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Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 01/25/2011

GOP aides irked with CNN for airing Bachmann speech

By Greg Sargent

Here's an interesting twist on Michele Bachmann's plan to offer her own Tea Party-flavored response to Obama's State of the Union speech: It turns out GOP aides are annoyed with CNN for agreeing to air her speech in its entirety.

Originally, Bachmann's response was going to be available for viewing only on the Internet. But CNN has announced that her speech will be shown in full in addition to broadcasting the speech from GOP Rep. Paul Ryan, who was picked for the official response by the Republican leadership.

GOP aides are unhappy with the decision, because it risks making the opposition look conflicted -- as if the two are trying to upstage one another -- muddling GOP efforts to offer a unified response.

"CNN is basically inventing a conflict that doesn't really exist," a GOP aide emails. "It's not responsible journalism."

CNN's decision to air Bachmann's speech, interestingly, is angering liberals and Republicans alike. Steve Benen notes this morning that Bachmann's Tea Party brew could end up making Ryan's speech look moderate and reasonable in comparison. Both Benen and Atrios also point out that it could create a fundamental imbalance -- two Republicans responding to one speech from Obama -- and that there's no way CNN would allow a liberal Dem to offer a response from the left, as Bachmann is doing from the hard right.

But Republicans, too, have reason to be annoyed about this. Granting such a high profile to Bachmann's Messianic Tea Party air won't help the GOP manage the already difficult task of offering a response that has a chance of competing with Obama's speech.
The President already has a big built-in advantage during State of the Union speeches, and the designated opponent already faces an uphill climb when trying to rise to his stature. Elevating Bachmann, of all people, will likely complicate this dynamic even further.

Of course, it may be that Bachmann's moment won't matter at all politically to Obama or Republicans in the long run. But there is one clear winner in all this: Bachmann herself. By granting her such a large platform, CNN is generously enabling her efforts to cement her national status as a kind of Tea Party GOP leader-in-exile, and is basically rewarding her for her stunt.

UPDATE, 1:24 p.m.: CNN issues an extraordinary statement justifying the move.

By Greg Sargent  | January 25, 2011; 11:47 AM ET
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Comments

LOL

Funny, that GOP. They want to engage the Tea Party, and hold them at arm's length. They want their cake, and to eat it, too.

It's perfectly appropriate for CNN to air her speech. They should. It is political news, whether the GOP likes it or not.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | January 25, 2011 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Since when do unnamed "GOP aides" (presumably employed by the federal government) get to tell CNN what it can and cannot broadcast? If a liberal decided to give a speech following Obama's, that would be newsworthy too.

Posted by: clawrence12 | January 25, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

As I said.

BACHMANN'S SOTU RESPONSE IS EXCELLENT NEWS!! FOR THE GOP!!!

Bachmann is just so much fun. It's a tie between her and Palin though.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | January 25, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

O/T:

But where is the coverage of what Obama is actually doing rather than what he is saying? For example, what do Democrats and Liberals think of the NAFTA-style "free" trade agreement that Obama just made with Korea and in South America? The House is holding a hearing today and -- surprise surprise -- the GOP just LOVES the deal. Here is what they entitled the hearing today:

"Hearing on the Pending Free Trade Agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea and the Creation of U.S. Jobs "

Which, to be accurate, must be completed as "Hearing on the Pending Free Trade Agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea and the Creation of [ ] Jobs IN COLUMBIA, PANAMA AND SOUTH KOREA"

Correct me if I am mistaken but isn't this exactly how we destroyed the manufacturing sector and the Middle Class in this country? So-called "free" trade is a misnomer b/c U.S. workers cannot undersell laborers in undeveloped countries b/c undeveloped countries don't have environmental or worker protection laws. We've had enough "free" trade; what we want is Fair Trade.

Democrats?

Posted by: wbgonne | January 25, 2011 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Tell your GOP sources to stop railing about CNN, man up and have a talk with Bachmann who is the source of the "conflict," as they put it.

Posted by: Justwondering14 | January 25, 2011 12:09 PM | Report abuse

So, the GOP favors censorship. Imagine that. I guess they haven't read the Constitution. Oh, wait, they did in the House. They must have come in late.

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

@wbgonne

Excellent points on Fair versus Free trade.

And again...we'll hear nothing about the 150,000 troops who remain in harms way throughout this year with another 67,500 schedule to REMAIN in harm's way through 2012.

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R40682.pdf

Perhaps Obama wishes to let the sleeping neocon dogs lie...pun intended! Maybe he is happy that Petraeus has faded a bit and we're not hearing that constant moronic bleat of "winning the hearts and minds" of the people..yeah that'll happen about the same time the Steelers James Harrison plants a kiss on the Pack's Aaron Rodgers instead of pile driving him into the ground in the S.B.

And yes...according to the link I provided we are "scheduled" to be out by the end of 2012....and hopefully facing an election will FORCE Obama to do the right thing and end these two futile moronic wars...BUT I sure would feel better if B.O. tossed the 65% of the American people who no longer support this military adventurism a small bone...perhaps something as small as saying...and one thing that is going to help our economic recovery is our end of the two costly wars..scheduled to be completed by 2012.

I'm not holding my breath...and I guess I understand...from a political standpoint B.O. already has his timetables in place...what would he gain by confirming them other than the vitriol of all those "toughies" on the right like the Cheneys who love to talk tough while letting others do the dying for them.

Posted by: rukidding7 | January 25, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

The State of the Union is a Constitutionally mandated speech. I've never quite understood why either party, Democrats or Republicans, are offered "equal time" for an official response as if it were a campaign speech paid for by the RNC or DNC.

If someone from the opposite party wants to comment on the State of the Union, fine, but cover it in the evening newscast.

Posted by: Lugg | January 25, 2011 12:20 PM | Report abuse

BREAKING NEWS

ALERT


BREAKING NEWS


UNPRECEDENTED

OBAMA WILL SEEK TO REDEFINE EVERY WORD IN THE DICTIONARY 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.

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


Obama, in another unprecendeted speech, will actually redefined the word "Obama."


.

Posted by: RainForestRising | January 25, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

The GOP's response to Bachmann exercising her First Amendment rights?

"CNN is basically inventing a conflict that doesn't really exist," a GOP aide emails. "It's not responsible journalism."

It is exactly responsible journalism. It appears that the GOP does not want the people of the United States to hear an elected official who's opinion may differ from their own. That may be the real story here.

Posted by: Lefty_ | January 25, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

What happened to "Free Speech"?

Why is the GOP trying to suppress the "Freedom of Speech" of those who helped them to win all of those Congressional seats in the House?

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 25, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Tea-bagger republican need to be mad at Bachmann, not CNN - unless they're advocating for censorship.
Then again, this is the tea-bagger republican party, the party that wants to dismantle the Constiution and it's amendments so we can go back to the days when only white male landowners could vote, and slavery was legal.

Posted by: jeffc6578 | January 25, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I remember thinking, before his heart condition sidelined him, that Dick Cheney's sniping at Obama and the Democrats soon after the 2008 election seemed to be casting him as the head of the Republican Government-In-Exile, as the White Russian-In-Chief. Now Bachmann seems to be staking out that claim instead of allowing the Party's anointed, Paul Ryan, to speak for the opposition. Fratricide seems to continue to be the order of the day within the GOP.

Posted by: drazen1 | January 25, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps CNN is just giving her some rope ...

Posted by: shantteyman | January 25, 2011 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Bachmann: ‘It’s Not a Competition’
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/257864/bachmann-it-s-not-competition-robert-costa

“I was extended an invitation by the Tea Party Express to speak to their membership,” Bachmann said. “I never took this as a State of the Union response, necessarily."

