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Posted at 7:57 PM ET, 12/15/2010

Bachmann snub angers tea party leader

By Emi Kolawole

Jenny Beth Martin, a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, said Wednesday that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) should have gotten a spot on the House Ways and Means Committee from Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner (Ohio).

"She's a former tax lawyer," Martin told Politico. "I think she has the background necessary to be on Ways and Means. I think it shows leadership doesn't particularly support her."

Martin also scolded Boehner for not placing tea party-recommended lawmakers atop the Energy and Commerce and Appropriations committees. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) was tapped to lead Energy and Commerce, while Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) was given the top spot on Appropriations.

"Incoming House Republican leadership doesn't understand how serious Americans are about getting the economy under control," said Martin. "They are not picking the most fiscally responsible people."

This is Bachmann's second attempt to gain a seat on the tax-writing committee, which will serve as home for the debate over the health care law next year. Rep. Erik Paulsen, also from Minnesota, was appointed to Ways and Means although he has less seniority in the House than Bachmann.

National Republican Campaign Committee chairman Rep. Pete Sessions (Tex.) defended the pick, saying, "Michele is a real star for our party. ... She has all the necessary qualities. And in the process of bringing in freshmen and other things, it just simply did not happen."

Bachmann has also been passed over for a leadership position this year. In November, she launched an ultimately failed bid for Republican conference chairman. She was defeated by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Tex.).

(source: POLITICO)

By Emi Kolawole  | December 15, 2010; 7:57 PM ET
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Comments

True to form--NEVER TRUST A REPUBLICAN __THEY ARE IN IT FOR POWER AND THE PHOTO_OP!

Plus they seem to all be dimbulbs!

Posted by: jetlone | December 19, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Bachman's credentials might look good on paper but she's proven herself to be anything but sane or rational, and education does not prove sanity.

She gets what she deserves for aligning herself with the Tea Party. As everyone has posted here and we all know. The GOP used the TP to it's advantage and now they have no need for Michele or her minions.

Remember "Compassionate Conservatism" remember "WMD in Iraq" how about "I'm not a crook" - these are some of the lies they've told as a political party. They're snakes who will turn on you in a heart beat.

We all know that the tax exemption from social security taxes this coming year is only moving one pawn on the board and next year when it's due to expire the GOP will turn around and accuse the dems of raising taxes.

They're the party of No, the party of snakes, the party of liars. Michele's big mistake was trusting them in the first place.

Michele may be smart but she fell right into the GOP trap good and solid.

Posted by: davidbronx | December 17, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, that's a real shame. Kicked to the curb and marginalized.
It's what I've always said, don't ever trust a Republican.

Posted by: kacameron | December 16, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Gosh---------------that is a real shame.

Posted by: kacameron | December 16, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Bachmann is a star? Really? If Ms. Bachmann is a GOP star then the GOP is in real trouble!!

Posted by: Freethotlib | December 16, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Hazmatt77 & kishorgala- President Obama was not wrong about the professor and police at all. Professor Gates was arrested for being black. The same issues the cop had with the professor would not have happened if the professor would have been a similarly aged white man in that neighborhood. Period. The president could have used better words when he discussed it, but he would have a better understanding than any man who is not black would have of what happens when police encounter a person of African American or other black ethnic origins. I have worked in law enforcement and have seen and experienced people who did not behave in a racist manner in any other circumstance, but still have a reaction like the officer did in that case. It is a deep seated internal prejudice that most law enforcement aren't even aware they have until the situation comes up. It requires the kind of realization and sole searching to uncover those reflexes that Shirley Sherrod was talking about when in the now infamous speech she was giving to the NAACP. It can and does, run both directions as she experienced all those years ago. She did the kind of deep soul-searching that one must do to accept, confront and eradicate those feelings from oneself.

Posted by: alaskan2 | December 16, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

HAHA look up some of my comments from 6 months ago i said the GOP was going to marginalize all the elected tea party members.

