Conservative talker Bill Bennett interviewed Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) on his radio show this morning. During the interview, Bennett asked, “Why [is Obama siding] with the liberal House Democrats rather than the more moderate [members]?” Answering his own question, Bennett continued, “The answer is because that may be where he is…the most liberal member of the Senate.”
Bachmann concurred, but added that she believes Republicans should “thwart” as much of Obama’s agenda as possible, specifically citing what she called “socialized medicine” and “the new tax on energy”:
BACHMANN: If you want to look at economic history over the last 100 years. I call it punctuated equilibrium. If you look at FDR, LBJ, and Barack Obama, this is really the final leap to socialism. … But we all know that we could turn this around and we can turn this around fairly quickly. We’re still a free country.
And as the Democrats are about to institutionalize cartels — that’s what they’re very good at — they’re trying to consolidate power, so we need to do everything we can to thwart them at every turn to make sure that they aren’t able to, for all time, secure a power base that for all time can never be defeated.
In calling for the obstruction of Obama’s policies for sake of Republican political fortune, Bachmann seems to be taking her cues from the de facto leader of her party, Rush Limbaugh. During the recent fight over Obama’s economic recovery package Limbaugh warned that, should it be successful, the recovery package would hurt Republicans electorally because the plan would “buy votes for the Democrat Party” and “re-establish ‘eternal’ power for the Democrat Party.”
Bachmann’s references to “FDR” and “LBJ” suggest that she also found Bill Kristol’s recent column convincing. Kristol wrote that republicans should “find reasons to obstruct and delay” the Obama agenda to ensure that he cannot succeed:
They should do their best not to permit Obama to rush his agenda through this year. They can’t allow Obama to make of 2009 what Franklin Roosevelt made of 1933 or Johnson of 1965. Slow down the policy train. Insist on a real and lengthy debate. Conservatives can’t win politically right now. But they can raise doubts.