...House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) does not see the two GOP reactions as evidence of any friction between the Tea Party and the Republican leadership. “Paul Ryan is giving the official Republican response,” Cantor said at his weekly briefing. “Michele Bachmann, just as the other 534 members of the House and Senate, are going to have opinions as to the State of the Union. Again, this is a process that happens every year and I look forward to all comments.”

*relax*

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | January 25, 2011 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Bachman - a lowly rated congresswoman who's only purpose in life (along with her buddy Beck) is to create conflict, whether it be within the GOP or across the US. I guess she is the only one who can 'parrot' Palin - preventing Palin from any kind of "I am again a victim" response.

Posted by: rbsher | January 25, 2011 12:28 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing to me that Bachmann has been able to wheedle her way into a position as the Tea Party leader. The Tea Party's start was in grassroots protests to the bailouts, and those people then crystallized into the Tea Party with protests to the stimulus. Once health care came along, though, GOP insiders like Bachmann started to try to take over, and the media seems more than happy to let Bachmann proclaim herself queen, probably because Bachmann is crazy as all get out, which makes for good cable television, and because her presence in the Tea Party, like Palin's, discredits the Tea Party to much of the country.

In reality, two-thirds or more of the country agrees with most of the policy positions that the Tea Party has taken. It's only media coverage and divisive figures like Bachmann and Palin horning their way into prominence that turns most people off.

So it's no surprise that Bachmann is horning her way into the State of the Union response. It's what she does, and the media always seems to accommodate her because they know that she's going to say something outrageous that they can then milk for ratings.

Posted by: blert | January 25, 2011 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Lugg, the SOTU doesn't have to be broadcast either. The responses don't even get equal time.

Posted by: clawrence12 | January 25, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse


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.


.

Posted by: RainForestRising | January 25, 2011 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I just hope that Ms. Bachmann doesn't talk about President Obama's re-education camps again, drowning out what would have inevitably been very thorough media coverage of Mr. Ryan's plan (presumably, now, the GOP's plan) to drastically cut medicare and social security benefits, privatize both programs, and re-work the tax code such that millionaires will pay lower effective tax rates than the middle class.

Posted by: wkristol | January 25, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Ethan is still gone

Seems like the people who were paying him were horrified to find out that he was participating in a Smear Campaign against Sarah Palin and the Tea Party.


Re-typing talking points into a blog is one thing, but accusing innocent people of mass murder is something different.


Anyway - perhaps he is just transferring to Chicago to work on Obama's campaign.

Somehow I think he will re-emerge.

.

Posted by: RainForestRising | January 25, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

"CNN is basically inventing a conflict that doesn't really exist," a GOP aide emails.
===================================
Nothing to worry about, then.

If the GOP is irked, then that is good enough justification to air the speech.

I hope they have a few re-runs of the speech.

Posted by: kishorgala | January 25, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

shantteyman, careful with the violence metaphors ; )

Posted by: clawrence12 | January 25, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

*teapot tempest*

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | January 25, 2011 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the GOP is upset with CNN since Anderson Cooper skewered Bachmann's take on history just last night.

"Michele Bachmann was the subject of Anderson Cooper's "Keeping Them Honest" segment last night, for her comments last weekend that to America's diversity-conscious first settlers, "it didn't matter the color of their skin, it didn't matter their language, it didn't matter their economic status."

The segment was subtitled "Flunking History," which Cooper explained was because Bachmann's comments "are either a deliberate rewriting of our history, or signs that she has a shaky grasp on our history."

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

Posted by: suekzoo1 | January 25, 2011 12:39 PM | Report abuse

As a life-long Republican I want to tell CNN THANK YOU for airing 2 sets of conservative follow-ups to the President's address. I urge all you liberals to pay close attention to what Bachmann says; it will make more sense than anything else you hear on CNN the rest of the night and well into the rest of 2011.

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

Report

tonight Obama will call for a freeze in all non-discretionary, non-security spending


Sooooo.....


All entitlements are off the table, including Obama's health care plan

All Homeland Security is off the table

All Pentagon is off the table


WHAT is LEFT???


About $2.50 is what Obama is freezing.


PLUS Obama might have to re-hire Rahm Emanuel - so that has to be included.


.

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

I can't wait to see it on Comedy Central with a stuck cuckoo clock soundtrack playing in the background during the entire speech.

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

Elsewhere, Michelle irked at AP for airing Obama smooch

AP Photo: Obama goes to get a kiss from Jill Biden, left, as first lady Michelle Obama, center, watches
http://www.daylife.com/photo/0g7yaUv46m4Op?q=jill+biden

*Worst. Threesome. Ever.*

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | January 25, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

@ruk--

You wrote this on the Morning Plum in response to my Deep Thought for the morning (Palin is actually smarter and saner than Bachmann): "Just curious if you're just tossing off some snark?"

Well, yeah, I was. You surprised me with your opinion that Bachmann is very smart. I really didn't see that coming. Yes, she does have an LLM from William and Mary (other education from Winona State in MN, a smaller state school and J.D. from Coburn in Tulsa, an affiliate of Oral Roberts University). But that's not enough to make her smart judging from the crazy non-sequiturs that come out of her mouth. I think she and Palin both are politically savvy in ways, as was George W. Bush (Yale grad as we all know), but to consider Bachmann smart, as in the intelligent sense, means leaving out everything else but her ambition and willingness to do anything politically. She has a longer history in politics than Palin (both really seem to have come out of abortion politics) but, frankly, what she says almost never makes sense.

Posted by: AllButCertain | January 25, 2011 12:43 PM | Report abuse

First, and most important, the Constitution calls for a state of the union, but mentions noting about a 'rebuttal'.

That out of the way, since the Republicans/Conservatives/Tea Partiers cannot decide what/who is their voice, why should the press make that decision for them? It's bad enough they did not want any votes taking place the last 2 yeas, now they don't even want anyone to talk!

Posted by: AMviennaVA | January 25, 2011 12:44 PM | Report abuse

It just dawned on me that what the tea-bagger republicans are REALLY afraid of is showing thier true colors to moderate voters!
Shouldn't surprise anyone - tea-bagger republicans are a bunch of greedy corporatist liars!

Posted by: jeffc6578 | January 25, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

You know, after careful deliberation, I have concluded that both parties whine way, way too much.

Posted by: sslatten3 | January 25, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

"CNN is basically inventing a conflict that doesn't really exist," a GOP aide emails. "It's not responsible journalism."
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If this article was intended to confuse me - it sure suceeded! How does her response to the SOTU speech differ from what those "talking heads" will say about it next Sunday on the morning talk shows? Us citizens may be confused if we hear the "official" GOP response followed by the "teaparty" response?

Lordy, how dumb do the Republicans think we are?

Posted by: shadowmagician | January 25, 2011 12:49 PM | Report abuse

"CNN is basically inventing a conflict that doesn't really exist," a GOP aide emails. "It's not responsible journalism."
+++++++++
CNN didn't invent a conflict between moderately crazy Reppublicans and full on crazy Republicans. The GOP managed to do that all by themselves. The little monster called The Tea Party that they thought they were using is now devouring them.

Posted by: Sandydayl | January 25, 2011 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Should it entertaining!

Posted by: angie12106 | January 25, 2011 12:51 PM | Report abuse

"and that there's no way CNN would allow a liberal Dem to offer a response from the left, as Bachmann is doing from the hard right."

