Stephen Colbert: Michele Bachmann bought the Ames Straw Poll [VIDEO]

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Stephen Colbert approves of Bachmann buying the Ames Straw Poll.
Michele Bachmann's dominant showing at the Ames Straw Poll is a great achievement -- unless you think about how she did it.

Bachmann bought 6,000 straw poll tickets, which cost $30 each, and handed them out to supporters. She also used a Randy Travis concert, which allowed only Bachmann voters, as a further incentive to lure ticket holders to the polls. Democracy!

Even with all that, Stephen Colbert thinks her vote total of 4,823 is still pretty great.

"Bachmann," Colbert said, "got a commanding 80 percent of the votes she paid for. That's pretty impressive."

Colbert also wished a fond farewell to Tim Pawlenty, which is probably genuine on some level: Colbert will miss the chance to make fun of the former governor, who'd been a pretty reliable target.

Colbert harkened back to the "epicness" of Pawlenty's first commercial: "So much grandeuer! So much stock footage!"

Pawlenty should've gone out the same way he came in, according to Colbert. Colbert's team took Pawlenty's downbeat announcement that he was withdrawing from the race and made it the new voiceover to the flash-cut scenes of American success.

Colbert even offered up a new slogan for T-Paw: "Pawlenty 2012: It Was Disappointing."

"Of course," Colbert said, "now that Pawlenty's out, the big question is whether Bachmann or [Rick] Perry will get his supporter."

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sakura612
sakura612

I always try to understand what Kirk's point is, but it's hard to find.  If the point is to simply smear Liberals, go ahead there are as many skeletons on both sides of the aisle.   If the point is to sway us to be more Conservative, I don't know if I would want to be allied with someone who doesn't know how to present a single concise argument but rather regurgitate lies.  At the end I think he just gets singed anytime one of his brahs gets slammed for being the hypocrites they are.  Pent-up anger and hatred usually lead to stream of consciousness. 

Forwardpride
Forwardpride

change subject--bash liberals--lie about it--change subject--bash liberals--lie about it--what a boring pattern.  Take your thorazine; stop selling it.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Bought the votes, hmmm. Did she use George Soro's money?I wonder if she had people vouching for each other, busing from polling place to polling place?Er, wait!  That was Mark Dayton.

17,000+ voter registration cards were marked "returned to sender" in the 2010 Minnesota election.  (per mark ritchie's own numbers)   Is there any wonder the GOP wants voter ID?

Ya know, I am having a hard time finding Colbert's mocking videos of Obama and Clinton from the 2008 election.  Could someone help with this?

Greg
Greg

Is anyone on earth shocked by this story??

Forwardpride
Forwardpride

Seriously, a right-wing troll stalking the comments on the CityPages to bash libs?  All day, every day?  Desperate, we're talking desperate, to hurt people.  That's what it's all about.  That is one of the worst examples of a Hater there is.  But the CityPages won't take action, so we keep feeding the troll.

green23
green23

Kirk wrote:"Did she use George Soro's money?"

Yes, because Soros is the only person with money in the entire country. It must be him. Obviously he supports Bachmann, too.Were you trying to make sense when you asked such an inane question?

" I am having a hard time finding Colbert's mocking videos of Obama and Clinton"

You don't know what Colbert is all about, do you? He's not some supposedly neutral pundit. He's a comedian that parodies wingnuts. Kind of what you do here unintentionally on a daily basis.

green23
green23

17k rejected registrations certainly does not equal 17k "illegal votes". In fact, since those 17k registrations were rejected ("returned to sender"), then it is certain that none of them voted.

The real issue with voter ID is that it's not about identity -- it's about *the current address*. Nobody pushing voter ID ever mentions this.

For example, US passport proves not only citizenship, but also identity. Almost NO voter ID legislation accepts a US passport, though. Why? Because there is no ADDRESS.

None of the examples that you mentioned require a current address; only an ID.

Poor people and students move much more frequently. It's not about the cost of the ID. It's about transportation to the DMV, as well as time off work during business hours to stand in line. So most people don't bother to keep their address current on their DL. And you think that should disqualify them to VOTE, a Constitutional right.

The address is so "important" to the GOP because it CREATES fraud, which they can point to as a pretext for further restricting voting rights. How? It forces voters with a valid ID (but not an updated address) to vote in a precinct that they don't currently live in. That's fraud. If you show up at the proper precinct with a valid ID showing your old address, you will not be allowed to vote there. You will be told to go to the precinct shown on your ID, which you no longer live in.

