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Bachmann Accuses The Media Of ‘Treason,’ Claims Use Of ‘Deem And Pass’ Warrants ‘Impeachment’

By Matt Corley  

"Bachmann Accuses The Media Of ‘Treason,’ Claims Use Of ‘Deem And Pass’ Warrants ‘Impeachment’"

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Last Friday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) began freaking out that House Democrats are considering the use of a common parliamentary procedure known as either a “self-executing rule” or “deem and pass” to finish health care reform. “If they do that then American citizens have standing to sue against this bill,” said Bachmann on Friday. The next day, Bachmann suggested that citizens “don’t have to follow” the health care law if it passes using that procedure. (In fact, there will be an up or down vote on the bill.)

On Sean Hannity’s radio show yesterday, Bachmann went even further by accusing the media of “treason” for “not telling this story” that Speaker Nancy Pelosi “would even consider having us pass a bill that no one votes on.” Bachmann then suggested that if health care passed through “deem and pass,” it would warrant calls of impeachment:

BACHMANN: Well, yeah, and the other thing is treason media. Where is the mainstream media in all of this not telling this story? This is a compelling story.

HANNITY: Right.

BACHMANN: That the Speaker of the House would even consider having us pass a bill that no one votes on.

HANNITY: Yep.

BACHMANN: That should laugh her out of the House and there should be people that are calling for impeachment off of something like this. That’s how bad this is. I mean trust me, Dennis Hastert never could have gotten away with this.

Listen here:

Bachmann’s outrage is ridiculous. As AEI congressional scholar Norman Ornstein pointed out yesterday, former Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) did get “away with this” when he was Speaker. “In the last Congress that Republicans controlled, from 2005 to 2006, Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier used the self-executing rule more than 35 times, and was no stranger to the concept of deem and pass,” wrote Ornstein.

Additionally, accusations against the patriotism of people with whom she disagrees is nothing new for Bachmann. In October 2008, Bachmann declared on MSNBC’s Hardball said that she was “very concerned” that then-candidate Barack Obama “may have anti-American views,” calling for the media to investigate whether members of Congress had anti-American views. Despite denying that she called Obama’s views “anti-American,” Bachmann later reiterated her belief that “Barack Obama’s views are against America.”

Transcript:

HANNITY: So this is really the key week.

BACHMANN: Oh, this is it.

HANNITY: You believe that if we win this week, we win this battle.

BACHMANN: Yes I do. Yes I do. This is it.

HANNITY: Well, you’ve never said that to me before and you’ve been pretty accurate on your timelines here before. We’re not going to hold you to it, but I hope and pray — you realize Congresswoman, this has gone on for 14 months.

BACHMANN: Yes I do. This is the longest 14 months of my life. I’ve aged about 15 years.

HANNITY: Nah, you look like you’re getting younger by the day. But I’ll tell you what’s really driving me nuts is I have never seen such outright corruption.

BACHMANN: Oh no.

HANNITY: I have never seen such perversion of the law. I’ve never — whoever heard of deem and pass, the Slaughter rule and whoever thought the whole process, I feel like I need to take a shower watching this.

BACHMANN: Well, yeah, and the other thing is treason media. Where is the mainstream media in all of this not telling this story? This is a compelling story.

HANNITY: Right.

BACHMANN: That the Speaker of the House would even consider having us pass a bill that no one votes on.

HANNITY: Yep.

BACHMANN: That should laugh her out of the House and there should be people that are calling for impeachment off of something like this. That’s how bad this is. I mean trust me, Dennis Hastert never could have gotten away with this.

HANNITY: No.

BACHMANN: President Bush never could have gotten away with this.

HANNITY: What do we teach our children when this process is all done? How do we explain this to our kids?

BACHMANN: Well, and that, that’s why this is a very useful example to all of us about growing up and being serious and knowing how valuable and important our country is. And the value of elections. That’s what we learned about the value of this last election when with one party dominance and rule and this is how they view our most precious, sacred document the Constitution. They’re going to ignore it? No.

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