the convention was to take place, both of them were given conflicting advice as to whether or not they could attend. They decided not to take any chances and withdrew from the convention.
While both called Judson and apologized for having to withdraw, it was Michele Bachmann who went the extra mile.
She and Judson played “telephone tag” for about an hour before they finally connected. Not one of her staff, not a secretary placing the call for her, but the Congresswoman herself continued to call Judson personally until they connected.
When they did finally connect, she apologized profusely for having to withdraw, stating that she was just sick that she could not attend. This was no five minute conversation, but one that went on for almost 45 minutes.
She could have delegated one of her staffers to take care of it. She chose not to.
This left an impression on both me and Judson that we will not forget.
Michele Bachmann is genuine. She believes in this movement and she stands by her convictions.
She is not afraid to take on the far left machine that is the main stream media, even when she knows they are out to get her. Nor is she afraid to take on critical opponents on the debate floor, as she displayed Thursday night when she was attacked by Gov. Pawlenty.
Michele Bachmann is not only the real deal, she is a leader we can count on.
The only person who has had the opportunity to get millions of people to vote for other than obama is John McCain. Michelle has several months to build that kind of support. She will build it with open minded people, not those who make decisions based solely on what the media tells them.
I think Joe's point is if it were a true conservative on the ticket with Sarah, THEY would have won.
Time and time at the ballet box ....Conservatism wins. That's why Prop 8 won, and the gays and leftist harassed the business owners, and people who supported it.
And that's why the leftists are trying to force the SUPER RINO ROMNEY down our throats!
Trying to keep the thread on the same thought was the reason for my response to Joe.
Bubba said he'd like to see someone defend Bachmann's ability to get 100 million votes
over obama. McCain is the only person to run against obama.
As the acceptance of McCain was made by the republican party as compared to other candidates, it is obvious that we are faced with a one party system and that McCain was put in so that Obama could be elected.