That's too bad. I'd actually love to see a response from "The Rent is Too Damn High" party

Posted by: NoVAHockey | January 25, 2011 12:52 PM | Report abuse

And if they refused to air it someone would claim the liberal media was trying to supress the Tea Party. Can anyone spell paranoid?

Posted by: kchses1 | January 25, 2011 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Who says CNN will air the speech in it's entirety, without editing, NOT A CHANCE. IT'S CNN FOR GAWD SAKE!! As if CNN doesn't have a axe to grind with any Republican, LOL!!! It is what it is, CNN and MSNBC ratings are at an all time low, they SUCK so they might as well cause a little chaos, it's good for their ratings...

Posted by: vatownsend | January 25, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Why would anybody on either side be upset that CNN is airing this speech? It certainly is newsworthy when a member of the opposition party takes it upon herself to deliver an unauthorized rebuttal of the SOTU. And CNN's job is to cover newsworthy events.

"Creating a conflict that doesn't really exist"? Really? Then why is Bachmann giving her own speech? Clearly, she thinks that the GOP establishment isn't going to address the issues that are important to her and her constituents.

And I really don't see why liberals would be complaining. Frankly, we should be encouraging this sort of thing. By all means, let the real voice of the tea party be heard. The screechier the better.

Posted by: js_edit | January 25, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Bachmann will not emerge as a winner. I wish she could understand that she will enter into the trap without knowing. She has shown already the interest of entering the 2012 race. CNN knows very well how she always speaks. They want to expose her to everyone!

Posted by: fridamulindayahoocouk | January 25, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

During the first 100 years, Presidents 'MAILED IN' the State of the Union, they did not speak in front of Congress


AND there is a provision for a "rebuttal"


It's called the First Amendment.


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Posted by: RainForestRising | January 25, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Fearmonger spewing violent rhetoric!

March 21-22, 2009 --—

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) states that she wants residents of her state to be "armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back. Thomas Jefferson told us ‘having a revolution every now and then is a good thing,’ and the people—we the people—are going to have to fight back hard if we’re not going to lose our country."

Posted by: angie12106 | January 25, 2011 1:00 PM | Report abuse

What's Fox doing? They more or less invented the Tea Party.

Posted by: DatMel | January 25, 2011 1:01 PM | Report abuse

@mike-

Thanks for the reminder of the "old days" over at Greg's blog at TPM during the 2008 campaign, but I can't remember who the commenter was that did the "This is Excellent News For..." schtick. Good times.

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | January 25, 2011 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: vatownsend
Who says CNN will air the speech in it's entirety, without editing, NOT A CHANCE. IT'S CNN FOR GAWD SAKE!!

----

Gosh, paranoid much?

Posted by: suekzoo1 | January 25, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

It's great CNN is airing Bachmann. The whole Republican game is conceal their true agenda -- which is essentially to drag the United States back to the Dark Ages. Bachmann is crazy enough to be honest about it -- her goal is some kind of Christian Pakistan where the top 10% pay no taxes and the bottom 60% beg and root through the garbage. If that's what the Republican Party wants to bring America, at least people should know it before they vote for it.

Posted by: tboyer33 | January 25, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

CNN can air whatever they choose, it's their network. As for ratings, "liberals" and democrats actually read, they don't get their "news" from one source unlike some other groups in this country. I applaud the TEA Party for taking their own stance on issues. Otherwise, what's the point in taxpayers paying for republican congressmen to come to Washington just to tow the party line? You can vote via webcam from your house if all you're doing is voting for what Cantor/Boehner and McConnell are telling you to vote for. You don't need to waste tax dollars by going back and forth to Washington.

Posted by: nsu1203 | January 25, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

It is time for the TEA party, if they are serious, not to stay horizontal at GOP's whim.

It was bad enough to be summarily dispatched to oblivion after having a "R" stuck behind their names for the GOP Establishment's quest for the majority.

No More!

The formation of the TEA Party Caucus was a smart move by Bachmann and others. And the number of newcomers they bring to the congress is not shabby either. They need to take advantage of their strength. They rose out of opposition to the Establishment after all! Are they going to be kicked, stomped and spitted on by the GOPers?

Posted by: kishorgala | January 25, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

So the GOP is not eager to have the Queen of Kooks speak 'in conflict' with Mr. Oh-so-reasonable Ryan. Imagine that.

Posted by: kg1957 | January 25, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

@suekzoo1 "LOL

Funny, that GOP. They want to engage the Tea Party, and hold them at arm's length. They want their cake, and to eat it, too."

Reminds me of Obama's relationship with progressives.

Posted by: jnc4p | January 25, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse


For goodness sake, isn't the GOP, aides included, concerned about Bachmann, the TeaPeople and CNN's **FIRST ADMENDMENT RIGHTS**!!?

And if anybody wants to know the GOP and TeaPeople A-R-E trying to upstage each other.

Pitiful...

***

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

The GOP already tossed Bachmann under the bus, but the wench won't stay under the bus. Bad for the GOP, who would very much like to use her without admitting it.

Thank you, CNN! Instead of hiding Bachmann's lunacy on a "true believer" website, make her a national object of ridicule. And, don't forget to tell everyone that she is a Republican, again and again.

They made their bed, let them lie in it, since lie is what they do best.

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

I think it's great that CNN is airing Michele Bachmanns speech because 1)she is smarter than Obama, and 2)she looks better.

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 25, 2011 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Obama, is doing such a poor job.If you have a 401k look how much you have gained in the past two years.

Posted by: hpridesop | January 25, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

This is a must-see.

A good opportunity for Bachmann to nationally announce that she and others are splitting from the Republicans and will use a "T" after their names from tomorrow.

Posted by: kishorgala | January 25, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Nothing could be better for the Democratic Party than for this mental midget to be paraded in front of the American people, so they can see what the GnoP is really all about. It should be on a major networks! Now we will have clarity about how far back our country is headed, as well as how many anti-Americans were interspersed among the attendees. I hope there's a blackboard!

Posted by: bordway46 | January 25, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Let her speak by all means. In fact I urge all of the cable and broadcast networks to air it. Please do - I beg you.

The American public deserves to see what this nut case has to say. Because the more she talks, the better the chance Obama coasts to a landslide re-election.

Posted by: da55 | January 25, 2011 1:25 PM | Report abuse

"CNN is basically inventing a conflict that doesn't really exist," a GOP aide emails. "It's not responsible journalism."

Ha ha. It is to laugh. This latest complaint about how the GOP is victimized by Teh Liberal Media is even thinner than most.

First off, it's not "journalism" to broadcast or play a tape of someone saying things. No "journalism" whatsoever involved in that, any more than the radio DJ is involved in "journalism" when he plays a song or a commercial. "Journalism" involves both reporting and context, and simply airing a speech doesn't require a third party to supply either.

Then there's the issue of whether it's "responsible" or not for a news network to air footage of a politician saying things. I think that one has been settled long ago, though I'm not surprised to see it added to the litany - in GOPWorld, the problems that stem from ill-chosen words devolve not to the person who said them, but to the media that accurately replayed them or reported on them.

Moreover, CNN did not ask or encourage Bachmann to give an address. It can hardly be said to be "inventing" anything when Bachmann and the teabaggers already had planned a separate address. Apparently they thought one was needed; if this GOP aide has issues with the appearance of a "conflict," that's probably where he should address them. The "conflict," if one exists, would exist whether or not CNN aired the Bachmann teabagger address.

As usual, what it comes down to is just more whining about how unfair it is to report or even air anything that might make Republicans look bad in one way or another.

