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Iowa GOP Already Sick of Michele Bachmann's Elitist Diva Routine

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Iowa Republicans have belatedlygrown as tired of walking prescription overdose Michele Bachmann as the rest of Reality, only this time not for her acutely lunatic viewpoints and constant factual misrepresentations, but because she chronically shows up late to all of her scheduled events, refuses to mingle with the commoners or take their questions and then runs and hides in the cool darkness of her tour bus like some low-level Taliban bureaucrat retiring to his cave to sift through the opium stash in the medicine box before he says a prayer and checks out for a few hours. What were we talking about again? MICHELE BACHMANN IS INSANE, and a two-bit theocrat. There we go. Let's hear from her former fans!


From some Fox News thing, somewhere:

Can the "Barack Obama rock star crap."

That comes from Judd Saul, who helped organize the Blackhawk County Lincoln Day Dinner. The fundraiser, which was the day after the Straw Poll, was Texas Governor Rick Perry's first presidential campaign event in Iowa.

It was held in Waterloo, a place where she is no stranger. Bachmann proudly states she is from Waterloo and It is also where she officially launched her White House bid.

But Saul says Bachmann's behavior at the dinner left folks "kinda pissed."

"(Perry) sat with people, talked with people. (Bachmann) acted like a rock star, refused to eat dinner with us,"he said. "If Michele Bachmann is the hometown girl, from Waterloo, she should dine with us."

Instead, Saul points out Bachmann spent time on her campaign bus, only entering for her turn to speak at the event after she was introduced twice.

Out in Western Iowa, the chairman of the Pottawattamie County Republican Party, Jeff Jorgenson tells Fox News,   "(Bachmann) hasn't been making herself available...as far as retail politics is concerned, she's got a long way to go."

In large part, Republican ire at Bachmann comes because she is seen as not fully embracing the '"rules" of Iowa campaigning.

Unlike most other states, Iowans expect candidates, even ones for 'leader of the Free World', to linger at events to talk with every person left in the room. Presidential hopefuls are also expected to take questions from not only the local media, but also everyday Iowans.

Everyone hates Michele Bachmann because she is a greedy, self-serving egomaniac, the end. [OH FINE WHATEVER Fox News]

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Surprise, everybody! As we suspected, the Trump administration knew about the horrifying family domestic abuse stories in Patrick Shanahan's history, and they were trying to push through his Defense Secretary nomination anyway. We didn't assume they knew because the Trump administration is so very good at vetting people -- it clearly isn't. But, considering the enormity of the story, the question that kept bothering us yesterday when the Shanahan news broke was HOW IN THE HELL DID THEY THINK THIS WOULD STAY SECRET?

CBS News reports:

President Trump said as he departed for Florida Tuesday that he had only learned of Shanahan's family issues for the first time "yesterday."

But that is apparently a lie, or at least we should assume it's a lie, because we should always assume Trump is lying about each and every thing he says, in general. Anyway, whether El Dipshit was personally told, Trump admin people say ayup, they knew all about it:

One senior administration official told CBS News the White House was aware of the incident involving Shanahan's son, but didn't know about the 2010 confrontation. Another official said the White House knew about the 2011 incident dating back to when Bill Shine was White House communications director.

In case you need a quick refresher, the "2010 confrontation" is alleged domestic violence between Shanahan and his ex-wife, whose name is now Kimberley Jordinson, which was detailed in their divorce papers. (The ex-wife was arrested, not Shanahan.) The "2011 incident" is the one where Shanahan's 17-year-old son beat the shit out of his mom -- that same ex-wife -- with a baseball bat and left her in a pool of her own blood, and Daddy appears to have gone to great lengths to cover it up.

As CBS reports, some senators have been very curious as to why they were never informed of this way back in 2017, when Shanahan was nominated to be the deputy secretary of Defense. (He was confirmed.) Did the White House know then? Did Shanahan conceal it from everybody? Is that where the White House vetting process -- which is, again, just awesome, obviously -- went all wrong?

Or does the Trump administration just not think the nominee getting mutually fisticuffy with his wife, and trying to mount a coverup for his son when that son bludgeoned that wife with a baseball bat, is so bad, especially when you are trying to staff your administration with The Best People?

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