Michele Bachmann

Looking it up … so you don’t have to.

This post is a resource for those interested in learning more about Michelle Bachmann, who represents Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann

The first thing you need to know is that Michele has one “L” and Bachmann has two “N’s.”

Michelle was born in 1956 in Waterloo, Iowa, but was raised in Anoka, Minnesota. Today she represents the 6th Congressional District in Minnesota, which includes many of the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities as well as Saint Cloud (which is NOT a suburb of the twin cities). She is widely disliked by Minnesota liberals since her defeat of Patty Wetterling in 2006. Most people feel that Wetterling would have been a much better representative of Minnesota, though one must admit that Bachmann probably does accurately represent the rather yahoo-istic white trash that populates the Twin City’s northern suburbs. (Oh crap, did I say that out loud?)

Michele was in the Minnesota State Senate from 2001 until her upward move to congress. Before that, ironically and strangely, Bachmann and her husband Marcus worked for Jimmy Carter. These days, Michele claims that she did so because Carter was a born-again Christian.

According to Wikipedia,

Bachmann had grown up in a Democratic family, but says she became a Republican during her senior year at Winona State. She told the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune that she was reading Gore Vidal’s novel Burr: “He was kind of mocking the Founding Fathers and I just thought, ‘I am shit. I just remember reading the book, putting it in my lap, looking out the window and thinking, ‘You know what? I don’t think I am a Democrat. I must be a Republican.'”

That is the last time Bachmann ever swore. I swear.

Bachmann, a strong opponent of women’s rights, then joined up with the Clinic Attack squads, which in the late 1970s and early 1980s would visit reproductive services clinics to harass the young women visiting those clinics (for abortions, pap smears, and so on). During this time Michele also worked on her husband’s family’s dairy farm. Eventually, she got her law degree from an affiliate of Oral Roberts University (which folded shortly afterwards).

Bachmann worked, in the late 1980s through the early 1990s, as a Government Jack Booted Thug Lawyer, representing the US Treasury Department in Federal Tax Court, dragging people like Joe the Plumber through whatever muck such a thug drags their victims through. This is when Michele moved to Minnesota. But eventually, she chose to become a mother instead of a lawyer and lived off her husband’s income at the Christian Counseling Center in the St. Croix area. Michele birthed approximately five children and fostered 23 teenage girls.

While living in the Stillwater area (east of the Twin Cities) Michele worked hard to get creationism taught in local schools. Her public support of teaching creationism in the schools mysteriously vanished when she ran for school board in Stillwater. In other words, Michele was a Trojan Horse Stealth Wedge school board candidate. (She lost the election.)

Taking advantage of a Republican-favoring gerrymandering of the state senate districts, Bachmann became a state senator in 2002.

At present, Michele Bachmann is gaining international notoriety as the congresswoman who called for the investigation of all of the liberals in congress for unamerican activities. She was cited as one of the reasons that General Colin Powell chose to endorse Barack Obama instead of the Republican candidates for president. This latest call on the part of Bachmann for the repudiation of liberalism as unamerican has also caused a call for her censure in congress. Also, about a half million dollars, as of this writing, has poured into the campaign coffers of her opponent in the current election, a man with the strangely Arab-seeming name “El Tinklenberg.” (The “El” is for “Elwyn” of course, but the American People do have a right to know…).

More information about Michele Bachmann, including the most current information on investigations of one or two of her financial backers for fraud by the FBI and other matters, can be found here.


  1. #1 Virgil Samms
    October 19, 2008

    a man with the strangely Arab-seeming name “El Tinklenberg.

    Arab-seeming? It seems to me to be an amalgam of Spanish and Jewish, and rather reminiscent of windmill-tilting.

  2. #2 Virgil Samms
    October 19, 2008

    Is she wearing a retainer in that photo?

  3. #3 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    October 19, 2008

    Just a note: Both Greg and I reside in the Northern Suburbs of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Neither of us are in Bachmann’s district, and so we are not “Yahoo-istic white trash.” Google-istic, maybe.


    Anyway, I was out door-knocking yesterday for El Tinklenberg (Scadinavian name,) and was just stupefied by the number of people identified as “independent” who have yet to make up their minds. It was also a surprise as to how many people just didn’t want to engage with me. I have never run into that before.

    Afterwards, I was talking to El’s campaign manager and she promised me that with all the money pouring in now, they will spend as much as they possibly can to win this thing. They will not leave any money in their campaign.

  4. #4 greg laden
    October 19, 2008

    Yea, but I’m like three blocks from her district.

    Mike: I’ve had the same experience speaking with voters in the Third district. Glad to hear ET’s people are going to go FTW.

  5. #5 Spidergrackle
    October 19, 2008

    El Tinkenberg sound too much like Al Qaida for my taste. Damn terrorists!

  6. #6 Willard
    October 19, 2008

    Michele, I prayed you would self destruct and God would see you for what you really are

  7. #7 ag.musgrove
    October 19, 2008

    Michele is a complete McCarthist shocker and a good example of why we are going to be simply shut out of these elections.

    Can these old fashioned embarrassing and distasteful old people.

  8. #8 Nile
    October 20, 2008

    But friends, all is not darkness. Bachmann’s appearance caused a national uproar. Colin Powell, in endorsing Obama yesterday, said of Bachmann’s comments that “we have got to stop this kind of nonsense and pull ourselves together”. Her Democratic opponent raised nearly half a million dollars from around the country in just 24 hours, and he now has a chance of beating her.

  9. #9 Bo
    October 20, 2008

    This airhead is toast — and she will only have herself to blame. As far as I’m concerned, she has already had one term too many in the House. It’s time for her to pack up her D.C. office and apply for a hosting job over at KTLK FM100.3 — the local right-wing rant-radio station that she turns to every time she sticks her foot in her mouth (which is very frequent).

    This will be the perfect place for her because (1) she loves the sound of her own voice and (2) KTLK isn’t much concerned about the intelligence of its rant-jockeys so long as they can read the daily talking points.