Zeroisanumber
Zeroisanumber

The GOP wants Voter ID so that they can disqualify as many student and poor votes as possible. You know it, I know it, and even the state GOP barely keeps up the pretense of denying it.

jww
jww

Try looking for those videos deep up your ass...next to your head.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Well I know you got my last response Green23, and as you can see the editors here are fascists.  Scrub my damaging message from existence say Citypages.My historical facts disprove the GOP being racists, and clearly prove the the Democrat party has historically been the "Racists" for the last 150 years.

Anyhow

Again, Voter id is to give a electronic record of who has voted and how many times. it uses the magnetic strip.  Walk in, swipe you card, and get handed a ballot.Much similar than having to sign your name in the registry.

Call it what you want, 80%+ on Minnesotans want it.  It will become law.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

It's about using a ID card with a "magnetic strip" thus putting in a data base shown you voted.  I don't know if you vote, but this would simplify the "sign in process".  Instead of having a person sitting there with a book full of names, there would be a machine.  You would walk up, swipe your card, and a light would signify if the next person hands you a ballot.  That's it!  You then take your ballot to the box, vote, and walk to the other machine placing the ballot in.

This would essentially create a "electronic" database of who voted in place of the paper one that exists now.

I like how you try to tie the GOP with "restricting" voter rights.  Doesn't history show, it is the Democrat party that is the wholly owned subsidiary of "restricting voter rights.  The democrats were the one who tried to stop women from having the right to vote.  The democrats were the one who tried to stop blacks from having the right to vote. 

Lets go back further

This is the biggest history lesson you WILL EVER GET in the malicious activities of the Democrat party.

October 13, 1858

During Lincoln-Douglas debates, U.S. Senator Stephen Douglas (D-IL) states: “I do not regard the Negro as my equal, and positively deny that he is my brother, or any kin to me whatever”; Douglas became Democratic Party’s 1860 presidential nomineeApril 16, 1862

President Lincoln signs bill abolishing slavery in District of Columbia; in Congress, 99% of Republicans vote yes, 83% of Democrats vote no

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

July 17, 1862

Over unanimous Democrat opposition, Republican Congress passes Confiscation Act stating that slaves of the Confederacy “shall be forever free”January 31, 1865

13th Amendment banning slavery passed by U.S. House with unanimous Republican support, intense Democrat oppositionApril 8, 1865

13th Amendment banning slavery passed by U.S. Senate with 100% Republican support, 63% Democrat oppositionNovember 22, 1865

Republicans denounce Democrat legislature of Mississippi for enacting “black codes,” which institutionalized racial discriminationFebruary 5, 1866U.S. Rep. Thaddeus Stevens (R-PA) introduces legislation, successfully opposed by Democrat President Andrew Johnson, to implement “40 acres and a mule” relief by distributing land to former slaves

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

April 9, 1866

Republican Congress overrides Democrat President Johnson’s veto; Civil Rights Act of 1866, conferring rights of citizenship on African-Americans, becomes lawMay 10, 1866

U.S. House passes Republicans’ 14th Amendment guaranteeing due process and equal protection of the laws to all citizens; 100% of Democrats vote noJune 8, 1866U.S. Senate passes Republicans’ 14th Amendment guaranteeing due process and equal protection of the law to all citizens; 94% of Republicans vote yes and 100% of Democrats vote no

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

January 8, 1867

Republicans override Democrat President Andrew Johnson’s veto of law granting voting rights to African-Americans in D.C.July 19, 1867

Republican Congress overrides Democrat President Andrew Johnson’s veto of legislation protecting voting rights of African-AmericansMarch 30, 1868

Republicans begin impeachment trial of Democrat President Andrew Johnson, who declared: “This is a country for white men, and by God, as long as I am President, it shall be a government of white men”September 12, 1868Civil rights activist Tunis Campbell and 24 other African-Americans in Georgia Senate, every one a Republican, expelled by Democrat majority; would later be reinstated by Republican Congress

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

October 7, 1868

Republicans denounce Democratic Party’s national campaign theme: “This is a white man’s country: Let white men rule”October 22, 1868

While campaigning for re-election, Republican U.S. Rep. James Hinds (R-AR) is assassinated by Democrat terrorists who organized as the Ku Klux KlanDecember 10, 1869

Republican Gov. John Campbell of Wyoming Territory signs FIRST-in-nation law granting women right to vote and to hold public officeFebruary 3, 1870After passing House with 98% Republican support and 97% Democrat opposition, Republicans’ 15th Amendment is ratified, granting vote to all Americans regardless of race

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

May 31, 1870

President U.S. Grant signs Republicans’ Enforcement Act, providing stiff penalties for depriving any American’s civil rightsJune 22, 1870

Republican Congress creates U.S. Department of Justice, to safeguard the civil rights of African-Americans against Democrats in the SouthSeptember 6, 1870

Women vote in Wyoming, in FIRST election after women’s suffrage signed into law by Republican Gov. John CampbellFebruary 28, 1871

