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Michele Bachmann leadership bid looking shaky

By Rachel Weiner

Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn.) campaign for a leadership spot in the new Congress seems to be floundering as establishment Republicans close ranks around her opponent.

On Monday, the outspoken conservative posted online the letter she sent to colleagues announcing her bid for Republican conference chairman.

"Over the past four years, I have fought continually (and at some cost) for the principals [sic] of constitutional conservatism," she wrote. "To our Conference I bring strong principled conservative values, a proven level of experience, effectiveness with our friends in the local and national media, and an energetic national constituency that reflects the results of Tuesday night. It is important that our Conference demonstrate to the people who sent us here that their concerns will be tirelessly advanced at the table of leadership.

In an interview with the Daily Caller, she emphasized her tea party ties as a selling point. "I think, quite frankly, that the new leadership going forward needs to reflect the result of last Tuesday's election," she said. "The Tea Party is really made up of people who oppose the Obama, Reid, Pelosi election and many of them are apolitical and independent. I really believe that that voice needs and deserves to have a place at the table." " In a second letter to congressional Republicans sent Monday, she again pushed the idea that making her conference chair would "ensure that all voices within the Republican Party are heard."

But The Hill's Jordan Fabian points out that while rival Rep. Jeb Hensarling was put on the GOP's transition team, Bachmann wasn't. (Two tea party winners -- Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Tim Scott of South Carolina -- were included.) House GOP Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has endorsed Hensarling. Presumptive Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and outgoing Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) are behind him too.

As Perry Bacon wrote last week, Bachmann raised more money than any other House candidate this cycle -- her $11 million topped even Boehner's total. But some Republicans are getting annoyed with Bachmann for using the tea party mantle.

"Members are getting resentful of Bachmann, who they say is making the argument that you're not really a Tea Party supporter unless you support her. That's gone through the formation of the Tea Party Caucus and the formation of this candidacy of hers. It's just not so," one aide told the Hill. Sarah Palin has declined to endorse Bachmann, who she campaigned with earlier this year. And Dick Armey, leader of the tea party-funding group Freedomworks, defended Hensarling on Sunday as "not an establishment guy."

Bachmann says that no matter who wins, there won't be a rift in the caucus.

"Well, I'm a big girl and I think other members of Congress are big girls," she told the Daily Caller. "I'll make my case and I fully trust the vote of the people I serve with."

UPDATE: Hotline has a running whip count of public support for both candidates.

By Rachel Weiner  | November 8, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
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Comments

How did this loony-tune even get elected in the first place? Did they put something in those 10,000 lakes before the elections?

Posted by: apn3206 | November 10, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

I just now went to the PolitiFact.org website, looked up the assessments of Bachmann's statements they have rated. Go on, do it yourself, then come back here in a click. Go ahead, I dare you.

Michele Bachmann is an appalling, fact-averse demagogue. Every party has its pit bulls, and she is the GOP's (complete with lipstick and all . . .). But parties usually have the good sense not to make their pit bulls their leaders.

Apparently the people of her district (the only ones who get to decide) think she does OK for them. So be it. But whenever she opens her mouth, tweets, or does anything else to communicate her "thoughts," the quality of our national political discourse plummets dramatically.

To be sure, there are some real jerks on the other side of the aisle as well, and no doubt many of you will be listing them soon. But face it, Bachmann is a piece of work less conversant with the truth than a stopped clock, which has the advantage of being right twice a day.

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | November 10, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Bachman has proven skilled at self-promotion, mostly through staking out extreme (and generally unsupported) positions or just making up stuff that sounds good. She fails to realize that she is a favorite in the media the same way the traffic accidents and train wrecks are (hint: they're not laughing with you, Michelle.) Fortunately there are still dedicated public servants in Congress who understand leaders need to have both a basic grasp of policy as well as the ability to play for the team in order to achieve anything.

Posted by: SageThrasher | November 10, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

"What a bunch of know-nothings morons (with proper respect and excuse to morons for comparison)- I mean letter writers, not republicans. I am independent but stupidity of left wing nuts is colossal, may even stupendous. Continue like that and you''l be extinct in next election

Posted by: igorkh | November 8, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse"

Says the guy who posted the same thing 11 times.

