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Posted at 1:15 PM ET, 01/25/2011

CNN justifies airing Bachmann speech: "Tea Party has become major force in American politics"

By Greg Sargent

CNN, which is taking some criticism from both sides for agreeing to air Michele Bachmann's response to Obama's speech tonight, sends over a statement justifying the move:

"The Tea Party has become a major force in American politics and within the Republican Party. Hearing the Tea Party's perspective on the State of the Union is something we believe CNN's viewers will be interested in hearing and we are happy to include this perspective as one of many in tonight's coverage."

Hmmm...I was going to suggest that maybe CNN's decision to air her speech just might be driven by a desire to curry favor with the Tea Party. This statement doesn't do much to suggest otherwise.

The Tea Party is now one of two major opposition parties in our three-party system. Who knew?

UPDATE, 1:38 p.m.: Dave Weigel adds crucial context, noting that "CNN has a longstanding romance with the Tea Party Express," which is promoting Bachmann's speech. CNN and the TPE are co-sponsoring a GOP presidential debate later this year, another decision that raised eyebrows.

By Greg Sargent  | January 25, 2011; 1:15 PM ET
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BREAKING NEWS


ALERT


BREAKING NEWS


UNPRECEDENTED


OBAMA WILL SEEK TO REDEFINE EVERY WORD IN THE DICTIONARY TONIGHT


AND Obama will introduce his own alphabet tonight


WASHINGTON DC Jan 25, 2011 - In an unprecedented move in the history of mankind, Obama will attempt to redefine every word in the English language tonight in the State of the Union message to Congress.

Sources close to Obama say that he is "almost done" redefining every word in the dictionary, and Obama will be ready tonight.

Obama has been working on this since before the November elections.


ALSO, sources say that Obama will introduce his own alphabet tonight - which in an UNPRECEDENTED move, will redefine for all time what a "vowel" and a "consonant" is.


Some sources say Obama is at "S" and others say Obama is already at "W."


Obama, in another unprecendeted announcement, will actually redefine the word "Obama."

Republican leaders have said today that they think the word "Obama" should mean "Bait-and-Switch," however democrats are speculating that "Obama" will be redefined as something close to "Translucent-One."

Only tonight will tell.

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Posted by: RainForestRising | January 25, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

One problem is that there is no organized national political party called the Tea Party.

Posted by: sbj3 | January 25, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse

sbj

the democrats can not be described as "organized"

.

Posted by: RainForestRising | January 25, 2011 1:21 PM | Report abuse

exactly right, sbj.

Posted by: Greg Sargent | January 25, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

"One problem is that there is no organized national political party called the Tea Party."

While that is true, it is also true that a significant number of both voters and elected politicians (though not a majority or even plurality) self-identify as being aligned with or sympathetic to the TEA party movement. Certainly Rep Bachmann's TEA party caucus is indicative of something going on.

It is not unreasonable for CNN to cover the event as something 'of interest to [their] viewers.'

Posted by: bsimon1 | January 25, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I believe that CNN is justified in airing her speech as well.

Posted by: clawrence12 | January 25, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

"Hearing the Tea Party's perspective on the State of the Union is something we believe CNN's viewers will be interested in hearing" is a disappointing way for a presumably professional writer to say it. Hearing X is something people will be interested in hearing? Come on, guys.

Posted by: walkleftstandright | January 25, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Do all the Tea Party GOP sit together at the SOTU? Will they clap together? Chant together? Frown together?

And how will their reactions differ from the establishment GOP?

Speaking of the Tea Party GOP, what makes a congressman a Tea Partier?

Looks like we're going to need definitions, now that the Tea Party is being born right in front of our eyes. History is being made, folks.

Posted by: 12BarBluesAgain | January 25, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Anderson Cooper dismantled Bachmann's understanding of American history just last night...

LOL

video: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/01/anderson-cooper-wallops-bachmann-for-flunking-history-with-diversity-comments-video.php?ref=fpa

Posted by: suekzoo1 | January 25, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

So, are the democrats saying that CNN should not air the speech of a member of Congress tonight???

Who says that Obama is entitled to ALL the press???


This is the problem with the democrats - they think they are entitled.


Years ago, the State of the Union was mailed to Congress.


