Michele Bachmann gives GOP another Sarah Palin problem

Paul Ryan’s Republican State of the Union response was not inspiring, but at least he didn’t embarrass himself or his party. That was left to Michelle Bachmann, the loopy Minnesota Republican who gave the response from the tea party caucus of the Republican Party.
It was incivil, disjointed and, in some places, outright wrong.

As the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank noted, President Obama and Ryan aimed for unifying rhetoric. But Bachmann wasn’t having it:

As the leader of the Tea Party Caucus in the House, the Minnesota Republican gave her own, unauthorized response to the State of the Union, live from the National Press Club, filmed by Fox News, broadcast live on CNN and telecast by the Tea Party Express. It had all the altitude of a punch to the gut.

“After the $700 billion bailout, the trillion-dollar stimulus, and the massive budget bill with over 9,000 earmarks, many of you implored Washington to please stop spending money we don’t have,” Bachmann said. “But, instead of cutting, we saw an unprecedented explosion of government spending and debt, unlike anything we have seen in the history of our country.”

Armed with charts and photographs, but not a word of fellowship, she railed against “a bureaucracy that tells us which light bulbs to buy, and which may put 16,500 IRS agents in charge of policing President Obama’s health care bill.”

The State of the Nation was conciliatory Tuesday night, as each side made gestures to the other, and lawmakers for the first time crossed the aisle to sit – and applaud – together. But Bachmann and her fellow Tea Partyers raged on.

Mainstream Republicans were enraged at Bachmann and at CNN for airing her speech. (They expressed no such fury at Fox News, which also aired her response.) No wonder. As WaPo blogger Chris Cillizza noted:

Even before President Obama took the podium, it was a good night for his party. Why? Because the coverage on all the cable channels leading up to the speech focused on the fact that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) AND Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) were both slated to give responses to the President’s speech. The dueling speeches highlighted the ongoing divide between the establishment GOP and the tea party movement at a time when lots and lots of casual political watchers were tuned in. Republicans need to find a way to heal this rift or at least litigate it in a less public manner heading into 2012.

Establishment Republicans already had a difficult job trying to manage the fallout from Sarah Palin’s constant tweets and videos — hoping she won’t mount a presidential campaign which will divide the base and persuade independents that the party has swung too far to the right. Now, they’ve got the task of also managing Bachmann, who seems to be contemplating a presidential bid.

— by Cynthia Tucker

419 comments Add your comment

Tech Man

January 26th, 2011
1:11 pm

DannyX

January 26th, 2011
1:15 pm

Dan Qualye started this, now it has become epidemic in the Republican Party. The Anti-intellecual wing has taken over the Republican Party.

New Republican passport to office, spell potato. At the least? There has to be some sort of litmus test.

Republicans must be tired of being led by idiots. Sonny Perdue here in Georgia. Sarah Palin. Of course the master himself George W Bush. Now Bachmann The Potato Heads may be good for comedy but Republicans need to start thinking of our country. It seems lately the only things Republicans are concerned with are comedy and money.

NO MORE POTATO HEADS

P-O-T-A-T-O

Kamchak

January 26th, 2011
1:15 pm

Palin/Bachmann 2012

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granny godzilla

January 26th, 2011
1:15 pm

Cool.

So the GOP is split – Regular and Extra Crispy (Tea Party).

AND

The Tea Party is split – MN Tea Party patriots send out an e-mail that said:

“Please call Michele Bachmann’s Office and tell her that she does not speak for the Tea Party. Michele has announced she will be giving the ‘Tea Party Response’ to the President’s State of the Union Address. The Tea Party Patriots Organization is a grass roots organization. One person has no right to speak for the whole organization.”

Now throw the Libertarians into the mix…..

That’s entertainment.

granny godzilla

January 26th, 2011
1:17 pm

Kam

Oh hell no….

Bachmann/Palin 2012

Alphabetical is as good a way to choose between those two as any.

ohpleaseohpleaseohplease

heartlandboy

January 26th, 2011
1:20 pm

the really bizarro part of her speech–aside from not looking us in the eye and her fictional version of recent history–was her ‘iwo jima moment’. what was that all about? does she want to fight the japanese again? or do men in uniform make her horny?

Peadawg

January 26th, 2011
1:21 pm

Here’s one suggestion on taxes that’d I be on board with in a heart beat…repeal that stupid law from Bush that prevents internet “gambling”(gambling and poker are two different things) and tax the deposits/winning/both.

