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Monday, August 15, 2011

My Bachmann question

by folkbum

If you think back to 2008--I know! it was forever ago!--one of the biggest knocks against Barack Obama from the leading intellectual (and militantly incandescent) lights on the conservative side was that he was a "community organizer" with a thin political resumé. That was A) bunk and B) immaterial; people with thinner resumés have served admirably and life-long politicians (*cough*ScottWalker*cough*) can easily blow it.

So here's Michele Bachmann, who is, depending on who you ask, either the current frontrunner for the GOP nomination or a close second or third. Either way, conservatives, notably the tea-partiers who blasted Obama's lack of experience, love her.

But what's Bachmann's life story? She was, of course, a community organizer in Minnesota, organizing a group of paranoiacs afraid of UN domination against Minnesota's state educational standards. (Before taking up a life of anti-gubmint activism, she was a revenuer at the IRS). She has but 11 years in elected politics, in the Minnesota state senate and the US House.

I bring this up, of course, because that's actually a thinner resumé than Obama had. Though Obama's years in elected politics were identical to Bachmann's (depending on whether you count the US Senate as greater than the House), Obama's law degree is from a real school (Harvard, where he was on Law Review), not Oral Roberts U. And Obama taught constitutional law at one of the nation's top law schools among all of his community organizing. And yet, A) no one who now loves Bachmann but blasted Obama's supposedly-skimpy background seems now to care about such things, and B) it is not a line of attack taken by anyone on the serious (or fringe, that I can see) Left against Bachmann (proving, again, that we on the left are the more reasonable people).

So here's my Bachmann question: Will the GOP and the tea party turn on Bachmann for her inexperience, which would be the consistent with their previous arguments? Or will they finally admit that Obama was qualified to be president?

I'm going to go out on a limb and say the answer to both is no, but I would be happy to be proven wrong.

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