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Archive - Jun 6, 2013
Rep. Michele Bachmann got it backwards in her surprising retirement announcement. Many of her "mainstream liberal media" critics will miss her, especially the fact-checkers.
"I fully anticipate," the Minnesota Republican declared in an eight-minute, 40-second, video, "the mainstream liberal media to put a detrimental spin on my decision."
Viewers of the television political talk shows may have noticed a phenomenon in the afterbirth of the last presidential election. High-powered consultants from both campaigns have invaded the studios as panelists, chewing over the political events of the day beside career reporters and analysts who had recently been covering them.
For her big announcement last week, Michele Bachmann neither convened a news conference nor waited for some other moment when she was in public, reporters and television cameras nearby. She didn't even pick a favorably inclined journalist for the kind of one-on-one interview in which politicians have often parceled out their revelations and answered a few tame questions.
Fifty years ago, Betty Friedan made a startling prediction in her controversial best-seller, "The Feminine Mystique." If American housewives would embark on lifelong careers, she claimed, they would be happier and healthier, their marriages would be more satisfying, and their children would thrive.
So when a woman is rolling in millions and has no need to work ever again, what does she do?
Festoon herself with Birkin bags? Deck herself in Tiffany's Gatsby baubles? Revamp a villa in Tuscany?
Not Patty Stonesifer.
If one could paint a portrait of America under the leadership of today’s fiscal disservatives, it would be the sorry scene in the Skagit River 60 miles north of Seattle.
There, a section of the bridge conveying Interstate 5 soaks like a tea bag tossed in the brine.