MiltonMan

January 26th, 2011
1:22 pm

Loony left here is still chaffed about the November elections.

M

January 26th, 2011
1:25 pm

Look at the camera, Michelle. LOOK AT THE CAMERA!!!

killerj

January 26th, 2011
1:25 pm

News flash!, Oh,”Old news”…..More bail from Obama,s staff.

Harry Callahan

January 26th, 2011
1:25 pm

Given the November election results, what exactly is “another Palin problem”?

LMAO

Get me Rex Kramer

January 26th, 2011
1:26 pm

Cynthia,

How do you propose to deal with our budget deficit? Spend more money? Please tell me when anyone has ever spent their way out of debt. The most progressive states in the US(CA, IL, MA, NY & NJ) have two things in common, the highest tax rates and the larget budget deficits.

Harry Callahan

January 26th, 2011
1:26 pm

Obama/Biden 2012

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stranger in a strange land

January 26th, 2011
1:27 pm

don’t think the tea party wants no stinkin’ “unifying rhetoric”. up to their eyeballs in that b.s.

Other problems

January 26th, 2011
1:27 pm

I’m more worried about people on the Dem side who are still in charge after the carnage (Reid, Pelosi) than I am some freshperson(man term probably no longer PC) Republican representative from a left wing state like MN. Who’s crazier, the people who elect someone new and untried or someone who votes in the same loser again?

2012…You Decide.

Harry Callahan

January 26th, 2011
1:27 pm

Kammy-poo…fair to call Cynthia Tucker a “Palin leghumper”?

DannyX

January 26th, 2011
1:28 pm

Don’t mistake a bump in Obama’s approval rating for his State of the Union performance. Presidents rarely get a bump from the SOTU.

No, he’s going to get a Potato Bump. The wacko Tea Party frauds are finally being exposed. Its like the mainstream media kept them alive the past 2 years to kill dead air time. Sarah, the kooks in Arizona and Nevada… America now can see the truth for themselves. This latest incident has a Couric feel to it.

Way to go Potato Party.

Stonethrower

January 26th, 2011
1:28 pm

The people who voted her into office love her and will put her back in so what’s the problem.

Harry Callahan

January 26th, 2011
1:29 pm

Granny hates women who stand on their own. She prefers women who ride their husband’s coattails, like Hillary Clinton.

George W

January 26th, 2011
1:31 pm

“It was incivil, disjointed and, in some places, outright wrong.”

Cynthia you MUST be referring to Obama’s speech…..correct?

granny godzilla

January 26th, 2011
1:32 pm

Rex

The Great Depression

oh and the Reddest states have the highest rates of divorce, teen pregnancy and porn subscription rates.

guess we all got issues…..

Harry Callahan

January 26th, 2011
1:32 pm

Ever notice how liberals are all about bi-partisanship and fellowship when Republicans are in power, but then when it’s one-party Democrat rule…well…not so much?

granny godzilla

January 26th, 2011
1:32 pm

UninspiredByPinhead

January 26th, 2011
1:33 pm

“Paul Ryan’s Republican State of the Union response was not inspiring, but at least he didn’t embarrass himself or his party.”

So Cynthia…You are saying President Pinhead’s speech was inspiring?? Yeah, I’m real inspired that he simply chose to substitute the word “investment” for more “spending”!! He still is out of touch and this four year freeze he proposes is laughable…why not SPENDING CUTS?

Michelle Bachman is harmless to the GOP…yeah, I too was bothered by the camera angle but not what she was saying.

George W

January 26th, 2011
1:33 pm

I think CT has a crush on Palin this is why she mentions her in every article.

Shawny

January 26th, 2011
1:33 pm

OBAMA: Vowed to veto any bills sent to him that include “earmarks,” pet spending provisions pushed by individual lawmakers. “Both parties in Congress should know this: If a bill comes to my desk with earmarks inside, I will veto it.”

OBAMA, early 2009, “Done right, earmarks have given legislators the opportunity to direct federal money to worthy projects that benefit people in their districts, and that’s why I’ve opposed their outright elimination,” he said then.

Gm

January 26th, 2011
1:34 pm

When will the Rep start calling the tea party extension of the Rep party.
This is why other countries have passed us in every phase of life.
Where was this idiot when Bush sent billions of dollars month to fund his private war? I just love this new found love for our country in the last 2 years by these hypocrite Rep.

