Bachmann preps protesters for "House call," encourages them to "scare" Congress


Rep. Michele Bachmann's hyped noontime "House call" on Capitol Hill happens today and she made sure to get protesters pumped for some serious Democratic ass-kicking in order to kill the planned health care reform bill.

Bachmann has called for supporters to join her in a march around House office buildings to approach members of Congress and scare them with their love of freedom. Sounds frightening. We'd like to bet most bill supporters will be conveniently out for the afternoon today. We don't blame them. After taking a beating from birthers all summer, the last thing they want is a group of Bachmann lovers up in their grill. During conference calls yesterday with protesters and organizers, Bachmann had a couple key things to say, courtesy of Politico:

"Nothing scares members of Congress more than freedom-loving Americans," Bachmann said.

"Don't bring your pitchforks," Bachmann said, "bring your video cameras."

"I think that will absolutely scare these members of Congress so much that Pelosi will not get the votes and it will kill the bill. I think it could be dead for 10 years. Why won't we? Why won't we go for broke?"

At least she isn't advocating physical violence this time. That's a step in the right direction. Talking Points Memo also has a preview to Bachmann's protest. She says this was her last-ditch effort, "a desperate act," to stop the health care bill from getting the votes needed to pass.
"There are no other rabbits to pull out of the hat," Bachmann said. "This is the only thing I can think to do."
There are already rumors that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to stop them from entering buildings and preventing them from reaching key members.

More from TPM:

Organizers spoke of rumors that Pelosi had ordered Capitol Police to force protester buses to park far away from the Capitol and told police to deny them the chance to deliver letters based on trumped up fears of "anthrax."

At one point, protestors were told not to dress "too nicely" for fear the media would characterize them as a "Brooks Brothers riot," after the astroturfed RNC protests that shut down the election recount in 2000.

In a separate piece, TPM tried to question Bachmann on her chief of staff quitting Wednesday. She didn't want to talk about it.
Bachmann refused to answer questions about the resignation, saying tersely, "out of respect for privacy, I don't comment on personnel matters."

Pressed on whether her staff has been upheaval over the Bachmann-led Tea Party Rally tomorrow, Bachmann again refused to respond. "I've already given my answer," she said.