Rep. Michele Bachmann for President: Attacks on Tea Party darling by the left are irrational

Imagine that you're a political consultant hired by a presidential campaign. Your candidate is young, smart and attractive, and has a fervent fan base. The candidate has got it all - a bachelor's degree and two law degrees, one in tax law; five years of experience as a U.S. Treasury Department attorney in U.S. Tax Court; 10 years of combined experience in a state legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives, and an all-American family that includes five children of her own, a farm and 23 foster children.

That should be a dream candidate, right? But for some reason, the prospect of a Michele Bachmann presidency has failed to garner the respect it deserves. By that I mean any respect whatsoever.

I know from experience. A few months back, while performing the seldom-dignified duty of political punditry, I suggested on "Larry King Live" that I'd like to see her run in 2012, only to be met by laughs from the rest of the mostly liberal panel. King's own response was, "Are you kidding or do you mean that?"

Such condescending incredulity is mind-boggling. Jimmy McMillan, the Rent is Too Damn High candidate in last year's New York gubernatorial race, got more respect from the media than Bachmann does. I bet if Charlie Sheen announced his candidacy, at least a few liberals would ask with a totally straight face, "Well, what's his platform?"

I can understand that the left disagrees with Bachmann's politics - she's a far-right conservative whose platform includes pro-life, pro-family and pro-God positions. But so are Mike Huckabee and Tim Pawlenty. No one outright mocks their presidential aspirations. They are, at the very least, given the benefit of serious consideration. What is it about Bachmann that makes her any less of a serious candidate?

Is it simply that she's a woman? As a postfeminism graduate of the school of equal opportunity, I'm reluctant to play identity politics. And since I resent being called a racist for criticizing President Obama, or a nativist for supporting border control, I won't start now.

Like the irrational attacks on Sarah Palin, those on Bachmann can't just be about her gender. After all, the staunchly conservative Condoleezza Rice does not attract such visceral animosity. Nor does Nancy Pelosi, who is as much of a bleeding-heart Democrat as Bachmann is a red-meat Republican.

So what, then? Are her Midwestern mannerisms any more ripe for mockery than Donald's Trumpisms? Is she any less polished than Joe Biden? Is Hillary Clinton more likable?

Laughing at Bachmann has become a full-time obsession for liberal pundits. Chris Matthews, for one, calls her a "balloon head," accusing her of being in a "hypnotic trance." Rachel Maddow said it was inexplicable that CNN aired her Tea Party response to President Obama's State of the Union address.

As far as that statement was concerned, many liberals simply mocked her for an audiovisual glitch that made it seem as if she were talking with someone off-camera.

How does this incredibly accomplished woman - only the third to represent Minnesota in Congress - fail to impress the same media sages who recently gave their unconditional support to a junior senator from Illinois?

Her detractors seem to have been struck with a serious case of Bachmannitis, the kind of irrational apoplexy that resembles paranoia more than serious analysis. But it's also a compliment, of course. If they weren't afraid of her, they wouldn't care enough to dismiss her.

But the more they bully Bachmann, the more I think I was on to something when I suggested she run in 2012. And now, with rumors swirling that she's considering it, the agita she generates on the left is sure to ratchet up. As far as I'm concerned, that's a sure sign that she's actually got a shot.

It seems the Left wants a civil war and some on the Right want a national divorce. The country is split right now unlike anything Glenn Beck has ever witnessed. There are two sides: Those who want to fundamentally change this country and those who believe in KEEPING the experiment of liberty that the Founding Founders intended.

The ideological gap seems impossible to cross, but Glenn explains why he won't secede. David Reaboi, Claremont Institute senior fellow and author of "National Divorce Is Expensive, but It's Worth Every Penny," tells Glenn why a national breakup is not an impossibility just because it will be difficult.

What can we do to fight back … peacefully? How can the states that still believe in the Constitution create pockets of freedom in the shadow of tyranny? On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn answers that and provides a road map to preserving what the Left is trying to destroy.

Finally, James Simpson, author of "Who Was Karl Marx? The Men, the Motives and the Menace Behind Today's Rampaging American Left," provides solutions on the issues the "red states" must unite around before Left and Right America officially call it quits.

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An Afghan interpreter who helped save then-Sen. Joe Biden's life in 2008 was among those stranded in Afghanistan after Biden's troop withdrawal. He has now escaped the country with his family, but not with President Biden's help.

Thanks to private organizations, including The Nazarene Fund, the interpreter and his family have now been rescued.

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A shocking new report by The Daily Wire reveals that the furious father whose arrest at a school board meeting likely sparked the call for the FBI to investigate anti-CRT parents like domestic terrorists was furious for good reasons: The Loudoun County School Board allegedly tried to cover up his daughter's rape.

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss the incident and explain why he joined 60 lawmakers in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding answers for why the FBI is targeting parents.

"We want to know ... what kind of coordination took place between the White House, activist groups and teachers unions, and the Department of Justice," Stewart told Glenn. "Because we have evidence that there was [coordination] and, in fact, that the White House are the ones who initiated this. They asked for these activist groups to write this inflammatory letter to the Department of Justice saying they were 'intimidated' and that they 'felt threatened', giving the Department of Justice Attorney General Garland, the excuse to say, 'Okay, well, we have to respond'."

Stewart went on to say he believes the federal government would only involve the FBI in such an issue if its purpose is to silence and intimidate parents concerned about the "poison" being taught to their kids in school. So, what can he and the other representatives who disagree with the Biden administration's overreach of power do to stop it?

Watch the video clip below to hear Stewart explain:

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Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu is now warning that his nation is preparing for war with China after Beijing flew a record number of warplanes over Taiwanese territory. Wu reached out to another country for help, but it wasn't the United States.

In a video, Wu urged Australia to help prepare for a possible invasion, but gave the U.S. no mention.

"The defense of Taiwan is in our own hands, and we are absolutely committed to that. And if China is going to launch a war against Taiwan, we will fight until the end. And that is our commitment. And, of course, during this period of time, we would like to exchange with other countries for security cooperation," Wu said on ABC News In-depth's China Tonight program. "We would like to engage in security or intelligence exchanges with other like-minded partners, Australia included, so that Taiwan is better prepared to deal with the war situation. And so far, our relations with Australia is very good. And that is what we appreciate it for."

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn, Pat Gray, and Stu Burguiere discussed whether or not America would do anything during such a conflict — because it sure seems like President Joe Biden is more focused on working with China to fight climate change. Plus, why did China just cut off all cryptocurrency?

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