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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Peter Waldron, an evangelical activist and former contributor to Representative Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) presidential campaign in 2012, released an e-book last month about his former boss. Bachmannistan is Waldron’s account of what it’s really like to work for the Tea Party favorite, and what actually happened when she allegedly failed to pay campaign staff while some of her closest advisors were cashing $40,000 checks. Bachmann’s failure to compensate staff, yet pay Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson (R) in the buildup to the 2012 Iowa Caucus, was originally uncovered by Waldron, who reported it to the Minneapolis StarTribune. The incident is now the center of a criminal investigation by the FBI. Bachmann’s staffers have denied Waldron’s allegations, and referred to Bachmannistan as “a reprehensible piece of fiction.

Waldron is a controversial figure himself. In 2006, he was arrested by Ugandan authorities for terrorism along with six Ugandan and Congolese nationals and held in prison for 37 days, where he claims he was tortured. Waldron was released and deported from Uganda after the charges were dropped in March of 2006 after his friends and colleagues petitioned the U.S. government to intervene and the Ugandan government to pardon him. Waldron claims the Bush administration intervened on his behalf to secure his release. 

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Rachel Maddow, incontestably every conservative’s favorite person on MSNBC, said on her show in mid-August 2013, that the Ames Straw Poll was a “scam.” Usually, though, scams aren’t known in advance and they leave people without that which they thought they were getting.

The Ames Straw Poll might be more accurately described as a carnival: a garish midway bordered by lots of acts, each stranger than the last.

Buy From

The straw poll functions as a gigantic fundraiser for the republican and democratic state parties by simply selling tickets which then—and only then—allows an individual to vote. To this extent, cheerfully buying & selling votes, Maddow isn’t wrong to use the word scam. It’s just that it’s so much more!

In fact, the land on which the straw poll takes place is blocked out and sold in parcels to the highest bidder. Those parcels close to the center of the action are perceived as the best and consequently fetch the highest price. Those further away, meh.

On June 23, 2010, this “land auction” took place in the Iowa Republican Party Headquarters. Creepy is a good word to describe the place because the building used to be a funeral home. And no, you really can’t make this stuff up. One wag said that it might as well have looked like how “The Simpsons” portrays the Republican Party: a dark, haunted castle-like place, full of foreboding, replete with thunder and lightening [sic].

Worse, the auction meeting took place in what used to be the main viewing room of the former funeral parlor. The party offices themselves were downstairs in what used to be embalming rooms. It’s a wonder Republicans win anything anywhere.

Maddow might be floored to learn that not only are the tickets, which function as ballots, sold openly, not only are the parcels of land closest to the Hilton coliseum sold at auction, but so is the speaking order of the candidates at the main event on the big day. Doubtless if organizers of the event could have found a way to sell off air and gravity, they would have.

The land auction was held around a horseshoe shaped table. Most everyone knew each other but a few did not. Oleaginous state Senator Kent Sorenson made the few requisite introductions for those who needed them.

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  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    I have to call into question Waldron’s comments about the party selling Air and Gravity if they could. As neither is mentioned in Chapters 1-4 of Genesis, they cannot possibly exist, therefore no Republican worth his or her salt at the Iowa State Caucus would ever try to buy them.

  • bestofandy

    Waldron was tortured? At least someone in Uganda had gotten it right about what Waldron represents. He is a terrorist and deserved the treatment that he got. Too bad they didn’t hang him for the reprehensible behaviour he has toward people, and spewing out his religious nonsense.

  • idamag

    Bachmann, from St. Olaf.

    • Allan Richardson

      Too dumb to be from Lake Wobegon, dont’cha know!

    • lana ward

      She was right when she said “Weiners’ wife” was with the MB. She is right about everything she says. Can’t stand it, can ya

      • RobertCHastings

        So she was right when called the reporter a liar and denied all implications to her and her campaign staff? Oh, I know, the FBI under the Obama administration spends all their time investigating innocent people. (thought I’d say that before you got the chance)

        • lana ward

          Everyone in Obamas’ Government is a commie and targets conservatives. They can’t win anything without deceit and fraud

          • RobertCHastings

            So you implicitly believe Bachman, or you implicitly DISBELIEVE anything coming from the Obama administration or anyone who works for the administrative branch of the government. I would assume it is the latter, based upon previous posts of yours. Can you come up with verifiable and reasonable reasons for doing so? If you could give us some proof for your distaste for the Obama administration, perhaps we could understand your posts a little bit better. If your distaste is based upon actual failings in the current administration, then you may even be able to persuade some of the rest of us here who disagree with you. On the other hand, if your distaste is based primarily upon your dislike for Obama, then we have no choice but to totally discount everything you say.

