A brief review of some events:
Batshit-crazy Michele Acid-Eyes Bachmann ran for the republican nomination for PUSA in starting in summer 2011, and for all intents and purposes moved to Iowa. In January 2012, after finishing behind Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and, well, probably me, she pulled up her tent-revival stakes.
Upon the completion of her campaign, and her triumphant return to teh Congress where as a member of the Republican caucus and the Teabag Caucus, she promptly voted to defund Obamacare for the 33-39th times, as stormclouds appeared on the horizon. Campaign finance irregularities, including the apparent bribing of an Iowa State Senator, Kent Sorenson, to support her campaign, and the theft of the membership list of an Iowan homeschooling organization to be used for direct mailings, have gotten public and private ethics organizations r-e-e-e-a-a-l-l-y interested in her goings on.
These primary source of many of the allegations, although there are many corroborative witnesses, was the Bachmann campaign evangelical outreach director, Peter Waldron, by any measure a fully-formed fucking wackadoodle. His motivations are, in my opinion, two-fold, and I can see them, actually, being legitimate concerns...
- He claims that staff, including him, were not paid for a couple of years
- (My pure conjecture) Someone will fall on the nearest sword (NO, MARCUS! A literal, albeit metaphorical, sword never mind...) to protect The Girl With The Faraway Eyes (please read Charlie Pierce, that is all), with, admittedly, the promise of a healthy chunk of Wingnut Welfare upon his/her exit from Club Fed, and Waldron prefers it not be him
She had the opportunity to make all of this go away with a check, something her supporters, at the time, before all of this threatened to grow, would have done without question, that's politics, not even particularly remarkable. She did not, choosing instead to publicly insult him. And the growing scandal has ended her career in Congress, for at least as of now, she has declared that she will not be running for MN-6 in 2014
THE PUNCHLINE - TURKEY AND CRANBERRIES TIME
Monday, online, Waldron uploaded BACHMANNISTAN.
I don't normally (anymore) ready political memoirs (exceptions: All the President's Men - Woodward & Bernstein; The Boys On The Bus - Timothy Crouse; Fear and Loathing On The Campaign Trail '72 - Dr. Thompson), but I've heard terms bandied about such as Diva (guess who - yes, Marcus! Kidding...) and Rasputin (Keith Nahigian, the campaign manager replacing Ed Rollins, who apparently took command of the client with an iron fist), and shall be downloading this sumbitch (assuming it ain't'nt like $40) this afternoon.
I tell ya, FSM loves a humble man...