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Michele Bachmann drops out of leadership race
Politico.com ^ | 11/10/11 | Jake Sherman

Posted on 11/10/2010 6:02:25 PM PST by Non-Sequitur

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann dropped out of the race for House Republican Conference chair on Wednesday night, ensuring that the GOP’s leadership elections will go on without any serious competition.

In a statement sent to a handful of reporters Wednesday evening, the tea party favorite said that Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling has her “enthusiastic support for his candidacy” for the top messaging post in the GOP.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Minnesota; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: bachmann; elitists; jebhensarling; michelebachmann; minnesota; teaparty; texas
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1 posted on 11/10/2010 6:02:30 PM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: Non-Sequitur

That is too bad. The establishment lives, down with Cantor.


2 posted on 11/10/2010 6:03:59 PM PST by ansel12
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To: Non-Sequitur

LOL I suppose Bachmann will now be called a RINO around here.


3 posted on 11/10/2010 6:05:21 PM PST by ejdrapes (Can we quit with the 'GOP is screwing the Tea Party' crap already....)
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To: Non-Sequitur

I can’t imagine that anybody got to her.

Wonder why she dropped out?


4 posted on 11/10/2010 6:06:04 PM PST by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: Non-Sequitur

Establishment wins.


5 posted on 11/10/2010 6:06:08 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: Non-Sequitur
This is good news. My biggest fear is Michele being the right's Pelosi. Being in the leadership position also weighs her down with the establishment accusation, so it's better that she remains where she is.

I think Bachmann has a bright future -


6 posted on 11/10/2010 6:06:11 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (The Republic of the United States of America)
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To: ansel12

Just Damn! MB is the best!


7 posted on 11/10/2010 6:06:38 PM PST by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal!)
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To: ansel12

The GOP leadership really owes the Tea Party something. Looks like their memory is pretty short.


8 posted on 11/10/2010 6:07:01 PM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: Non-Sequitur

Wonderful news. They both are terrific conservatives, and it’s good to see that they are not going to allow the media to divide them and have them fight each other. I also think that the GOP leadership in the House should be as conservative as possible, but not flashy and polarizing (at least not because of personality). This would deny the Dems a target like we have in Pelosi and Obama.

This will allow Bachmann to do what she does best, be the partisan conservative that debates the MSM, without having her partisanship turn off the squishy middle, as would happen if she is part of the GOP leadership.


9 posted on 11/10/2010 6:07:38 PM PST by winner3000
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To: MotorCityBuck

Sometimes it is better to be outside the fray. That way one does not contaminate oneself when the establishment screws up.


10 posted on 11/10/2010 6:08:37 PM PST by Parmy
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11 posted on 11/10/2010 6:09:55 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: Parmy

Your Right of course.However having one of ours at the lead position would be a nice change of pace to say the least!


12 posted on 11/10/2010 6:10:55 PM PST by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal!)
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To: ejdrapes

No, but she is nicer than they deserve.


13 posted on 11/10/2010 6:11:08 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Non-Sequitur

I truly think that they aim to beat us, not bond with us.


14 posted on 11/10/2010 6:11:45 PM PST by ansel12
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To: Non-Sequitur
ensuring that the GOP’s leadership elections will go on without any serious competition.

Yeah, that's what we want. An election without competition. LOL. I think that's called a coronation. A ruling class coronation.


15 posted on 11/10/2010 6:11:58 PM PST by Cinnamontea
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To: Westbrook
I can’t imagine that anybody got to her. Wonder why she dropped out?

Whip count, I guess.

16 posted on 11/10/2010 6:12:50 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: GeronL

“Establishment wins.”

If that means “establishment wins” and Hensarling gets the job, and that is a bad thing?

He is excellent.


17 posted on 11/10/2010 6:13:16 PM PST by truth_seeker
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To: Non-Sequitur

Long-run good thing - need to let the Establishment Republicans hang themselves.


18 posted on 11/10/2010 6:14:45 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: ejdrapes
LOL I suppose Bachmann will now be called a RINO around here.

Why? Because she lost her leadership bid, and what do you have against "around here"?

19 posted on 11/10/2010 6:15:01 PM PST by ansel12
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To: ansel12

if she won, she’d be part of the establishment. Now she is free to just be herself.


20 posted on 11/10/2010 6:15:45 PM PST by ari-freedom (Islam is at war against America, while America is at the mall.)
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To: Non-Sequitur

I think she did the right thing.


21 posted on 11/10/2010 6:16:38 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Westbrook

My guess is that she’s flexed her muscles, proved that she’s a force to be reckoned with, and will let Hensarling (who also is a perfectly good conservative) get the nod. Michele can now concentrate on legislation, and may be thinking about perhaps running for the Senate in 2012 against Klobuchar (although she may prefer to wait until 2014 for the lower-hanging fruit, Al Franken).


22 posted on 11/10/2010 6:16:43 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: Non-Sequitur
The GOP leadership really owes the Tea Party something.

Smaller Constitutional government.

23 posted on 11/10/2010 6:18:07 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: ari-freedom
if she won, she’d be part of the establishment.

To take over an organization, your people have to replace their people.

24 posted on 11/10/2010 6:18:17 PM PST by ansel12
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To: Non-Sequitur
WHY?????

If ever there was a conservative LEADER, it is Michele Bachmann. She is fearless.

25 posted on 11/10/2010 6:19:03 PM PST by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star winner!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Good points. Agree.


