GOP Leadership Ignoring Bachmann

February 4th, 2011 at 12:50 am | 11 Comments |

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Roll Call reports:

House Republican leaders have a simple strategy for dealing with Rep. Michele Bachmann: Ignore her.

“We treat her like all Members,” a GOP leadership aide said.

Paying the tea party firebrand any special attention would only heighten her profile, empower her and potentially create schisms within the new House majority, Republican aides said.

Republican leaders might have reason to try to manage the conservative Minnesota Republican more directly, however. Bachmann hasn’t been quiet in the weeks since the 112th Congress began: She officially launched the conservative Tea Party Caucus and offered her own response to the State of the Union.

“I think there are a lot of people in the leadership that wish she would step back so the Republican Party can put up a face that appeals to moderate and independent voters, and she does none of that,” one Republican operative said. “She has a segment of the Republican Party or the tea party that’s staunchly anti-government, anti-spending, anti-tax. There is no middle appeal with her, and I think there’s a great deal of concern that the Republican Party is going to be branded as the party of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.”

Bachmann has a fresh following in Congress: Many of the freshmen ran on the very tea party platform she espouses. Yet she has nothing more than a casual relationship with the GOP leadership team.

Bachmann spokesman Doug Sachtleben maintained his boss and Speaker John Boehner(R-Ohio) “have a very good relationship.” And in a statement, Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said “Rep. Bachmann is a valuable Member of the House Republican Conference — she brings a unique enthusiasm and perspective.”

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11 Comments so far ↓

  • TAZ

    I think there’s a great deal of concern that the Republican Party is going to be branded as the party of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.

    Going to be, Try IS!

  • JeninCT

    Gosh, what else can Boehner say or do? Nothing. They have to ignore her because she oversteps her boundaries.

  • drdredel

    GO Bachmann GO!!!

    The more these air heads make noise, the less trouble the GOP will be in 2 years… subsequently, I’m a HUGE fan.

  • midcon

    It is difficult to ignore the elephant in the tent. When Michelle gives her own response to the SOTU, which is carried live by CNN she honestly cannot be ignored. Of course the problem is, she is a fringe candidate who may be wildly popular with a certain segment of the population but will most assuredly drag down the fortunes of the GOP.

  • medinnus

    Sarah Palin is one thing – The GOP backed her choice for VP, endorsed her, lost an election, saw her resign as governor, and basically created a celebrity for the Right; but while she has a devoted – one might even say ‘cult’ following, she has no real power, and could not be elected Dog Catcher in a general election. As such, she’s safe – if embarrassing – to ignore.

    Michelle Bachmann is something else again. She is a member of the House, and as such can create all kind of messes for the GOP to have to deal with, if they keep ignoring her.

  • lessadoabouteverything

    medinnus, I am not sure how she can muck up the House, she has no real power there, no high ranking important committee posts (Paul Ryan on the other hand was just designated King of the budget process in a stunning abrogation of power to him by other Republican Congressmen)
    She is a media…ahem…you know but outside of that is just one low ranking Congressperson, she is not even the effective leader of the Tea Party caucus since they have all just voted as the leadership told them to.

    • MSheridan

      @lessadoabouteverything,

      Re this: “I am not sure how she can muck up the House, she has no real power there, no high ranking important committee posts,” they DID recently give her that slot on the Intelligence Committee.

      It may be that she cannot or will not use that to muck up the House. However, her career thus far shows that her grasp of and interest in the truth is tenuous. I could very easily picture her emulating Senator Joe McCarthy on the House floor.

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  • think4yourself

    As I watched the Republican Party leadership over the last two years successfully pursue a path of obstruction to every issue, with the result that legislation that could have benefited from Conservative input did not recieve it, I wonder can she really be any worse?

    Then of course she speaks…

  • dugfromthearth

    The GOP has long relied upon lying to voters and saying they cared about issues they didn’t so they could get re-elected and then go back to ignoring the voters. Now they are faced with elected officials who actually believe the things the GOP has been lying about for years.

    So we are faced with a GOP torn between opportunists/liars who are generally sane, and true believers who are insane but at least they are honest about it. My money is on the true believers winning – the sane voters were kicked out of the tent long ago.

  • forkboy1965

    “… she brings a unique enthusiasm and perspective.” GOP leadership code for “We think she’s fucking bat-shit crazy, but are afraid to say so as she might launch her winged-monkey minions.”