The title of a recently released MSNBC article is “Bachmann’s Democratic opponent bows out of race” (Web-site/URL: http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/31/.UarJCYm3alk.twitter).
Michele Bachmann won’t be running next year — and now neither will her 2012 Democratic opponent, Jim Graves.
Just two days after the onetime Republican presidential candidate announced her retirement, Graves is suspending his campaign in the GOP-leaning suburban Twin Cities seat”.
“Graves, who narrowly lost to Bachmann in 2012, said in a statement that — win or lose — he had achieved his goal of removing Bachmann from office”. Bachmann beat Graves 50.5%-49.3% in 2012, so THIS WAS INDEED a “narrow” victory for Bachmann and a “narrow” loss for Graves (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_history_of_Michele_Bachmann). So Graves is ‘chickening out?’
“In a statement”, Graves said, “THIS WAS NEVER ABOUT Jim Graves (?); this was about challenging the INEFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP and EXTREME IDEOLOGY of Michele Bachmann on behalf of those she represents. THE TEA PARTY IS “extreme”. WE ALL KNOW THIS. Also “This was never about Jim Graves?” YEAH RIGHT. All POLITICIANS are “about” THEMSELVES and ARROGANT by definition (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).”As of Wednesday (May 29 2013), THAT GOAL WAS ACCOMPLISHED –– and our supporters are and should be incredibly proud of that accomplishment.” “that goal was accomplished”, but NOT by Jim Graves.
“Graves told the MinnPost that there was a “Mission Accomplished” feeling when the Tea Party favorite announced she wouldn’t run again”. “She wasn’t representing the people of the 6th District appropriately and now she WON’T be representing them”. “She wasn’t representing the people of the 6th District” and SHE PAID THE PRICE…POLITICALLY. “There’s no way anyone could run and win who would be worse than Michele Bachmann. So WE ACCOMPLISHED THAT TASK”. Jim Graves DIDN’T “accomplish” ANYTHING.
Finally, DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) spokeswoman Emily Bittner finished off: “We EXPECT this district will feature a BITTER Republican primary fight over who can get the furthest to the right the fastest and we’ll monitor the race as it develops“. This is the latest/another EXPECTATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “REGARDLESS of whether Michele Bachmann is running, her brand of EXTREMISM and OBSTRUCTION has INFECTED the Republican Party – and it will be on the ballot in MN-06 and Republican-held districts across the country where we will fight to elect COMMON-SENSE PROBLEM SOLVERS” who are DEMOCRATS.
To conclude, THIS IS NOTHING THAT WE HAVEN’T READ/SEEN/HEARD BEFORE. This is just another chapter of PARTISAN POLITICS on Capitol Hill ahead of the 2014 MID-TERM ELECTION.