Assigned Reading: GOP Has a Lightning Rod, and Her Name is Not Palin
(FROM: The New York Times)
In recent months, Ms. Bachmann has been particularly outspoken against Democrats’ proposals on health care. She has questioned whether Congress has the constitutional authority to set such policy in the first place. She has suggested that one proposal’s privacy rules for school-based clinics could open the way for young girls’ getting referrals for abortions. And she has said that illegal immigrants will get access to taxpayer-subsidized health care, one among a list of comments by Ms. Bachmann that the Democratic National Committee has attacked as false.
On Capitol Hill, Ms. Bachmann is viewed with disdain by Democrats who see her as a wacky purveyor of outrageous claims and criticisms. Leading Republicans wince occasionally at her appearances on the floor and on television, but they also see her as someone with telegenic appeal who can energize conservatives and aggravate Democrats and they are not likely to rein her in.
In Minnesota, some believe the national attention around Ms. Bachmann may hint at hopes for a higher office. When Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced he would not seek re-election, some analysts suggested Ms. Bachmann might run, but questioned whether her positions were too conservative to win statewide.
That the Times is actually comparing Rep. Bachmann to Sarah Palin, knowing how much Palin is reviled in that newsroom, says something in itself about the strength of the Minnesota congresswoman.
I like Bachmann. And, after this piece, in which the left has essentially shown that they fear her, I like her even more. She’s a woman who looks first to the Constitution, and on Capitol Hill that attitude is rare. This clip is among one of my favorites:
As an aside, I did not know that she and her husband have opened their hearts and home to 23 different foster children. What an example of selflessness — I’m surprised that the Times even brought it up.