Bachmann: OOPS Sorry, No Armageddon After All
March 23, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has been busy these last two-weeks spewing incendiary rhetoric during her “kill the bill” media blitz and speaking tour. She appeared on multiple media outlets fearmongering the so-called “deem and pass” (Slaughter rule) procedure, considered but not used, by House Democrats. Bachmann claimed that using “deem and pass” had NEVER been used in the history of Congress and that it would destroy the constitution and America, as we know it.
Well, as the grownups know, that particular procedural rule has been in existence since the 30s and has been used multiple times to pass legislation, mostly by Republicans. After spending days and days uttering this nonsense, Bachmann was finally forced to face reality and admit she was wrong. What was her excuse for such willful ignorance? Some unnamed “constitutional law guy” gave her the wrong information. Oops! Sorry. Forget about that world coming to an end thing. But the damage has already been done. Groups of enraged teapartiers, descended on the Capitol this week to menace and abuse Democratic lawmakers with bigotry and racial slurs.
Bachmann, the extreme right-wing evangelical and fact-challenged lawmaker, as much of the country knows by now, is not a person to be taken seriously. We can all have a good chuckle at her many foibles and outrageously wacky claims and statements, such as Obama’s “re-education camps,” to indoctrinate young people, urging people to “slit our wrists, be blood brothers” in opposing health care reform and to refuse to respond to the census, because Obama will put us in “internment camps.”
But lawmakers like Bachmann are dangerous. Statements made as fact by a sitting congressional lawmaker are given more credence than the usual crazy person on a street corner. Many of her confused constituents and followers blindly believe what she says, no matter how far out there it is, because they assume Congresswoman Bachmann is in a unique position to know the “real truth.”
Below is a sampling of Bachmann’s many false statements regarding the “deem and pass” rule, she made before the House finally passed healthcare reform Sunday night, without using the rule:
“It’s a fiction. It’s impossible,” she told radio talk show host Chris Baker. “It doesn’t get anymore dishonest. It’s breathtakingly unconstitutional.”
“Obama’s idea for Pelosi to pass a bill and have her members vote on something that they never voted for sounds more like a Chavez tactic in Venezuela than Jefferson,” she said at a March 13 rally in Minnesota, in which she also urged the crowd to stop paying taxes and disobey the healthcare reform law if it passed.
“This has never been used before. There isn’t one instance in the history of Congress where the Slaughter – the House rule has been used,” Bachmann told ABC News. The deeming rule hasn’t been used before.”
During her appearance on Fox News Sean Hannity, she decried the media for not reporting that the “deem and pass” rule would destroy America. ‘”Well yeah and the other thing is treason media,” said Bachmann. “Where is the mainstream media in all of this not telling this story? This is a compelling story.” (Only the voices in Bachmann’s head found the fake story compelling.)
“This is unusual, even for Congress, to pass a bill without voting on it. It’s never been done before in the history of Congress,” Bachmann said on Fox News’ Red Eye “It does great violence to the Constitution.” When the host told her he thought the procedure had been used before, Bachmann responded: “No, no, the deeming rule hasn’t been used before.” “They’ve used reconciliation, which is in the Senate. They have never used the Slaughter – the House rule that’s here in the House. This is a first time.”
On Friday, Bachmann admitted to the Star Tribune that she was wrong, after all:
“The information I got initially was bad. Or, I should say, not accurate,” Bachmann said. Bachmann said her “information” originated from a “constitutional law guy that I know who also does research” who had searched congressional records for references to deem and pass.
“It was within about 24 hours or so [of learning about the Slaughter Solution] that I heard that statement that it had never been used before,” Bachmann said. “Now in the last few days I’d heard no, that’s not true, that it has been used before.”
Will Bachmann soon “hear” through the grapevine that death panels are also not true, now that healthcare reform has passed?
Michele Bachmann was elected to Congress in 2006.
Photo Credit: MPR/Nathaniel Minor