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Minnesota politics: who do they keep reelecting Michelle Bachmann?

Could someone explain this to me? This is a pretty liberal state. their senators have included Humphrey, Mondale and McCarthy; their current two senators, Klobuchar and Al Franken, are two of the most respected liberal voices in the country.

Why then do they keep sending Michelle Bachmann to Congress year and year after year?

by Anonymousreply 1602/01/2013

Clearly, there is a malignancy in the Minnesota body politic, in this area that elects Michelle Bachmann.

by Anonymousreply 101/30/2013

Bachmann represents 1 district in Minnesota that is heavily republican. This is the evangelical hotbed for minnesota. We like to keep our crazies located in one place for easy reference. Even tho the republicans heavily outweigh the democrats she came very close to losing this year. Obviously not close enough, but hey we keep trying

by Anonymousreply 201/30/2013

R2 summed it up well. Minnesota is a blue state with an extremely angry red zit.

by Anonymousreply 301/30/2013

Stupid, crazy people need representation too.

by Anonymousreply 401/30/2013

Sometimes these crazy Congressmen are smart enough to hire good staff. Not to research issues, or do good work in the Congress, but to do good work as far as constituent services are concerned.

If they show up at ribbon cuttings or as guest speakers at Senior Centers in their District, if they help people with problems even if the problems are with local or county gov't, or sponsoring outings for children, picnics, immunization fairs, etc. It's called Pothole politics. They keep getting reelected because they are familiar.

by Anonymousreply 501/30/2013

R3 is correct.

by Anonymousreply 601/30/2013

Wisconsin is much stranger. How can the same state elect Scott Walker (union hating Evangelical zealot), recall him, elect him again, and then elect Tammy Baldwin (first openly gay senator) the same year?

by Anonymousreply 701/30/2013

R5, she is not good at pothole politics.

by Anonymousreply 801/31/2013

The Democrats need to get down and dirty. TV ads that keep rerunning the stupid things she says. The Dems can bring in big names, spend lots of money, but they don't know how to wage a campaign to get rid of the bitch.

by Anonymousreply 902/01/2013

Put some creme on that angry zit.

by Anonymousreply 1002/01/2013

It's just one district and contains enough wingnuts who combine with uninformed types to barely get her elected. Also, when it comes campaign time, her commercials try to portray her as reasonable. Nothing like the ads conservatives run in the South.

by Anonymousreply 1102/01/2013

To give us something to talk about.

by Anonymousreply 1202/01/2013

I also agree with r9. Dems need to know how to play rough. She's a right wing zealot and they need to attack her for it more during the campaign.

by Anonymousreply 1302/01/2013

R7 -- Walker was not "recalled and re-elected"! They tried to recall him, which failed. Period.

by Anonymousreply 1402/01/2013

Walker would have been sogged and tiddled if the vote were held on a general election date.

by Anonymousreply 1502/01/2013

Bachmann wins by less each election. It still doesn't help.

by Anonymousreply 1602/01/2013
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