EVERYTHING beyond a mailing is not by virtue of the Constitution, it is by tradition, which only goes back about 100 years.

It is about time the democrats get off their high horse.


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Posted by: RainForestRising | January 25, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Why on earth do they even have to justify airing this? A politician is giving a speech and they're going to cover it. What's wrong with that.

The fact that the politician in question is batcrap insane and likely to give middle America an uncensored look at what the real wingnut agenda is -- well, that's just icing on the cake.

Posted by: js_edit | January 25, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

sbj: "One problem is that there is no organized national political party called the Tea Party."

But there is a disjointed, disorganized mess of a party who are loud, mostly factually incorrect, off-putting to moderates and independents and seeking attention. Now they have it. Win-win.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | January 25, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I thought that commenters here followed politics closely. I guess not. The Tea Party Caucus is not new, nor is it an official third party. It was launched on July 16, 2010 and approved by the House Administration Committee on July 19, 2010.

Posted by: clawrence12 | January 25, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I personally hope Ol' Michelle goes waaaay off the reservation. The further off, the better. This could make 2012 veddy, veddy inneresting indeed. Or she'll self destruct.

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | January 25, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

The ONLY Constitutional part of tonight is "delivering" the speech - which can be done by MAIL.


So, Obama is entitled to ZERO airtime.

Obama is NOT entitled to ALL the airtime and attention tonight.


Obviously, CNN knows that people are turning Obama OFF.


So to get CNN's ratings up, they are adding blue-eyed Michele Bachmann


NOTHING wrong with that.


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Posted by: RainForestRising | January 25, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party Caucus is not new, nor is it an official third party. It was launched on July 16, 2010 and approved by the House Administration Committee on July 19, 2010.
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Bwahahaha!!!!!

Oh, 2010! My God, that was last year. Of course, they aren't NEW.

Posted by: 12BarBluesAgain | January 25, 2011 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Right, claw12. The Tea Party caucus is sanctioned by the GOP. We got that. So why are they ticked that one of theirs is getting air time?

LOL

Posted by: suekzoo1 | January 25, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Just to screw with CNN, Rep. Cleaver should announce that he's delivering remarks, representing the Congressional Black Caucus (41 members), responding to Rep. Bachmann's remarks responding to Rep. Ryan's remarks responding to the President's remarks. Rep. Grijalva and Rep. Ellison should do the same on behalf of the Progressive Caucus (81 members).

Posted by: andrewlong | January 25, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

From what I can tell from the comments, **everyone** supports Michelle Bachmann give her Rebuttal to the SOTU, or her Rebuttal to the the Rebuttal to the SOTU, or who knows what she will say.

And **everyone** supports that Mrs. Bachmann's Rebuttal be given air time.

Finally, something on which we can all agree.

Posted by: 12BarBluesAgain | January 25, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

suekzoo1, some UNNAMED AIDES obviously just wanted Ryan to speak. As I said, however, CNN is completely justified in covering Bachmann. If Palin went live at 9:00 EST tonight, they would be justified breaking to that as well. Any more questions?

Posted by: clawrence12 | January 25, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

12BB,

I wonder if John Boehner is in his office weeping as we speak...

lol

Posted by: suekzoo1 | January 25, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse

12BB,

I wonder if John Boehner is in his office weeping as we speak...

lol
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I'll bet his aides are burning up the phone lines trying to get an advance of Mrs. Bachmann's speech and hoping like hell she doesn't ad lib.

The trouble with the Tea Party is that they don't know their place. They get to talk about 12 months before elections, not **between** elections.

Watch Michie go!

Posted by: 12BarBluesAgain | January 25, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

@claw: "The Tea Party Caucus is not new, nor is it an official third party."

Yes, but news organizations don't typically televise different caucus's responses to the SOTU speech. (What's next? The the Congressional Bike Caucus response?)

I don't think anyone is saying that CNN can't do this - but we should all recognize as Greg points out that CNN has an ongoing relationship with the Tea Party Express.

Posted by: sbj3 | January 25, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

After this big buildup, Michele better live up to her reputation. I expect to hear something fantastical along with wild arms.

Posted by: 12BarBluesAgain | January 25, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

The real question is why there is no corresponding view from the Left presented. Have Feingold or Nader respond to SOTU and broadcast that along with the Tea Party response.