Posted by: Observer691 | November 10, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

"Whenever the liberals do not like someone such as Bachmann, they resort to name calling instead of reasoning why they are opposed to someone's policy. It seem to follow the party line during the election. If you are a Democrat and running for relection, do not run on your record - intead accuse your opponent of wanting to (1) destroy social security (2) raise taxes on everyone by 23% - Fair Tax or (3) say they are extreme.

The same is true of the posters to this article."

What does any of that have to do with this article, which is about an INTERNAL Republican Party contest? Nothing to do with liberals.

Try to keep up, ok Cletus?

Posted by: Observer691 | November 10, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Look out, Boehner and other so-called leaders of the Repubs. Michelle Bachman is a ton more popular with regular Repub voters than any of you are.

If you treat Bachman in a less than professional manner, you will pay for it. Remember that she heads up the Tea Party caucus and you may be surprised how many Repubs want to be in that causus.

You may end up on your knees, asking Bachman for help. You better lay the groundwork for that request now.

Remember, the Tea Party folk do not have a lot of patience with egotists and fools.

Posted by: RonKH | November 9, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Bachmann strikes me as the kind of highly outspoken and untamed "big girl" who will strike revenge out on her male counterparts if she doesn't get her way.

Reminds me of someone else we have all seen in the news.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | November 9, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

I've already heard that she lost her bid for a leadership position...

It had to be expected...

Now that the Tea Party has fulfilled their purpose, the Republicans have no further use for them. What was the Republican view of their purpose?

To split the vote so the Republicans would stand a prayer of taking back the House.

Remember that the next time you hear one of them run on the "I'll use my (small) business experience to help our government
work better" ticket. Yeah, right! Most of them used advertisements funded by PAC's that received millions of money from large U. S. Corporations and/or Special Interests outside this country with a vested interest in things staying just the way they are! Or, better yet...

"I've served in our nation's Armed Forces...I will take my desire to protect our country's constitution to ensure your rights are protected." Wrong! That's why we still have the Patriot Act - a document that lays the foundation for a police state! They made it "permanent" despite the fact that powers granted under the Patriot Act have been abused by using them to spy on regular citizens (Because they dissent against the government's false rationales.) or use them to get evidence for criminal prosecutions in violation of citizen's rights under the law.

Are you people a walking & talking example of what Titus Flavius Josephus said when he wrote, "Those who fail to remember history are doomed to repeat it!"?

Or is it just another case of what Richard Helms meant when he called the media "The Wurlitzer"? By the way, for those of you who do not know...A Wurlitzer is an organ. In this context, a propoganda organ!

As for Mr. Helms, he was the longest serving Director of Central Intelligence (CIA). He had a very contentious relationship with John F. Kennedy, who was President of the United States when Helms held his position. By the way, there was an assassination attempt on Fidel Castro before the Bay of Pigs invasion attempt. Both of those events happened before Kennedy's assassination...Draw your own conclusions from that little "bon mot".

The question is...Now that you've received this little history lesson, what are you going to do about it? Hopefully, the right thing...To use your vote wisely for change that will benefit the average person, not the rich & upper class!!!

Posted by: theseeker1952 | November 9, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

coffic's sound advice ("A bid is a bid is a bid. Choose her, don't choose her. Hopefully, they ALL will act like adults/statespersons, accept the results, and get to work") makes way too much good sense, and thus, will be ignored.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | November 9, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

The folks who put these tea baggers into such high offices only have to wait...they will deliver nothing but hate, confusion, and self-promotion. Where is the GOP PLAN for JOBS, ECONOMIC GROWTH, Infrastructure rebuilding. While American continues to slip on the world stage (among the industrialized countries of the world in terms of educational gains, technological research and development, clean energy reserach and application, etc., etc.), these idiots scream sound bites of nothing.

Posted by: fairness3 | November 9, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

A bid is a bid is a bid. Choose her, don't choose her. Hopefully, they ALL will act like adults/statespersons, accept the results, and get to work.

Posted by: coffic | November 9, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

The folks who put these tea baggers into such high offices only have to wait...they will deliver nothing but hate, confusion, and self-promotion. Where is the GOP PLAN for JOBS, ECONOMIC GROWTH, Infrastructure rebuilding. While American continues to slip on the world stage (among the industrialized countries of the world in terms of educational gains, technological research and development, clean energy reserach and application, etc., etc.), these idiots scream sound bites of nothing.

