ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — The Republican-controlled House did not take a debt ceiling vote until now, in part, because of major unrest among its most conservative members, including Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

Bachmann said she is a no vote “under any circumstance” and has made a career of bucking the party establishment, and Republican leaders, exerting Tea Party power in a GOP caucus in which she is not “one of them.”

She has established a reputation as a Tea Party power during her three successful campaigns for Congress in Minnesota.

Courting the Tea Party, Bachmann’s now popular campaign trail refrain is that, “Barack Obama will be a one term president!”

Bachmann also formed the first ever Tea Party caucus in Congress, and delivered the first ever Tea Party response to the State of the Union.

“The tea party is a dynamic force for good in our nation’s conversation!,” said Bachmann.

The Tea Party response caused a sensation: Republican leaders privately fumed, because it overshadowed their own response by Wisconsin GOP Rep. Paul Ryan.

Long-time Bachmann watchers say Bachmann and the Tea Party have successfully formed a political alliance potent enough to ignore the Republican establishment.

“What Congresswoman Bachmann has done is provided another cue,” said University of Minnesota political science professor Kathryn Pearson. “And that’s the cue of absolutely voting no, and not working with the mainstream party leaders to work out a compromise.”

Bachmann is now the Tea Party’s de facto 2012 presidential candidate, gaining national traction fast and wielding out-sized influence back in Washington, too.

At the National Press Club Thursday, Bachmann reasserted her no vote on the debt ceiling, declining to respond when asked if House Speaker Boehner should be ousted.

“I am running for President of the United States. I am not running for Speaker of the House, ” said Bachmann.

Ironically, Bachmann once sought a leadership post as one of John Boehner’s lieutenants when Republicans took control of the House last year, but she was rebuffed.

Comments (42)
  1. Mike Merker says:

    Obama needs this to go through the 2012 election. He can’t be bothered when he has fundraising to do! By the way libs, where is Obamas plan? He says he has one but no one has seen it!

    1. W.Winchell says:

      Pay attention Mike. It’s been in every newspaper in the country.

      1. Me says:

        Not the one Mike reads — The National Enquirer.

    2. Howei Israelson says:

      Mike, got to, which is Time Magazine website and you will see the Obama plan. Know you facts before you speak.

      1. Harvey says:

        He has no plan and never has. He has given speeches, outlined ideas, but has never put together a detailed plan. His only attempt at a budget bill was defeated 97-0. He is all about politics and nothing in substance

        1. @Harvey says:

          He is all about politics? Wow, thats brilliant, especially since he’s a politician.

          1. winningcomment says:

            Haha! You win a gold star! It’s about frickin’ time someone pointed out that politicians are all about…politics. They’re supposed to be! lol! 🙂

  2. No Good Way Out ... Feel The Pain says:

    1) Raise the debt limit = most likely downgrade of our AAA rating
    2) Cut spending = most likely to cause more strain on an already poor GDP and unemployment
    3) Raise taxes = most likely will cause the same result as cutting spending

    Welcome to reality thanks to our elected leaders!

  3. Deano says:

    Pavol You’re an idiot who can’t even spell BachMann. Michele is a prior tax attorney. Do you have a lwa degree? Probably not. Then you babble on incoherantly. What are you trying to say. How do you define “calamity”. Be clear. You sound like a bunch of bumper stickers on a Subaru Outback strung together. One last thing. Put down the crack pipe before you go on to the computer. You then have the remote chance to sound smarter than you are.

    1. Dave Campbell says:

      Deano! I’m pretty sure he does not have lwa degree! Perhaps he has a law degree though!

    2. at Deano says:

      Prior tax attorney thanks to the IRS
      Degree — say what! Dude – do some research and learn where the gal’s bought her paper from. lol
      She’s not the lightest nor brightest bulb on the Tea Pea Totem Pole.
      She is the BIGGEST MOUTH tho

    3. @ Deano says:

      Deano – don’t insult us here. I will wager she could not have met our entrance standards in any shape or form. Matter of fact – the way you stick your foot way down your throat with the bs you state I might wager you even may have been in class with her. LMAO

      1. Swampbux says:

        Winona State. Bless it’s little heart, but let’s be real. It doesn’t stack up to WI’s better public colleges, nor MNSCU or the U of M. Check the stats. The only kids I know who went to Winona State did so because it was the best partying school for underachievers if Stout wasn’t your bag. A lot of W. State alum might be upset by this, but 10 kids in my class went to Winona, 1 of them graduated, and all of them were more concerned with partying than getting a degree and prepping for jobs. They went for the good drogas as well, located between Madison and Minneapolis. Maybe that was what sold Bachmann, all that hippie lettuce would have done wonders for her migraines.

