Tea Party Rep. Michele Bachmann, who has eclipsed Sarah Palin as the GOP's female bomb thrower, is urging donors to flood her campaign coffers so that she can take on liberal talkers like Chris Matthews who she claims are trying to silence her.
In an E-mail to backers, Bachmann, who's eyeing a 2012 bid for the presidency, said she needs a quick $75,000 to make a statement that her supporters are ready to fund her counter-attack on liberals and President Obama. In issuing a 48-hour deadline to raise the money, she said in her E-mail: "The liberals will be pouring over my fundraising report. Please help me report the strongest numbers possible!"
As some did with Palin, media pundits have picked apart Bachmann's speeches and interviews to find things to mock, like when she said the Revolutionary War began in New Hampshire not Massachusetts. Bachmann, however, hasn't been cowed by the tactic, instead using her Facebook account and interviews to poke fun back. For example, when she was called out on getting the home state of the battles of Lexington and Concord wrong she wrote on Facebook: "So I misplaced the battles Concord and Lexington by saying they were in New Hampshire...It was my mistake, Massachusetts is where they happened. New Hampshire is where they are still proud of it!"
She's also become one of the most visible critics of President Obama, drawing even more critical eyes. She noted that in her E-mail. "As one of the most vocal opponents of Barack Obama's agenda full of socialist policies, I am bearing the brunt of the organized attacks from the left--including liberal talking heads in the media like Chris Matthews and Bill Press! They would like nothing more than to silence me from exposing the truth about the wasteful spending and corruption caused by the left's unconstitutional policies."