Posted by: JennOfArk | January 25, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me nobody is putting a head to Bachmann's head to make her give this speech. Should anyone then hold a gun to CNN's head to prevent them from covering it? Whether doing so is a good move for CNN is a separate question entirely . . .

I'll say this for Bachmann--she's the gift that keeps on giving.

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

How many rounds?

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

I nominate Alan grayson to give the liberal Democratic response!

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | January 25, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I nominate Alan grayson to give the liberal Democratic response!

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | January 25, 2011 1:49 PM
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Thank you for providing an apt reference point.

Posted by: kishorgala | January 25, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Ohhh let her have her "I am not a witch" speech on Chicken Noodle News (CNN).

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

Since when is a speech by a well-known figure in the Republican party, offered in pretty much open defiance of the party hierarchy NOT newsworthy? The fact that this woman is a borderline lunatic is beside the point. There are millions of people who agree with her, and their arguments deserve to be heard.

Refuted, yes. Dismissed, eventually yes. But you can't do either without hearing how ridiculous they are first.

A really smart GOP leadership would ask to have Bachmann come on immediately after Obama, then have Ryan come up last, trying to sound like a grownup.

Posted by: gwcross | January 25, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

The funniest thing about the SOTU address last year was constitutional law professor Barack Obama completely misunderstanding the Citizens United ruling. What a dope! No wonder he's never released his grades from Harvard.

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 25, 2011 2:11 PM | Report abuse

So they demand to be heard and complain that they're heard too much. As logical as anything else from these cantankerous buffoons.

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | January 25, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I only wish all the major networks would carry Bachmann's speech. Americans deserve to see her upfront and in person as she plots the Tea Party's plan to dismemeber the middleclass.

Posted by: wstickney1 | January 25, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse


Here we have the Republicans who just a week or two ago were screaming that somehow Democrats were doing some unknown "thing" to interefere with Republicans' freedom of speech to the point where the U.S. Constitution was read out loud on the House Floor.

Now Republicans are trying to silence each other.

What a tickle.


Posted by: lindalovejones | January 25, 2011 2:14 PM | Report abuse

LOL

Funny, that GOP. They want to engage the Tea Party, and hold them at arm's length. They want their cake, and to eat it, too.

It's perfectly appropriate for CNN to air her speech. They should. It is political news, whether the GOP likes it or not.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | January 25, 2011 11:53 AM | Report abuse


You are a racist.

Posted by: johnfchick1 | January 25, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Bachmaan will show the public just what she is about. If you made a movie about her and Palin, it would be called "Dumb and dumber". I'm not sure which is which.

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

I agree with bordway46 and da55 - the public should have a right to hear a highly-ranked government official who doesn't believe in the establishment clause of the 1st amendment and thinks it is desirable to have religious fundamentalists planning the curriculums in our schools (see Bachman's recruitment of Mr. Barton to "teach" Minnesota and the Congress about the Constitution).

It is important, and CNN recognizes this, to show everyone how easily our American way of life, and the law of the land- our beloved Constitution - can easily be usurped by the religious bigotry of the homegrown Taliban in the garb of a U.S. Representative.

Posted by: mightysparrow | January 25, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the R side of the isle needs to accept the fact it was the Tea Party ideas that got them back in office and start acting like CONSERVATIVES more than the partisan do-dos they are today. GW was a fiscal embarrassment and McCain was even worse.
Its time we return to our Constitutional roots or we can close the doors and claim bankrupcty and start welling off the remaining assets.

Posted by: REBEL-1 | January 25, 2011 2:25 PM | Report abuse

A Message to GOP:

Women are not a mere tool for Pro-Creation or Cooking!

Posted by: kishorgala | January 25, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse


I'd like to hear what Bachmann has to say.

I'm sure I'll get a big laugh out of it.

The GOP is trying to play these Tea Baggers as if the Baggers are supposed to obey all GOP rules.

Well, the GOP must have forgot (typical) that these Tea Baggers put some of the more moderate Republicans out of office.

Republicans were so hung up on their run on the Dems they forgot (again) what they really did, which was to replace moderate Republicans with REAL nutty-type whackos who have no interest in playing with the Organized Crime Unit of the GOP.

Posted by: lindalovejones | January 25, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

This stuff is hilarious. What is the "Tea Party" anyway? Was there a Tea Party convention? Is there a "Tea Party" platform? Can anyone provide a list of Tea Party members? I thought Michelle Bachmann was a Republican. When did Michelle Bachmann become the Tea Party spokesperson?

This whole thing is such a charade. And Bachmann, being the media wh_r_ that she is, is using the Tea Party label to advance her own personal agenda, which is all about doing whatever she can and saying whatever she can to grab the spotlight.

I think that Ted Williams guy should hold a press conference and announce that he's the true "Tea Party" spokesman. He has as much credibility and as many smarts as Bachmann. Plus, as of today, he's out of rehab. That's more than Bachmann and Boehner can say.

Posted by: sonny2 | January 25, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

This stuff is hilarious. What is the "Tea Party" anyway? Was there a Tea Party convention? Is there a "Tea Party" platform? Can anyone provide a list of Tea Party members? I thought Michelle Bachmann was a Republican. When did Michelle Bachmann become the Tea Party spokesperson?

This whole thing is such a charade. And Bachmann, being the media wh_r_ that she is, using the Tea Party label to advance her own personal agenda, which is all about doing whatever she can and saying whatever she can to grab the spotlight.

I think that Ted Williams guy should hold a press conference and announce that he's the true "Tea Party" spokesman. He has as much credibility and as many smarts as Bachmann. Plus, as of today, he's out of rehab. That's more than Bachmann and Boehner can say.

Posted by: sonny2 | January 25, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, anything that takes time away from the talking heads "analyzing" the SOTU speech is good for me.

As a bonus, giving a large platform to that fruitcake Bachman is sure to cause GOP leaders heartburn all night.

Posted by: hoos3014 | January 25, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

kishorgala: "A Message to GOP: Women are not a mere tool for Pro-Creation or Cooking!"
Then stop attacking professional, self-made women like Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann. Oh wait, you can't. You're a hypocrite. PS: It's procreation. Just one word, honey.

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 25, 2011 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Michele Bachmann: Obamacare is the "crown jewel of socialism". Excellent! Hope she uses it tonight.

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 25, 2011 2:47 PM | Report abuse

For some reason the media gives more attention than deserved to the two GOP "nutjobs" Palin and Bachman.

It seems the the nuttier politicians are the more attention they get even when they obviously have no chance of attaining high office.

Exhibit A., The Repulican Candidate for the Senate from Del.

Posted by: WESHS49 | January 25, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Surely Fox News won't be upstaged by CNN.......are they carrying Bachmann live as well? Any other cable or networks? Just curious....

Posted by: alfalfabill | January 25, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

How do you please these people?

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | January 25, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Try suicide.

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

Watching an idiot get involved in a train wreck tonight sounds kind of fun!

Posted by: danw1 | January 25, 2011 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad someone's airing it so that all the world can see this Republican freak show. That way Republicans are publically stuck with her now (Bachmann). How is that a bad thing?


The Wingnuts (Bachmann and Ryan) will be on the TeeVee machine shilling for the destruction of Social Security, Medicare, and the repeal of all corporate taxes and responsibility. Oh, and more tax cuts for the richest among us!


PASS THE POPCORN!

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Posted by: DrainYou | January 25, 2011 3:16 PM | Report abuse

"Watching an idiot get involved in a train wreck tonight sounds kind of fun!" Not for me. I'd rather do something worthwhile than watch an idiot like Obama.

