Bachmann-Tea Party Overdrive

Submitted by Elaine Magliaro, Guest Blogger

Next Tuesday, President Obama will deliver his 2011 State of the Union Address.  Rep. Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin and chairman of the House Budget Committee, has been selected to deliver his party’s “official” rebuttal.  Not one to let a media opportunity slip by, Rep. Michele Bachmann, Republican of Minnesota and founder of the Tea Party Caucus, has decided that she, too, will deliver her own post-State-of-the-Union-Address address. Her speech will “supplement” Ryan’s GOP rebuttal with a “Tea Party” perspective. It will be webcast on the Tea Party Express Web site and will follow Congressman Ryan’s speech. Anyone wondering why Bachmann is planning to do this?

According to The Note, an ABC News blog, a source close to Bachmann has hinted that the Congresswoman has presidential ambitions. In fact, she was in Des Moines yesterday speaking at a fundraiser for “Iowans for Tax Relief.” Bachmann certainly sounded like she was buttering up folks from the heartland of this nation when she said: “It isn’t all the office seekers coming through here that will decide whether America will go on being an exceptional nation. It will be Iowans that make that decision. You will be the ones to decide. That is why I am so excited. Because I feel like I know you. Because I was born here. I was raised here. These are my values. I feel we understand each other.”

So…the Congresswoman from Minnesota who said she wanted people in her state “armed and dangerous” may actually be considering a run for the presidency of the United States. I wonder who she’d choose as a running mate? Glenn Beck? Sean Hannity? Louis Gohmert?

Do you believe Michele Bachmann has serious presidential aspirations? Do you think she would be a viable Republican candidate in 2012?


The Washington Post

ABC News

The Atlantic

The Atlantic



A Bachmann Concerto (my previous post about Michele Bachmann)

77 thoughts on “Bachmann-Tea Party Overdrive”

  1. CNN justifies airing Bachmann speech: “Tea Party has become major force in American politics”
    By Greg Sargent (The Plum Line, Washington Post)

    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.”


    Coleen Rowley: We’re conflating proper dissent and terrorismIt’s both misguided and distracting to direct our homeland security efforts against protesters.


    January 15, 2011 – 6:22 PM


    “A secretive, unaccountable, post-9/11 homeland security apparatus has increasingly turned inward on American citizens.”


    Coleen Rowley is absolutely correct in her assertion.

  3. Buckeye,

    Intended to add that it wasn’t my intention to mislead. To be sure, the facts should be on the table, whenever possible…

  4. Buckeye,

    Thanks for the link and the additional information. While I’m generally familiar with their history (Iosbaker and Weiner’s), others might not be…

  5. anon nurse

    The FRSO that both Iosbaker and Weiner both belong to is simpatico to both FARC and PFLP, both listed as terrorists organization by US & others. Just associating probably isn’t a problem, but actively encouraging known terrorist groups may be.

    Here’s FRSO encouragement list including both FARC and PFLP.

  6. rafflaw
    1, January 24, 2011 at 11:34 am
    anon nurse,
    Well said! If we could only get the truth out quicker!


    Brave Americans are doing their best to get the word out … it’s a path fraught with danger which is why I call them brave.

  7. Re: the Fairport Harbor situation

    Sherrod Brown is trying to do something about these greedy profit-takers and he started talking about it before the Fairport Harbor explosion.

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