Posted by: fairness3 | November 9, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

The folks who put these tea baggers into such high offices only have to wait...they will deliver nothing but hate, confusion, and self-promotion. Where is the GOP PLAN for JOBS, ECONOMIC GROWTH, Infrastructure rebuilding. While America continues to slip on the world stage (among the industrialized countries of the world in terms of educational gains, technological research and development, clean energy reserach and application, etc., etc.), these idiots scream sound bites of nothing.

The Constitution was written years ago and is an outstanding framework for our democracy. These tea baggers should realize that and seek to embrace its true spirit of creativeness, innovativeness, and freedom and expand American's prowess ... not take us back to some imagined, better, early time...you cannot go back in life or the history of a great nation. Wake up tea baggers, your moment of confusion is about to end.

Posted by: fairness3 | November 9, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Bachmann's usefulness to the Republican Party has come to an end. They see her as an embarassment to the party and potential dynamite to their causes. The fact that Palin hasn't endorsed her is telling!!!

Posted by: SteelWheel25 | November 9, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Who cares????? BUT........

Has anyone noticed that American jobs are still being moved overseas at a record rate??

But our "elected" Congress keeps on looking at things that really will not help, but will inflame emotions. Is this to keep us off balance??

Until the U.S. Congress does it's job by rescinding all the tax breaks & other benefits it voted to companies that move jobs overseas, nothing will change ....... But we seem to be getting this dog & pony show to keep our minds off the real issue of "JOBS." Oh I forgot we have a "jobless Recovery" going on.

Reintroduce The Glass-Steagall Act, now and curve those large financial institutions that where the cause of the economic meltdown.

Time for Congress to undo what they help cause and actually try to help this country & it's people.

STOP the dog & pony shows .......... Do what we sent you there to do. Start taking care of this country & it's citizens.

Doe anyone in Congress have a backbone???

Posted by: bkarpus | November 9, 2010 6:46 AM | Report abuse

It's so interesting to see many liberals calling Michelle Bachmann a "bomb thrower", but they have only nice things to say about Nancy Pelosi, the "swamp drainer" who said "we have to pass the bill so we can know what's in it". Shows how intelligent you liberals really are. Yeah.

Posted by: barrysal | November 9, 2010 5:19 AM | Report abuse

This bit@h and the Tea Party are delusional. They might be huffing and puffing now, but the Republican Establishment will never allow them strut come January. I mean Trent Lott said, 'We don't need anymore Jim DeMints'.

Posted by: markcheslold | November 9, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

She's Kookoo for Cocoa Puffs!

Posted by: enogabal | November 8, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

This weirdo is one sick puppy like the rest of those right wing extremists. A lot of us are old enough to clearly spot right wing extremists. We saw them fawn over Hitler and cause the deaths of millions of people. You rat turds go crawl back into your filthy holes.

Posted by: jjdenton | November 8, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

So many of the "tea partiers" who won are just Republicans who jumped on on the tea party train. Honestly. Toomey(Mr. Club-for-Growth, Mr. Wall Street), Roy Blount(Lobby lobbby lobby), and Marco Rubio(sanctioned and literally knighted by Jeb Bush when he came to the Florida house) took advantage of the Tea Party and then dropped them as soon as possible. The actually sincere Tea Partiers will have to learn to be Republicans and shovel money to the uber-rich or they will be shut out. The can squeak and shout all they want, but their usefulness has passed.

Posted by: wd1214 | November 8, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Another dishonest headline. It appears that there is no rift or resentment. The unidentified aide most likely works in the office of a Democrat.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou371 | November 8, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Elitist Republican establishment beware. The TEA party is who saved your bacon. Had the TEA party attempted to run their own slate, both they and yourselves would have suffered and the Demoncrats would still be in charge. 2012 can turn out to be an elitist purge if you didn't get the message. Both Republicans and Independents made the change required to stall the further destruction of this nation. Don't blow it this time.

Posted by: wwwilins | November 8, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

With the defeat of the Nazi-wannabe candidate for congress in Ohio, the Republicans can retain their appeal to that part of their base by naming the anti-Semitic, Christian supremacist Bachmann to a leadership position. Sharia (Christianist) law, anyone?

Posted by: mylesgordon | November 8, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

....boehner-inducing milfs.

Posted by: vmunikoti | November 8, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

The tea party: what they lack in brains they make up for with milfs.