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

They shouldn't take their problem with Bachmann out on CNN.

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

kishorgala: "A Message to GOP: Women are not a mere tool for Pro-Creation or Cooking!"
Then stop attacking professional, self-made women like Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann. Oh wait, you can't. You're a hypocrite. PS: It's procreation. Just one word, honey.

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 25, 2011 2:43 PM
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They are not self-made! They were procreated. Unless if you have information otherwise. Like, Immaculate Constipation!

Posted by: kishorgala | January 25, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Kishorgala, I'm getting tired of taking you to school. Definition of self-made: 1. Having achieved success or recognition by one's own efforts: a self-made millionaire.
2. Made by itself or oneself

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 25, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse

the repuglicans want to hide their wack jobs now that the election is over, I say let the American people see the crazies they put back in power.

Posted by: calif-joe | January 25, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Kishorgala, So Ms. Palin and Ms. Bachmann agree with you. While both have procreated, neither stayed in the kitchen. One became the first female governor of Alaska, the other a member of the House of Representatives. Both are self-made in their respective professions.

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

Well, maybe the GOP should disown Michele Whackmann the next time she wants to run for the GOP spot in her district.

Posted by: 809212876 | January 25, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Kishorgala, I'm getting tired of taking you to school. Definition of self-made: 1. Having achieved success or recognition by one's own efforts: a self-made millionaire.
2. Made by itself or oneself

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 25, 2011 3:21 PM
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There you go again! In the Trademark GOP/Republican/TEA Party move to take it out on someone else, blame the student for being a bad teacher!

So are you saying the definition 2 is applicable to the Tea Party Queen and the Queen Mum? Made by oneself?

I thought only a LOW LIFE like amoeba or a hermaphrodite like an earthworm could make itself! I'be damned!

Posted by: kishorgala | January 25, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

"Elevating Bachmann, of all people ..."

Greg, your personal partisan animus and disdain couldn't be more bvious than the logical inference of your commentary.

What's with the hatred on the left for Bachmann and Palin? Is it that they make Pelosi and other Demoid female Congresspeople look like the dregs of the society they emanated from?

Posted by: Hazmat77 | January 25, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

A Message to GOP:

Women are not a mere tool for Pro-Creation or Cooking!

Posted by: kishorgala | January 25, 2011 2:29 PM

(For anyone who joined late, K's original statement. Yes, like you, I'm wondering how she got from there to her most recent statement)

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

Dennis Kucinich should schedule a morning rebuttal to Bachmann's speech.

Let's get some actual dialogue going, please.

Posted by: thomp | January 25, 2011 3:43 PM | Report abuse

So now free speech is "inventing a conflict that doesn't really exist" and giving air time to GOP's politicians is "not responsible journalism" - so says the GOP!

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

AzarKhan,

The Vixen of Wassila quit the Governorship because SHE WAS NOT SELF-MADE! She made her millions by quitting her profession.

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

Kishorgala,

Sarah was a self-made politician as governor. After she resigned, she became a self-made millionaire by writing two best-sellers and serving as a political analyst on Fox News. K, you're out of your league, and besides, I got better things to do then state the obvious to you. Later-

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

AzarKhan,

Seriously, I have nothing against Ms. Palin and Bachmann.

They are fun to look at.

They are fun to listen to.

They are fun to make fun of.

And it is not HATRED. It is RIDICULE!

Posted by: kishorgala | January 25, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Now that Palin's 15 minutes of fame seems to be sputtering out the the media is trying to replace her with another no-knowing rock throwing right winger, who's photogenic. Isn't that much easier than actually covering the news?

Posted by: crete | January 25, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

The Republican side is right to be unhappy that Bachmann is getting a national platform tonight, but not because it might muddle their official response by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) -- quite the opposite, in fact. Because the last thing the GOP establishment wants is the lunatic fringe Republican Teabaggers (who actually control their party's agenda) to be front and center on the national stage.

And tonight, courtesy of crazy Michele Bachmann -- the leader of the paranoid, let's slit our wrists, arm the people, conspiracies are everywhere, Teabagger Republican crowd -- it will be.

.

Posted by: DrainYou | January 25, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to CNN!

Their motives may or may not be positive
but they did good for THE COUNTRY & CNN!

There is a populist uprising in The Country, affectionately known as The Tea Party,
against the deficit, taxes, & Government intrusion in all aspects of our lives.

The Tea Party is greater than the GOP or Democrats and includes citizens who are angry, frustrated, and unhappy about the direction Obama is taking us.

Bachmann is one of the leading spokesmen of the Tea Party movement and a force for good.

She is giving a clarion call to the country to wake up, stand up, and make hard choices:

Are We To Be A Country In Decline And Giveup Swirling Steadily Downward Or Do We Rally And Return To Our Ascendency?

She has made her choice and she wants the rest of us to make ours!

May God Bless CNN & Michelle Bachmann!

C'mon November 2012 or IMPEACHMENT!

Posted by: Concerned14 | January 25, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

@ Concerned14,


Take your meds and go back to bed, Biff.


The adults are trying to have a conversation here.

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Posted by: DrainYou | January 25, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is mad because CNN is serving nutbar desert tonight....I'll have a slice of crazycake.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | January 25, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

CNN obviously sees opportunity in the crazy.

Posted by: mylesgordon | January 25, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

The last time I checked, Bachmann is a member of the GOP. It is up to the GOP to deal with her. CNN is only reporting the news. It seems as if the GOP is afraid of the light that will shine on the GOP if Bachmann speaks. You would think that the public would want to know what this egomaniac has to say without filters.

Posted by: EarlC | January 25, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

"....
The Tea Party is greater than the GOP or Democrats and includes citizens who are angry, frustrated, and unhappy about the direction Obama is taking us.

Bachmann is one of the leading spokesmen of the Tea Party movement and a force for good.

She is giving a clarion call to the country to wake up, stand up, and make hard choices:

Are We To Be A Country In Decline And Giveup Swirling Steadily Downward Or Do We Rally And Return To Our Ascendency?

She has made her choice and she wants the rest of us to make ours!

May God Bless CNN & Michelle Bachmann!

C'mon November 2012 or IMPEACHMENT!

Posted by: Concerned14 | January 25, 2011 3:58 PM
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Forgetting that each of the Tea Nut elected to the Congress carries a CAPITAL R besides their names, nothing more, nothing less and nothing else.....

Is Brave Bachmann going to announce today that she is splitting ranks with the GOP or apologize to the Lame Lemmings for Lying to them?

Posted by: kishorgala | January 25, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

One thing's for dang sure...I'll be sitting tv side with a bucket of popcorn an a cold beer waiting for this loon to talk. Should be better than Comedy Central....

Posted by: CHICO13 | January 25, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is mad because CNN is serving nutbar desert tonight....I'll have a slice of crazycake.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | January 25, 2011 4:03 PM
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How about Deep Fried "Alaska?"

Posted by: kishorgala | January 25, 2011 4:13 PM | Report abuse

There are a couple of sayings that apply here. One is Be careful of what you ask for, you might get it. The other is Don't let your mouth write a contract your butt can't cover. The Republicans courted the Tea Party crowd, of which Bachmann has aligned herself and she is their poster child. Her only problem, like Sarah Palin, is that she cannot keep from running her mouth without her brain in gear. She is great at making the outrageous statements of the Tea Party manifesto, without the capacity to make anything happen. She aspires to the Presidency, but every time she opens her mouth, her chances drop by a few more percentage points. Given that the election is over 21 months away, she should have nobody left on her side, except maybe Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh. That would make a fitting triangle. Dumb, Dumber and OH MY GOD!

