Your morning jolt: Michele Bachmann and the tea party as an act of God

This morning’s topic appears to be whether – like Hurricane Irene, an earthquake, or Chuck Norris – the tea party wields enough power to be declared an act of God. Campaigning in Florida on Sunday, Michele Bachmann seemed to think so.

From the St. Petersburg Times:

“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.”

In Georgia, there was less enthusiasm for giving the tea party credit – or blame — for the failure of Gov. Nathan Deal’s effort to move the next year’s transportation sales tax vote to November. From the Associated Press:

House Speaker David Ralston downplayed the tea party’s role in sinking the transportation measure.

“I think the Republican caucus in the House thinks for themselves,” Ralston said. “We listen to a lot of groups here.”

To be sure, counties also opposed moving the date of the transportation referendum, which had an effect on the outcome.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle stopped short of calling the transportation tax a victory for the tea party, but agreed they are having an impact on the state’s politics.

“I think all constituencies that bind together have a voice,” Cagle said. “This is what democracy is all about. They clearly weighed in very heavily, but (they were) not the deciding factor.”

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And speaking of the transportation SPLOST, an interesting few Sunday lines from Laura Armstrong of the Marietta Daily Journal:

…[T]here’s the perception among more than a few educated citizens that the Atlanta Regional Commission and their friends the municipal associations, community improvement districts (CIDs) and chambers of commerce (that have sadly evolved from really great networking organizations into just more power-imbued lobbyists with major political influence) not only want our dollars, but are also trying to force certain lifestyle concepts down our throats.

Urbanization, high density-no back yards (HDNBY) Agenda 21 “sustainable community” stuff that will transform our once quiet suburbs into, well, something very few of us seek.

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Strange doings down in Lowndes County. From the Valdosta Daily Times:

Valdosta Mayor John J. Fretti entered a guilty plea Friday morning stemming from an investigation into his being doubly reimbursed by the city and state for the same trips.

At approximately 9:45 a.m. Friday, Fretti entered a guilty plea in Lowndes County Superior Court to felony false statement, but did not step down as Valdosta’s mayor.

Fretti knowingly signed Georgia Department of Community Affairs vouchers between June 3, 2009, and June 2, 2010, according to Southern District Attorney David Miller, and also returned to Valdosta and claimed mileage reimbursement from the city for the same trips.

Additionally during these trips, he accepted the $105 per diem from DCA, while charging all of his lodging and food expenses to the city….

The charge carries a sentence of one to five years in prison and a fine of approximately $1,000. DA David Miller requested that the sentence include full restitution to the City of Valdosta in the amount of $4,194.

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We didn’t go to Saturday’s GOP fish fry down in Perry. But Shannon McCaffery with the Associated Press did:

Saturday’s event featured an awkward moment as Gingrich bumped into former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, who initially signed on to be national co-chairman for his presidential bid only to quit _ without so much as a phone call _ when the Gingrich campaign unraveled earlier this year. Perdue launched the middle Georgia fish fry as governor. Since he left office, the state party has taken over the event.

“It was cordial,” Perdue said of his brief hello with Gingrich. “Listen, I still respect his intellect and ideas.”

…..Gingrich said Saturday he was “saddened” that the political action committee he founded _American Solutions _ has shut down. The 527 group had struggled with financial support since Gingrich left to run for president.

Under Gingrich, the group had been a fundraising juggernaut, raising millions of dollars that allowed Gingrich to travel the country prompting his ideas.

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That red carpet treatment of Jon Huntsman at the state Capitol last week apparently paid off. GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, who placed first in Saturday’s GOP straw poll in Perry, will address the Senate at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday – just before the General Assembly flees home for the rest of the year.

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today examines GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s recent Tweet that “We spend less on defense today as % of GDP than at any time since Pearl Harbor.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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143 comments Add your comment

Romegaguy

August 29th, 2011
9:11 am

Who knew Newt and Cain were still running for President?

eatmotacos

August 29th, 2011
9:12 am

Aren’t we going to get to comment on Shady’s ethics probe?

Road Scholar

August 29th, 2011
9:29 am

Miss Bachman is wrong again. Maybe God is angry at the shallowness of the Republican field? Or that she lied that she would be able to cut the cost of gasoline?

Some cannot understand that plate tectonics (movement of the earth’s crust) and weather are sciences.

Bob

August 29th, 2011
9:32 am

No coincidence that M.B. also stands for “MoonBat”.

Patrick

August 29th, 2011
9:33 am

“Perdue said of his brief hello with Gingrich. “Listen, I still respect his intellect and ideas.””