Posted by: vmunikoti | November 8, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

".... Her eyes are never looking at the same place at the same time. She'd be twice as effective as Boehner.

Posted by: baldinho | November 8, 2010 4:37 PM
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Kinda shifty eyes, huh?

Posted by: kishorgala | November 8, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Whenever the liberals do not like someone such as Bachmann, they resort to name calling instead of reasoning why they are opposed to someone's policy. It seem to follow the party line during the election. If you are a Democrat and running for relection, do not run on your record - intead accuse your opponent of wanting to (1) destroy social security (2) raise taxes on everyone by 23% - Fair Tax or (3) say they are extreme.

The same is true of the posters to this article.

Posted by: sales7 | November 8, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Couldn't be happening to a worse Minnesotan.

DAStubbs
Minneapolis

Posted by: dastubbs | November 8, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

When you play with the puppy you get bitten by the fleas. Michelle was very useful when she was spewing erratic statements that appeal to the lame-brained. Now she wants her reward. She is not as stupid as the statements she made.

Posted by: fasm7700 | November 8, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they are joining her opponents because she is a nut job?

Posted by: lemondog | November 8, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

I hadn't realized Bachmann was another dumb bunny like Palin and O'Donnell. Ignorant people like here should never be allowed into positions of authority.

Posted by: dsrobins | November 8, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

"as establishment Republicans close ranks around her opponent.?

BYE - BYE Teaparty

Posted by: knjincvc | November 8, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Please do not think all Minnesotans support Bachmann or her like. Many of us are embarrassed by her role and cannot understand how she ever got elected locally, much less to a national office.

Posted by: janw28 | November 8, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Her no can spell good either anyhow!

Posted by: dnickell | November 8, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

She would be a great person to put in leadership. She could keep an eye on the Obama administration better than anyone else for a simple reason. Her eyes are never looking at the same place at the same time. She'd be twice as effective as Boehner.

Posted by: baldinho | November 8, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Michelle and Sarah 2012!!!WOOOOOOHHHHH!!!!

Posted by: John1263 | November 8, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

"She is a brillant conservative and staunch defender of the Consitution.
Posted by: spartan11 | November 8, 2010 3:05 PM"

Epic fail.

Bachmann knows NOTHING about our Constitution, otherwise, she'd be screaming for aggressive criminal prosecutions of the Bush Jr/Cheney Administration for the following high crimes against our Constitution

Warrantless spying on US citizens-violations of the 4th & 6th Amendments

Torture as official US policy-violations of the 4th, 5th, 6th & 8th Amendments

Indefinite detention-violations of the 6th & 8th Amendments

Suspension of habeas corpus-violations of the 6th & 8th Amendments

Bachmann is just fine with attacks against our Constitution, apparently, enthusiastically appeasing "freedom hating terrorists" by wanting to gut our Constitution is whiny Bachmann's true character.

And that's the biggest point of hypocrisy with the teabaggers and their elected bootlicking goose-steppers, if they were really convinced that Obama is, variously, a "socialist", a "Marxist", a "secret Muslim intent on establishing an Islamic caliphate" by rounding them up in concentration camps and "taking away our guns", then they'd be screeching to take those unchecked powers away from Obama that he inherited from the Bush Jr/Cheney regime, as there's no way he'd try to implement such an agenda without using those untrammeled powers Bush Jr passed on to Obama.

But since the teabaggers have NO problems with those attacks on our Constitution, all that means is that they love fascist policies and an all-powerful Executive Branch far more than they supposedly support our Constitution.

Then again, expecting logical/ethical consistency from the irrationally-irate teabaggers and their GOP puppetmasters is like expecting water to be dry, or the sun to be cold, logical impossibilities.

Posted by: kingcranky | November 8, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

And so it begins, the collapse of the conservatives. This is why Boner has a big cry when he realised he was going to be in charge of a fractured group of dingbats who couldn't agree on the cost of postage. How sweeeet it is.

Posted by: icurhuman2 | November 8, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

TWO BIG GIRLS-ONE SMALL BRAIN
Palin/Bachmann 2012.

Posted by: BBear1 | November 8, 2010 3:07 PM |
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I like that, Moose and Squirrel also works, Boris and Natasha (that's what they call Palin/Miller).

Posted by: WmLaney | November 8, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Michelle, they just aren't that into you.

Posted by: clintt5 | November 8, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Michele Bachmann can bite my crank!

