Update: Think Progress noted in The 2012 Candidates On The Arts: Michele Bachmann:
2010: Bachmann cosponsored a bill introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn that would have eliminated funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. [end update]
Huffington Post reports in 'Bachmann Abbey' Photo Shows Michele Bachmann's Family Doing Their Best Imitation Of The Crawleys:
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) seemed to be channeling the Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey in a photo posted to her daughter Sophia's Facebook page on Thursday.
Check it out at HuffPo. Bluestem has captured Sophia's Facebook portrait and use of the picture as a Facebook cover for her page.
It's not a show Bluestem's editor watches, as the contemporary American fascination with British gentry and royalty escapes her, perhaps because family stories place that Houghton relative at the original Tea Party (she doubts the family legend).
We don't feel out of line suggesting that the Gentlewoman from Minnesota's Sixth--the descendent of 19th-Century Norwegian immigrants to Iowa--is putting on airs.
Perplexity at the Bachmann family's pretension doesn't quite match our editor's surprise at hearing Tea Party royalty rival Wisconsin state senator Leah Vukmir's 2011 luncheon speech to the American Legislative Exchange Council's Spring Task Summit in Cincinnati, wherein Vukmir favorably contrasted the sheeplike docility of British crowds at the royal wedding earlier that morning with cheeky protestors at the Wisconsin State Capitol.
Oh, the horror of those unruly cheesehead peasants.
Somehow, Bluestem suspects that Vukmir and the Bachmanns simply aren't our sort of people. Anymore.
Screenshot: Sophia Bachmann's gentrified Facebook portrait and cover photos.
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