December 29, 2009

When I was eleven years old I use to hang around one of the local radio stations (an AM/FM combo actually) and annoy all the announcers there. The AM side of this radio combo played Top 40 Rock while the FM side was Classical. So, it is no wonder that I love to listen to The Beatles, Beach Boys, The Doors, The Who, Led Zeppelin, and Bachman-Turner Overdrive and then change pace with to Mozart, Bach, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Dvorak.

I had a thing for radio. It didn't matter what the format, I just wanted to be in broadcasting.

The Top 40 station used to issue it weekly "Top 30" (actually) and with it came a listing for a "Wax to Watch," a song that the announcers believed would do well in the weeks to come, possibly make the top of the charts.

Today, in the spirit of the Wax to Watch, I would like to present "The Woman To Watch," someone I believe will do well in the months and years to come in politics. I will go so far as to say that she, along with Alaska's Sarah Palin would make a dynamic duo team for President & Vice-President in 2012 - and it doesn't matter which is at the top of the ticket.

Her name is Michele Bachmann, one "L" and no relation to Randy, Robbie or Tim Bachman of Bachman-Turner Overdrive (one "N").

When Michele Bachmann [R-MN] took the podium at a rally against health legislation this month, she dutifully hit the highlights of the Republican argument against the bill: It's too expensive, it will depress wages, it punishes the middle class. But because she is Michele Bachmann, she did not stop there.

In less than eight minutes, the Minnesota congresswoman told the cheering crowd of conservative activists that the Democratic healthcare bill isn't just bad policy -- it's unconstitutional. She invoked Tennyson's "The Charge of the Light Brigade," though it memorializes a suicide mission. She dissed the United Nations, recalled Elian Gonzalez's journey from Cuba, and offered this holiday greeting: "That is our wish for fellow citizens here in the United States -- for freedom, not for government enslavement!" The crowd roared.

A new GOP website aimed at rebutting President Obama's jobs proposal, which features only a few lawmakers, includes Bachmann along with Republican leaders. And recently, the Republican National Committee put Bachmann on a conference call to discuss healthcare with a host of grass-root groups, including tea party activists.  "There's no question that congresswoman Bachmann fires up the base," said LeRoy Coleman, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee. "She's a powerful and galvanizing voice for this party."

That is not how all Republicans see Bachmann, 53, who once said that she was "hot for Jesus" and is quick to call Obama's governing plans "socialism." Some want to keep her at arm's length.  When Bachmann declared that she would ignore almost all questions on the census form, calling it an unconstitutional effort to collect personal data, three fellow House Republicans called her stance "illogical, illegal and not in the best interest of our country."

Taking up issues outside the mainstream, she proposed a constitutional amendment that would bar the president from adopting a currency issued by an entity other than the United States. Bachmann had asserted that China wanted to create a "multinational" currency.

Last year, she introduced the "Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act," opposing a government-ordered phase-out of traditional light bulbs in favor of more efficient bulbs. Last spring, she worried about expanding AmeriCorps community service programs, calling them "reeducation camps for young people" and "politically correct forums." . . .

"Only Sarah Palin seems to send them into wilder convulsions of hate and arrogance and condescension," it read. Bachmann claims she is not intentionally provoking those convulsions. "I'm a lovable little fuzz ball," she told MinnPost .com -- borrowing a phrase that Rush Limbaugh has used to describe himself. would like to proclaim Michele Bachmann as the Woman To Watch in 2010.

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