By Esme Murphy, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is making headlines across the country for doing something unprecedented. Her decision to have her own response to the State of the Union has a lot of people speculating about divisions within the Republican Party.

Bachmann delivered her response after the official Republican response by Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

Republicans both in Minnesota and across the country are reluctant to criticize her. Speaker of the House John Boehner said simply he did not watch her speech. Republican Party leaders in Minnesota did not return WCCO’s requests for an interview.

“Michele Bachmann’s speech last night signals the significant and deep divisions within the Republican Party in Washington,” said Professor Larry Jacobs of the Humphrey Institute.

The speech comes a week after Bachmann’s first visit to Iowa since announcing she may run for president. It also comes after the Republican leadership in the House denied Bachmann’s attempt for a leadership position in the new Congress.

“This may well be the first chapter in the Michele Bachmann campaign not only against Democrats but also against Republicans in Washington who are not responding to Tea Party conservatives around the country,” said Jacobs.

And to her followers, Bachmann said again what she did Tuesday night — that she will continue fighting for her beliefs.

“I believe that we’re in the very early days of a history making turn in America,” she said in her speech.

One wrinkle for Bachmann in her Tea Party speech was that many people have remarked about her looking slightly off camera. Bachmann was looking at the Tea Party web camera. The pool camera, staffed by CNN, that captured her for television was slightly to the side.

Esme Murphy

Comments (17)
  1. Jason says:

    Tea party and the Republicans will continue to work together at least until the current president is defeated in 2012. Then the Repubs will follow what is the Tea party.

    1. David says:

      You’re right. Put her up against Obama. Then he’s sure to be re-elected

  2. Cisco Kid says:

    Michelle Bachman has tendency of getting ahead of herself, not too smart politician , sometimes does not make any sense, I wonder how i her District is,as she always seem to win election

  3. Gary says:

    The ruling elites, both Republican and Democrat need to go. They only care about getting reelected – at any cost. The taxpayer gets screwed at every turn. The deficit spending will bankrupt us, and may already have. Deficit spending is immoral. Kids – ask your parents why you should have to pay for their spending. It’s immoral!

    1. Todd says:

      Uhhh, why did Bush start two wars then cut taxes? Don’t spend what you don’t have? Please. Its Washington.

  4. SHIRLEY says:


    1. tiredandretired says:

      Yes, such as the founding fathers decided to end slavery, because George Washington could see Russia from his house.

  5. Montana says:

    Michele Bachmann is like Sarah Palin, Christine O’Donnell, Sharron Angle and Linda McMahon, they are just not right but funny. I especially like the clip of Bachmann saying that the founding fathers abolished slavery, wow, what a liar, not the first or last time that will happen. Does anyone with self-respect real believe her?

    Her response failed to say how we got here from eight years of poor leadership, two wars without end, diminished Civil liberties. Its like she crawl out from under a rock just to complain about our current President. We all know that Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Works started the Tea Party, grasroots, please.

  6. Bonster says:

    It shows only how we make a new malority “Tea party and the Republicans”

    1. David says:

      Not likely, the Republicans don’t like the tea party either. And when your chief spokesperson doesn’t even understand history and has never read the constitution’s history (3/5 amendment) you’re not likely to get that many people following to make a new party.

      1. Jason says:

        Tea party is the only reason the Repub party is still alive. I think the Repubs like them more than is being reported. Think about it..

  7. M. Olson says:

    Seems to me as though her response to the State of the Union address was well received by the Tea Party and by Republicans! 🙂

    1. Jason says:

      Yes I would have to agree!

  8. Dave Seavy says:

    The problem with this entire mess is that nobody in government is paying attention to their employers (tax payers) They just want the power and control and forget about those they were elected to serve. Republican Party, Democratic Party, Tea Party, it’s all one big party for these people.

  9. Rutherford B. Hayes says:

    If Michele Bachmann’s plays her cards right she could wake up one day as President. Trust me.

  10. SimpleMind says:

    There was an infamous and often-described encounter between Sarah Palin and Andrew Halcro during their primary contest. Halcro, the ultimate policy and fact guy, had just finished a talk in which he had demonstrated his points with hard facts, the antithesis of Palin-speak. However, in a private talk after, Palin observed to Halcro that facts really don’t matter. And so enormous crowds of seemingly adults will listen to a Palin or Bachmann word-salad and somehow hear in that solutions to infinitely complex diplomatic, economic and social problems that have defied solution for a hundred years. It doesn’t matter that Bachmann just made stuff up. I’d bet that not one in a hundred Tea Baggers will even remember anything Bachmann actually said. They are listening to some tape inside their own heads, one that tells them that if just didn’t have some smart-ass Harvard-educated black guy in the White House, we’d suddenly all become contented, small-town white folks with jobs down at the local hardware store – if we’d just end social security, there wouldn’t be any poor elderly people living on catfood in unheated city apartments – if we’d just repeal healthcare, there’d suddenly be wise, old Marcus Welby general practitioners on every street corner – I mean, why does everything have to be so complicated? So facts don’t matter. More accurately, facts are the very problem.

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