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Michele Bachmann Praises NPR 'Legend' Garrison Keillor, But He Worked to Defeat Her

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Ben Smith at Politico reports that in her new book, presidential candidate Michele Bachmann goes out of her way to praise Garrison Keillor, the arrogant liberal host of A Prairie Home Companion on NPR. This is the guy that wrote for Time magazine that "The Republicans are going to be the Party That Canceled the Clean Air Act and Took Hot Lunches from Children, the Orphanage Party of Large White Men Who Feel Uneasy Around Gals."

How would Bachmann process that one? She oozed in the book: “His politics are very different from mine, but I love his gentle, knowing humor. Keillor understands Minnesota, from Lutherans to lutefisk, and his ability to squeeze laughs out of serious-minded midwesterners makes him a legend.”

And: “The way he writes, it’s as though he was present at our grandmother’s Sunday table,” she writes. “Clearly, looking at his skill, he received a good education at Anoka—I know I did.”

Keillor makes no secret of his political leanings, since he's donated more than $61,000 to Democrats (especially Minnesota ones) over the years. But Keillor even wrote a fundraising letter in the 2010 cycle for Bachman's opponent, Tarryl Clark, which was recirculated on The Huffington Post:

Dear Friends,       

Thirty years ago, when I started telling stories about Lake Wobegon, I put it smack in the middle of Minnesota - in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District, in fact - where staunch Republicans and loyal Democrats know how to live together without yelling at each other and do what needs to be done to work out our problems.

It's embarrassing to me and a great many Minnesotans that Michele Bachmann, a politician who is so busy grandstanding and giving interviews on Fox News that she doesn't have time to serve the people who elected her, represents the 6th District in Washington.

That's why I'm proudly supporting Tarryl Clark - and I hope you will join me by contributing before today's midnight deadline.

Minnesota's 6th District has some of the highest foreclosure and unemployment rates in the state, but in an interview with the St. Cloud Times, Congresswoman Bachmann was unable to name any "substantive" legislation she had passed.

Michele Bachmann may still be counting on sliding through to re-election on November 2nd, but this year she is running against a smart and hard-working State Senator, Tarryl Clark, who is determined to make the talking heads of Fox News sit up and take notice.

Tarryl founded Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity and served as youth minister of her church for nearly twenty years. She grew up in a Navy family and has worked on behalf of veterans, families and children in the legislature. Service to her community is a part of who she is, and that spirit of service is sorely needed in Washington these days.

I hope you'll join me in making a financial contribution to her campaign - $25, $50 or $100 - before midnight tonight!

Tarryl Clark will never embarrass our state in Congress. Let's restore some respect for the Minnesota tradition of working together sensibly by electing her this November.

Thank you,

Garrison Keillor

P.S. Instead of working to solve problems, Bachmann talks about us as a "nation of slaves" and about the need for smaller government even though she knows better - the biggest part of big government is military spending, Social Security, and Medicare. Which would she do away with? Bachmann's so-called policies are just the old Bush economics that Alan Greenspan characterized as "disastrous." Help Tarryl defeat her by donating today.

Obviously, the first spending Bachmann might do away with is NPR funding -- one of the biggest frivolities in the budget. That money's obviously being funneled into Democratic coffers through the biggest stars of NPR. Smith noted that Bachmann has voted in favor or NPR defunding bills.


#1 → I understand, a little

Heck, Willie Nelson's puffed through a ton of weed, but Texas still claims him.

#2 This Californian can't stand him. Think of how much more...

popular he would have been if he had kept his politics to himself.

I tossed my one Bruce Springsteen CD. I never bothered buying a Willie Nelson CD in the first place.

Jim Webster

#3 Sorry, gotta part ways with

Sorry, gotta part ways with you on this one Newsbusters. I'm not sure why Michelle Bachmann or any Republican can't say exactly what she said - she disagrees with his politics, but appreciates what he has done by way of entertainment. Are you suggesting that you shouldn't show support or admiration for someone unless they share your politics?