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

I'd almost go all Pay-per-view to watch this yuk-fest.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | January 25, 2011 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Come on, GOPers. Its light comedy. You don't think rational adults would really take her or the other blond - the one who looks at Russia from her front porch - you guys worship seriously, do you?

I expect she is going to threaten us all for not fitting into her world delusion. In the end it will all come down to,

"I have flying monkeys and I am not afraid to use them!"

Posted by: PoliticalPrisoner2012 | January 25, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans must not have paid CNN enough to keep her off of their network and on the internet alone. Someone is paying for the airtime. Can you say Tea Party and the Koch Brothers? Another fine wholly-owned subsidiary of special interests acting like a politician, but just a bought person. They are called shills or wanna-be's by the real politicians.

Posted by: ronjeske | January 25, 2011 4:17 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame that it's Giffords that took that bullet when there's more deserving people like Bachmann.

She's an idiot but what's scary are the idiots who are her zealot followers that hang on her every word. They're paranoid and delusional! Two words when married together spell "crazy right winger".

Like the GOP claiming fiscal responsibility as they ruined us financially with the Iraq and Afghanistan (financed with the loan sharks in China) wars and nice big fat tax cuts to their rich friends.

These "responses" only happen as a part of the perpetual campaigning that goes on instead of constructive debate and legislation.

Posted by: davidbronx | January 25, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

The closest any GOP stalwart comes to Obama is Mitt and Newt at 5 points back. Bachmann came in last in a potential head-to-head matchup. Next to last was Snow Snookie.

The poll was released last week. Ironically, Newt and Mitt both support plural marriage.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | January 25, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

"CNN is basically inventing a conflict that doesn't really exist," a GOP aide emails. "It's not responsible journalism."


Now that's rich ! Responsible journalism - what's your measuring stick - Fox News ?

Why do Republicans hate America ?

Posted by: raydsg | January 25, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame that it's Giffords that took that bullet when there's more deserving people like Bachmann.


Posted by: davidbronx

Bad Karma David...I'm a Liberal and ridicule good...Violent metaphors bad

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | January 25, 2011 4:23 PM | Report abuse

All day long reporters have been asking politicians of both parties for their opinions. CNN is doing nothing different except agreeing to broadcast another set of prepared remarks.

Of course, I wasn't planning on watching CNN, and now maybe I will.

Posted by: JBaustian | January 25, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Bachman is an opportunist trying to hitch her ride to the Tea Party. To top it off isn't the Tea Party Express (tm), which will be broadcasting her speech via webcast, a PR firm that was started to make money off of (if not guide by hidden hands), the Tea Party?

Too bad, as I originally had hope for the Tea party, but it quickly became clear to me after the first few months of 2009 that it was devolving into a sham (and was attracting lunatics, racists, and other folks I want nothing to do with).

Posted by: steve1231 | January 25, 2011 4:34 PM | Report abuse

"CNN is basically inventing a conflict that doesn't really exist," a GOP aide emails. "It's not responsible journalism."

That's funny. The GOP has lost all notions of responsibility since Reagan. CNN is right: let the dummies talk.

Posted by: sufi66 | January 25, 2011 4:34 PM | Report abuse

all elected members who represent a party should have their speech aired in it's entirety. We are a democracy, ya know!

Posted by: newagent99 | January 25, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

"it's not fair", they whined to put the teabagger-in-chief on television where more than just her disciples will hear her jibberish. the republic party insiders are quaking and shaking from fear. but, it really isn't fair to have little pretty boy, math-challenged, young gun and the other bimbo respond to the most intelligent president in the history of the country. where is sister sarah today and what has she got to say? must be feeling a little left out. LMAO

Posted by: johndoe11111 | January 25, 2011 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Bachmann is a nut job. Every time she speaks she puts her foot in it. The Dems should welcome this opportunity. I say let the Tea Partiers talk all they want. The more they do, the more ammunition the Dems will have against them and the more the American people will see them for who they really are: angry extremists with no real agenda but meanness. Bring them to the light! Let them speak!

Posted by: BWitty | January 25, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Why should the GOP be pissed at CNN instead of Bachmann?

I guess because Bachmann won't hesitate to tell the GOP exactly where to go.

Let's keep an eye on John Boehner who's bound to break down in tears since it's his 1st SOTU as Speaker.

Tee hee!


Posted by: lindalovejones | January 25, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Elsewhere, Michelle irked at AP for airing Obama smooch

AP Photo: Obama goes to get a kiss from Jill Biden, left, as first lady Michelle Obama, center, watches
http://www.daylife.com/photo/0g7yaUv46m4Op?q=jill+biden

*Worst. Threesome. Ever.*

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst
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Not near as bad as Gee Dubya Bush kissing the Saudi Prince.

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-april-27-2005/gorgeous-flowers

"President Bush kisses Saudi Prince Abdullah, takes him by the hand and looks at all the gorgeous flowers."

Posted by: ddoiron1 | January 25, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Crazy Michele is representing both the Tea Party and the Republican Party when giving her rebuttal. Now it is a SNL dream for material and David Letterman will have more jokes. Remember Crazy Michele just explain something no one knew, the Founding Father's freed the slaves. Yes this nutter is just that nuts and the Chinese President got a good laugh at her and the Weeper Speaker Boehner. Ryan will get second billing and it might help save him because he's out of his league too.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | January 25, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

To top it off isn't the Tea Party Express (tm), which will be broadcasting her speech via webcast, a PR firm that was started to make money off of (if not guide by hidden hands), the Tea Party?


Posted by: steve1231

Bingo Steve...Started by that 2-bit Nashville lawyer that took money through his wife's paypal for the Gaylord conference that paid big bank to Sarah.

I love the name of that place...Gay Lord.

Who knew?

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | January 25, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

No problem if CNN airs her so-called speech. No one is going to waste time listening to what this right wing extremist hag has to say.

Posted by: dsrobins | January 25, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

hey, raining in your forest, you must be a satirist:
__________________

OBAMA WILL SEEK TO REDEFINE EVERY WORD IN THE DICTIONARY 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.

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


Obama, in another unprecendeted (sic) speech, will actually redefined (sic) the word "Obama."

______________________________

maybe you should get a dictionary -- LMAO

Posted by: johndoe11111 | January 25, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Only Bachman could embarass the GOP more than Sarah Palin. She's as nutty as a fruitcake!! She should be on TV every night!

Posted by: PepperDr | January 25, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm irked by it myself. If they're going to air this, shouldn't they also air any other rebuttal-to-the-rebuttal speech that any member of Congress wants to give?

This is what C-SPAN is for, people.

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

The GOP has already articulated it's muddled message over and over again so Bachmann's speech is really just a side-show.

Posted by: valerie14 | January 25, 2011 4:54 PM | Report abuse

NOTHING could make Ryan look moderate and reasonable. He and Bachmann are two peas in a toxic pod.

While I think it is extremely unethical of CNN to give the repugs time for TWO rebuttals, on the upside, the more the repugs talk, the more they repulse voters.

Posted by: solsticebelle | January 25, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Posted by rainbow forest...
Some sources say Obama is at "S" and others say Obama is already at "W."

Sadly we've been stuck on "W" for 10 years.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | January 25, 2011 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Tea Party leaders should reconsider their proximity to Michelle Bachmann, who has tried horning in and seizing the mantle as the self-annointed Queen of the Tea Party.

