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Posted at 8:22 AM ET, 01/26/2011

The Bachmann Response

By JB Holston

I don't think the kindergarten teacher, talk-down accusatory tone with exclamation points!! will contrast well with Obama's international, statesmen, future-focused speech. Bachmann throws lots of data out there; unfortunately most of it is fictional and Fox-framed, but her soundbites will probably carry further than Ryan's Eeyore-tone. 'Exceptionalism' again thrown out there as red meat for her base in contrast to Obama's effort to pitch a big inclusive tent. However she spins out from the serious to the bizaare, pivoting from kindergarten teacher to Sunday School teacher, with Iwo Jima flag waiving and Declaration of Independence stuck up behind her, just spun her right over the edge of statespersonship. Clearly playing to the Tea Party base, and ignoring all others. Substantively she didn't have anything different from Representative Ryan ("we're doomed! We won't see the light of tomorrow!!) although she did more directly accuse Obama of lying and tyranny. Boehner has a lot of work to do to keep the GOP together...

By JB Holston  | January 26, 2011; 8:22 AM ET
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