After that, she can lead anything she wants!

Posted by: trenda | November 8, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Michele Bachmann can bite my crank!

After that, she can lead anything she wants!

Posted by: trenda | November 8, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

This is but an early manifestation of the problem resulting from having loosed the Flying Monkeys from their cages. Thank god the damage wasn't worse or the inmates would be running the Republican asylum. Like other Tea Partiers, Bachmann doesn't understand process, seniority or, more precisely, territory, in the workings of Congress. She won't be the only one whom the GOP will be fed up with in a trice.

Posted by: ichabod1861 | November 8, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

See You In Tea.

Posted by: TOMHERE | November 8, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Whoever wants to continue the Founding Fathers way, has my vote.
Michelle Bachmann is one of them

Posted by: wggodek

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I presume that includes Ms. Bachmann's call for an investigation of House members she feels are "un-American."

Posted by: MidwaySailor76 | November 8, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

See You In Tea.

Posted by: TOMHERE | November 8, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse


This is the United States of America!!!!!!!
People come here and do not want to leave. Not because it is an easy country to succeed. Because it is a lawful country and with lots of opportunities, because of the SYSTEM.
It is not an European system though
Socialists, you will not succeed here. Do not even try.
Whoever wants to continue the Founding Fathers way, has my vote.
Michelle Bachmann is one of them

Posted by: wggodek | November 8, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Denying Bachmann a leadership position will not sit well with the Tea Baggers.

I support you GOP, deny Bachmann a leadership position in the house. It's the best move you could make.

Posted by: dcp26851 | November 8, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

"The Tea Party is really made up of people who oppose the Obama, Reid, Pelosi election and many of them are apolitical and independent."
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This may be the most laughable line from Bachmann -- today.

Posted by: MidwaySailor76 | November 8, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Will the Republicans really cut government down to size. Won't that raise the unemployment rate? Will all politicians have to cut their staff?

The DOD should on the table if you are sincere about reducing the deficit. Not to mention Social Security and Medicare. Sorry, seniors.

It's put up or shut up time in DC!!! LOL

Posted by: luyehara | November 8, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

She must stand and fight for the principles of the tea party! She and the rest of the tea partiers must stand tall and demand that Bachmann at least get the potision of Majority Leader, if not speaker. She is far more telegenic than boner, and has ideas that make far better headlines and will get even more attention for the republicons agenda.

Posted by: John1263 | November 8, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

"Over the past four years, I have fought continually (and at some cost) for the principals [sic] of constitutional conservatism,"

Principals of conservatism?!

Posted by: Ethan2010 | November 8, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

She really IS crazy to think that she would achieve a leadership position, even in the Whack-o Nut Job Republi-WON'T party of NO! The woman has NO observing Ego and has no idea of the contempt most of her fellow humans have for her and her lame, inane, ultra-conservative mumbo-jumbo. Minnesotans must really be hard up for candidates. Now that Boehner and McConnell have achieved a majority in the House, her usefulness is USED! Even THEY are smart enough to realize her limits and shuffle her into the background where she can do the least amount of damage. The Damage THEY inflict will be bad enough!

Posted by: billnbillieskid | November 8, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

igorkh wrote "What a bunch of know-nothings morons (with proper respect and excuse to morons for comparison)- I mean letter writers, not republicans. I am independent but stupidity of left wing nuts is colossal, may even stupendous. Continue like that and you''l be extinct in next election" and then continued to click the send button 10 times. Talk about morons.

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Posted by: ratherbgolfing | November 8, 2010 3:26 PM
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And the disloyalty of the independents and making the Governance of the country a joke is way beyond colossal.

Eeny meeny miney moe.....she loves me....she loves me not......Republican screwed the country so let's put Democrats in power.....No the Democrats screwed the country so let's put Republicans in power. Hee, hee, hee! Boy, that's fun!

I wish all voters would be required to be affiliated with a party or no voting rights!

Posted by: kishorgala | November 8, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Bachmann is INSANE. I hope her party gives her a leadership role, because it will be fun to watch the trainwreck that will ensue.

Posted by: miknugget | November 8, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

igorkh wrote "What a bunch of know-nothings morons (with proper respect and excuse to morons for comparison)- I mean letter writers, not republicans. I am independent but stupidity of left wing nuts is colossal, may even stupendous. Continue like that and you''l be extinct in next election" and then continued to click the send button 10 times. Talk about morons.