Posted by: wbgonne | January 25, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

"I was going to suggest that maybe CNN's decision to air her speech just might be driven by a desire to curry favor with the Tea Party."

Greg may I pick a nit or two with your statement. Admittedly it's been awhile since I was in the "biz" and I was in "broadcast journalism" as opposed to cable punditry but throughout all those years when I laughed about charges of liberal bias...I smile almost as broadly at TParty bias or currying favor with them.

I was laughing and am currently smiling because the reality is CNN could care squat about the TParty political agenda...they are trying to curry some ratings...which lead to $$$. All these biases...CNN/MSNBC/FOX are driven by one thing...ratings/$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Posted by: rukidding7 | January 25, 2011 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I'll throw another tire on the fire for you Michele! Give 'em heck. And don't get confused by facts, we know you have your mind all made up, just tell the country whatever you think.

Posted by: shrink2 | January 25, 2011 2:12 PM | Report abuse

12BB,

Almost makes me want to send Boehner a bottle of scotch and a hankie... he's losing control of his caucus less than a month in....

Here's the next big story:

" Just three weeks into his congressional career, Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.) has earned the dubious distinction of being the first member of the historic class of House GOP freshmen to find himself at the center of an ethics scandal.

The Rivera case also could prove an early and politically sensitive problem for Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia and other top Republicans who criticized former Speaker Nancy Pelosi's handling of scandals involving Reps. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.).

Boehner has yet to comment on the allegations involving Rivera, yet behind the scenes, GOP insiders already are drawing contingency plans for a replacement should the freshman lawmaker resign or be forced to step aside, according to multiple Republican sources."

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_01/027686.php

Posted by: suekzoo1 | January 25, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Greg Sargent could grace us with a list of those Representatives and Senators whose voices and opinions should not be aired.
What a pitiful bit of childish bias.
Maybe Greg Sargent's opinions should not be broadcast?

Posted by: spamsux1 | January 25, 2011 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and Michelle. Please don't use a teleprompter. We all know that teleprompters are for losers. Speak off the top of your head, from the heart, off the cuff, out of your... Give us all an up close look at teh crazy.

Posted by: js_edit | January 25, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

There is no Tea Party Party. They are rebranded Republicans to keep their base going to the polls. Michelle Bachmann's antics are a favor to the Republicans. You know - the old Goldilocks game where Paul Ryan will come off sounding "just right" when in fact he's horrible.

Posted by: Maezeppa | January 25, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Dems and GOP have reached a deal to drop the "constitutional option":

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2011/01/dem_gop_leaders_reach_tentativ.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | January 25, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Boehner has yet to comment on the allegations involving Rivera, yet behind the scenes, GOP insiders already are drawing contingency plans for a replacement should the freshman lawmaker resign or be forced to step aside, according to multiple Republican sources."
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All I want to know is whether Rivera is a Tea Party Republican or a regular Republican. Score keeping on this kind of stuff has suddenly become important.

Hey, I've got an idea. The Tea Party can form a shadow GOP, with their own Speaker of the House, Committee leaders, etc. And their own shadow Ethics Committee. Do you see the sheer genius of this idea?

Posted by: 12BarBluesAgain | January 25, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

sbj3, my favorite (hands down) is the House Small Brewers Caucus. Their speech should definitely go last, after the entire drinking-game re: jobs and bipartisanship is completed:

http://blogs.waaf.com/mikehsu/2011/01/25/state-of-the-union-drinking-game-for-2011/

Posted by: clawrence12 | January 25, 2011 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Quoting Michelle Bachmann...

"The question of earmarks came up, whether or not the constitutionality of earmarks would be considered constitutional"

About time somebody asked.

Posted by: bernielatham | January 25, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Prediction: The Bachmann speech will get at least ten times the number of hits on youtube as the Ryan speech. Most from people looking for laughs, of course. The Ryan speech will be hit by people looking for a sleep aid.

Posted by: Observer691 | January 25, 2011 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Pawlenty endorses Bachmann's speech:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2011/01/tim-pawlenty-on-bachmann-rebut.html

"She is a strong leader ... Obviously, she has risen as a leader of the Tea Party nationally. So if she chooses to run for President, I think she could be a strong candidate."