Many if not most Tea Party people are not right-wingers. But people who believe government spending is out of control and their grandkids and kids are on the road to a worse America than they had.

I am a moderate who agrees with many Tea Party goals, which makes me as an Independent align with them more than Republican right-wingers or liberals. While liberals made a great, possibly historical mistake in trying to demonize Tea Party people as fascist, racist, evil - that does not mean members or sympathizers see Bachmann or Palin as their new bosses.

I know the Republicans already ushered Bachmann out the door when the junior Congresswoman tried claiming she, as the proclaimed "Voice of the Tea Party" was entitled to a senior Republican leadership position.
Now this is her latest stunt.

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | January 25, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

"GOP aides are unhappy with the decision, because it risks making the opposition look conflicted"

But... the opposition IS conflicted!

And it's all your own fault for leaching onto the teabaggers, republicans. Good luck with'em.

Posted by: binkynh | January 25, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: DatMel | January 25, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Bachmann is a kook so she should be really entertaining. She will probably accuse the President of witchcraft or something. It should be fun.

Posted by: treefrog2 | January 25, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I do have to thank Ms. Bachmann for at least this: she's doing an excellent job undermining the GOP's oft-noted ability to march in lock-step! You go, girl!

Posted by: abqcleve | January 25, 2011 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I do have to thank Ms. Bachmann for at least this: she's doing an excellent job undermining the GOP's oft-noted ability to march in lock-step! You go, girl!

Posted by: abqcleve | January 25, 2011 5:34 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party is a legitimate third party and should be given it's own time to respond. I love, love the fact that it's driving the GOP nuts. Watch out gentlemen they may reform the Republican party yet.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | January 25, 2011 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I use to think that pigs would only go so far but the republican teabaggers have disproved that theory.

Posted by: edeckel | January 25, 2011 5:36 PM | Report abuse

There is a pronounced conflict between the GOP and the Tea Parties: The Tea Party candidates are taking over the GOP and bringing it back to the Conservative stance it once held.
Watch how the Tea Party candidates strengthen their hold on the GOP in the next election.
This is far from over.

Someone said here that the more the Conservatives talk, the more people are turned off. I see what you mean; the last elections were definitely indicative of that logic, right?

Posted by: ScottinVA | January 25, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I love the GOP. The Democrats every election hold hands with Jessie Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton to get elected, then when the election is over, you never see them unless someone says ( in their opinion) a racist statement, then you have to apologize to them to keep your job. Now the GOP loves the Tea party after they handed them the majority, now they want them to sit down and shut up. Both parties suck

Posted by: BigDaddyMike | January 25, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, I wonder what the GOP's objection is. Are they ASHAMED of her and the tea partiers? Could that be it?

Posted by: B2O2 | January 25, 2011 5:44 PM | Report abuse

The GOP was unable to criticize Democrats because under the Bush years they completely screwed things up. So the tea party had an opening and became the unemcumbered voice of conservatism. Now the GOP wants to reassert its role as the opposition but the tea party doesn't want to give up its gains.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 25, 2011 5:44 PM | Report abuse

CNN has been in the hip pocket of the Democratic party from the beginning of their existence cheating their viewers of an unbiased viewpoint. This stunt may just backfire in their face. CNN under estimated the power of the Tea Party and look what happened at the last election. I guess when your ratings are as low as CNN you will try anything.

A proud member of the National Tea Party.

Posted by: takebackamerica1 | January 25, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I hope Rep. Gohmert will stand with Bachmann when she calls for citizens to 'be armed and dangerous' and that would be an excellent time for him to re-introduce his legislation to allow guns in the House of Representatives.
Maybe Issa will be by her side as she talks of 'real Americans' and how Americans need to be investigated. Issa can lead the way.
A smorgasbord of possibilities await.

Posted by: Gracefulboomer | January 25, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

CNN has been in the hip pocket of the Democratic party from the beginning of their existence cheating their viewers of an unbiased viewpoint. This stunt may just backfire in their face. CNN under estimated the power of the Tea Party and look what happened at the last election. I guess when your ratings are as low as CNN you will try anything.

Posted by: takebackamerica1 | January 25, 2011 5:47 PM | Report abuse

The State of the Union is a Constitutionally mandated speech. I've never quite understood why either party, Democrats or Republicans, are offered "equal time" for an official response as if it were a campaign speech paid for by the RNC or DNC.

If someone from the opposite party wants to comment on the State of the Union, fine, but cover it in the evening newscast.

Posted by: Lugg
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It ain't no "mandated speech".

There's only a requirement that the President make a report to Congress . . . .

Posted by: palmtree2001 | January 25, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I am glad CNN is airing Bachman's speech, we need more opinions out there not just partyline views on how this country is being run.

Posted by: greenstheman | January 25, 2011 5:53 PM | Report abuse

cnn no doubt knows without any doubt thatwill say at one or two things that are entirely insane. Good tv watching the crazy woman rant. Almost as good and informative as watching the Jersey Shore if they are all out drinking and fighting.

Posted by: John1263 | January 25, 2011 5:55 PM | Report abuse

The republicons are learning the hard way that when you ride a tiger you usually end up inside.

bachman will no doubt be more entertaining and just as ill informed and useless as ryan. At least she is funny to watch, unlike the angry lying white boy. She is like watching a four year old trying to explain Santa.

Posted by: John1263 | January 25, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

The saying isn't that the more conservatives talk the more people are turned off. It is that the more conservatives talk the more lies they tell.

You mythical understanding of what "conservatism" was would be funny if you were not so certain in you delusions and thereofre dangerous.

reagan would be drummed out of the republicon party today as a "RINO." Milton Freidman would be mocked as a bleeding heart FDR liberal. You people have made the mistake of thinking that the most hyperbolic of campaign rhetoric is in fact what those old school conservatives believed and more importantly how they behaved.

A well written article exploring the difference between the ACTUAL reagan and the one who has infected the minds of todays tea baggers:

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-heilbrunn-reagan-20110123,0,204786.story

Posted by: John1263 | January 25, 2011 6:06 PM | Report abuse

You are pointing out the division about responding to President Obama!

He is more overexposed and has less to offer than Jesse, Al, Rev. Wright, Nancy Pelosi and Barny Frank. At least they stand for something besides US humiliation.

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

It just dawned on me that what the tea-bagger republicans are REALLY afraid of is showing thier true colors to moderate voters!
Shouldn't surprise anyone - tea-bagger republicans are a bunch of greedy corporatist liars!

Posted by: jeffc6578 | January
I'm using your comments as an example of those toward the left whose ignorance is well demonstrated in this thread as your comments show so well.

Posted by: gfafblifr | January 25, 2011 6:11 PM | Report abuse

It should be interesting to hear what this pinhead from Minnesota has to say since she thinks slavery ended with John Quincy Adams. I say let this loud mouth hang herself. Then maybe the people of her district will see her for what she truly is, A phoney.

Posted by: sumo1 | January 25, 2011 6:13 PM | Report abuse

The same fools who swallow MSNBC lies whole every night and who believe Keith Olbermann to be a deep thinker are criticizing Michele Bachmann. Too funny.

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 25, 2011 6:29 PM | Report abuse

John1263 is right: today's conservatives, aren't, well, conservative. Instead, they are some new, weird, frothing creature that somehow thinks that anti-intellectualism, religiosity, and boorishness are conservatism. It's like they've stolen the name "conservative" and applied it to something entirely different.

Today's conservatives have more to do with UFO or Bigfoot hunters than Reagan or Milton Friedman.

