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    Politico’s Thinly Thought Out Hit Piece On Bachmann

    Politico’s Thinly Thought Out Hit Piece On Bachmann

    I told myself I wasn’t going to do this, because it’s Ed Rollins’ job, but the blatent bias of Politico’s article, Michele Bachmann’s thin legislative resume, requires pointing out Politico’s thinly thought-out attack.

    Here is the money line on page one of the Politico article:

    Now in her third House term, Bachmann has never had a bill or resolution she’s sponsored signed into law, and she’s never wielded a committee gavel, either at the full or subcommittee level. Bachmann’s amendments and bills have rarely been considered by any committee, even with the House under GOP control.

    Let’s do something Politico didn’t do, think this out. 

    For the first 4 years Bachmann was in the House, the House was controlled by Democrats and Nancy Pelosi didn’t allow Republicans to do much of anything other than protest.   It’s not until later in the article, off the home page, that Politico notes:

    “Bachmann won a seat in Congress in 2006, becoming the first Republican woman elected to the House from Minnesota. Bachmann was sworn into office in January 2007, just as the new Democratic House majority under then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi came into power. “

    And for two of those first four years, Obama was President.  So is it really so surprising that Bachmann “has never had a bill or resolution she’s sponsored signed into law”?  Should she have co-sponsored Obamacare, or Stimulus? 

    Once again, Politico is forced to admit the thinness of its headline and page one money line, but not until later in the article:

    Since coming to the House, Bachmann has been the lead sponsor on 40 bills and resolutions, as well as several amendments. She has also co-sponsored hundreds of other bills, and along with Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), a close friend, she has been active on the floor in skewering Obama and the Democrats.

    As to the comment about Bachmann not achieving success “even with the House under GOP control,” that would be all of 5 months, right?

    This article signifies so much of what has gone wrong at Politico.  The headline is catchy and will result in traffic, and the page one money line is inflammatory against a rising Republican candidate.  But the story is thinly thought out, and the facts which contradict the headline are not revealed until later pages.



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    DaMav | June 28, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Excellent points. Politico is increasingly in final decaying orbit around Terminal Hackery

    “If the Obamapress goes after her foster children, the Obama kids are fair game.”

    When dealing with anal orifices you have to fight at that level. It’s a shame to come to that level, but the people who can avoid it are in the MSM.

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    Sorry, but I lost all respect for Bachmann. We needed her in the House. Bachmann was where she was supposed to be fighting the good fight for the Tea party agenda.
    She doesn’t have any executive experience. Her ego got the best of her. How can we win this war with politicians who are still into their egos and their own agenda?
    Millions of Tea party citizens put their life on hold to fight. They took precious time away from their families for what? So an opportunist politician who never even was a mayor let alone a governor could run for POTUS. She’s despicable. She wants the corner office without paying her dues. I’m over her.
    We desperately need a real proven reformer nothing less will do. We are approaching the cliff and Bachmann doesn’t care. It’s all me, me, me with her. The Tea Party isn’t concerned with me. They are concerned with the nation. What the Tea Party is doing is totally unselfish. Bachmann, not so much.
    She couldn’t even win her own state.

    alwaysfiredup | July 1, 2011 at 5:17 am

    You should have held out. Bachmann’s a sleazy politician just like every other waste of space the GOP has put forward over the years. Her gender doesn’t cause her to need your defense. Let her get hit, and see if she stands or falls.

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