          • lana ward

            All are Muslim Brotherhood–Arif Alikhan, Mohammed Elibiary, Rashad Hussain, Salam al Marayati, Imam Mohamed Magid, Eboo Patel. All work in Obamas’ Government. Check them out. Earnings falling, poverty rising, jobs claims jumping, food stamp enrollment skyrocketing, inflation creeping up, small banks disappearing, coal plants closing (353) because of Obamas’ environmental rules and now Obamacare is going to destroy everyones healthcare and premiums will go way up. Every policy of this “person” has hurt Americans. He’s destroying America on purpose, that is why I HATE him. He is a terrorist in OUR WH!!!!

          • RobertCHastings

            I don’t disagree with you just to be disagreeing with you. I disagree with you for the simple fact that you are wrong.
            The fact of falling earnings is a fact only because it is a continuation of a trend that has been going on for more than thirty years, not something attributable to Obama. The rise in poverty is a trend, once again, that has been going on for some years, well before Obama’s first inauguration. Inflation creeping up? That one must have come from Michelle Bachman. As for small banks – if anything, their numbers are on the rise because people are getting fed up with the treatment they receive from the BIG banks – another trend you have not been watching. Coal plants are closing because they are outdated and failing, not because of any environmental initiatives of the Obama administration. The trend of businesses to reduce full-time workers to part-time has also been going on for years – American workers are too productive (the most productive in the world). Businesses are increasing profits by reducing the benefits packages paid to their workers.
            All of the foregoing are issues you can research in “Forbes” or “Fortune” or even “The Economist”, all relatively conservative but reasonable honest publications.
            As for those in the Obama administration who you accuse of being members of the Muslim Brotherhood, I WILL check on them. Based on what I have been able to find on the preceding issues, I feel reasonable sure that your sources for such accusations are far right of conservative and just plain wrong.

          • lana ward

            The country is WAY worse off than when Obama took office and now he wants to take us into WW111. He Is Not a leader, he is making America emplode!!!!—Arif Alikhan, Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for policy development. Mohammed Elibiary— A member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. Rashad Hussain— The US special envoy to the Organization of The Islamic Conference. Salam al Marayati—Co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Imam Mohamed Magid—President of the Islamic Society of N America. Eboo Patel— a member of Obamas’ Advisory Council on Faith-based Neighborhood Partnership. Obamas’ Muslim Brotherhood Employees!!!

          • RobertCHastings

            NONE of those mentioned is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Muslim political organization to which the deposed president of Egypt, Morsi, belongs. They are, however, Muslims, which, the last time I checked, was not a crime in this country, any more so than being a woman, or gay, or left-handed.

          • lana ward

            It should be a crime. Obama is letting them take over America, gives them everything they want while taking Christians rights away. Given the word any one of them will cut your head off. Soon the Islamic flag will be flying over the WH

          • lana ward

            Those I mentioned ARE Muslim Brotherhood and no doubt there are many more working for Obama. He is sympathetic toward muslims, hates and degrades Christians

          • wesley rasmussen

            Or a hanging chad?

    • RobertCHastings

      You better lay off Betty White!

  • Allan Richardson

    Almost expected to read that the state party chairman was Itt Addams. At least he can keep the lights on!

  • ridemybroom

    Michelle has a mind…what mind ! if she had one of them she would be dangerous… !

  • ridemybroom

    disquis _iv s13bygmh… these republican goons would sell your eyes to dead man if they could… just because it isn’t there doesn’t mean it cant happen …

  • LotusJoan

    This is the way that the GOP wants all politics and elections to proceed – “sold to the highest bidder”! “If you want to vote, it’s going to cost ya”.

  • Pamby50

    Sorry, not going to buy it. Already knew Bauchman was crazy. Not going to help them get any money. I sure hope the FBI can charge her with a crime.