Posted by: clawrence12 | January 25, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

"Pawlenty endorces Bachmann's speech"

Well, that changes everything.

Here's Frum on Palin. Or rather on the modern conservative movement's nearly complete inability to admit error or even reflect upon what has gotten them so deeply screwed up as a rational or responsible political movement. And one could surely ask whether there is any significant difference between the movement's support of Palin and its support of Bachmann...

"So as a contribution to the debate, let me try to explain why the Palin phenomenon cannot be left behind quite so fast.

In 2008, the Republican party nominated for the office of vice-president a person who is now pretty universally agreed to be unfit for the presidency. (Even Taranto agrees with that.) Concededly: it’s not the first time in the history of the republic that this has happened. But here’s the difference between Palin and, say, Spiro Agnew or Henry Wallace. The Palin nomination elicited a huge outpouring of argument from Republicans and conservatives denying that competence mattered at all in a potential president.

Admittedly, much of this defense was insincere. But unfortunately – not all. Palin we could quietly consign to the attic of Republican embarrassments. The apparatus of excuse and justification that surrounded and protected Palin until the day before yesterday – that still chugs away over at the Wall Street Journal – that apparatus remains an overwhelming impediment to any hope of a more responsible conservatism of the future."

http://www.frumforum.com/time-for-palin-apologists-to-let-go

(worth reading the full post)

Posted by: bernielatham | January 25, 2011 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Pawlenty/Bachmann 2012 Yeah that's the ticket!

Posted by: rukidding7 | January 25, 2011 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Needless to say, in 2008, the Democratic Party nominated someone even more unfit for the presidency. Will Frum and Taranto seriously vote for Obama instead?

Posted by: clawrence12 | January 25, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Needless to say, in 2008, the Democratic Party nominated someone even more unfit for the presidency. Will Frum and Taranto seriously vote for Obama instead?
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Does anyone else notice that no one, and I mean even Claw, defends Palin's fitness for the presidency. It's always "she's just as good as Obama and he's the most unfit person ever...".

Even Claw has conceded the point.

Posted by: 12BarBluesAgain | January 25, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

If you don't want to answer that, how about the question I asked you on The Morning Plum thread: "when has a non-elected official ever given a televised response to SOTU?"

Posted by: clawrence12 | January 25, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

What a shocker to see conservative posters resort to the "censorship" strawman on this issue.
When has a network aired the criticism of a group that wasn't a recognized political party?

Posted by: ashotinthedark | January 25, 2011 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Here's the analogy:

12BarBlues: Pancho, my mom's chihuahua, is not qualified to be President of the United States.

Claw: In 2008, the Democratic Party nominated someone even more unfit for the presidency.

Everyone else: huh?

Posted by: 12BarBluesAgain | January 25, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

When has a network aired the criticism of a group that wasn't a recognized political party?
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We need to have someone from Plumline give our Rebuttal. Who shall speak for us?

Posted by: 12BarBluesAgain | January 25, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

In case I have been unclear in some regard, I believe that Palin would have been a better President than Obama, Biden and McCain combined.

Posted by: clawrence12 | January 25, 2011 3:46 PM | Report abuse

In case I have been unclear in some regard, I believe that Palin would have been a better President than Obama, Biden and McCain combined.
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Oh, at least. How about Mrs. Palin would be a better President that George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (that RINO) combined.

Posted by: 12BarBluesAgain | January 25, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

All, still more signs that support for repeal is vastly overstated:

http://wapo.st/fQjZNu

Posted by: Greg Sargent | January 25, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

"In case I have been unclear in some regard, I believe that Palin would have been a better President than Obama, Biden and McCain combined."

That neither answers the question of whether she was qualified nor makes any sense.

Posted by: ashotinthedark | January 25, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

ashotinthedark, I am unaware of any question you've asked me on this thread. Feel free to ask me one if there's something I have posted that you don't understand (for starters, I did not resort to any "censorship" strawman.

Posted by: clawrence12 | January 25, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I am a progressive and a liberal. When I vote I am even a Democrat. I for one am all for CNN airing the Tea-Party rebuttal in its entirety.