Posted by: steve1231 | January 25, 2011 7:39 PM | Report abuse

@Azarkhan

Tell me something... what was the last intelligent thing Michelle Bachmann said?

I can't answer that.

Posted by: elbuzz1 | January 25, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

I thought they loved zany Bachmann. They're getting two right-wingers instead of one -- and they're still whining. What makes the angry, disgruntled right happy anyway?

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | January 25, 2011 7:51 PM | Report abuse

"what was the last intelligent thing Michelle Bachmann said?" Obamacare is the "crown jewel of socialism".

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 25, 2011 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Obama, is doing such a poor job.If you have a 401k look how much you have gained in the past two years.

Posted by: hpridesop | January 25, 2011 1:19 PM |

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Our 401Ks were falling long before George left office, but he wasn't paying attention and never told us that. Obama has done more to save this nation's economy than any President hit with this kind of economic debacle, since the Great Depression. But you knew that and conveniently ignore it. Obama has nothing to do with our losses in our pension plans, that Oscar goes to the greedy SOBs who control the money on Wall Street and the lying dogs who enabled them and who are owned by them,but you know that also.
I guess you'll blame Obama too when you get picked up driving drunk. fritz

Posted by: papafritz571 | January 25, 2011 7:59 PM | Report abuse

@Azarkhan

Not so much. It sounds more like a bumper sticker.

Enjoy the show tonight. Maybe we can discuss it further tomorrow after we listen to her speak, I'll keep an open mind, if you will.

Ciao

Posted by: elbuzz1 | January 25, 2011 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Why is Bachmann on CNN sounding and acting like a "Dork" talking to 2nd Grader's?

If I did not know any better, Iit sounds like she is reading "Green Eggs & Ham, or from some other primary grade school book.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 25, 2011 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Wow. She attributed the jump in the deficit added by Pres. Bush’s unregulated TARP bailout of the banks and investment companies, entirely to Pres. Obama’s administration.

Posted by: Zarina1 | January 25, 2011 11:06 PM | Report abuse

While I agree that selecting Bachmann sets a bad precedent I also believe the party wrangling has got to end. Americans don't really care about what party got the biggest or best coverage. They don't care about these people.

Congress and the government serve the people. The people do not serve Congress and the government. It is time these representatives act their age and stop bickering amongst themselves. The weren't elected to act like petulant children fighting over who takes lead roles in the school play.

If you can't act responsibly we the people can and will throw you out on your ear and run for your vacant positions.

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

theartistpoet said: "...I also believe the party wrangling has got to end. Americans don't really care about what party got the biggest or best coverage. They don't care about these people.

Congress and the government serve the people. The people do not serve Congress and the government. It is time these representatives act their age and stop bickering amongst themselves. The weren't elected to act like petulant children fighting over who takes lead roles in the school play.
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Agreed.

Posted by: Zarina1 | January 25, 2011 11:13 PM | Report abuse

What a muddle Bachmann's speech was. She's no rhetorical threat to Palin.

If the GOP wants to neutralize Bachmann they should keep giving her rope. Based on her performance tonight, she'll hang herself and the GOP will be rid of her without damaging themselves.

Posted by: cassandra9 | January 25, 2011 11:23 PM | Report abuse

I watched NBC, and I was bummed out by all of the talk of the Bachmann speech, but then they didn't air it. If it was "news," which all of the talk made it so, then it should have been aired.

Posted by: abcs86 | January 26, 2011 2:01 AM | Report abuse

should we really care about one more crazy woman?
could she make any sense?
Move on, people, there is no sense to spend time for crazy

Posted by: lordmi | January 26, 2011 2:02 AM | Report abuse

should we really care about one more crazy woman?
could she make any sense?
Move on, people, there is no sense to spend time for crazy

Posted by: lordmi | January 26, 2011 2:02 AM | Report abuse

Will the real Republication please stand up...

Posted by: edmundsingleton1 | January 26, 2011 3:07 AM | Report abuse

So Michele happened to mention the national debt. Do you people know how many far right lunatics didn't even know we had a national dent until Jan 20,2009?

Posted by: WDRussell | January 26, 2011 8:51 AM | Report abuse

"It just dawned on me that what the tea-bagger republicans are REALLY afraid of is showing thier true colors to moderate voters!"
Posted by: jeffc6578 | January 25, 2011 12:45 PM

Excellent work, Jeff.
Next week: Fractions!
Now, if only we could get some of those 28%-ers...

"Lordy, how dumb do the Republicans think we are?"
Posted by: shadowmagician | January 25, 2011 12:49 PM

That is a rhetorical question, no?

"Americans deserve to see her upfront and in person as she plots the Tea Party's plan to dismemeber the middleclass."
Posted by: wstickney1 | January 25, 2011 2:13 PM

Too late; already been done.
All that remains (as it were) is interment.
(NB, Teabeggars: "interment" ≠ "internment." No re-education or FEMA camps here, 'k?)


Sadly, however...
Playtime is over:

"It's a shame that it's Giffords that took that bullet when there's more deserving people like Bachmann."
Posted by: davidbronx | January 25, 2011 4:18 PM

Not funny, Mr. Bronx.
If we've learned anything at all lately, it's got to be that there is absolutely zero place in the discourse for something like that.
Please don't ever do anything like that again.
You shame yourself, and you embarrass the people, viewpoints, and parties that you seem to think you represent.
Everyone else, I apologize for this; hopefully, we'll not have to go there again.

Posted by: smartalek | January 26, 2011 10:05 AM | Report abuse

So this the nut case, Bachmann, that actually said the slavery was stopped by the founding fathers-yep it is right on tape and can't be denied, is now the speaking voice of the tea party..

So this also proves that she does not know anything about the Civil War..or was that just for fun??? Who in their right mind would spend any time watching this nut case let alone following her ideas.

GREAT this proves just how nuts and uniformed the teabaggers are..

Posted by: meyer390 | January 26, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

The speech given by congresswoman Bachman was in my opinion far better than the president's and Ryan's. She stated precise advice on many of the financial facts that obama was dishonest about. Once again we have obama doing community organizing when he is supposed to be leading this country back to the prosperous nation that we are. He and Carter are about the same neither one of them has a clue how to govern this country. Both are complete failures and what mistakes they both made. I wonder about the wisdom of the voters who elected these shining examples of how best to destroy a nation.

Posted by: jerry29 | January 26, 2011 11:37 AM | Report abuse

It's an all out duel between the dumb and dumber sister's of the Tea Party. Bachman & Palin! A race to see who can say the most outlandish; most polarizing inflamatory rhetoric; the most hate and violence inciting slogans while looking demure on camera. I herald CNN for airing her blather. Let America hear her non-sense, witness her bile spew, and attempt to parse out the really important ideas (if possible). I have to keep faith in the intelligence of our Nation's citizenry and their ability to shovel through the verbal excrements in search of a gem.

Posted by: MCunningham122 | January 26, 2011 11:39 AM | Report abuse

It probably doesn't help the GOP either that they have a straight-up lunatic - Bachmann - as one of their most popular representatives.

Did anyone see her head lobbyist get destroyed on Chris Matthews' show after she whitewashed slavery and immigrant troubles in American history? Time after time, she proves that she 1) Is clueless about history and 2) makes insane conclusions from the information at hand. (Internment camps resulting from the census, anyone?)

What is the state of the GOP of this mega-clown is legit GOP presidential candidate?

Posted by: chop1 | January 26, 2011 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Didn't Fox air the Bachmann speech also? Of course they get a pass from the GOP. Kind of like criticizing Limbaugh -- not allowed.

Posted by: Natmeister | January 26, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

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