My article from the September 7, 2012, issue of Front Page Magazine:
Alinskyite Super PAC’s Crusade to Take Down Michele Bachmann
By Matthew Vadum
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is now in the crosshairs of the radical left-wing Credo Super PAC which jettisoned an earlier pledge not to target any female congressional candidate in the upcoming election.
Bachmann “has said more hateful and downright crazy things than just about anyone else in Congress,” said community organizer Becky Bond, president of Credo Super PAC.
Bachmann is the “Queen of Crazy,” according to Credo’s website. The PAC is attacking Bachmann because, among other things, she believes the U.S. Constitution limits the powers of the federal government, is an outspoken Christian, opposes same-sex marriage, believes manmade global warming is a myth, and wants to reform Medicare and Medicaid.
The well-funded political action committee was created by Credo Mobile, the wireless reseller that donates part of its profits to left-wing groups such as the George Soros-funded Media Matters for America, ACORN-affiliated Project Vote, Color of Change, and the Sierra Club Foundation. Credo Mobile boasts that it has given upwards of $70 million to left-wing groups since 1985. Credo Super PAC has raked in nearly $2 million so far, according to the Federal Election Commission database.
Barely three months ago Credo was very reluctant to include Bachmann in what it calls its “Take Down the Tea Party Ten” campaign. The PAC declined at that time to gun for the conservative champion and Tea Party leader, out of deference to the Left’s phony anti-GOP “war on women” narrative and because its leaders didn’t want to antagonize female voters.
“There’s no shortage of Tea Party women but if you look at this picture, one of our main themes, and most of our volunteers, frankly, are women,” Credo Mobile president Michael Kieschnick said June 18 during a panel discussion at the Campaign for America’s Future’s Take Back the American Dream conference in Washington, D.C. “We want to be able to go after Independent women [voters] in a year where the House has been ferociously anti-women. That’s why we’re doing it.”
Kieschnick did, however, qualify his statement. “I wouldn’t say we would never, ever do a woman but our structural bias is to start with all men.”
He also said Credo would only target candidates that were “beatable” — which makes Credo’s decision to open fire on Bachmann perplexing. (Kieschnick is a member of George Soros’s Democracy Alliance, a shadowy donors’ collaborative that aims to turn America into Greece.)
In announcing Credo’s assault on Bachmann, Bond cited the three-term lawmaker’s “weak primary showing.” Credo supporters’ “overwhelming demand” for Bachmann’s head convinced the PAC to go after her, Bond said.
In fact Bachmann won her August primary election with more than 80 percent of the vote in a three-way race. She is also the only one of the “Tea Party Ten” whose name does not appear on the RealClearPolitics list of House seats most likely to switch parties. Moreover, Bachmann’s campaign and Leadership PAC have together raised an impressive $17 million this election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Credo failed to respond to this skeptical reporter’s requests for comment. The PAC’s clam-up comes after the Obama campaign ordered high-level Democrats not to give interviews to conservative media outlets.
At the same time Bachmann joined the “Tea Party Ten,” two other lawmakers were added to the eight already on the list, bringing the total to 11, not 10 — a fact not reflected on the PAC’s website. As anyone who tracks government spending can tell you, math has long been progressives’ worst enemy.
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) is now a target because he’s “a paranoid birther,” Bond said. Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio) is a new blip on Credo’s radar screen because he’s “the poster boy for Tea Party economics.”
The original eight Tea Party lawmakers in the House of Representatives marked for defeat are Allen West (Fla.), Steve King (Iowa), Dan Lungren (Calif.), Mike Fitzpatrick (Penn.), Joe Walsh (Ill.), Frank Guinta (N.H.), Sean Duffy (Wisc.), and Chip Cravaack (Minn.).
Instead of running political ads, Credo prefers to use brutal in-your-face Saul Alinsky-inspired tactics aimed at silencing and intimidating its “enemies,” a word that Bond frequently uses.
Credo brags about bullying New Hampshire’s Guinta into not attending a fundraiser and about its candlelight vigils designed to highlight the lawmaker’s combatant status in the nonexistent “war on women.” The storm trooper PAC also celebrates disrupting a Lungren town hall meeting.
Credo calls Iowa’s Steve King a “paranoid bigot.” For proof, Credo consulted radical feminist ambulance chaser Roxanne Conlin. This unsuccessful office seeker was the first female president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (since rechristened with the smiley-face name American Association for Justice) and was president and general counsel of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund.
King’s policy positions are “atrocious, offensive, and dangerous to the women of this district,” Conlin regurgitated on cue.
The PAC plans to escalate its attacks on Tea Party patriots leading up to Election Day.
“Credo Super PAC will be mobilizing thousands of volunteers to ensure that voters know just how extreme and crazy these Tea Party Republicans are,” Bond said.
“We’re determined to defeat these Tea Party Republicans before they do any more damage to women, seniors and the environment.”
In other words, Credo is mobilizing to stop the Tea Party from saving America.