Ummm…Is having Sonny Perdue compliment you on your intellect really saying much?

Derek Wain

August 29th, 2011
9:48 am

Bachmann’s language was obviously a political metaphor, which all her listeners and readers understood. But Team Obama media jackal Jim Galloway thinks that his use of the term “seemed to think” allows him to pervert the obvious meaning of her language that the Federal Gvt. is gross overspending mney it doesn’t have.

RGB

August 29th, 2011
9:50 am

Jim,

Your blurb would win a “pants on fire award” because it is false.

Michelle Bachman didn’t claim that either she or the Tea Party caused either the hurricane or the earthquake.

To suggest that she claimed that is an outright falsehood and you should remove this purloined story and its headline and you should refrain from attributing false claims to people in the future–even if you do not like them.

How would you like somebody making up something about you?

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Tom

August 29th, 2011
9:54 am

Derek, I’m a life-long GOP voter about to hit 50. Bachmann’s a nutcase. If she’s the nominee say hello to 4 more years of Maobama.

DannyX

August 29th, 2011
9:57 am

“pervert the obvious meaning of her language that the Federal Gvt. is gross overspending mney it doesn’t have.”

Meaning of her language???? How about the meaning of Bachmann’s actions?

Bachmann has made a political career benefiting from “gross overspending.” She has benefited personally, receiving of tons of federal dollars.

What about the meaning of her actions????

DannyX

August 29th, 2011
9:59 am

“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians.”

Just how in the hell is that a metaphor?

whacko.....

August 29th, 2011
10:02 am

are people actually defending bachmann on here?? guess the pot and the kettle really are the same, a bunch of whacko’s. for a politician to claim she is “quoting god” is ludicrous. the god i know isn’t about punishing citizens of a country for the acts of the politicians who are supposed to be leading it. bunch of idiots who still listen to this woman…..thanks iowa for keeping her around…….idiots!!!!!!!

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southpaw

August 29th, 2011
10:11 am

Bob @9:32
MB stands for MoonBat–or Most Believable. I don’t actually think of her that way, but maybe you’ll see how much initials really mean.

whacko…. Let’s hear it for the civility your president suggested.

Tom

August 29th, 2011
10:14 am

No theocrats for me. You can’t claim to be a Constitutionalist and also be a theocrat. The two are explicitly incompatible.

GaBlue

August 29th, 2011
10:14 am

“Bachmann’s language was obviously a political metaphor, which all her listeners and readers understood.”

Actually, the morbid obesity part was a metaphor. The God quotation was NOT, but it was totally obnoxious of her to suggest that God claims to have caused the earthquake and hurricane to get the attention of American politicians. I never trust anyone who claims special knowledge of what God wants. An omniscient, omnipotent God is fully capable of speaking to us directly, and would therefore not require the use of such a person as a mouthpiece on His behalf. What an insult to God and everyone who believes in Him!

It's All Dikkksie Now!

August 29th, 2011
10:17 am

Jim Kunstler described all this beautifully 2 weeks ago:

“Looking every inch the Assistant Manager of a J.C. Penny, Rick Perry of Texas stepped on-board the touring evangelical freak show that the Republican pre-primary parade has turned into. I like to think of him as George W. Bush without all the encumbering intellect. I give it three months before media snoops catch him in bed with Michele Bachmann. The two of them will claim it was all right because Jesus was there as chaperone and anyway, “…alls we did was watch the Vikings-Cowboy game….”

Oh these sons and daughters of the high corn! Make no mistake (to borrow a favorite war cry from the presidential cheat sheet), both of these heartland bozos are dumb enough to lead America straight into the graveyard of failed states. Imagine a summit between Rick Perry and whoever succeeds Hu Jintao – the incredulous side-glances of the Chinese leader and his interpreter when Mr. Perry presents the official gift from our nation: a miniature Bible made by the inmates at Stringfellow State Prison and “prayed over by qualified preachers twenty-four hours a day!” Or how about Michele Bachmann and Vlad Putin. I’d sooner watch a gerbil in a terrarium with a King Cobra.

Meanwhile, the other day poor Mitt Romney tried to explain to a crowd of Iowa hot-heads that “corporations are people!” “

Partisay

August 29th, 2011
10:21 am

RGB – “How would you like somebody making up something about you?”

You mean like you were born in Kenya? You mean that kind of making up something?

“The day that the president became president gasoline was $1.79 a gallon. Look at what it is today. Under President Bachmann, you will see gasoline come down below $2 a gallon again. That will happen.”

Speaking of lying, you mean this kind of lying? If it’s not a lie, why don’t you tell all of us how she, or any president, can’t make gasoline cost $2 a gallon. We’re all waiting on your response.