George W

January 26th, 2011
1:34 pm

CT…..if Palin or Bachman were black would you still be as critical?

dear get me rex

January 26th, 2011
1:34 pm

I thought the most progressive states were VT, NH, and MN?

and as far as “highest taxes” – perhaps you should do more research. Here’s a good start:
http://www.retirementliving.com/RLtaxburdens.html

One of the most intriguing measures I’ve seen on taxes is state income + sales tax/average income.

Alaska is actually highest, then Wyoming, Vermont, North Dakota, Hawaii, West Virginia, and Arkansas. I’m just saying – do some research before making assumptions

George W

January 26th, 2011
1:35 pm

Gm……can you tell me what history has proven to stimulate the economy in almost every occassion?

Stonethrower

January 26th, 2011
1:36 pm

George W…….if Obama were white would you?

Harry Callahan

January 26th, 2011
1:37 pm

Cynthia, when you told Chris Matthews that 65% of the Tea Party are racists (still waiting for you to post the raw statistical data you used to reach that conclusion, by the way) doesn’t that give Democrats a “Cynthia Tucker problem”?

Oh my bad…about 10,000 times more people listen to Sarah Palin than either you or Chris “Barack Makes My Leg Tingle” Matthews.

George W

January 26th, 2011
1:38 pm

Yes…..his spending and socialist views should be judged from both sides.

Ugahall

January 26th, 2011
1:39 pm

cynthia you are ignorant! Anything that’s not democrat is wrong as far as your concerned!!!

Harry Callahan

January 26th, 2011
1:39 pm

“Yeah, I’m real inspired that he simply chose to substitute the word “investment” for more “spending”

Investing is what liberals do with other people’s money.

Joe in Decatur, GA

January 26th, 2011
1:40 pm

Cynthia’s probably happy that she has your ear, though, Harry Callahan.

Georgian

January 26th, 2011
1:40 pm

Newsflash:

Those two groups are still going to vote Republican!

Kamchak

January 26th, 2011
1:40 pm

How do you propose to deal with our budget deficit?

Didn’t you get the memo?

Cheney said that Reagan proved that deficits don’t matter.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Harry Callahan

January 26th, 2011
1:41 pm

“Cynthia’s probably happy that she has your ear, though, Harry Callahan”

I guess Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann have Cynthia’s ear then, eh Joe?

Logic 05

January 26th, 2011
1:41 pm

When you have Barney Frank, Maxie Waters, Charlie Rangel, etc… you should not throw stones.

ctucker

January 26th, 2011
1:43 pm

Heartlandboy@1:20, I, too, thought her Iwo Jima moment was quite weird

granny godzilla

January 26th, 2011
1:43 pm

George W

January 24th, 2011
10:13 am
I am ALL Done posting on this site. All we are doing is paying the paycheck for Tucker. I think we should all protest her and start meeting on Bookmans site.

Robert Burns had this covered in To A Mouse….

The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men,
Gang aft agley,

pretty darn funny, eh?

ctucker

January 26th, 2011
1:44 pm

ugahall@1:39, If you don’t have anything more ignorant to say than,” You are ignorant!,” you’ll be banned from this site.

George W

January 26th, 2011
1:44 pm

Granny…..nice job pullng up old postings.

ctucker

January 26th, 2011
1:45 pm

GeorgeW@1:31, First to raise race?

Stuart Hill

January 26th, 2011
1:45 pm

Correct me if I’m wrong, but was that Rep. Phil “Please don’t hate me, Rush” Gingrey getting Obama’s autograph after the speech? That was such a sweet moment. I haven’t seen gushing like that since Justin Bieber was in town.

granny godzilla

January 26th, 2011
1:47 pm

George W

Nice job backing out on your committment to us.

Kamchak

January 26th, 2011
1:47 pm

George W

January 24th, 2011
10:13 am
I am ALL Done posting on this site.

Now where have I heard that before…..?

Get Real

January 26th, 2011
1:47 pm

More liberal gruel in the porridge bowl…need an extra spoon? Granny, Keep, Kammietta??

The Truth Hurts

January 26th, 2011
1:49 pm

A 1.5 trillion dollar deficit for your children to deal with.

No one is looking for “unifying rhetoric”. That’s not going to balance the budget.

The last thing liberals desire is Obama under attack from two directions at the same time. That’s why you seek a unified republican party.

Those days are over. There will be no place for Obama to hide. He won’t be facing a polite McCain in the next election.

He will be forced to run on his own performance. And if you are honest, you know just how dismal it is.

1.5 trillion dollars in one year. That’s not going anywhere between now and next January.

Obama’s been smoking his own salmon, and Tucker’s been inhaling the fumes….