Posted by:

Posted by: ratherbgolfing | November 8, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

The "Party" doesn't like it? Too bad. She represents the people, not the party.

Both parties suffer from this bloated sense that their definition of "interests" outweigh anything voters want.

Long past time to break the party up. Too much overage Koolaid being consumed.

Posted by: Over-n-Out | November 8, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Bohner and Cantor just don't want anyone in the leadership with better hair than they have. She would make that party sorry for attacking Pelosi who knows what is going on. She'd probably borrow O'Donnell's broom and sweep out all the qualified Republicans and replace them with Tea bag know nothings.

Posted by: msjn1 | November 8, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has not endorsed Michelle Bachmann.

Methinks the Mentor is Envious of the Protege!

We are "Strategizing" for 2012, aren't we?

Posted by: kishorgala | November 8, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Bohner and Cantor just don't want anyone in the leadership with better hair than they have. She would make that party sorry for attacking Pelosi who knows what is going on. She'd probably borrow O'Donnell's broom and sweep out all the qualified Republicans and replace them with Tea bag no nothings.

Posted by: msjn1 | November 8, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I want to be Michelle's Lipstick boy if she gets the leadership spot. She can flick her finger at me anytime she wants to put on the lipstick.

Posted by: kishorgala | November 8, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Oh Michele you lunatic. How sorry I am for you.

Posted by: letemhaveit | November 8, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Though igorhk says the same thing 11 times, once apparently not being enough,stating that if liberals don't change their ways, the Democratic Party will be extinct in the next election, is unlikely. The American people hardly gave either Republicans or Democrats a resounding vote of confidence. If anything, it is a warning to all sitting legislators that we want performance, and campaign rhetoric followed by a continuation of the usual won't cut it. To the king-of-the Republican Conference Chairman heap competition, apparently Ms. Bachmann would go farther if she aligned herself with the establishment members of the party she professes to serve. This is something she might do well to consider if she wishes to gain stature.

Posted by: sober1 | November 8, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Ha! Now that the elections are over, let's watch the Repulicans and the Tea Party go after each other. Each have had plenty of practice taking turns demonizing Democrats; now we can watch them use those those same "skills" to whack each other over the head. This is going to be fun!

Posted by: kago | November 8, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

"Well, I'm a big girl and I think other members of Congress are big girls," she told the Daily Caller. "I'll make my case and I fully trust the vote of the people I serve with."
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Calling other (Republican) members of Congress "big girls" is a knock-out punch compared to the little slap "Man Up" delivered to the Democrats! Michelle probably knew these other members or her party possibly couldn't Man Up!

Posted by: kishorgala | November 8, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

TWO BIG GIRLS-ONE SMALL BRAIN
Palin/Bachmann 2012.

Posted by: BBear1 | November 8, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

If Republicans don't get it, one bus will arrive in DC in Jan. 2011, and the Democrats are under it. In 2012, there will be a freight train arriving in DC. There will be lots of Republicans under it if they don't get it and let the Tea Party in with Bachmann. She is a brillant conservative and staunch defender of the Consitution. Listen to James Brown's Night Train to get it: All Aboard for 2012!

Posted by: spartan11 | November 8, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Bachmann says that no matter who wins, there won't be a rift in the caucus
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Hmmmmmm.... So Michelle is going to take it laying down after all!

Posted by: kishorgala | November 8, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I vote for Michelle. Since the Republican House is not going to be functional government anyways, lets have an entertainer. Does anyone alive really want to listen to John or Eric?

Posted by: chucko2 | November 8, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Why not give Ms. Bachman a leadership role?
She was pilloried during the election process by her somewhat port-leaning opponent(s), but came through with colors flying, feeling justifiable pride in what she was able to do by way of learning, and assembling well, victory's essential components.

Closing ranks in old-boy fashion, behind one of the fellows isn't like to set well with the recently elected freshman class, dedicated to the proposition re:, for example, ObamaCare, "this too (away) shall pass".

However, when the present Congress re-convenes on Nov. 16, after the recent tsunami at the polls, we can expect to see primarily lame-duck maneuvering on matters related to taxation, as internecine struggles for future leadership positions
proceed among Democrats and Republicans, re.spec.tivel.y.