Aquagirl

August 29th, 2011
10:22 am

Derek, if Michelle Bachmann can’t take personal responsibility for her own words, maybe she should stay home and bake cookies.

Partisay

August 29th, 2011
10:32 am

Derek, since it seems so easy for you and others to understand Bachmann’s language, why don’t you tell us what she meant by getting gasoline down to $2 a gallon if she is elected.

“It will happen”

How is it going to happen? What is she going to do to make that happen? Sounds like she wants the government to do something to make it happen, whatever that is. Surely she doesn’t want the government to intercede into a private industry like that. And dictating to oil companies what they can charge for their product. I thought she wanted less government? Tell us what she meant….

gm

August 29th, 2011
10:38 am

I wonder how many tea party people are going to line up and take government money for Irene?

Tom

August 29th, 2011
10:39 am

Michelle and her hubby needed to spend mre time trying to PRAY AWAY THE GAIL-force winds.

ByteMe

August 29th, 2011
10:42 am

Strange doings down in Lowndes County

How is using your public office to steal from taxpayer money any different than what many other Georgia politicians do? Like, say, Rep. Tom Graves — the darling of the Tea Party here in Georgia — who took out a loan he knew he couldn’t repay and that had to be backstopped by taxpayers when the bank failed?

roughrider

August 29th, 2011
10:42 am

I could vote for Bachman if she would stop making these stupid, Sarah Palin statements.

Partisay

August 29th, 2011
10:43 am

Good question gm.

You know how they are always saying about tax increases, “If democrats want to pay more taxes, they can just send more in. Nothing is stopping them for sending more of their money in on their own if they think we should pay more.”

Let’s put it vice versa. Surely the tea pary people, or really any republican – since they are so worried about deficits (remember when Cheney said “deficits don’t matter) – would not dare take ANY federal money due to damages caused by Irene. Less government, right?

waterstime

August 29th, 2011
10:48 am

If you are a Christian, and you believe that God can do anything, then why are some of you insulting God and the people who believe in Him. You need to learn to keep your insulting mouths shut.

John K

August 29th, 2011
10:48 am

Bachmann is a complete nutcase. Amazing she’s not even more popular here in Georgia.

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Maggie McGowan

August 29th, 2011
10:48 am

Maybe I’m not the brightest light bulb on the planet, but nowhere in this article did I read anything that was quoted by Michell. Why do you insist on printing such obvious and misleading news? Doesn’t anyone out there in the news media have a consience left?

Robert

August 29th, 2011
10:55 am

Ms. Bachmann is really crazy. What Bible is she reading? The homegrown terrorist group(s) known as the “tea party” (klansmen, skinheads, birthers, etc.) weapons of choice are hatred, fear and rage/mob mentality against the American People (elderly, minorities, women, gays & lesbians and Muslims & Jews). The whole world saw their hatred and bigotry on display during the 2010 midterm elections and heard their call to battle (take back my country) as well as saw the majority of White Americans embrace the “tea party” as a potest vote against the American People for electing the first Black American President of the USA. All across the USA White Americans voted for the entire GOP ticket regardless of the candidates experience. The American People saw how reckless and dangerous this act of terrorism affected both Houses of Congress during the recent debate on raising the federal debt limit ceiling. The American People know the difference between good and evil. What side are you on? The American People or the homegrown terrorist group(s) known as the “tea party”? It is time for all Americans to choose sides.

gm

August 29th, 2011
10:56 am

Wow, I guess Irene showed government is important, thanks to the gov workers that worked around the clock to keep hypocrites like bachman and the tea party idiots safe.
Please tea party hypocrites dont take a dime from gov. because that is adding spending to our debt, oh I forgot that only applies for people on the left who needs help.

Sage

August 29th, 2011
11:03 am

Folks, we have a winner!! Someone who is more BATSH$T crazy than Sarah. Hooray!!

Young Lady

August 29th, 2011
11:03 am

Ugh. I’m trying to read her words and they just hurt. Someone get her a proofreader stat. There are a least 3-4 different ways to re-write that and make it flow better.

But I’m not sure what worries me more about this snippet. The fact she is legitmately saying God is sending hurricanes and earthquakes to ‘get our attention’ or the fact people are defending her for it. This is completely messed up. I mean people have died in that hurricane. Doesn’t she have any shame? It’s not a political tool, it is an act of nature.

