Bachmann Throws in the Towel

April 8th, 2011 at 4:53 pm David Frum | 25 Comments |

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I think this Bachmann tweet is the Tea Party’s white flag.

I am ready for a big fight that will change the arc of history. The current fight in Washington is not that fight

Looks like: no shutdown.


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  • hisgirlfriday

    Good job, House GOP. You got $38 billion in cuts and you didn’t even allow your base to declare victory thanks to being so obstinate with these stupid social issues policy riders. And now if you fall back and take out the Planned Parenthood provision like the Dems are insisting, who looks like they won this fight? The Dems.

    • ottovbvs

      But what is the $38 million made up of? I’ll bet it’s not all out of 2011 discretionary.

  • busboy33

    Its not a white flag . . . its a CYA memo.

  • Watusie

    Michele Bachmann dreams of “changing the arc of history”? Is she in some sort of contest with Paul Ryan to see who is the biggest fantasist in D.C.?

  • hisgirlfriday

    One problem with using Bachmann’s tweet as a clue to no shutdown happening and Tea Party throwing in the towel though is she voted against yesterday’s one-week resolution, too.

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  • ScoopAway

    “I am ready for a big fight that will change the arc of history.”
    ~~~

    If Ms. Bachmann wants to ‘change the arc of history’ she should first learn our history.

    • _will_

      was going to say, this nitwit ‘changes’ history every time she shows up at a speaking gig

  • Frumplestiltskin

    you know, I would love to make fun of that twit, but I honestly have no objections to what she wrote, obviously this ain’t the fight. Going nuts over 1/10th of 1% of the budget is nuts. If they want to build their libertarian fantasy society, let them win both houses of Congress (with a 60 vote lead in the senate) and the White House, that is the fight they should be working on.

  • politicalfan

    “The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.”
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Does this mean Bachmann is going to run for President in 2012?

    “I am ready for a big fight that will change the arc of history.”

    Oh dear.

  • Saladdin

    “I am ready for a big fight that will change the arc of history.”

    The debt ceiling battle will get UGLY. Just wait for it. It’ll make the budget battle look like nothing.

    • Traveler

      How soon?

      Saladdin identifies the elephant in the room.
      “When will the debt ceiling be reached? The Treasury estimates U.S. borrowing will hit the debt ceiling by May 16.

      http://money.cnn.com/2011/01/03/news/economy/debt_ceiling_faqs/index.htm

      That is grim. A lot depends upon how things go in the next few hours. Forgive my ignorance, but why didn’t they pass a budget last fall before the elections?

      • jerseychix

        Because the GOP promised a filibuster so that they could have a budget fight this spring.

      • ottovbvs

        The Republicans blocked it because they were fairly confident they were going to win the house and thus write the budget to their own liking.Which is what has happened.

    • ottovbvs

      I doubt it because the interests of those who pay the Republican party’s bills are going to be directly involved.

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  • valkayec

    I was so hoping that when the census report came out it would state that Bachmann’s district had lost enough population that her seat would be gone.

    Bachmann’s district apparently is the among the most conservative in MN, even though it’s adjacent to liberal Minneapolis. Outside of her district, she’s not well liked and many if not most MN voters would like to see her gone.

  • sweatyb

    I’m not a fan of unilateral action by the President. It weakens the integrity of the federal government when one body acts in the role of the other because the other is wholly incapable of action.

    But if the President can start a war in Libya without Congressional authorization, I’m pretty confident he can find a way to keep the US from defaulting on its debt without too much trouble. I just hope he doesn’t stand on principle too long, allowing what should be a non-event to become an economic catastrophe.

    Since the inauguration the Republicans in Congress have completely abdicated their responsibility to govern. And without them (thanks to the “jobs, jobs, jobs” dupes in the 2010 election) Congress is completely dysfunctional. It’s disgusting.

  • Bunker555

    Bachmann should try Planned Motherhood and Apple Pie. Where’s the beef?

  • nuser

    How sad it is!

  • nwahs

    A lot of drama for posturing. Well, now comes the real change. This just pissed people off.

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