Michele Bachmann’s Plans for GOP Win: Investigate Obama and ‘Issue Subpoenas’
July 22, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Republicans are certainly predictable. During remarks made before the GOP Youth Convention today, right-wing Tea Party Caucus Queen, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) acknowledged Republican plans for 2011, if her Party regains the majority in the November elections. What are those plans? Paralyze the Obama administration with endless subpoenas and investigations. And shut down the government by defunding programs Republicans don’t like. What about legislating and promoting the GOP agenda? Naw, it’s more fun to engage in pointless right-wing freak outs and wacky conspiracy theories, such as the birther nonsense that Obama is an illegal alien.
During the Clinton administration when Republican lawmakers had control of the House, they sunk the legislative process into paralysis, as they abused the chamber’s subpoena power to conduct never-ending investigations of former President Bill Clinton. There was no time for actual legislating with such pressing matters as the Clintons’ Christmas card list.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has gamely tried to keep up the tradition of pursuing investigations of mostly manufactured scandals against President Obama. But as a member of the minority party, he lacks subpoena power.
If the GOP regains majority control in the House come November, Issa, the most powerful Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, would likely become chairman. And with subpoena power in hand, he has already announced he would increase his staff to handle the endless investigations against Obama.
And Bachmann shamelessly admitted it today.
“Oh, I think that’s all we should do,” Bachmann said. “I think that all we should do is issue subpoenas and have one hearing after another. And expose all the nonsense that is going on. And it’s very important when we come back that we have constitutional conservative leadership because the American people’s patience is about this big.”
And in between holding endless press conferences to announce yet another investigation of the White House, GOP lawmakers will work in the chamber to defund government programs supported by Democrats:
“This is the year – this is it,” Bachmann continued. “All of our chips are on November. If we don’t get it back and then starve the beast – the House, we have the power of the purse – so we can starve ObamaCare. We don’t have to fund any of these programs and that’s exactly what we need to do – defund all of this nonsense and then unwind it.”
No wonder Republican leaders are unable or unwilling to articulate a campaign agenda for the mid-term elections—they have no intention of doing the actual job they were elected to do, such as legislating on behalf of their constituents.