Bachmann Among Time’s ‘Most Influential’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has landed on Time magazine’s 2011 list of 100 “most influential” people.

Time says its list recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential people. Bachman is considering running for the Republican Party’s nomination for president. Bachmann said in a statement Thursday that she’s humbled by the selection and “grateful to be named among such a variety of notable people affecting our world.”

Bachmann is among some recognizable names on the list, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, President Obama and Oprah Winfrey — and some not so recognizable, including game developer Peter Vesterbacka, fashion and film director Tom Ford and economist Esther Duflo.

Time published the list online Thursday. It hits the newsstands Friday.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Steve

    It’s not “most influential”, it’s “most influenza”
    She gives everyone the flu.

    • Kent

      Still laughing Steve!

    • Mike

      She influences me to vote for any other party.

    • Tom


      LMAO! Good One!

    • JustTheTruth

      This actually makes sense – She certainly is influential at making my stomach turn. And influential at making MN a laughing stock to the rest of the country.

  • Schae

    I didn’t know that being crazy was criteria for being “most influential”

    • Lorenzo

      That is what I thought when I saw Obama on there!

  • Abe Linclon

    Oh God, my head hurts…….

  • tigger

    The LEFT has spoken!
    …..knowing about Crazy, all to well…. Mr. Dayton and Al, being glaring examples

    • Wait a Minute

      Al Franken is one of the most intelligent and well-read politicians. He has kept relatively quite for his first term. He is trying to learn his job. Bachman isn’t even on the same field as Franklin.

      • Doug

        There are similiarities.

        Franken may be a comedic satirist, but Michele Bachmann says an awful lot of funny stuff. She gets 10x as much air time on Comedy Central as Franken does, no joke, …and she’s not even trying.

        I think she’d make the most entertaining President!

      • sad

        He has kept his mouth shut because the election was illegal won for him by ACORN.

      • Tony

        Franken is inelligent and well read???? Really? Ok, so tell me… are you related to him. He’s an idiot.

        • Psychedelico

          He’s an idiot? He’s published several books, and in his first term as a senator was placed on several bipartisan senate panels and commissions, BECAUSE of his smarts. I know any idiot can write a book, but he’s had several PUBLISHED, meaning other people thought they were good enough to publish.

          You sound like my dad, with the insults—but nothing to back them up.

      • kevin

        ha ha thanks for the laugh.

      • Tom

        Wait a Minute

        I agree with you! Comparing Dayton and Franken too Bachmann is a stretch! Dayton and Franken know how too put together a complete sentence. Bachmann never has been able too do that. That is why the NUTS on the right like her.

        • kevin

          you guys are killing me, stop it my stomach hurts.

          • v

            Your stomach hurts because you’ve been digesting too much Tea and Right Wing B.S.! Either that, or it’s the poor water and air you’ve been absorbing. You can thank the Bush administration for that. Frickin lazy, whining righties. Unbelievable. Always whining… ” I don’t want to pay taxes. I don’t want to lose my gun. I don’t want to give up my Redneck gasoholic truck. I don’t want to stop polluting the planet. I don’t want to THINK INTELLIGENTLY”. That stuff requires EFFORT. You people are walking contradictions. You slam a system that helps the less fortunate. You call the recipients of gov’t assistance “lazy”, yet prove time and time again that all you want to legislate are rights and privileges that allow YOU to be lazy.That’s why you’re all fat rednecks. The reason you hicks like Palin and Bachman so much is because they look better than your wives and make YOU look smart!

            • Kevn

              I am sending this one to Leno for his opening. Good one.

              • v

                Leno. Figures.

            • T

              Good one V. Interesting that shows like Desperate Housewives gets their highest ratings in the bible belt – where all those smart Republicans live.

          • M B

            How about trying to form a actual comment other than trying to obtusely insult and distract people?
            If you have proof otherwise or are able to coherently defend your position, then I’m willing to listen. If you simply spew hate and vitriol or mock people, then you are best off not saying anything because you just proved their point for them.

            • Paul

              kevin is incapable of rational thought or debate. His lack of response is a testament to the fact that the above posters are 100% accurate. If they weren’t, then he might actually have an intelligent response. Of course, if he’s a Bachmann supporter then there is not chance of intelligence being spotted.

              • Kevin

                Debate what Paul, all I hear are smears. Show me something to debate and I will respond. You have nothing, and the name calling is out of pure frustration. You want so bad to be right and have everybody agree with you but they don’t. By the way, the IQ of registered demacrats is 19 points less than republicans. Wrong again.

