Fundraising is an endless game for politicians, and often they will use pretty much any big name, event, or holiday as an opportunity to make a plea for cash. But things may have gotten a little out of hand as a simple fundraiser has now turned into an cyclical battle between Tea Party leader Rep. Michele Bachmann, and a former president of the United States.
At a late-night fundraiser for state Sen. Tarryl Clark, Clinton described Bachmann as the epitome of a trend he regards as profoundly dangerous to the nation’s future. “Your opponent,” he told Clark, “is the ultimate example of putting ideology over evidence.”
“I respect people with a conservative philosophy,” he continued. “This country has been well-served by having two broad traditions within which people can operate. If you have a philosophy, it means you’re generally inclined one way or the other but you’re open to evidence. If you have an ideology, it means everything is determined by dogma and you’re impervious to evidence. Evidence is irrelevant.
“That’s how I see Rep. Bachmann. She’s very attractive in saying all these things she says, but it’s pretty stupid.”
So what do you do when the former president of the United States says bad things about you? Why, send out a fundraising appeal, of course!
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann may put on a brave face everyday, but underneath it all she is a delicate flower. So don’t call her stupid. It hurts her feelings.
While former President Bill Clinton was in town stumping for Bachmann’s Democratic opponent Tarryl Clark, he was quoted saying that Bachmann is the “ultimate example of putting ideology over evidence,” and that “it’s pretty stupid.”
Bachmann pouted today in an e-mail to supporters, saying, “Bill Clinton took the opportunity to attack me personally by calling me and other Tea Party acitivists ‘stupid.’”
Is there anything that can kiss that boo-boo better?
As a matter of fact there is.
Bachmann says she’d feel a whole lot better if her supporters will just “make an emergency contribution of $25 or more.”
Apparently, being called stupid now rates as an emergency. “I must have the resources to defend myself,” she writes.
Now, to keep the momentum going, the former President has issued an ask of his own on behalf of Tarryl Clark. This morning I saw my own request in my email from Clinton:
Tarryl is a friend and ally we can count on, who will make a real difference for Minnesota’s families in Congress.
But first, she needs our help to win this election.
I’m proud to support Tarryl Clark, and I hope I can count on you to do the same.
Will Bachmann now do an ask in reaction to an ask in reaction to a fundraiser? And if so, exactly how long will this back and forth continue?