Bachmann Bucks Voters, Demonizes Environmentalists


Michele Bachmann yesterday called for the abolition of the ‘job killing’ Environmental Protection Agency- despite polls which show most Americans do not favor such a move.

“The United States is the number one country in the world for energy resources,” the Minnesota congresswoman told a central Florida town hall meeting, arguing that in shale deposits alone the U.S. easily outstrips the total oil supply of Saudi Arabia. “That doesn’t even include … all the oil in Alaska.”

But Bachmann said environmentalists were preventing resources from being exploited, leaving the U.S. dependent on energy imports.

“Instead of thinking we are beggars out here begging for oil and for energy, we are the king daddy dogs when it comes to energy,” she said.

“The radical environmentalists have demanded that we lock up all our energy resources,” she added. “President Bachmann will take that key out of the door. I will unlock it.”

The crowd at the upscale retirement community cheered wildly.

And Bachmann got a similar reception when she promised to eliminate the “job killing” Environmental Protection Agency, saying that she would close the agency down in a single trip. “We will turn out the lights and we’ll lock the doors,” she said.

Such rhetoric may seem to be a populist position- especially regarding the conservative base, but Bachmann hasn’t done her homework.

But a new poll from the conservative-leaning Rasmussen** finds that an overwhelming majority of likely voters, including more than two-thirds of independents, disagree with Rep. Bachmann. When asked whether they “favor or oppose abolishing the Environmental Protection Agency,” 61% of likely voters indicated that they are opposed:

Whoopsie.

Well, I’ve deeply suspected Bachmann of pandering to the wackos for a while now, but ignoring majority polls is just plain poor politics. But there is something worth remembering from this visit:

“…we are the king daddy dogs…”

Huh? I don’t claim to be a Freudian, but I think her fantasies are starting to invade her politics….

2 comments on “Bachmann Bucks Voters, Demonizes Environmentalists

  1. d.g. says:

    This reader wearies now of Bachmann bashing. Not because she and her campaign are not unabashedly embarrassing, mean spirited and ultimately bashable, but because it is a moot point. Like a pinata full of kitty litter, her political platform makes it foolish for us to expend the energy to prove to others that the content of her candidacy is any less meaningful than absolutely. Enough. I wish “From Eternity to Here” was known for environmental advocacy at the local level. Very local. Let us lead by example. As Cindy Sheehan says on her “Soapbox” blog: we are not going to vote ourselves out of this mess.

    • Point(s) well taken- wait till you read today’s post…
      I would love to be more locally active. Quite frankly, it’s easier to throw baseballs at the barnside of national politics and figures- and I haven’t had the personal time nor energy to finesse creative local stuff so much.
      However- if you would like to write something about local issues- that you could put your name to- I would be happy to give you a guest post space here. In fact, I would welcome it.

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