    4. Me says:

      Deano, the same points could be said to you about your post.

    5. sam jon says:

      So go look at you self you f&^%$#$#%^&*(()*^$@

  4. gail says:

    Your an Idiot too! Not seen one intelligent comment yet.

  5. Skanker alert says:

    In looking at the butt ugly lines on Bachmann pic I am starting to think she needs to retain someone good, real good, with an airbrush, 😉

  6. lefty says:

    perfect description of the losers

  7. Terry says:

    PLEEAASSEE!!!!! I see one more reference to M. Bachmann, I am going to puke!!

    1. Marcus Come Out says:

      Not me, I’m saving myself for when Marcus comes out of the closet.

  8. lefty says:

    Pavol do not listen to deano hes been out with his sisters in the pig barn in IOWA with Bachmann smoking corn cobs. This idiot is the best think that could happen to the democratic presidential race if it would get nominated.

  9. Tea Baggers are Losers says:

    Tea Partiers are morons that have ducked responsibility their whole life, now they want to play big boy games. H Y P O C R I T S

    1. Booger Eaters says:

      Actually, I think most of them were picked on as children. You know the type, sat alone at lunch eating boogers instead of their sandwich.

  10. Murph says:

    Obama’s plan is an easy one.Let the fascists play the blame game ,sit back and then hit them with the 14th amendment,charge them with constitutional violations regarding the debt.Then have them charged in federal court,convicted and sent away to stay away.Probably just get their greedy hands slapped but their careers as tax payer moochers over! On Tuesday the GOP runs the bus off the cliff and on Wednesday the bus rolls over them in a delayed reaction.They should get a firing squad after a quick trial.But this is not yet a third world country where such things are the norm.That despite the GOP’s best effort to make it one! Game over,the people win!

    1. Citizen says:

      We can only hope, Murph. I would love to see just that scenario.

    2. A Nation Divided says:

      Funny how nobody is really “LISTENING” to the other side…even in blog posts. Let’s just say…you’re an ultra filthy rich man…(words coming from democratic voters, politicians, etc.)…do you feel like paying more taxes that politicians use for wasteful spending? Or…maybe you’re just a hard working middleclass man…being called lazy, teet suckers, etc….(words coming from republican voters, politicians, etc.)…who is tired of having to pay a higher tax percentage on the income you make compared to those who make more income.

      Our country’s government HAS problems, but beating the drums of class warfare…calling GOP or DFL voters and politicians names is just childish…and is NOT GOOD for America. Our government debt is out of control…and it’s time to come together as Americans so our kids don’t suffer the consequences.

      I hear the rich man (should be American) who says they wouldn’t mind paying higher taxes if it went to pay down the debt and not fund additional spending programs. I hear the middleclass man (should be American) who works hard and would just like a “FAIR” chance to better himself. I hear the unemployed (should be American) hurting and needing a job. DO YOU?

      Stop the sound bytes and “LISTEN”…stop the name calling (fascists, booger eaters, hypocrits, etc. etc. etc. etc.) and “LISTEN”…stop the class warfare, and divisiveness and “LISTEN.” Stop stereotyping all democrats as the same…stop stereotyping all republicans as the same…etc. etc.

      We may not yet be a third world country, but we all are feeling oppressed (both rich and poor) and we are acting like a third world country! We NEED statesmen who want to make America great for all people and not politicians playing games to get re-elected or seeking control for their political party. We NEED to wake up and not expect the other to pay our way. We NEED to wake up and pay hard working people in “AMERICA” a liveable wage.

      A NATION DIVIDED WILL FALL! Funny how we can come together and fight terrorism…and yet we can not come together to make our country great for all? Terrorism will not be the downfall of America…our own devisiveness will!

