Michele Bachmann was excited about the prospect of a government shutdown before it happened and happy as a clam in the midst of it. Her goal, of course, was to use the impasse (and possible federal debt default) as leverage to gut the Affordable Care Act, a law that was approved by Congress, signed into law by the president, and upheld by the Supreme Court.
But Obama refused to cave. Last night, the right flank of the Republican Party's congressional contingent finally lost the blinking contest, and Congress approved legislation ending the shutdown and raising the debt limit.
"Goose egg, nothing, we got nothing," Republican Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky told the New York Times. Doesn't exactly sound like a result any Republican would crow over, does it? Unless, of course, your name is Michele Bachmann.
In a statement published on Facebook shortly after a vote that most political observers regard as being disastrous for the GOP, Bachmann wrote that during the debt deal negotiations, "Republicans were the adults in the room." This despite the fact that her party mates couldn't even agree among themselves whether the shutdown was a good idea in the first place and what they wanted out of it in the second.
She also blasted Obama for his "position of no negotiation" even though poll after poll after poll showed Americans weren't in favor of the shutdown and mostly blamed Republicans for it.
In other words, it's more of Bachmann's same ol' reality-denying fare, fare we'd ignore if it wasn't for the fact that, you know, for the next year and some change she'll still be in D.C. representing the nearly 700,000 Minnesotans who live in the 6th congressional district. (Though in fairness, that's their fault for voting for her. Sorry St. Cloud.)
If you're a masochist, here's Bachmann's entire statement:
President Obama's position of no negotiation took us to the brink of government default to advance his political agenda over the best interests of the American people. Republicans were the adults in the room, offering compromise after compromise and urging the President to come to the table and do what's right for our country.Meanwhile, one imagines that somewhere in the White House, President Obama was pointing to a scoreboard containing public opinion polls and a roll call of last night's vote.
President Obama may have won an immediate political battle for his radical agenda but it comes at a great cost to the economy, to our health care system, and to the American people. It means we will continue on the same trajectory towards economic decline, skyrocketing national debt, and greater government intrusion in our health care.
After an embarrassing two weeks of Obamacare failures, I hope President Obama will soon realize that forcing every American to purchase a health insurance policy that they don't want at a price they can't afford from a website that doesn't work is not a sustainable course of action.
I could not vote for this bill as it does nothing to give relief to the countless Americans hurting under Obamacare, nor does it address our out of control spending and $17 trillion national debt.
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MPR points out that Bachmann was the only member of Minnesota's congressional delegation to vote against the bill ending the shutdown and raising the debt ceiling.
"There were some who didn't have realistic attitudes about what was achievable," Eric Paulsen said. MPR doesn't mention whether Paulsen followed that up with, "cough Michele Bachmann cough."