Posted by: PennyWisetheClown | December 16, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

This latest Republican clown act (voting against THEIR OWN EARMARKS!) is perhaps the best argument yet for Eliminating the Filibuster. Getting to look like they (Republicans) opposed something they secretly endorse is one of the least often highlighted, and, indeed, the most valuable, of the many Republican Filibuster Tricks on the Public (Teabaggers).


The extremist Republicans will vote NO on the bill to trick the low IQ Teabagger fools into thinking they were always against it and then they'll claim credit for all the benefits they brought home to their state, just like they did on the stimulus bill.


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Posted by: DrainYou | December 16, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

That woman has earned the nickname Big Mouth Bachmann and it isn't referred to the physical size but the way it runs off on a regular basis with more BS than a bull can put out. She has absolutely no sense, let alone common sense. Even if she had a very good education, it doesn't stop her from being either mentally deficient or mentally ill, which ever fits. The woman has no control over which way her brain or her mouth go and her mouth spouts out a lot of really idiotic, false and even illegal BS. When she was urging people to not cooperate with the 2010 Census- to not fill out the forms- that is against the law. Now if she is as bright of an attorney or a congresswoman as some claim- one would think she would know a basic such as the census. I remember learning about it in elementary school and how everyone must participate because it is the governments way of determining how many people live in a distinct area or state and has a direct impact on how many representatives each state gets in Congress. Too bad someone tipped her off to the illegality of her words and she changed them to say fill out only the basic info of name and address and nothing else. Perhaps the DS could have violated herself out of a job! It would have been great if the foolish people who live in her district hadn't filled out their census and she could have lost her job over it! I would have laughed myself silly. One has to wonder about what is going on in her district anyway. Is there something wrong with the water or something? There has to be some reason that these people keep returning a fool to the same seat. I know none of my dollars will ever be spent there! Not only I am to afraid stupid might be catching, I will in no way reward any of the people or businesses for their irresponsibility in sending a fool to Washington.

Posted by: alaskan2 | December 16, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Hazmat77,

Obama also J-walked and crossed the street when do not cross sign was on!

It is true Obama was wrong in professor Gates case. But he would have been correct the other 99% of the time!

Posted by: kishorgala | December 16, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like when the Tea Party woke up next morning....

....they felt no self-respect. They felt used. Dirty. Screwed. Not compensated.

Good! That's only a small price to pay for SCREWING UP THE COUNTRY!

Posted by: kishorgala | December 16, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like when the Tea Party woke up next morning....

....they felt no self-respect. They felt used. Dirty. Screwed. Not compensated.

Good! That's only a small price to pay for SCREWING UP THE COUNTRY!

Posted by: kishorgala | December 16, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like when the Tea Party woke up next morning....

....they felt no self-respect. They felt used. Dirty. Screwed. Not compensated.

Good! That's only a small price to pay for SCREWING UP THE COUNTRY!

Posted by: kishorgala | December 16, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

sassafrasnewport ... when you said she's a nutcase who runs her mouth off without thinking were you possibly really thinking of Obama who admitted in a televised press conference that he didn't have all the facts abou the Cambridge incident where his friendd Professor Henry Gates was arrestedk, yet Obama went on to pass judgment on the Cambridge police officer.
Or perhaps when again, without all the facts, he declared BP guilty of causing the Gulf of Mexico deep sea well explosion and oil leak.

I see what you mean ... "... not as good with a neutral command of the facts as someone as educated as she is ought to be."

Yeah, sassa - you hit the nail right on the head. Obama clearly is not as oood with a neutral command of the facts as someone as educated as he is ought to be!

Perhaps you've allowed your own silly partisanship to cloud your judgment, eh?

Posted by: Hazmat77 | December 16, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

nyskinsdiehard...you a typical libdem retard no doubt.

Rep. Bachmann attained a Master of Law
(LL.M.) degree in tax law from the College of William and Mary's Marshall-Wythe School of Law.

She was a tax-atorney for the US Treasury Department, prosecuting tax cheats such as you. (an assumption which you are free to rebut if you can).