Republican Congress passes Enforcement Act providing federal protection for African-American votersApril 20, 1871Republican Congress enacts the Ku Klux Klan Act, outlawing Democratic Party-affiliated terrorist groups which oppressed African-Americans

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

October 10, 1871

Following warnings by Philadelphia Democrats against black voting, African-American Republican civil rights activist Octavius Catto murdered by Democratic Party operative; his military funeral was attended by thousandsOctober 18, 1871

After violence against Republicans in South Carolina, President Ulysses Grant deploys U.S. troops to combat Democrat terrorists who formed the Ku Klux KlanNovember 18, 1872

Susan B. Anthony arrested for voting, after boasting to Elizabeth Cady Stanton that she voted for “the Republican ticket, straight”January 17, 1874

Armed Democrats seize Texas state government, ending Republican efforts to racially integrate governmentSeptember 14, 1874Democrat white supremacists seize Louisiana statehouse in attempt to overthrow racially-integrated administration of Republican Governor William Kellogg; 27 killed

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

March 1, 1875

Civil Rights Act of 1875, guaranteeing access to public accommodations without regard to race, signed by Republican President U.S. Grant; passed with 92% Republican support over 100% Democrat oppositionJanuary 10, 1878

U.S. Senator Aaron Sargent (R-CA) introduces Susan B. Anthony amendment for women’s suffrage; Democrat-controlled Senate defeated it 4 times before election of Republican House and Senate guaranteed its approval in 1919. Republicans foil Democratic efforts to keep women in the kitchen, where they belongFebruary 8, 1894

Democrat Congress and Democrat President Grover Cleveland join to repeal Republicans’ Enforcement Act, which had enabled African-Americans to voteJanuary 15, 1901Republican Booker T. Washington protests Alabama Democratic Party’s refusal to permit voting by African-Americans

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

May 29, 1902

Virginia Democrats implement new state constitution, condemned by Republicans as illegal, reducing African-American voter registration by 86%February 12, 1909

On 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, African-American Republicans and women’s suffragists Ida Wells and Mary Terrell co-found the NAACPMay 21, 1919

Republican House passes constitutional amendment granting women the vote with 85% of Republicans in favor, but only 54% of Democrats; in Senate, 80% of Republicans would vote yes, but almost half of Democrats noAugust 18, 1920

Republican-authored 19th Amendment, giving women the vote, becomes part of Constitution; 26 of the 36 states to ratify had Republican-controlled legislaturesJanuary 26, 1922House passes bill authored by U.S. Rep. Leonidas Dyer (R-MO) making lynching a federal crime; Senate Democrats block it with filibuster

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”June 2, 1924

Republican President Calvin Coolidge signs bill passed by Republican Congress granting U.S. citizenship to all Native AmericansOctober 3, 1924

Republicans denounce three-time Democrat presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan for defending the Ku Klux Klan at 1924 Democratic National ConventionJune 12, 1929

First Lady Lou Hoover invites wife of U.S. Rep. Oscar De Priest (R-IL), an African-American, to tea at the White House, sparking protests by Democrats across the countryAugust 17, 1937

Republicans organize opposition to former Ku Klux Klansman and Democrat U.S. Senator Hugo Black, appointed to U.S. Supreme Court by FDR; his Klan background was hidden until after confirmationJune 24, 1940Republican Party platform calls for integration of the armed forces; for the balance of his terms in office, FDR refuses to order it

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

August 8, 1945

Republicans condemn Harry Truman’s surprise use of the atomic bomb in Japan. The whining and criticism goes on for years. It begins two days after the Hiroshima bombing, when former Republican President Herbert Hoover writes to a friend that “The use of the atomic bomb, with its indiscriminate killing of women and children, revolts my soul.”September 30, 1953

Earl Warren, California’s three-term Republican Governor and 1948 Republican vice presidential nominee, nominated to be Chief Justice; wrote landmark decision in Brown v. Board of EducationNovember 25, 1955

Eisenhower administration bans racial segregation of interstate bus travelMarch 12, 1956

Ninety-seven Democrats in Congress condemn Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education, and pledge to continue segregationJune 5, 1956

Republican federal judge Frank Johnson rules in favor of Rosa Parks in decision striking down “blacks in the back of the bus” lawNovember 6, 1956

African-American civil rights leaders Martin Luther King and Ralph Abernathy vote for Republican Dwight Eisenhower for PresidentSeptember 9, 1957President Dwight Eisenhower signs Republican Party’s 1957 Civil Rights Act

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

September 24, 1957

Sparking criticism from Democrats such as Senators John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, President Dwight Eisenhower deploys the 82nd Airborne Division to Little Rock, AR to force Democrat Governor Orval Faubus to integrate public schoolsMay 6, 1960