  11. shirley says:

    bachman’s t party was started on hate , radicalism & racism, nothing good will come of this party, only to split our country!

    1. View from the Cheap Seats says:

      I don’t think it was. Some with those positions may be involved, but they are also in the Democratic and mainstream Republican caucuses. The Tea Party folks seem to have mostly been people who are frustrated that public sector jobs have outgrown and outpaced the compensation of the private sector.

    2. O-done-a says:

      “The Tea Party is an American populist political movement that is generally recognized as conservative and libertarian. It endorses reduced government spending, opposition to taxation in varying degrees, reduction of the national debt and federal budget deficit, and adherence to an originalist interpretation of the United States Constitution.” Unfortunately, there are certain individuals that have created their on definition and gona all religious-right-wing-nut crazy. For instance, Ron Paul is a Tea Partier in the legitimate sense. “Bachbrat” Michele is not.

      1. O-done-a says:

        Sorry about those typos. I had a beer.

        1. Homer says:

          Mmmmm. . . Beer.

  12. shirley says:

    yes i said it before and i say it again. can’t you handle it?????????

  13. Deep Thinker says:

    That is exactly what the republicans are looking to do. It’s sad that your average republican voter can’t figure this game out. They’re not stupid, they are just so easily lead

  14. fred says:

    Let the GOP sink and sink deep………………

    1. Julie says:

      Continue this debt we all sink!

  15. O-done-a says:

    Oh, now wait a minute. Wait just one minute! There’s so much blame to be spread around that blaming anyone has become irrelevant. Obama has in no way helped our situation. He abused the dreaded TARP by scamming with cash for clunkers (clunkers? Did you see some of those cars? Would have been a “better good” to donate all those cars to those in need rather than the mandatory crushing!), Obamacare (sucks), I can’t recall the name of the housing program that was supposed to keep people in their homes (like that worked)…Obama has been a non-solution to the disaster he was handed. And the people we elected into Congress certainly paved our way to this mess—all of ‘em. Every one of them, democrats and republicans alike. They write up this junk and pass it thru–and we, the people, never asked for it. It’s D.C on steroids in a tortoise and hare economy. Now, I’m a stock marketer. You damn right I’m gonna swoop in and buy at the bottom!! Jese. I’m gonna say it again—the stock market IS NOT the economy. You’d have to be a moron not to “jump in.” Need advice?

  16. Julie says:

    Where is the president’s plan? He is doing such a great job at bringing this country together!!!

    1. O-done-a says:

      This ruckus debate is comparable to the legitimacy of his birth certificate. Obama wanted to raise taxes on the rich and decrease spending by 4 trillion over 10 years. Think MN fiasco squared. Repugs didn’t like that cuz, among many reasons, they needed to get their hands into the political cookie jar and make good on the promise they made to Grover while dooming any re-election for our President. Okay, that last part is my opinion but a good one. Anyway, that was his plan in a nutshell.

  17. windbag Angus says:

    Angus , you are one frustrated whackjob.

  18. Matt says:

    What we need to do to fix this country.

    Raise the Debt Ceiling, Cut Spending over a 10 year period Cut Tax Loopholes, Reduce Income Tax Refunds for dependents. (tired of poor people using children as a source of income) Create a War Tax to pay back the money spent on Bush’s wars. Do not cut taxes and use the extra money to pay off the debt. Give Tax credits to big business that create jobs in the USA and stop rewarding companies that ship jobs over seas. We also need to pay back money borrowed from social security .

  19. Citizen says:

    The tea party has no credibility. In addition to Bachmann’s insanity we have Joe Walsh. “Last night the Chicago Sun-Times broke the story that Tea Party freshman Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), who has spent months lecturing President Obama and Democrats on fiscal responsibility, owes $117,437 in child support to his ex-wife and three children. Laura Walsh has asked a judge to suspend his driver’s license until he pays his child support. Despite loaning his own campaign $35,000 — and paying himself back at least $14,200 for the loans — Walsh claims he failed to make the payments because he “had no money.”
    These people prove that he who is without sin should cast the first stone.

    1. funny you says:

      John Edwards

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