The world needs to know how crazy these people are. The world needs to know they do not deserve the positions they were elected to. The best way for the world to find that out is to let them talk.

Posted by: pdxgeek | January 25, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I did ask this question:
"When has a network aired the criticism of a group that wasn't a recognized political party?"

Right, a couple of posters did resort to the censorship nonesense.

Your comment that Palin would be a better President than 3 other people combined doesn't make sense in any meaningful way.

Posted by: ashotinthedark | January 25, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

js_edit: The fact that the politician in question is batcrap insane and likely to give middle America an uncensored look at what the real wingnut agenda is -- well, that's just icing on the cake.
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I think you have hit upon the real reason why CNN is airing the speech.

Posted by: cmdallas | January 25, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

js_edit: The fact that the politician in question is batcrap insane and likely to give middle America an uncensored look at what the real wingnut agenda is -- well, that's just icing on the cake.
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I think you have hit upon the real reason why CNN is airing the speech.
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Nah, I think the real reason is ratings. The other is just a side benefit.

Posted by: 12BarBluesAgain | January 25, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Your comment that Palin would be a better President than 3 other people combined doesn't make sense in any meaningful way.
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Well, here's another. Palin would be a better President than mom's dog Pancho, my pet hamster and my aunt Helen. Combined.

So there.

Posted by: 12BarBluesAgain | January 25, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Again, ashotinthedark, if you have a question for ME, feel free to ask it. ,

Posted by: clawrence12 | January 25, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

All of the late night comics must have gotten together to pool their resources and then slipped a few dollars under the table to CNN so they would cover her entire speech.

It's sure to be pure comedy gold, and we'll be laughing about it for several nights to come.

Posted by: elscott | January 25, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Again, ashotinthedark, if you have a question for ME, feel free to ask it. ,

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Do I have to specifically ask you or can I just pose a broader question to the group that you will answer?

Oopps... I mean, claw, do I have to specifically ask you or can I just pose a broader question to the group?

Posted by: ashotinthedark | January 25, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

You can do whatever you want.

