House Republicans probably don't need to justify their rejection of Michele Bachmann for a leadership post. Her track record of outlandish lies and spotlight hogging gave them plenty of excuses.
But if they wanted a little more proof that she's not always playing on the team, they should look at the interview she gave the Christian News Service yesterday. Unless the teabaggers get their way with a total repeal of health care reform, she says going to lead an "insurrection."[jump]
I think there needs to be an insurrection here in Washington, D.C., against our own leadership, because that is the message that's come loud and clear out of this election: a full-scale repudiation and rejection of the federal government takeover of private industry.
We will make it illegal for an insurance company to deny coverage to someone with prior coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition, eliminate annual and lifetime spending caps, and prevent insurers from dropping your coverage just because you get sick.
"If we want to replace ["obamacare"] with Obamacare-lite where the government comes in and tries to have interventionist policies, we are going to continue to see failure. We need to return free markets to health care," she told CNS. Just let those health care and insurance companies have their way.
"The people" didn't just vote teabaggers into office in November, of course. Moderate Republicans won re-election. And "the people" also voted "loud and clear" in many districts for some pretty hard core liberals. As we mentioned yesterday, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, lost just three members out of about 80 on Election Day. And Keith Ellison, who won re-election in a landslide, is one of the group's chairmen now.