Bootnewt

August 29th, 2011
11:04 am

An odiferous and sulphurous pewt by the Newt lingers and lingers…

Chuck Allison

August 29th, 2011
11:04 am

How much more of his inept bumbling will it take before EVERYBODY realizes that Obama was a mistake? I can’t believe that anybody is still defending him. Incompetence is not restricted by skin color.

double

August 29th, 2011
11:06 am

Our homeowner insurance going up again.Guess this is an act of God also.

sheepdawg

August 29th, 2011
11:10 am

“the touring evangelical freak show that the Republican pre-primary parade has turned into.” That’s funny, and true!!!!

honested

August 29th, 2011
11:13 am

It will be an interesting year until the primaries finally occur.

So far, there seems to be adequate representation for all stripes of delusional.

Has the majority in this State completely lost touch with what is required for responsible governance and with which aspects of life are not to be intertwined with governance?

Retired Solider

August 29th, 2011
11:13 am

Robert- The only hate I see is your rant. To equate tea party people with skinheads and the klan is simply irresponsible. You are correct, people spoke in 2010 to reject the policies of Obama. The same rejection would have occurred if Obama had been white, red, or brown. It is the policies we reject not the color of his skin. Black support for Obama has slipped in one poll I saw recently, from 96% to 84%. Is that racist too?

Get a grip, you just have to realize many whites that voted for Obama in 2008 will not in 2012 because of his policies, not his skin color.

jd

August 29th, 2011
11:14 am

As to the MDJ editorial suggesting that Metro Atlanta leaders are forcing solutions that we the people do not seek — reminds me of a Henry Ford quote “If I’d asked the customers what they wanted, they would have asked for a faster horse.”

We all want a lifestyle of quality that is affordable (read sustainable) — continuing to support urban/suburban design as it is today will lead to neither.

Paul

August 29th, 2011
11:23 am

OK, so naysayers unite, and please tell us which front-running Republican (meaning one likely to win the nomination) is two toots in a windstorm better? Right now I too would settle for less insane than the ones out in front. Pretty easy to keep doing the usual “NO” thing, which got us here in the first place, but how about some actual useful ideas for a refreshing change of pace?

wayne

August 29th, 2011
11:28 am

I had breakfast this morning with God. He thinks Bachmann is full of crap and is getting tired of her attempts to speak for him. He is thinking of sending a natural disaster her way…..something customized just for her….like crabs…I picked up the tab.

Ralph

August 29th, 2011
11:30 am

I would like to vote against Obama next year, I think he has done a terrible job. Having said that, if all the Repubs can do is to run fools like Bachman and Perry, I’ll either stay home or vote for Obama.

Retired Solider

August 29th, 2011
11:30 am

Paul-

Want an idea? The two democratic senators in Va. have a bill pending in the senate to waive federal regulations preventing oil drilling off the Va. coast. If this bill passes and Obama signs it it will create American jobs and produce American energy. What do you say Paul?

lovelyliz

August 29th, 2011
11:30 am

Sure,, the tea party is an act of God, their version of God, Mine says it’s not his fault.

Bob in Atlanta.

August 29th, 2011
11:31 am

The 2010 election was about jobs and the economy, not Obama’s policies.
What have the Republicans offered by way of a jobs program?\

Rick Perry for President.

lovelyliz

August 29th, 2011
11:34 am

Church: “Gov. PERRY. GOD HERE. THE VOICE IN YOUR HEAD IS NOT ME. TAKE YOUR MEDS. CHOIR PRACTICE WED. 7P.M.

honested

August 29th, 2011
11:36 am

retired

It is a sure bet that those who didn’t vote for the President won’t vote for him again.

As for slipping poll numbers, it isn’t that opposition to sane policies is growing, it is that those of us who voted for him and will do so again want him to push harder to SUPPORT his policies.

We have to climb out of the 2001-2008 hole and going back to the shrub era policies won’t help the climb.

mike 'hussein' smith

August 29th, 2011
11:38 am

Casey Cagle never misses a chance to be unctuous. I can feel the grease emanating from his oily praise of the tea party. CC is a modern-day Uriah Heap (and I’m not talking about that lame rock band).

Retired Solider

August 29th, 2011
11:45 am

honested-

“It is a sure bet that those who didn’t vote for the President won’t vote for him again.”- Absolutely, Obama has done nothing to grow the support of those opposed to him in 08.

“As for slipping poll numbers, it isn’t that opposition to sane policies is growing, it is that those of us who voted for him and will do so again want him to push harder to SUPPORT his policies.”-
I disagree, Obama has lost many independants and the turnout of the liberal left will likely be lower than in 08.

“We have to climb out of the 2001-2008 hole and going back to the shrub era policies won’t help the climb.”- Then please inform the first step for him to make is to stop digging.