She is highly qualified to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee... infanitely more so than the disgraced Charlie Rangel and a few others.

Posted by: Hazmat77 | December 16, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

As anyone with a brain can easily see (& almost everyone does, even Boner!), Bachmann has time & again proven, in public & loudly, that she just isn't very smart, education (Oral Roberts U.? LMAO) notwithstanding. Oh, and she's also shown herself to be paranoid & more than a little crazy. Can you imagine what it must be like for her poor husband, waking up to her wacky, vacant smile every day?

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | December 16, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Bachmann's judgement and questionable balance are what is under review. But, why in the world did the Tea Party think it would get a fair shake from the old-dogs in the GOP? The real test for the Tea Prty will be in their voting records. Yipping on and on is one thing, actually governing is another. Also, don't tinker with the Constituion, you're not not qualified, nor in the same league as the Founders.

Posted by: jckdoors | December 16, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they need stronger tea.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | December 16, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

At least the tea party actually has a conspiracy to work with.

Posted by: elbuzz1 | December 16, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

To those who question Bachmann's credentials to be on Ways & Means: according to her Wikipedia entry, "From 1988 to 1993, Bachmann was a U.S. Treasury Department attorney in the US Federal Tax Court located in St. Paul." She was trained in tax law at the law schools of the College of William and Mary and at Oral Roberts University, now Regent University. And you thought she was just some housewife. Idiots.

Posted by: JBaustian
__________________________
It isn't her academics people question, it is her judgment. She runs her mouth off without thinking. She may be good at riling up supporters who share her ideology but not as good with a neutral command of the facts as someone as educated as she is ought to be. So no, we didn't think she was just some housewife (as though housewives aren't smart in their own right); they correctly thought she was a nut and too loose a cannon to be leading anything.

Posted by: sassafrasnewport | December 16, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

To those who question Bachmann's credentials to be on Ways & Means: according to her Wikipedia entry, "From 1988 to 1993, Bachmann was a U.S. Treasury Department attorney in the US Federal Tax Court located in St. Paul." She was trained in tax law at the law schools of the College of William and Mary and at Oral Roberts University, now Regent University. And you thought she was just some housewife. Idiots.

Posted by: JBaustian
__________________________
It isn't her academics people question, it is her judgment. She runs her mouth off without thinking. She may be good at riling up supporters who share her ideology but not as good with a neutral command of the facts as someone as educated as she is ought to be. So no, we didn't think she was just some housewife (as though housewives aren't smart in their own right); they correctly thought she was a nut and too loose a cannon to be leading anything.

Posted by: sassafrasnewport | December 16, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

To those who question Bachmann's credentials to be on Ways & Means: according to her Wikipedia entry, "From 1988 to 1993, Bachmann was a U.S. Treasury Department attorney in the US Federal Tax Court located in St. Paul." She was trained in tax law at the law schools of the College of William and Mary and at Oral Roberts University, now Regent University. And you thought she was just some housewife. Idiots.

Posted by: JBaustian
__________________________
It isn't her academics people question, it is her judgment. She runs her mouth off without thinking. She may be good at riling up supporters who share her ideology but not as good with a neutral command of the facts as someone as educated as she is ought to be. So no, we didn't think she was just some housewife (as though housewives aren't smart in their own right); we correctly thought she was a nut.


Posted by: sassafrasnewport | December 16, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

"To those who question Bachmann's credentials to be on Ways & Means: according to her Wikipedia entry, "From 1988 to 1993, Bachmann was a U.S. Treasury Department attorney in the US Federal Tax Court located in St. Paul." She was trained in tax law at the law schools of the College of William and Mary and at Oral Roberts University, now Regent University."

whaaa hahahahah....that explains it all. Oral Roberts University???? yep, really....that explains it all

Posted by: bobncar | December 16, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Bachmann may be a tax lawyer but she is also a nutcase who shows little judgment in running her mouth off before she thinks. She joins the ranks of McConnell, Aingle and Palin. Any wonder they left her off?

