Michele Bachmann on debt deal: "Republicans were the adults in the room"

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You can say this much about ol' Michele -- she's never been one to concede defeat.
Michele Bachmann was excited about the prospect of a government shutdown before it happened and happy as a clam in the midst of it. Her goal, of course, was to use the impasse (and possible federal debt default) as leverage to gut the Affordable Care Act, a law that was approved by Congress, signed into law by the president, and upheld by the Supreme Court.

But Obama refused to cave. Last night, the right flank of the Republican Party's congressional contingent finally lost the blinking contest, and Congress approved legislation ending the shutdown and raising the debt limit.

SEE ALSO: Obama mocks Michele Bachmann's worry that Obamacare "literally kills women"

"Goose egg, nothing, we got nothing," Republican Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky told the New York Times. Doesn't exactly sound like a result any Republican would crow over, does it? Unless, of course, your name is Michele Bachmann.

In a statement published on Facebook shortly after a vote that most political observers regard as being disastrous for the GOP, Bachmann wrote that during the debt deal negotiations, "Republicans were the adults in the room." This despite the fact that her party mates couldn't even agree among themselves whether the shutdown was a good idea in the first place and what they wanted out of it in the second.

She also blasted Obama for his "position of no negotiation" even though poll after poll after poll showed Americans weren't in favor of the shutdown and mostly blamed Republicans for it.

In other words, it's more of Bachmann's same ol' reality-denying fare, fare we'd ignore if it wasn't for the fact that, you know, for the next year and some change she'll still be in D.C. representing the nearly 700,000 Minnesotans who live in the 6th congressional district. (Though in fairness, that's their fault for voting for her. Sorry St. Cloud.)

If you're a masochist, here's Bachmann's entire statement:
President Obama's position of no negotiation took us to the brink of government default to advance his political agenda over the best interests of the American people. Republicans were the adults in the room, offering compromise after compromise and urging the President to come to the table and do what's right for our country.

President Obama may have won an immediate political battle for his radical agenda but it comes at a great cost to the economy, to our health care system, and to the American people. It means we will continue on the same trajectory towards economic decline, skyrocketing national debt, and greater government intrusion in our health care.

After an embarrassing two weeks of Obamacare failures, I hope President Obama will soon realize that forcing every American to purchase a health insurance policy that they don't want at a price they can't afford from a website that doesn't work is not a sustainable course of action.

I could not vote for this bill as it does nothing to give relief to the countless Americans hurting under Obamacare, nor does it address our out of control spending and $17 trillion national debt.
Meanwhile, one imagines that somewhere in the White House, President Obama was pointing to a scoreboard containing public opinion polls and a roll call of last night's vote.

:::: UPDATE ::::

MPR points out that Bachmann was the only member of Minnesota's congressional delegation to vote against the bill ending the shutdown and raising the debt ceiling.

"There were some who didn't have realistic attitudes about what was achievable," Eric Paulsen said. MPR doesn't mention whether Paulsen followed that up with, "cough Michele Bachmann cough."

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swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Rep. Bachmann always says whatever her fans and flatterers want to hear.  That's why they love her so much.

We'll all see what happens after the holidays when this little Kabuki sideshow resumes.  I'm pretty sure the fix is in.  We'll see huge corporate income tax cuts, massive cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, and diversion of funds from those three entitlements to the insurance industry via the Affordable Care Act.  So the Dems and Repubs can all have what they've all wanted all along, and can take credit for the parts their bases like and blame each other for the parts their bases don't like.

Just like August 2011, the "Fiscal Cliff" and "The Sequester."  Both sides get to play the old, "Don't throw me in the Briar Patch" game where they pretend to dread the outcome they've been working the whole time to bring about.  In this case, the massive transfer of wealth from the middle class to the financial elite, and the combination and consolidation of state and corporate power.

kenwms60
kenwms60

Lying sack of elephant crap!

Twyla Zaske
Twyla Zaske

We HAVE Kristy Noem, she's abou as bad.

Kevin M Frazier
Kevin M Frazier

dumb bitch you are dreaming loser you need to go away permanetly

Doug Mayer
Doug Mayer

what a dumb btch. yeah-I said it

Jody Virnig
Jody Virnig

Her district should not get any federal money.

keny1
keny1

This is off topic, but when you sign in to MNSure (now that it is actually working...kind of), and you actually sign up for a plan, you are required to submit your social security number and it explicitly states that whatever plan you choose, you will be required to submit photo ID when accessing the health care services that you choose.

Wouldn't requiring photo I.D. to access these services make Obamacare inaccessible to the hundreds of millions of Americans who have no I.D.? Not to mention the tens of thousands of hundreds of millions senior citizens who have no  I.D., Birth Certificate, or social security card? 

I think this might disenfranchise a large number of potential people who might sign up for Obamacare.  

Funny.

Annette Cook
Annette Cook

Oh Shut Up Michelle! Can't she just go away????

Chris Martyn
Chris Martyn

WTF is she smoking? She is one crazy bitch!

ultraviolenttaste
ultraviolenttaste

How does this lady keep getting our attention? It's not polite to stare at the special people.