Posted by: Gonzage1 | November 8, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

It's kind of a double-edged sword here. On the one hand, the GOP is saving the state of Minnesota and the party from future misstatements and embarrassments from Rep. Michele Bachmann. On the other hand, they're being smart NOT to include her in any leadership - giving the party more opportunities to turn this country into a tailspin.

Posted by: cags777 | November 8, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

A Message to Tea Party - The Chauvinistic, Immoral, Unethical, Hypocritical, Good Ole Pharts used you simply to gain control of the House. They had planned all along to ditch you the morning after so you'd have no self respect!

A Message to GOP - The Power-hungry, Hypocritical, Lunatic, Terrorist Extremist of America, the Test Tube Baby you created in an Experiment, had all along planned to eat your hand and then you. They are out-of-whack wackos. Ditch them at any cost before it is too late!

Lights, Camera, Action!

Posted by: kishorgala | November 8, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Big surprise!

It is just goes to show that the Tea Party's role was, in fact, intended to take away votes from the Democrats so the Republicans could take back the House! How many more times is it going to take for something to happen before the American Voter wakes up & understands that the Republican Party doesn't care about the average American!

Posted by: theseeker1952 | November 8, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Establishment GOPers are closing ranks around her opponent.
=====================================
What part of the declaration that "The Republican women will not take "it" from the Medieval Republican men just "Laying Down" or playing "Possum"" the knuckle-dragging neanderthals do not understand?

Posted by: kishorgala | November 8, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I am in total support of Michele Bachmann for republican conference chairmanship. I have written to Eric Kantor explaining my reasoning. I encourage all who support Bachmann to write their republican congressional representatives expressing their preference. I believe that the old boy politics has to change and Michele Bachmann brings a dynamic and well spoken leadership style that will continue to help us to make the spending cuts and changes needed to get rid of the socialist agenda that has been thrust upon us in the past two years. By the way, I loved it when she told Chris Mathews on election night that she bet that "thrill up his leg is gone now!" We need this kind of outspoken leadership NOW! Support Michele Bachmann.

Posted by: retsof | November 8, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

To all who call themselves "leaders" in the Republican party, remember this: YOU either created this Tea Party or you fostered and encouraged the hell out of those who did in the belief that they would help your cause by bringing the wayward independents to your side. You did not count on them getting it into their heads that they could be anything but loyal Republicans in the Tea Party clothes. NOW, you have some recalcitrant people on your hands who are going to not ask, but rather demand their seats on the inner circle of your group or they will muck up everything that either major party wants to get done. Bachmann is just the first to be vocal. Paul is standing in the wings, waiting to make his stage entrance. Your fight will be less with the Democrats than it will be with the Tea Party group. You won't be able to cut enough spending or take down enough laws to satisfy them. You won't be able to reverse Roe v Wade and make all abortion illegal. The health care bill will stand through your many failed attempts to take it down. You will try defunding things to slow down or stifle government spending, but you will find that all but impossible to do. While your party is taking on itself, governance will be absent and the people will not see the change you said that you would bring about vs what Obama brought about. In two years, you will have no record of achievements to brag on, your party will be pointing at each other in a circular firing squad of blame and the Democrats will win again.

Remember, you asked for it, and NOW YOU HAVE IT. Enjoy every Tea Party member each and every day of the next two years in your sojourn through hell.

Posted by: ronjeske | November 8, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

So now the GOP and the tea baggers are going to butt heads..the GOP used the tea baggers to win the angry vote and the tea baggers used the Republicans because they couldn't win on their own..Grab your popcorn folks this is going to be a really great show.. At the expense of we the people...

Posted by: 1listener | November 8, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

An early look shows House Democrats keeping their own egos and ambitions in line for the sake of unity and discipline. The same cannot be said for the Republicans. There's an undercurrent of civil war already humming between the Tea Partiers and the GOP Establishment--which will show up Senate-side, too.

Rather than bearing down on creating jobs and healing the economy, I expect the Republicans to use up their energy and political capital tearing each other apart.

Sarah Palin's expected bid for the 2012 nomination might be the centerpiece.
Hey independent voters: Soon and very soon you'll get to see what you bought in to.
And you may get a heavy case of buyers' remorse.