                • Paul

                  Really, Kevin? 19 points LESS then Republicans? I would love to see some solid, hard evidence to back this claim up. Have you seen a political map lately? While Democrats routinely win the north, where all of the respected businesses and universities are located, not to mention the best education in the country, Republicans routinely win the south. This is where you will generally find those people who are not very well educated. And I’m being kind when I say that. Republicans get their news from Fox, and Fox viewers have been verified as being the most misinformed people in the country.

                  Please, Kevin, if you’re going to try and form complete thoughts, make them sensible.

                • Kim

                  her making the Times????? now I know the world has gone to hell in a hand basket!!!!

                • S&MAN

                  Um… Kevin, if you are going to claim the “DEMOCRATS” are less intelligent, generally speaking, wouldn’t it help your case to actually be able to spell the word DEMOCRATS correctly?? So, what does that mean??? That registered Republicans have an average IQ of 65, while Democrats have an average IQ of 46?? I’d have to agree with Paul. Most states that vote solidly Republican are Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee. Have you been to these states??? It is as close to a 3rd world country that you will find in the U.S.. The performance of high school students in those states is simply pathetic…at best. Compare them with Minnesota, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut. What about he “most literate” cities in America?? Seattle, Washington D.C., Minneapolis, St. Paul, Madison, San Francisco, Boston..or cities with highest percentage of 4 year degrees; Washington D.C., San Fran, San Jose, Boston, Minneapolis, Seattle, Denver, New York.

                  I’m curious, WHERE did you come up with that statistic?? gigg

            • kevin

              spew hate? you better re read the post as to who is spewing hate. I am merely enjoying the post which you must agree are extremely funny. And thank you for the additional laugh…..

    • betty

      This woman never spends any time in her home district. She is always running around the country opening that big mouth and saying the same ole BS and collecting $$. During her speech in SC over the weekend, she barely had 300 people show up. Her star is fading . . .


      • Kim

        I agree with this one!!!!!! couldn’t have said it any better!!!

      • Jeff

        She must be doing something right, she’s on her 2nd term, if she’s bad, the liberal running against her must have been nasty!

        • James

          If her district were redrawn, she would lose.

    • Robin Hood

      The tigger has spoken? What about Christophor Robin, or Winnie the Pooh?
      The right has spoken, ya another bunch of wild lies!

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    • Bobby


  • whatever

    Wow, apparently the rest of the country ha a different perception of this woman than I do.

    • Linda

      She was named as one of the most influential. It didn’t specify whether her influence was bad or good.

  • BBooty

    Hey – keep it in perspective. Lagy Gaga tops out many lists as #1

    The proof is in the nuts dropped around the tree. Lady G definitely has it up on Bachmann in every way except for spitting out the Cry of Hate
    Well – guess maybe she’s above that petty detail


  • Robert

    This is one issue I’m not buying. What I don’t understand is 100 most influential? I always thought Time did the Man of the Year not 100 most influtential.

    what is her ranking 101

  • Oh how Great

    She has to be proud joining her peers like the Obama’s, the Clintons and many other who been there – done that.
    Think they all will hug and kiss? Maybe sneek in a litlle you know what after hours? Huh – what you all think – maybe? lol

    • M B

      You DO realize that Bachmann is a Republican, right? If not you just made a misinformed snipe of colossal proportions, and one worthy of what I have come to expect from Republicans..

      • Oh how we can twist a thought around

        ever hear of sarcasm??????? ;-)

  • don

    It should read the most racist of all time

  • Jim

    Her influence has pushed me to vote Democrat.

  • Doug

    If we elected Michelle Bachmann President, we could send a message to the rest of the world that we are just as crazy as any ass-backward banana republic. It could relieve all the pressure that comes with being a super power. Our debts would be written off. We could invade Canada, grab their assets, give them religion, …make them play basketball, …just for the fun of it!

    Think about it: BACHMANN/PALIN – Making Sense of The End Times.

  • harryoya

    Hitler was also time mag’s person of the year, hmmm…

  • Jimmy

    If the people of the United States of America would even consider electing either Bachmann or Pawlenty to a greater position of power…then the world is surely going to the dogs!

    • M B

      What else do you expect from a people that would rather be watching American Idol, Real Housewives, or any of the inane shows currently on television rather than being objectively informed about their politicians and other of the current issues?
      When it comes down to brass tacks, most of the American People love to complain, but not actually learn about the issues and actually change things.

      • John Q Public

        Seven of ten Americans can name the Seven Dwarfs.

        One in ten can name the nine Supreme Courts justices.

        Ten in ten Tea Partiers can repeat word for word everything said by Bachman, Limbaugh, Hannity and their ilk AND actually believe it.

        Sad, ain’t it?

        • me

          I’m sorry, I tought Dopey, Grumpy and Sleepy were some of the justices? No?

          Face it, the name John Roberts just isn’t as exciting as Sneezy.

