Michele Bachmann's reelection: She's as resilient as a cockroach during a carpet bombing [UPDATE]

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She's like the crazy relative you just seem to be stuck with.
As The Onion's Mike Drucker puts it, 'Oh, fuck, we forgot about Bachmann. I knew there'd be a horror movie hand coming out of the ground to end this election.'

TWO MORE YEARS!
-- Bachmann is so full of baloney, the AP gave up on fact-checking her
-- The Onion's "Bachmann Thankful No Americans Died In Sikh Shooting" story dupes dozens
-- Bachmann waves bag of gay-unfriendly Chick-fil-A [VIDEO]


Our feelings about Michele's likely reelection are more mixed -- as we wrote a couple weeks ago, "Watching her uniquely entertaining brand of crazy ride off into the sunset would be bittersweet for those of us who enjoy the spectacle" -- but Drucker's point remains: In an election night dominated by Dems here in Minnesota, Bachmann remains as resilient as a cockroach during a carpet bombing.

From MPR:
Graves was trailing Bachmann by about 3,900 votes with 99 percent of precincts reporting on Wednesday morning. The Associated Press called the race for Bachmann just before 4 a.m...

If there is a recount, Graves would likely have to pay for it. State law allows for an automatic recount only when the difference in the two candidates makes up less than one half of 1 percent of the total votes cast. The difference in the Graves-Bachmann race is about 1 percent of the 356,000 votes cast...

Graves has several weeks to decide whether to go ahead with a recount. The state Canvassing Board won't meet to certify the results of the general election until Nov. 27. The vote totals in the race don't become official until then.
Graves, who has a net worth north of $22 million and south of $105 million, hinted early this morning that he's leaning toward shelling out some of that dough to have the 6th Congressional District ballots recounted:
Meanwhile, Bachmann sounds like she's already making plans to be a pain in President Obama's ass for a couple more years:

For better or worse, you get what you pay for, 6th District voters.

:::: UPDATE :::::

Poor Big Spendin' Jim Graves (at least, that's what Bachmann was fond of calling him).

The St. Cloud Times' Mark Sommerhauser reports that Graves conceded early this morning.
With all the votes tallied, Bachmann edged Graves by about 4,200 votes, or 50.5 percent to 49.3 percent. Sommerhauser reports that Graves has decided not to pursue a recount, so it's official -- Michele will remain in our lives for at least another couple years.


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Perri Pryor
Perri Pryor

They dump crazy pills in the waters around St. Cloud.

green23
green23 topcommenter

Everyone seems to forget that the Sixth District is rated R+6!

IOW, Bachmann should get 62% of the vote in a "normal" year, and not 52% in a "wave" election year. She should be able to win by 12 points, not 1.2 points.

 

Bachmann is a very expensive anchor for her Party. She out-spent Graves 12 to 1, and ended up with a margin worthy of a recount. That's money that could have achieved solid results for Republicans in other races. Instead, it was dumped into the money pit to save one single seat.

 

Someone like Kreisel could win this District with pocket change and hold it for life. It's obvious that Bachmann's star is fading. She failed miserably on the national level. Polling showed that only 2/3 of *Republicans* state-wide support her, and everyone else is really turned off by her. She barely has a majority of support in her own District, and the factions that make up her core (evangelicals, Tea Party, and libertarians) just got shellacked state-wide.

 

On top of that, she stands as a symbol for the demographic and ideological dead end that the GOP must eventually distance itself from. She will continue to remind voters across the nation that Republicans have not changed, even if they try to.

 

It's actually fairly positive for Democrats to have Bachmann around. She stands as an object lesson of what the alternative to the Democratic Party is: wild conspiracies, scape-goating, martyrdom, and shoving fundamentalist Christianity down the nation's collective throat.

womanphoenix
womanphoenix

This race was never supposed to be this close.  At all.  With Stillwater and its Democratic voters redistricted into Betty McCollum's district, Bachmann was thought to be left with nothing but megachurchers and millionaires, both of whom were considered certain to back her no matter what.  Coupled with her hyper-Palinesque talent for making Teabaggers part with their money, and the resultant ability to outspend any opponent who wasn't at least as rich as, say, Target bigwig Gregg Steinhafel, she shouldn't have had to run a single ad this year.

 

Instead, she came within two thousand votes of triggering an automatic recount that she could have very easily lost.  Seems that a non-trivial number of the people in her district, Republican businessmen among them, would rather have someone who didn't just see the seat as an ATM or a waystation to the White House.

 

Don't be surprised if La Bachmann tones down the diva act in the coming months.

Isaac S Hanson
Isaac S Hanson

Yes, she is bad for Minnesota and bad for the country. But do you have to call her "Ol Crazy Eyes?" Is that something you would say to her face?

Michael Daddario
Michael Daddario

I just do not know how she keeps getting re-elected. ;-(

keny1
keny1

If Jim cares so much about the people in his district (not to mention his Party), why didn't he just pay for the recount being that it was so close?  Is he afraid to part with his precious "north of $22 million and south of $105 million" net worth (aka "The 1%")?

 

After all, if he won the recount, that would mean one less Republican in the House to challenge Obama's agenda...................

Daniel Anderson
Daniel Anderson

My favorite part of the election this year is watching the Libs spaz about her. Gotta love her.

qbawb1
qbawb1

Only one thing wrong with Bachmann's tweet "I spoke with Jim Graves, he graciously conceded this morning, it was a hard fought campaign and I'm ready to get back to work for#mn06."  In order to get BACK to work for MN06, she would have already been at work for them.  I guess there are still enough voters in MN#06 that don't want ANY bang for their buck!

Thomas Zocher
Thomas Zocher

Can't vote for anyone not intelligent enough to realize her own husband is gay. Not that I live in her district, but you get the point...

Curtis Meyer
Curtis Meyer

She no longer has a real mandate. Hopefully she doesn't tone down the circus.

meesh427
meesh427

I just don't get it....who voted for her?  They are obviously as completely insane as Bachmann. So embarrassed to have this wack job representing the 6th. 

Matthias Weigel
Matthias Weigel

Actually kind of happy about it...would really miss my daily dose of crazy from her. Just glad she is not my rep!

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @keny1 Jim like most Dems understands this thing called math and realizes that he will not make up the gap.   Sadly you are a Bachmann fan so therefore too stupid to realize this basic concept.

scott39
scott39

 @meesh427 Go drive through her district sometime, you'll understand and then probably hightail it out of there. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @meesh427 That district is really Republican.  Just shows how insane the Republican base is.  If Republicans were smart they would get a more serious canidate in such a safe disctrict.   Be cheered that all she really does is make the news for being an idiot.  Her stupidity and bigotry make it very easy for Dems to define the Republilcans as unfit to have power.   Last nights election proves that the Republican base needs to change but they won't be able to with leaders like her.  Let's hope she is their Presidential canidate in 2016.   People might die of laughter seeing what Colbert could do with that. 

keny1
keny1

 @MicheleBachmann And sadly, you are an idiot that doesn't understand that electronic voting machines can sometimes have counting errors.

HyperboleJoe
HyperboleJoe

@keny1 @MicheleBachmann Yes, and those errors go both ways. The real difference would have been in provisional votes. The math didn't work out and Graves did the sensible and honorable thing by conceding. Hopefully in two more years Michele will be making that call.

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