Kenneth Merriman
Kenneth Merriman

Historians will one day puzzle over how such an idiotic politician could be voted for and given such attention. Perhaps the eery stare will shoot out from history books and people will equate her ability to stupify and seduce with Rasputin. Or she's just batsh!t nuts.

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

Sam...al-jarzeera... a bunch of terrorists? You're taking their word?

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

Reier...so Obama is not accountable for anything? Also, look at the problems already with Obamacare...

Jane Peterson
Jane Peterson

oh shut the hell up! you are a waste of space Michelle

Chris Peden
Chris Peden

Maybe if they didn't pay these idiots grips of money and benefits. Plus give them raises to be careless and give everyone everything for free. We wouldn't be in this mess. Bankrupt these people so they quit milking off of the tax payers nipples. Before we are paying 25% on sales tax on food...

Brixton Hughes
Brixton Hughes

Well, you have to give her credit for consistency...

Rick Miller
Rick Miller

If she meant delusional adults, then yes

Dog Gone
Dog Gone topcommenter

Michele Bachmann is an old woman, but not an adult by any other measurement.

Shame on CD6 for embarrassing the state on the federal stage through electing this aging bimbo/popsie, and what a tragic and costly embarrassment to the nation, as we look at our credit rating being downgraded, a high cost to taxpayers - for nothing.

This idiot radical rightie doesn't know up from down, fact from fiction.  Shame on her, shame shame shame.

Stefanie Megan Brown
Stefanie Megan Brown

Im glad people get it. I was worried a bunch of clowns would be all coming to her defense.

Angelique Poisson
Angelique Poisson

And she was the only MN delegate to vote no on ending the shutdown?

Curtis Meyer
Curtis Meyer

I do love me some Micky Cupcakes. Shake it, baby.

Eric Epic Gottfried
Eric Epic Gottfried

They were the toddlers that weren't getting there way and running off with the toys of everyone else in that day care.

Audrey Johnson
Audrey Johnson

Sick woman. Why doesn't anyone write about her relationship to convicted felon Frank Vennes?

Jenks LeVar
Jenks LeVar

Hahahahahhahahahhahaahhahhahhaha Shes a god damn comedian.

Chris Peden
Chris Peden

Either way we are going to default. Now or in a few months. Its like paying your minimum credit card balance. With a maxed out credit card. They both are to blame for over spending.

Jean C Thorne
Jean C Thorne

stop giving this person air time - no one cares what she has to say

Onan
Onan

"Republicans were the adults in the room"

Yeah, sure. Whatever you say.

Fluffy Singler
Fluffy Singler

It's not just the Dems, my dear. 74% of America disapproves of the Republican handling of this. If 74% of Americans were Democrats, this would be a very different country.

rwinsp
rwinsp

I want whatever happy drug she is on. Oh yeah, I can't get it until my healthcare, that I finally will have in January, kicks in. Who voted for her????

Fluffy Singler
Fluffy Singler

Democrats in the House voted unanimously to end the shutdown. Only 80 Republicans in the House voted to end it. The rest voted to send us into default. 134 of them. Tell us again who the adults were and who was to blame?

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

Wow, reading these comments here exemplifies what is wrong with America.   Group think. 


Thomas Zocher
Thomas Zocher

Would somebody please punch this bitch? I know, I know...don't hit a lady, but can we really call her that?

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

I think she's taking after Barack Obama.

March 16, 2006 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD—SENATE S2237-2238:

Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘‘the buck stops here.’’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.   I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit”   Barack Obama.  


mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

I never thought of it that way. Great observation.

green23
green23

So Bachmann's is as bad as Obama. And you like Bachmann. I guess that, logically, you like Obama too.

What's your point, aside from proving once again that you don't understand logic or have any original thoughts?

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@TheConservativeJerk You are stupid or a liar.  Obama and the Dems never filibustered the debt limit like the Republicans did this time.  Nice try you evil bigot.  Democrats aren't as stupid as you are.  We are informed and know what is going on.  We aren't going to fall for your Fox News bullshit.  What you are posting has nothing to do with what the idiot Republicans just did.  Liar bigots like you are the problem with this country.  

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Onan The funny thing is he thinks he is being all smart posting that but anyone with a brain will know how pathetic that argument is.  Adults do research.  Stupid children like kirk just accept everything they are told and expect everyone else to do the same.    People like him are why the Republicans are so full of shit.  How pathetic was it watching them lie and spin during teh shutdown?   They lie and revise history all the time finally the media is calling them out on their bullshit.   It's just pathetic how they think the average voter is as stupid as they are.   I mean it used to be a good bet but it seems like most people realize just how full of shit a stupid bigot like kirk is.  

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@TheConservativeJerk What Obama did has nothing to do with today because the Dems never filibustered.  It was pure political posture with no hostage taking.  Only the Republicans actually harmed the economy over their childish demands.  You are such a stupid liar.  You need to google it, not me.   Your false equivalency just shows what a stupid liar you are.   

Onan
Onan

@TheConservativeJerk  - Of course they left off the last sentence of his GMA appearance. you know, the part where he owns up to the fact that what he did in 2006 was a political move and a mistake.

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