I think what she said was entirely appropriate.

Darth Dutch

#4 Music lover

I was making a similar point to a friend just the other day. If I considered the politics of my favorite musical artists my cd rack would be empty rather than overflowing with over 1000 discs.

#5 My racks are getting emptier by the day!

Besides the fact that I can download any song I ever wanted, and Ive already put all my CD's on my IPOD, (actually, my son did)and FYE gave me $ for all my used CD's!

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. BEN FRANKLIN

#6 All Eastern Republicans would have to destroy their

Springsteen CDs...he's as obnoxious as Keillor.

#7 I did get rid of my Bruce Springsteen CD and I will...

never buy another one. (It was "Born in the USA", a very good title.)

Entertainers who can't keep their mouths shut when it comes to politics are only hurting themselves.

They don't seem to care that one half of their potential fan base disagrees with them no matter which side they are on.

Jim Webster

#8 Springsteen today announced his first tour in 3 years! Yay!

I'm giddy, as once again I will have the opportunity to NOT spend $500 to see him @ Giants stadium.

#9 I'm with Mr. Dutch

I'm no fan of Mrs. Bachman (nor of Mr. Kiellor for that matter), but I really respect that she's able to see past his politics and acknowledge that she appreciates what he does.

It's totally cool if people from all sides of the political spectrum can enjoy the same things. I commend Mrs. Bachman, and would hope that Garrison Keiller is able to appreciate her support, despite their political differences.

#10 Big conservative bloggers are coming together behind Bachmann

Boy the big time bloggers are starting to come out in droves in support of Michele Bachmann! I can't wait to see the Iowa caucus polls next week.

I predict a big change.

#11 Does anyone else find it odd,

Does anyone else find it odd, that liberals never reciprocate such sentiment? They always seem to have their full hate on for anyone who disagrees with them about anything.

Congresswoman Bachmann has class, and people like Keillor never will.


Facts are like kryptonite to the liberal.

#12 Garrison Keillor

is a dangerous man. If I check NPR in the morning and he's on I immediately switch to Rock n Roll. Listening to him for more than a minute causes narcolepsy and can lead to a dangerous crash. I don't know if it's the voice of a pompous liberal ass or if he's just THAT BORING!!!!!!!!!

#13 You are the first person I have ever heard of...

who actually listens to NPR. Don't you have a station that carries Rush Limbaugh?

Jim Webster

#14 I dont know why she praised him...

In fact, I dont know why shes said alot of what shes said, but she lost me when she confused the day Elvis died to the day he was born! Once you screw up a basic Elvis fact like that, youve lost me! And once you lose ME, Michele, youve lost America! Just stick to the political facts, of which youre great at, and leave the pop culture references to the libs!

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. BEN FRANKLIN

#15 At least she didn't brag about seeking counsel from

Jon Corzine.

#16 She is just being nice to the old fool.

She doesn't want to alieniate his fans. I never cared for him myself.

Jim Webster

#17 With tons of others to praise

it doesn't seem too smart to volunteer praise to the one comedian who has dissed you as an embarrassment to your state and constituency. That's not good sportsmanship, it's just dumb.

How often have any of you voluntarily publicly praised someone who has called you an embarrassment and intimated you are incompetent and not doing your job?

Why not praise James Lileks a good Minnesota comedy writer who is a conservative instead? Or how about Al Franken who at least says he likes Bachmann?

#18 Keillor's role

Minnesotans are unduly grateful to the first man to thrust their state into popular culture in the 20th century. No one paid much attention to it since "Little House On The Prairie". Keillor largely created the Minnesota stereotype.

“Always love your country — but never trust your government!" -- Bob Novak (1931-2009)

When you put the clowns in charge, don't be surprised when a circus breaks out.

#19 I have no use

for a man who feels that Christians sould not have the right to vote because "their real home is in heaven'.

#20 Bachmann has class.

Bachmann has class.

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