John Patrick Grace
Huntington, West Virginia

Posted by: publishersplace | November 8, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of know-nothings morons (with proper respect and excuse to morons for comparison)- I mean letter writers, not republicans. I am independent but stupidity of left wing nuts is colossal, may be even stupendous. Continue like that and you''l be extinct in next election

Posted by: igorkh | November 8, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of know-nothings morons (with proper respect and excuse to morons for comparison)- I mean letter writers, not republicans. I am independent but stupidity of left wing nuts is colossal, may be even stupendous. Continue like that and you''l be extinct in next election

Posted by: igorkh | November 8, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of know-nothings morons (with proper respect and excuse to morons for comparison)- I mean letter writers, not republicans. I am independent but stupidity of left wing nuts is colossal, may be even stupendous. Continue like that and you''l be extinct in next election

Posted by: igorkh | November 8, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of know-nothings morons (with proper respect and excuse to morons for comparison)- I mean letter writers, not republicans. I am independent but stupidity of left wing nuts is colossal, may be even stupendous. Continue like that and you''l be extinct in next election

Posted by: igorkh | November 8, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of know-nothings morons (with proper respect and excuse to morons for comparison)- I mean letter writers, not republicans. I am independent but stupidity of left wing nuts is colossal, may be even stupendous. Continue like that and you''l be extinct in next election

Posted by: igorkh | November 8, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of know-nothings morons (with proper respect and excuse to morons for comparison)- I mean letter writers, not republicans. I am independent but stupidity of left wing nuts is colossal, may be even stupendous. Continue like that and you''l be extinct in next election

Posted by: igorkh | November 8, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of know-nothings morons (with proper respect and excuse to morons for comparison)- I mean letter writers, not republicans. I am independent but stupidity of left wing nuts is colossal, may be even stupendous. Continue like that and you''l be extinct in next election

Posted by: igorkh | November 8, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of know-nothings morons (with proper respect and excuse to morons for comparison)- I mean letter writers, not republicans. I am independent but stupidity of left wing nuts is colossal, may be even stupendous. Continue like that and you''l be extinct in next election

Posted by: igorkh | November 8, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of know-nothings morons (with proper respect and excuse to morons for comparison)- I mean letter writers, not republicans. I am independent but stupidity of left wing nuts is colossal, may be even stupendous. Continue like that and you''l be extinct in next election

Posted by: igorkh | November 8, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of know-nothings morons (with proper respect and excuse to morons for comparison)- I mean letter writers, not republicans. I am independent but stupidity of left wing nuts is colossal, may be even stupendous. Continue like that and you''l be extinct in next election

Posted by: igorkh | November 8, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of know-nothings morons (with proper respect and excuse to morons for comparison)- I mean letter writers, not republicans. I am independent but stupidity of left wing nuts is colossal, may even stupendous. Continue like that and you''l be extinct in next election

Posted by: igorkh | November 8, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Rachel Weiner wrote:
" ... some Republicans are getting annoyed with Bachmann for using the tea party mantle."

Really?

But what about this question:

How many women will be part of the Republican House leadership?

Posted by: 1EgoNemo | November 8, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Bachmann write:

"I bring ... effectiveness with our friends in the local and national media ..."

'Effectiveness?" Is that what the kids are calling it, these days?

Posted by: 1EgoNemo | November 8, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Hey Repugs...WHERE ARE THE JOBS?!?!

Lying and bloviating about Nancy Pelosi won't get you squat now. Now you have to actually, you know, WORK!
.

Posted by: DrainYou | November 8, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

This is only the beginning, folks. The Republican't party will go down in flames with these wingnuts on board.

Gonna be a really good show...

Posted by: haveaheart | November 8, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Hope the republicans continue to show common sense in relation to Bachman.
This woman is frightening with her radical stances and incompetence.
Cannot believe the voters of Mn voted her back in. Her irresponsible, unintelligent rantings and ravings are a black mark on politicians.

Posted by: kathlenec | November 8, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Ha. She called the Republican congressmen "Big girls."

Posted by: jdmaccoby | November 8, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Ha. She called the Republican congressmen "Big girls."

Posted by: jdmaccoby | November 8, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

What a harpee...

Posted by: WmLaney | November 8, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I live in the deep south and our representatives are worthless. Now that they don't have pork to bring home, they only know how to say no to Obama. But, thank god they are nothing like Michele Bachmann. She is an ambitious, smarmy, loony tune who has a really big mouth! And I can say that because I am a woman.

Posted by: janetal2004gmailcom | November 8, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

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