Posted by: sassafrasnewport | December 16, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Bachmann may be a tax lawyer but she is also a nutcase who shows little judgment in running her mouth off before she thinks. Any wonder they left her off?

Posted by: sassafrasnewport | December 16, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Who, exactly, expected Boehner, McConnell and their power central to cede even an ounce of that power and control and related huge and closely related CONTRIBUTIONS to Michelle Bachmann, Jenny somebody and this disorganized, fractured and ultimately absurd political freak show?

For those who did, well, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you...

Did Jenny somebody really expect her words to suddenly become relevant or remotely important? Guess she came to believe the mainstream media's constant breathless drone of 'tea party' potency and relevancy. Does Bachmann, the tax lawyer, really believe that her lies, bizarre threats and astounding level of middle school like histrionics would remotely qualify her or make her truly relevant beyond her circle of sycophants?

A lot of honest, hard working, angry, confused, frustrated and disenfranchised Americans have been nothing short of conned and manipulated by people like Jenny somebody, Michelle the tax lawyer, Paul, DeMint, Rubio and their similarly troubled cohort. Neither cares even in passing what you and yours want or need so long as they and theirs are able to stay in the news and rake in those donations.

None if it really mattered...none of the tantrums, 'sincere' interviews, screaming at town hall meetings, breathless mainstream media coverage and analysis, the protests, billboards and sign boards or the putting on costumes in 'defense' of the constitution. In fact, you might even be little farther behind if you expected Michelle, Jenny somebody, Rand Paul, DeMint or others who sold you their personal bill of goods to come to your rescue or even do what they claimed they would.

You have been nothing short of conned....

Posted by: DrLou1 | December 16, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

History repeats itself.

The Tea Party is going to learn sooner than later just what it's like to be an abused spouse.

Republicans are very adept at gathering suckers to fool when their own base comes up short in the majority game.

Remember when, in order to get Bush elected they co-opted the conservative evangelical movement, using televangelists on a national scale and conservative preachers on the local level to spread the pro-Bush word instead of the gospel? Remember that movie so many evangelical churches showed their congregations, literally threatening their own tax-exempt status?

OK, so even if you don’t want to admit it, SOME of you remember that era, it is not so long ago.

And it was all on the promise that once in power, Bush would restrict gay marriage and abortion, and put prayer back in the schools?

So how did that go for the evangelicals?

Remember, how they were ridiculed by Rove as he so callously stated, “just give me a f$%^*n’ faith-based thing.” And remember they bought off the televangelists with cheap flag lapel pins, while the Republican ops who handed them out privately derided them, noting how cheaply that profane loyalty was purchased?

Well, all I can say to the Tea People is Welcome to the 21st Century Republican Party!

And with that said, I would like to ask them, how does it feel to be their latest victim?

If this article is any indication, you are all aware of the fact that it didn’t take very long for Republicans to abuse the Tea Party, and your trust in them, it isn’t even January and already they are making the very deals they promised you folks they wouldn’t.

Politics is and always will be the ongoing act of compromising promises and expectations, and folding for the special interests over the common people.

Think about it. Cui Bono from this reversal? Only the very wealthy.

Certainly not small businesses or Main Street.

But don’t feel too bad, T-People, you aren’t the first, nor are you the last group of starry-eyed patriots who learned the hard way that the Republican Party is not really what they claim to be.

The only question now is “Who’s Next!”

That line forms on the right

Posted by: JEP07 | December 16, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

The Tea Party didn't see this coming? They voted GOP and have gotten just what they deserved. Let therm go to Boehner and have a nice cry together.

Hey Boehner, where are the new jobs?

Posted by: mikesba | December 16, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

The Tea Party didn't see this coming? They voted GOP and have gotten just what they deserved. Let therm go to Boehner and have a nice cry together.

Hey Boehner, where are the new jobs?