President Dwight Eisenhower signs Republicans’ Civil Rights Act of 1960, overcoming 125-hour, around-the-clock filibuster by 18 Senate DemocratsMay 2, 1963

Republicans condemn Democrat sheriff of Birmingham, AL for arresting over 2,000 African-American schoolchildren marching for their civil rightsSeptember 29, 1963

Gov. George Wallace (D-AL) defies order by U.S. District Judge Frank Johnson, appointed by President Dwight Eisenhower, to integrate Tuskegee High SchoolJune 9, 1964Republicans condemn 14-hour filibuster against 1964 Civil Rights Act by U.S. Senator and former Ku Klux Klansman Robert Byrd (D-WV), who still serves in the Senate

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

June 10, 1964

Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL) criticizes Democrat filibuster against 1964 Civil Rights Act, calls on Democrats to stop opposing racial equality. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was introduced and approved by a staggering majority of Republicans in the Senate. The Act was opposed by most southern Democrat senators, several of whom were proud segregationists—one of them being Al Gore Sr. Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson relied on Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen, the Republican leader from Illinois, to get the Act passed.August 4, 1965

Senate Republican Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL) overcomes Democrat attempts to block 1965 Voting Rights Act; 94% of Senate Republicans vote for landmark civil right legislation, while 27% of Democrats oppose. Voting Rights Act of 1965, abolishing literacy tests and other measures devised by Democrats to prevent African-Americans from voting, signed into law; higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats vote in favorFebruary 19, 1976

President Gerald Ford formally rescinds President Franklin Roosevelt’s notorious Executive Order authorizing internment of over 120,000 Japanese-Americans during WWIISeptember 15, 1981

President Ronald Reagan establishes the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to increase African-American participation in federal education programsJune 29, 1982

President Ronald Reagan signs 25-year extension of 1965 Voting Rights ActAugust 10, 1988

President Ronald Reagan signs Civil Liberties Act of 1988, compensating Japanese-Americans for deprivation of civil rights and property during World War II internment ordered by FDRNovember 21, 1991

President George H. W. Bush signs Civil Rights Act of 1991 to strengthen federal civil rights legislationAugust 20, 1996

Bill authored by U.S. Rep. Susan Molinari (R-NY) to prohibit racial discrimination in adoptions, part of Republicans’ Contract With America, becomes law

And let’s not forget the words of liberal icon Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood…

We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population….

So the next time any Democrat claims they’ve been supportive of civil rights in America (and been so all along), ask them to explain their past. “We’ve grown” is not gonna cut it, considering they continue to lie about their past to this day, and only someone lacking in common sense would believe two distinct political parties could juxtaposition their stances on civil rights seemingly overnight.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

You say "I know it", but I have to admit my ignorance on this idea of "disqualify as many student and poor votes as possible"How does that work?These "students must not go to bars or drink if over 21.  Must have IDThese students must not smoke.  Must have IDThese students surely must not ever get a head cold or have allergies.  You need an ID to buy sudafed.  Sound like something a fear mongering, vote fraud committing criminal would say to prohibit something from being done about their criminal activities.The GOP is proposing a FREE ID for anyone who cannot afford the $8 to get one.So how is the GOP "disqualifying" anyone?

17,000 illegal votes per Mark Ritchie in one election.  17,000 fake addresses or names given while registering to vote.  What should we do Zero?Continue to allow the "wild west of voting" to be status quo. 

green23
green23

Kirk wrote:"Again, Voter id is to give a electronic record of who has voted and how many times."

Then why is the address so important? It's not to "give an electronic record of who voted and how many times". If it were, it wouldn't matter if the address was current or not. If it were, voters could use a US passport. Passports have RFID, so you wouldn't even have to "swipe the card".

"Much similar than having to sign your name in the registry." Except that signing your name in the registry isn't proving your current address, is it?

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Minnesota constantly leads the nation in voter turnout.   In the 2010 election Minnesota cast a total of 2,123,369 votes.   Of those votes there was 47 cases of possible voter fraud.  I know kirk isn't very bright but that isn't 1/10 of 1% of total votes cast yet we need new voter laws?     Some small government conservative you are, you advocate spending millions of dollars to fix a nonexistent problem?  I would guarantee that over 1/10 of 1% of guns sold in Minnesota have some sort of illegal tie.  A gun sold illegally to a murderer would result in a death of an innocent person.  Voter fraud will result in zero deaths.   Why don't we change all the gun laws kirk the racist stupid liar?  You have to be pretty fucking stupid to not realize what Republicans are trying to do with their voter id laws.  I would think as a Black man you might be worried about assholes trying to keep people from voting but you are a stupid idiot liar so who knows.  

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