Friday, July 29, 2011

Equal Time

Because I mentioned Sarah Palin yesterday (scroll down one), I feel compelled to utter a few words about that other Tea Party Diva, Michele Bachman, whose chances at becoming the Republican nominee for president drop markedly if Palin decides to enter the race come September. Michele has been busy campaigning, although she did return to Washington yesterday to speak at the National Press Club. Yes, Michele has not been in Washington during the most tense time for Congress in yarons, according to her home state paper, the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

With the clock ticking down Wednesday on the debt limit negotiations in Washington, presidential candidate Michele Bachmann announced her entertainment lineup for the Aug. 13 GOP straw poll in Ames, Iowa.

The Minnesota Republican’s campaign team released a program that includes country music singers Richie McDonald and Tim Rushlow, along with Christian artist Charles Billingsley.

The announcement came at the end of a tense day in Washington for House Republicans, who remain divided over a plan by House Speaker John Boehner to raise the debt limit in exchange for sweeping spending cuts.

Bachmann has not participated in any House votes so far this week. But her office said she plans to take part in votes scheduled for Wednesday evening.

Bachmann, one of three House members in the GOP nominating contest, has drawn fire for missing a large number of votes over the past week of her campaign.

By staying away, she managed to appear above the fray, even though her speech to the National Press Club made it clear she sided with her fellow Tea Partiers when it came to raising the debt limit at all, much less before August 2.

"There are indications that the August 2nd deadline might not be accurate," she said, adding that it's even a "flawed assumption" that the ceiling needs to be raised at all.

"I have no doubt that we will not lose the full faith and credit of the United States," she said. "I do believe a result will come."
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So, she's at least clear on how she intends to vote on any bill submitted, assuming, of course, that she's in town to cast her vote rather than on the campaign trail in Iowa or other states. It's nice to know what her priorities are, eh?



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