Posted by: clawrence12 | January 25, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

~~~ BREAKING ~~~

Bachmann has been booted from giving the response after Teaparty Express Patriots became suspicious that she might in fact be a Communist!

Instead, the Teaparty response will be given by the Teaparty's sanest, smartest spokesman:

http://peekURL.com/vE77x5A

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | January 25, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I am just spit-balling here, but isn't it just as likely that CNN is airing it because they think people will tune in and CNN wants viewership? It's not a nefarious CNN-Tea Party plot. It's a ratings game. I can't even believe people are talking about this as if it's anything other than that.

Posted by: PatientlyWaiting | January 25, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised - CNN is typically pretty centrist. Ratings game?

Posted by: seaduck2001 | January 25, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

CNN's statement makes little sense. It is perfectly fine to invite representatives of the so-called Tea Party to air their views on the SOTU after it has concluded; but to have two Republicans deliver official responses to the SOTU is irresponsible. Unions, Latinos, and voters under 30 can also claim the mantle of "a major force in American politics". It seems therefore that any Democrat who thinks him or herself closely aligned with any of those groups should be allowed to give an official response to the SOTU?

If CNN does not extend an invitation to an appointed or self-appointed representative of a Liberal special interest group, then the network is showing favoritism toward the Tea Party.

Posted by: poitoueksophia | January 25, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

poitoueksophia, as long as GOP gets "equal time" I say bring 'em on, the more the merrier.

Posted by: clawrence12 | January 25, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

It's being aired because it's news.

Posted by: marcello09 | January 25, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

When the people in the Tea Party vote for anything but Republicans, or when 2/3rds of Americans become Republicans, then they can get their own response. That is, unless CNN is willing to offer opposition parties two responses to every SOTU speech in the future.

Posted by: jeffwacker | January 25, 2011 6:07 PM | Report abuse

The only reason someone would watch Bachmann or the Tea party is for some chuckles.
I honestly do not think anyone with any substance would view Bachmann as anything more then a huge joke. Just like the Tea people.
And CNN should know that the tea people are just a bunch of old white rightwinger republicans.. they are hardly a new movement. They are just one faction of what makes up the gop.
Seems everyone but, CNN knows this.

Posted by: vwcat | January 25, 2011 6:33 PM | Report abuse

jeffwacker, you are aware that in 2004 through 2008, two different Democrats gave the response to each of those GWB State of the Union addresses, right? There have been years when up to 16 people gave a response.

Posted by: clawrence12 | January 25, 2011 7:05 PM | Report abuse

People are missing the larger narrative here. This is NOT a good sign when you have competing GOP responses. Talk about a fractured caucus. You have the limp noodle Randian Ryan, and then crazy queen Michelle, trying to steal Ryan's thunder and hog the limelight.

All teabaggers are Republicans, mostly older bitter white people who scream idiotic things like "I want my country back
" which translates to "Where'd all the white people go?"

So far, the GOP/Teabag Express of 2011 is already failing to live up to their promises. Typical. The rubes who voted for them are such gullible suckers.

Posted by: BirchMan | January 25, 2011 9:28 PM | Report abuse

The only problem I have with Bachman
is that when you ask her a question, she
does not answer the question. Instead she
responds with whatever is on her mind at
the time. I am sure that she has already
written her response the President's
address and he is just now giving the
address. She is just going to make a
speech whether it relates to the address
or not.

Posted by: sashasowner | January 25, 2011 9:48 PM | Report abuse

The woman is a disgraceful liar and a publicity hound of the worst kind. It's one thing to give Paul Ryan his chance to rebut the President, but to give this immoral, lying charlatan a platform is just a ratings game. What next? Will CNN give Snooki a chance to speak on the role of the US in Afghanistan. Well, at least Snooki doesn't lie like this rotten woman.

Posted by: jaysit | January 25, 2011 10:05 PM | Report abuse

I watched her speech and thought it was good.

Posted by: clawrence12 | January 25, 2011 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Now speaking for Dick Armey and the Kock Brothers, and rich people from shore to short we present Representative Michele Bachmann.

I guess I should be happy that Louie Gohmert didn't decide to give a speech too. I'm sure CNN would feel a need to air an hour of his views on terror babies or whatever else has his undies in a bunch.

The Tea Party has been a boom to backbenchers like Bachmann who has never brought any viable legislation forward in their entire careers nor done anything to benefit their constituents back home. By being loudmouth know-nothings they have made themselves mouthpieces for the rich and those gripped in fear of progress. In the process they have made themselves a tidy bit of cash which is what it's all about to people like Bachman who has taken so much from the government in her life (farm subsidies, etc.).

CNN can air a speech by anyone they wish. But please don't feed me the line that they aired this because the TP is important or has a message. They're the far right wing of the Republican party invented by Dick Armey and given free PR by Fox. Nothing more and nothing less.

Posted by: rel615 | January 26, 2011 12:38 AM | Report abuse

By airing Representative Bachman's response to the SOTU address, CNN provided her with a credible platform on which to display the inanity of her ideas and her complete misreading of the history of our country.

In contrast with the bland, Cassandraesque analyis of the country's sate by Ryan, Bachman's address was divisive, barely coherent, but animated.

The Republican response to SOTU was gloom and doom on the one hand, pure fantasy on the other. They have my sympathy.

Posted by: castleb | January 26, 2011 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Im afraid CNN placed the Tea party on a very slippery slope by airing their first response to the address. And could ultimately signal their demise. Taking on the military establish for cuts is a very dangerous first task. I do, however; totally agree cuts are necessary and need action.if budget reduction is ever to be realized. There are some very powerful congressman to whom their districts would be greatly affected,and are sure to fight back to ensure business as usual. when the congressman from Virginia is chairman on the powerful committee that controls defense spending perticularly in his district, there will be a clash. Virginia is home to the largest military industrial complex in the whole US most certanly cuts would affect that district.Good luck Tea party!

Posted by: cliffc1 | January 26, 2011 9:19 AM | Report abuse

I'm tired of hearing the GOP complain about everything. This is the group always opposed to "government interference." Yet here they are interfering with a CNN business decision. If CNN had decided NOT to air Bachman's speech, the GOP would've been there to complain about the liberal "bias."

I'm looking forward to her speech. It'll be fun to watch.


Posted by: TheFrog1 | January 26, 2011 10:33 AM | Report abuse

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