Posted by: mikesba | December 16, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I give Boehner credit on this one. Even he knows she is a "nut". Sitting on the sideline and criticizing everything is easy but when the actual committee assignments come, they want people that are not "out there" Bachman has made statements of Obama rounding up conservatives and putting them in camps among others. She also spread lies that the Obama trip overseas was costing 200 million a day. Totally false. She is just not a good representative for the overall public.

Posted by: pgmichigan | December 16, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

The problem with operating from a place of snarkiness and fear-mongering is that it wears thin fairly quickly. One has to hope that the Tea Party activists will notice that this is only the beginning...

Posted by: pbkritek | December 16, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

My other point: the tea party movement does not have nor need any self-proclaimed leaders. Who the hell is Jenny Beth Martin?

Posted by: JBaustian | December 16, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

To those who question Bachmann's credentials to be on Ways & Means: according to her Wikipedia entry, "From 1988 to 1993, Bachmann was a U.S. Treasury Department attorney in the US Federal Tax Court located in St. Paul." She was trained in tax law at the law schools of the College of William and Mary and at Oral Roberts University, now Regent University.

And you thought she was just some housewife. Idiots.

Posted by: JBaustian | December 16, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Dear Sirs,
I notice that neither side is actually concerned about earmarks.
Remember the Bridge to Nowhere?
I guess that that was just another inoperative.
Clifford Spencer

Posted by: yankeefan1925 | December 16, 2010 7:48 AM


Considering that the newly elected conservatives have't taken office as of yet, I assume that all these earmarks are part of the good ole boy club repaying their voters one last time before change happens.

Posted by: gfafblifr | December 16, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

The Tea Party caused the GOP to lose three sure Senate Seats in the last election and their candidate for the seat in Alaska got beat by a write in Republican candidate in Alaska.

If they should dominate the Party it will be on its way to extinction.

Hopefully Boehner and McConnell will put the brakes on their screwball members now in Congress.

Posted by: WESHS49 | December 16, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Dear Sirs,
I notice that neither side is actually concerned about earmarks.
Remember the Bridge to Nowhere?
I guess that that was just another inoperative.
Clifford Spencer

Posted by: yankeefan1925 | December 16, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse


I wonder if Congressman Boehner knew that passing over "Shelly" was a mistake OR that in reality, she IS a mistake.

Posted by: nalaegral | December 16, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse


Gee Whiz, now you bubble head tea party types, this is American REAL politics as it has been and as it should be and as will always be.
LEARN to LIVE with it, now and forever.

Posted by: nalaegral | December 16, 2010 7:12 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't appoint Michelle dog-catcher. The woman is an idiot and embarrassment to the state of Minnesota.

Posted by: davidlhanegraaf | December 16, 2010 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Crazy Shelly advised citizens not to mail in their cenus card there by breaking the law and possible arrest but assure a big fine. Now if she's a lawyer she cerified herself. She is a complete nut case and even lied on the house flood. This is an example of how smart the Tea Party memebers are. Notice the GOP got billions in earmarks after telling Tea Party they would block any spending. It shows the GOP said what ever it took for the vote and now laughing at how easy it was to trick these people. Crazy Shelly is who the people in her district think is one smart lady now that says alot about the people in that district. Rand Paul wont need to end education in Crazy Shelly's State we see they are already at rock bottom.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | December 16, 2010 2:59 AM | Report abuse

If Ms. Bachmann is a "former tax lawyer", then I'm due the Nobel Prize for Physics. Are you kidding me?

Posted by: BBear1 | December 16, 2010 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Do they still have elevator operators in the Capitol? That should suit Bachmann's qualifications.

Posted by: rashomon | December 16, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

PennyWise - Correct!

Posted by: GregBoo | December 15, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Kicked to the curb and marginalized--Don't believe me look at what is happening to Palin right now--books are off TV show is down no one is printing anything other than hit pieces. GOP elites are coming out against her.

face it the tea party did what the GOP wanted and now that the job is done they just want you to go away.

Posted by: PennyWisetheClown | December 15, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

I agree that the GOP leadership was wrong to pass her over. I think they made a huge mistake.

Posted by: GregBoo | December 15, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

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