Ames Straw Poll (or The New Orleans Saints 2011 MVP Race)


Perhaps a day late and a dollar short, but a good idea is a good idea.  We at Saints11 wanted to take advantage of the political posturing of the Ames Straw Poll this weekend in a more…appropriate context.  Here’s our detailed analysis of the Saints 2011 MVP race as seen through the prism of the GOP Political field.  Think you can do better?  We’d love to hear from you so feel free to drop us a note below!

  • Mitt Romney (or The Frontrunner) – Drew Brees

Mitt RomneyDrew Brees Saints

Who else could this be? The Frontrunner has the looks and plays the part of a presidential candidate.  He’s the most gifted politician on in the field and despite some late pushes by the other candidates; he will undoubtedly end up winning this thing (and easily at that).  But that doesn’t mean we should give up on the other candidates.  This is a horse race and the fun lies in the competition, not the result.

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Michele Bachmann vows to ban teleprompters from White House if elected, flubs own name.



I didn’t understand why Sarah Palin made a big deal about it a year ago, and I don’t understand why Bachmann is now. What’s so wrong with a teleprompter.  Every elected official uses them, every president who had the technology (to my knowledge) has use it. Why is it bad?

Do you really expect Obama to memorize all of his speeches? Do you think that’s a good use of his time or brain power.

Give me a break.

Politicalprof: Fact Checking Michele Bachmann

I know, I know, I’m posting a lot of Bachmann stuff the past few days. But I couldn’t ignore this. She just spreads lies and mistruths at such a prodigious rate that it makes my head spin. Enjoy!


Glenn Kessler at The Washington Post has done a nice job fact checking Michele Bachmann. Not that any of this is a giant surprise, but here you go:
Announcement speech, June 27
  • “Five decades ago in America, we had less debt than we have today. We had $300 billion or less in debt….
Bachmann Backers Edit John Quincy Adams' Wikipedia Page


Defending her erroneous comments that the Founding Fathers tried to end slavery, Bachmann told ‘Good Morning America’ host George Stephanopoulos today, “If you look at one of our Founding Fathers, John Quincy Adams, that’s absolutely true…. He tirelessly worked throughout his life to make sure that we did in fact one day eradicate slavery.”

Stephanopoulos rightly points out that Adams, a nine-year old when the Revolutionary War began, does not qualify as a Founding Father, to which Bachmann replied, “John Quincy Adams most certainly was a part of the Revolutionary War era. He was a young boy but he was actively involved.” So, Bachmann’s basically saying that since Adams was alive and his family was part of revolution, he was, too. That’s like saying that because my father fled Apartheid, I was a South African liberation fighter.

As the media attention about Bachmann’s Adams claim grows, her supporters are editing Wikipedia to make sure the Adams entry reflects the candidate’s anachronistic perspective.

HT: Dave Brockington.

At what point do her followers (and Palin’s as well), that she’s just not suited to be president? She’s had at least 3 major gaffes since she declared three days ago.  These aren’t little things, they build on each other.  I think the argument that the media is sexist because they only show Palin/Bachmann’s mistakes is a fallacy as well.  If you recreate history about once a week to make it fit with what you want history to be, then the media should report on it. I hate this GOP primary field.

Do you really want her to be our next president?
That’s what I thought. Can we please move on now?

Do you really want her to be our next president?

That’s what I thought. Can we please move on now?





“Rep. Michele Bachmann kicked off her presidential campaign on Monday in Waterloo, Iowa, and in one interview surrounding the official event she promised to mimic the spirit of Waterloo’s own John Wayne.

The only problem, as one eagle-eyed reader notes: Waterloo’s John Wayne was not the beloved movie star, but rather John Wayne Gacy, the serial killer.”

The wrong John Wayne - Washington Times (via Alex Pareene) (via)



Seriously? I mean, come on… Who is on her communication staff? Do a Google search and look past the first result. It’s not that hard.

EDIT: wait so apparently Michelle Bachmann is from Waterloo, Iowa.  I take back my dig on her staff, she’s beyond salvageable. Does this mean she’s grown up not knowing the difference between John Wayne (Movie Star) and John Wayne Gacy (Serial killer)?  WOW.

Um. No actually, there are not “hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding nobel prizes, who believe in intelligent design.”

Just because you say something, Michelle Bachmann, does not make it a fact.

On Monday, Bachmann didn’t talk a lot about her religion. She didn’t have to—she knows how to signal it in ways that go right over secular heads. In criticizing Obama’s Libya policy, for example, she said, “We are the head and not the tail.” The phrase comes from Deuteronomy 28:13: “The Lord will make you the head and not the tail.” As Rachel Tabachnick has reported, it’s often used in theocratic circles to explain why Christians have an obligation to rule.