Bachmann dings 'milquetoast' opponents
December 10th, 2011
02:17 PM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann dings 'milquetoast' opponents

(CNN) - As the GOP presidential race heats up with more attacks and negative ads, Michele Bachmann on Saturday threw out a less-than-common word to amplify the political rhetoric, describing a few of her top rivals as "milquetoast."

"I must raise every available dollar between now and January 3rd to ensure our hard-charging constitutional conservative campaign – not some milquetoast opponents like Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich – wins over these undecided Iowa voters," Bachmann said in a statement to supporters.

Meaning "weak" and "spineless," the word originated as the name of a character - Caspar Milquetoast - in an early 20th Century comic strip by H.T. Webster called "The Timid Soul."

Bachmann, who experienced a brief surge in the GOP race after announcing her bid for president this summer, now polls in the single digits. On the campaign trail, she frequently boasts having a "titanium spine" when comparing herself to the rest of the GOP field.

Meanwhile, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has taken the top spot in many national and state polls, with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul following behind.

"With so much on the line for our nation, struggling Americans deserve a consistent conservative to solve our economic problems and create jobs - not the same empty rhetoric offered up by my opponents and the Democrats," Bachmann said in her fundraising pitch.

The Minnesota congresswoman will face off against five opponents in an Iowa debate Saturday night.

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Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Iowa • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. SiriusVH

    Mrs. Bachmann will soon have just one thing to 'shred'. That won't be Obama's reforms. It will be her book, whose dismal sales make it less popular than cookbooks.

    December 10, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. Goptfascists Nationalists Party - radical "regressive" bigoted intolerant fanaticism screwing the USA

    Never mind that she supports the same policies and ideology is what has brought our country to it's knees this whacko-of the-right wants us to regress even further.
    What part of NO don’t you get??

    December 10, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. RINO Bil

    Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum need to quit so the real frontrunners can hash things out. The Republican Tea Party needs to start uniting if they are going to beat Obama. Let Mitt, Jon and Newt settle things.

    December 10, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. John

    You claim to be a smart woman ,but you don't know when you have lost. It time to Quit because you don't stand a chance.

    December 10, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. Wil123

    A person should know when they're no longer relevant.

    December 10, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. MWM

    Another pit bull with lipstick. We really don't need two. Actually, we never needed even one.

    December 10, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. Larry L

    In the race to see who's crazy enough to appear to the Tea Party – she wins! Imagine this flake with her finger on the button to launch thousands of nuclear weapons... I wouldn't trust her, or ant of the GOP's ridiculous circus of candidates, with a BB gun.

    December 10, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Freedom of lightbulb act !

    What a leader !

    December 10, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    iN JUST ONE YEAR the baggers in the House of Representatives have done more damage to this country than can be undone in a decade.

    December 10, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. gino

    All she has to do in Iowa is eat more hot dogs as she did at the state fair this past summer. It'll knock 'em dead.

    December 10, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I have to agree with Michele on this one.

    December 10, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. Leslie A H Redweik

    Bachmann's got my support for certain. Made a list of the good and bad on all of them. I mean I really look into them and vet them myself... She was the only one with a short bad list and long good list. Easy decision.

    December 10, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  13. Indy

    Bachmann often talks about how she is a job creator, but I have never heard how many hundreds or thousands of jobs she has created, anyone know ?

    December 10, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. Woman In California

    Why doesn't she just get lost? She knows she doesn't have a chance to get the nomination but still somehow she wants to keep on jabbing and to think she has supporters....... unbelievable.

    December 10, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Has she created even one job for her favorite state of Iowa?

    December 10, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. jamison

    I like what Leno said about her the other night.

    Michelle Bachman was asked what should be done about the Shiite problem. She responded by saying, eat less Fiber.

    December 10, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |

    The GOP wingnut/teabagger trainwreck implosion continues full speed ahead.

    December 10, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  18. Brent

    More meaningless rhetoric. When will these candidates learn that actions speak louder than words?

    December 10, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. Clwyd

    Gee, I was hoping she skipped because she was pulling out her 3 or 4% rating. The woman is a real fruit cake nut job!

    December 10, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  20. Namejkane

    Ya, her husbands gay clinic to

    pray away the gay, must be one or two jobs, go back to mn and milk some cows you cow!!!

    December 10, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    She must put that make up on with a trowel...

    December 10, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Sounds like she was also describing her husband.

    December 10, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  23. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    It looks like her makeup was done by a mortician!

    December 10, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  24. GOP = Greed Over People

    Marcus is making manic Michele's life a living Hell, since he has had to return the inaugural gown, and now she is taking it out on her opponents!

    December 10, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  25. ngc1300

    She should go back to playing with Bachmann-Turner Overdrive. They were good. She stinks on her own.

    December 10, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
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