      • v

        That’s why they fall for pin-up politicians spewing bumper-sticker rhetoric. Enter Palin, Trump, Bachman, Gingrich…. all riding on the BS train that’s being driven by Beck, Limbaugh and Hannity.

  • Meg

    Most influential does not indicate good or bad. As noted in other comments, the influence can be nauseating,

  • Tax Payer

    She needs to get back to her district and do her job that she was voted in to do.
    She took lessons from Pawlenty. Another one to line their pockets with our tax dollars .

    • Trish

      Where do you people come from? She is a U.S. representative and she works in Washington D.C. She is doing her job in representing her district in matters such as our economy, national defense, immigration, etc. She doesn’t belong in Minnesota doing photo ops. Her influence in other states helps pass legislation benefitial to her districts views. Please explain how she is lining her pockets or do you just make stuff up. If you have to lie to make a point you may not have one.

      • Have you been under a rock?

        I’m wondering where you are coming from Trish, Bachmann has done NOTHING for her district and has NEVER brought anything up to pass in the legislative she is too busy traveling around getting on TV and spewing off about Obama this and Obama that. She needs to shut her piehole and do something for her district like why is her district has the highest unemployment rate in Minnesota and the most foreclosures in the state are in her district.

        • ohoh

          Keith Elletson hasn’t been in MN since he won the election.

  • Kurt

    She is influential:

    She is rewriting history. (Lexington and Concord–New Hampshire)

    She wants to become the next Joe McCarthy. (Find the pro and anti Americans in Congress.)

    Scientific researcher….(Not even one study can be produced that shows carbon dioxide is a harmful gas)

    Economist: (get rid of minimum wage to reduce unemployemt and improve the economy.)

    You mean she is not the next Michelanglo/Einstien/Jefferson all in one?

    • Lance

      Your VP has many more history gaffs than the New Hampshire one. It was a mistake but the rest of your post are positives. The anti American comment was meant for those in congress that want to change what america was founded on. The constitution, demacratic principle, freedom. There are those in congress that want to change what america is and to me that is anti-america. As far as carbon dioxide goes, should we stop breathing. Minimum wage has hurt many people wanting to work in college, high school, etc. My son had to join the teamsters to bag groceries and a few years later that job was eliminated in stores like cub. He was sixteen and just wanted to make a couple bucks for spending not a life time job of bagging. Not all jobs are careers.

  • MB is influential

    Let’s all just agree those that dislike MB do so because she wants to lessen the free stuff you receive from the gov dole. At least own it. Just say it how it is, yes I reveive free stuff at the expense of others, I pay no fed income tax and use my EBT card at Costco and feel more free stuff should be mine. I must complain about those who worked to get ahead when I partied and so I am mad at the world and see relief in taking from others. Even the media is finally just admitting it is socialism they want. Hiding it in ridiculous comments just makes you look even less successful than you are if that is possible. It amazes me that you all seek the least amount of success possible. How does one shun success and invite theft of other peoples success? No really, how does that thought ever enter your brain? I like her because she wants to ensure the gov takes less of my money as a charity intermediary and puts the choice in my hands. Why don’t we all put all of our money on the table and divide it up equally? The logic of economics is just simply lost of progressives and liberals but reality always trumps silly liberal views.

    • yesssirrrreeeee she's a flake

      let’s all agree that we don’t like an ignorant – yep, thats what she is, a simple minded moron, a pompous right winged far fetched flake …. nor does the GOP.
      there ya go – some food to digest

      • MB is influential

        Sorry I didn’t catch it but where should I drop off your free stuff? Just list what you want here and I’ll be sure it makes its way to you with the least possible effort from you.

        • Linda

          Save gas and drop off his free stuff when you drop off Bachmann’s farm subsidy check.

        • Psychedelico

          No, the logic of economics is not lost on liberals. Its the logic of patently false economics, such as “lowering taxes for millionaires leads to a better economy” and “climate change is a hoax, if we want a good economy we need to remove all pollution restrictions on businesses” that we don’t like. And I’ll admit this much– We hate to see somebody so clearly moronic and idiotic get as much air time as she does… Even if its to be expected on FAUX news.

          • MB is influential

            @Psychedelico you are speaking as a person who has always been an employed not an employer. I get it, you are and may never be in the flow of money or entrepreneurship and so are forced to look at taxes through the have-not lens. That is unfortunate for you. It really is. I was there once when I was a teenager living on my own so I get it. Climate change may not be a hoax but manmade climate change seems to be. No matter what is said regarding changing climate whether it is historic cold, heat, storms, snow or whatever, you blame manmade climate change which of course had ceased being referred to as global warming since we aren’t warming. Also, I saw no lowering of taxes on any level or any sort of wealth test to keep the tax levels. A person earning 250k and an actual wealthy millionaire are many times worlds apart but I suppose anything more than 45k is so unobtainable to many that 250k seems lavish. Your perspective is lost and likely never existed and you don’t care because you’ll never get to even the 250k level with the entitlement/corporations are evil attitude. It is not to dissimilar to the African countries that went through inflation rates in the billion% plus ranges and the school kids had no respect for what a million meant since all perspective was skewed.

