Michele Bachmann – Woman of Mystery

Even though Michele Bachmann has become this shiny ‘rock star’ of the tea party movement, she remains this kind of elusive, mysterious woman when you think about it. Sure, we can read her bio on her website or even on Wikipedia, but what does it say really? Just the basics. One thing I noticed though, when I googled Michele Bachmann, I found people just bashing her and the lack of intelligence she has. No one, not even these high paid journalists and/or television commentators are asking the right questions though.

When I googled “Michele Bachmann bar exam”, the only thing that came up was “HOW did this woman pass the bar exam???” I mean that is a good question if you are talking about her intelligence level, but no one is asking the right question. What is the “right” question you ask? When…. Yep no one is asking WHEN Michele took the bar exam or even WHERE. She worked in the US Treasury department the same year she graduated from William and Mary school of law, but there is no mention as to where and when she took her bar exam. There is also no mention of when she took the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, which Minnesota requires before she can take the bar exam in that state. Now, it COULD be because it was so long ago, however, since she is a public figure and represents the public, those records should be made available.

Now, I agree that Obama’s records should also be made available, but he is a lot easier to research and I have found several sites which verify he DID take the bar and when. Michele’s constant smoke screen of misinformation about Obama though is what is troubling. She keeps bringing up “Obama’s Harvard Law degree” as a negative, yet let’s take a look at Bachmann’s previous scholarly endeavors shall we. (This is where it gets a bit tricky).

Here first college was Winona State University in Minnesota in 1978. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in English (hey I am JUST the messenger!) I decided to check on this school just because she keeps making light of Obama’s Harvard education. Let’s compare the two shall we.


Admissions Data (2009):

  • Percent of Applicants Admitted: 71%
  • Test Scores — 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 440 / 600
    • SAT Math: 510 / 640
    • SAT Writing: – / –
    • ACT Composite: 21 / 25
    • ACT English: 20 / 25
    • ACT Math: 20 / 25
  • Total Enrollment: 8,657 (8,060 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 40% Male / 60% Female
  • 94% Full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $7,800 (in-state); $12,540 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,160
  • Room and Board: $6,920
  • Other Expenses: $2,790
  • Total Cost: $18,670 (in-state); $23,410 (out-of-state)
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 83%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 53%
    • Loans: 66%

Enrollment (2009):

Costs (2009 – 10):

Winona State University Financial Aid (2008 – 09):

Average Amount of Aid

  • Grants: $3,121
  • Loans: $8,187

Most Popular Majors:

Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Nursing, Social Work

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 75%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 30%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 25%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 51%


Test scores for the middle 50 percent (from the 25th to the 75th percentile) of recently admitted classes range from 700 to 790 on the SAT critical reading section and 690 to 790 on the SAT math section.

Graduation rate – 97%

Tuition                                       $34,976

Health Services Fee                     $1,166

Student Services Fee                    $2,273

Room                                            $7,525

Board                                            $4,783

Subtotal                                     $50,723

Estimated Personal Expenses       $3,227

Estimated Travel Costs           $0-$2,800

Total billed

and unbilled costs               $53,950 – $56,750

So basically, not really a comparison, which we all knew, I just wanted it to be in print because I am so strict on the facts.

Ok, so now that we have determined that, this is where it gets a little tricky and funny all in one. Bachmann’s next school was a Christian college located in Tulsa, OK called O W Coburn School of Law, of Oral Roberts University. Now, in some of her bios on conservative websites, it lists just Oral Roberts University as her school, but it was not. Now, why would ANYONE not list the actual school? It may strike some as weird, but here is why; the year Michele Bachmann graduated with her Juris Doctorate from Coburn (1986) is the same year the school was forced to close because they lost their accreditation. Why did they lose their credentials? Well, let’s look into that for a minute.

I found an article about the Coburn School that was very intriguing to say the least. This was the first paragraph of the article: “U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White challenged the new Oral Roberts University law school Wednesday to produce “graduates who are competent enough to furnish the enormous variety of legal services that society must have if it is to function in a civilized and peaceful manner.”” Basically the school was teaching too much about religion and mixing with law, well, those two subjects just do not mix. (Here is the link to the full article http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?articleid=20080326_222_26420)

But the major question NO ONE is asking, if the school lost its accreditation, why was Michele Bachmann allowed to keep her Juris Doctorate degree? Well, maybe she wasn’t because 2 years later she graduated from William and Mary in 1988 with a Master of Law degree in taxes. I just find it odd though how with all of the information we can uncover today, why no one knows where or when Michele Bachmann took her bar exam. I looked into William and Mary school of law and it is a pretty tough school to get into. They only take 27% of applicants and list of requirements are tough. In order for her to achieve her LLM, she would have to have a JD (Juris Doctrate), but technically, her school lost the accreditation for that, so technically, she has no JD. (Website for the American Bar Association http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/post_j_d_non_j_d.html)

She said she worked for the US Dept. of Treasury and was an attorney FOR the IRS, collecting taxes from people who did not pay. (Weird because now she is on the standing that people shouldn’t pay taxes.)

Regardless if she is smart enough for anything, what needs to be uncovered is her previous college and how she was able to practice law. If she never achieved her Juris Doctorate, what makes her qualified for the bar association? (That is a pre-requisite of the bar association by the way). So, if she did not take the bar, how was she able to try (in her words) “thousands of cases” for the IRS in a court of law? Although, I could not find any cases she has tried…. Ever.

So while Bachmann talks about Obama only having a copy of his birth certificate (which I do not have my original either, lost it in a move, so I have a copy of mine), what I want to know is, is she trying to cover up her own indiscretions? These are some pretty serious indiscretions if she cannot provide some kind of proof.