Garrison Keillor slams Michele Bachmann to save Lake Wobegon

Garrison Keillor, Homegrown Democrat
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann once described herself as a fan of Garrison Keillor. But the Bard of Anoka isn't returning the compliment.

In a fundraising letter sent out today to supporters of Bachmann's DFL challenger, Tarryl Clark, the laid back St. Paul humorist took a serious swipe at the sixth district incumbent for "grandstanding" on Fox News.

Keillor's preference for left field is no secret.

He grew up in Anoka in a fundamentalist Christian home, but his "Prairie Home Companion" show on public radio often takes swipes at former President George W. Bush and other GOP figureheads. And along with his novels about Lake Wobegon and essays in The New Yorker, he authored a memoir entitled "Homegrown Democrat."

"It's embarrassing to me and a great many Minnesotans that Michele Bachmann, a politician who is so busy grandstanding and giving interviews on Fox News that she doesn't have time to serve the people who elected her, represents the 6th District in Washington," he says in the letter. "Bachmann talks about us as a "nation of slaves" and about the need for smaller government even though she knows better - the biggest part of big government is military spending, Social Security, and Medicare. Which would she do away with?"

Last year, Bachmann oozed admiration for Keillor's radio show.

"He and I are on the opposite side of our political beliefs. But I adore him," she told an interviewer.

"I think he's brilliant. I think he's a genius," said said. "Our family listens (to A Prairie Home Companion), and we just laugh every Saturday," she said.

PHC starts a new season this weekend. Want to bet on whether Bachmann's listening?

Here's the full text of the fundraising letter:

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