Michele Bachmann chided by conservative American Spectator
When it comes to red-meat conservative opinion journalism, the American Spectator plays in deep right field.
So it counts for something when the magazine's Nicole Russell pens a flattering portrayal of Bachmann, but points out that, while the congresswoman gabs with Sean Hannity, shares the stage with Sarah Palin and works health care reform opponents into a lather, she doesn't actually get any work done in the House.
It sounds Russell tore a page out of Tarryl Clark's playbook.
Still, Bachman's headline-grabbing stunts, time spent on talk radio and cable, and even labels from staff and peers would be worth it if she could put her money where her mouth gabbed. This is her second term as a U.S. Congresswoman. She has yet to sponsor and pass any effective legislation at all, let alone any related to the issues that put her in the spotlight -- though in her defense she's outnumbered, and to her credit, she has co-sponsored some good bills.
Meanwhile, from the St. Cloud Times:
Over the last three weeks, Bachmann has said the new health care act will unleash a wave of new federal funding for abortion and increase the number of abortions performed in the U.S. by 30 percent.
Yet contrary to Bachmann's claims, the law doesn't fundamentally change federal policy on abortion funding, says a group of nonpartisan health care policy experts surveyed by the Times. And a Bachmann spokesman has backed off her prediction last month that the act will boost abortions in the U.S. by 30 percent.
After Representative Michele Bachmann, Republican of Minnesota, said on CBS's "Face the Nation" last month that the United States government was "taking over ownership or control of 51 percent of the American economy," CBSNews.com published a report specifying that she had "offered no facts" to back it up.
Does any of this matter? Not according to the folks at True North, where fact-checking Bachmann is only done by the "Hate Bachmann Brigade."