  • Meg

    Trash let’s just say her influence & agenda on issues such as immigration, national defense economy are disturbing to some of us people, Americans. I amazing agreed on a handful of topics, but most times she speaks polar opposite of my personal views. She narrowly defines what it is to be American, representing a primarily white, over-proud, fearful of diversity citizen, spokesperson for tea party. Her influence just disturbs many fellow Americans. She does not represent all but perhaps her upper middle class conservative district well.

    • Peter

      Conservative district yes, upper middle class no. Check her district out. I live in it. She like the Tea Party is merely a group of Americans that believe in a fiscally responsible government, secure borders to stop illegal entry, and limited government intervention into our lives. They believe in the constitution and believe in free enterprise. Thats pretty much it. I don’t think that has any race, religion, or financial status attached to it.

      • Not A Yuppie

        @ Peter – Washington County is the the second or third wealthiest county in the State. Either Dakato or Scott I think is first. I use to live in Stillwater (and was considered poor – one of those who made under $150000.00 per year, as I was told by a good yuppie in town). Look at the houses up and down the river. Wioodbury and Stillwater and their surrounding area are yuppie enclaves (and have become the standard joke that Edina and North Oaks were years ago). Lake Elmo doesn’t want the “undesirables” lliving there that like sewer and water service. I think the area is upper middle class.

        Stillwater is the only place I have been asked to move my legally parked Chevy so the women driving the expensive SUV could park in my spot (it was outside the store she wanted to into). The rich are different and think they are privledged. Bachmann obviously fits into her district, a joke.

  • Citizen

    @Peter. Unfortunately, Peter, some of the things you point out that MB’s conservative constituents want are mutually exclusive. It is expensive to have secure borders–VERY expensive. For example: It costs upwards of $200,000 to hire ONE border patrol agent from start to the finish of the first year of service. The start up of TSA to protect air travelers was incredibly expensive, as is inspection of cargo entering through U.S. ports. Freedom of and from religion and freedom against discrimination require federal workers and lawn enforcement personnel, and the list goes on. The U.S. has one of the smallest governments in the world in relative size. To make it much smaller will make it ineffective and weak in the eyes of the world.

    • Peter

      thats the federal governments primary job you jughead

      • Jim

        Bachmann is part of the federal government, Einstein. Did you skip social studies?

  • Squirrel

    I love her! Of course, I’m partial to nuts.

  • Mitchell

    This woman is a disgrace to the people of her district. She represents everything that is wrong with politics.

    • lib

      How is she a disgrace, because she has a different opinion?

      • Psychedelico

        No because she is a fearmongering idiot, and she makes all minnesotans look like idiots for electing her.

      • Mitchell

        How about you tell me how she is not a disgrace. I’m sorry if I am picking on your hero, but name a few things she has done right. How is she working for the people of the 6th district? She is only concerned with raising her own profile, instead of addressing the issues of her district. When is the last time she gave a speech that didn’t involve some stupid, inaccurate rant about Obama? I dare you to put something together.

  • Believer

    There is a lot of hate here. What you all do not seem to understand is that the argument should not be between political parties. Not so long ago we had a great Democrat as president, who was Catholic. If we ever get a president with the moral fortitude to strictly uphold the five non-negotiables (Google it – my post would not go through when I listed them) then our country will finally be great again.

  • Meg

    My iPhone changed Trish to Trash, sorry I am not about name calling. Peter I was listening to U until U called Citizen a Jughead. There is no IQ test for parties nut it is amazing how easily some, many people can be led. Neither party has all the answers. MB happens to be very outspoken & very negative about the other party to the point I tune her out. I am Independent. This can happen on either side of isle.

  • Wild Ride

    Both — make it all parties (lol) spew a lot of negative barbs at each other. The main difference is , IMO anyway, the fact that MB does it non-stop and that seems to be the best she has to put on the table. She rants and then recants on statements and facts so often I find it almost impossible to take her seriously on anything.
    Parts of what I think is her message I like. Parts, actually I believe most right now, of her message I do not like like. And it may change by tomorrow too.
    She gets things riled up and I guess if Time thinks that equates to being influential so be it. That rag has been so poorly done for years that I ceased to subscribe and read I bet 6-7 years ago now.
    MB rides again …. lol

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