26 posted on 11/10/2010 6:19:03 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Non-Sequitur

My opinion: Why in the he!! is there not one person standing out and acting like a leader after the elections last week?

God help this country. If we are to survive, we need you to intervene on our behalf.


27 posted on 11/10/2010 6:19:11 PM PST by Dacula (Life is good!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Hensarling is excellent. It is Boehner and Cantor that I’d like to see dumped.


28 posted on 11/10/2010 6:19:25 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Non-Sequitur

Very disappointing. But, the bright side is that now she’ll have more time to devote to her Tea Party Coalition.


29 posted on 11/10/2010 6:19:52 PM PST by hampdenkid
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To: Non-Sequitur

It sounds like the Republicans don’t want a messy public fight and she’s a fighter. She was probably promised something big.


30 posted on 11/10/2010 6:20:33 PM PST by HarleyD
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To: Cinnamontea
Yes, because Jeb Henserling is part of the "ruling class". Glad to see you know how to parrot Sarah Palin (who knows how to parrot Rush Limbaugh). Fact is BOTH these candidates are as conservative as you can get. Henserling, along with Bachmann is a member of the Republican Study Committee. Bachmann said he was a mentor of hers when she first came to congress.

But I guess it shouldn't surprise me that conservatives would rather eat their own than focus on the real issues. And no, which conservative gets to fill the Republican Conference Chair is not a real issue. It's one made up by the MSM and some willing conservative blogs that want to see infighting between the GOP and the grass roots/tea party.

31 posted on 11/10/2010 6:20:49 PM PST by ejdrapes (Can we quit with the 'GOP is screwing the Tea Party' crap already....)
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To: Non-Sequitur
I would rather Michele be the head of the Tea Party caucus than some fourth-tier leader of the Pubbies, better future.
32 posted on 11/10/2010 6:21:03 PM PST by Aevery_Freeman (Fear God and Government - especially when one tries to become the other!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
I think Bachmann has a bright future -

You're sure right about that!

33 posted on 11/10/2010 6:21:07 PM PST by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star winner!)
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To: Non-Sequitur

She better not shut up. We need her to speak out.


34 posted on 11/10/2010 6:21:43 PM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality. Save America From Bankruptcy.)
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To: Non-Sequitur

Disappointing news. Hensarling is going to be fine but a visible Tea Party face needs to be in the leadership. Scrutiny from the drive-by media will happen regardless of who gets the Conference position, and the question now is how they’ll handle the inevitable questions about country club leadership. Which they will now deserve.


35 posted on 11/10/2010 6:22:23 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("I'd rather lose fighting for the right cause than win fighting for the wrong cause." - Jim DeMint)
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“Jeb has demonstrated his commitment to limited government, reduced spending and lower taxes and he will be a strong voice for the Tea Party’s call for these values,” according to Bachmann’s statement, sent by spokesman Sergio Gor.

Bachmann was facing what appeared to be flagging support within the GOP caucus in her bid for the leadership position, even though she had touted support from the tea party movement.

Hensarling announced support from presumptive majority leader Eric Cantor (Va.), along with Paul Ryan (Wisc.), Ron Paul (Texas), Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), Paul Broun (Ga.) and Mike Pence (Ind.). Bachmann had announced support from Minnesota Reps. John Kline and Erik Paulsen, incoming Rep. Chip Cravaack, and Reps. Steve King (Iowa) and Louie Gohmert (Texas).

Hensarling sent out a gracious statement praising Bachmann's role as a grassroots leader in the tea party movement.

"Michele Bachmann is a committed movement conservative whose effective voice played an important role in America's decision to trust House Republicans once again," Hensarling said. "She is a dear friend, and I am humbled to earn her support. I look forward to her energetic leadership in a united House Republican Conference during the 112th Congress."

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Also the founder of the Tea Party Caucus, Bachmann said she will “advance the Tea Party ideals” through the group – and said she hopes to add new freshman members.

“The new Congress will have great opportunities to lead our country into the direction our founders intended,” Bachmann said in her statement. “I spoke with Mr. Boehner and other members of leadership and I am convinced they will wholeheartedly work towards the issues the American people are calling for such as fiscal responsibility, ending the bailouts and repealing Obamacare.”

36 posted on 11/10/2010 6:23:16 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Non-Sequitur

Maybe she has been promised something else.


37 posted on 11/10/2010 6:23:51 PM PST by dforest
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To: Non-Sequitur
He's a LAWYER-Strike One

He's been in DC for TWENTY YEARS-Strike Two

He REFUSES to join the Tea Party Caucus-Strike Three

He VOTED AGAINST extending the Bush tax cuts in 2005-Strike Four

The GOP "Leadership" still refuses to call the reds out by name, afraid of being accused by the commies in the press of "McCarthyism"

Disgusting and pathetic.

Without a frontal assault against the marxists in Congress (THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS) and their allies in the press, the WEAK, EFFETE, WASHINGTONIAN, BLUEBLOOD, COUNTRY CLUBBERS that are now running the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES are going to be sliced and diced just like Newt and the boys were in 1994.

WE WON A BATTLE AGAINST OUR DOMESTIC ENEMY LAST TUESDAY, BUT STAND TO LOSE THE WAR.

Make no mistake about it.

THIS IS A TOTAL REPUDIATION OF THE TEA PARTY BY THE WASHINGTONIANS.

SCREW THE LAWYER HENSARLING.

THE NEXT FIGHT IS RNC CHAIR.

The Country Clubbers can run, but they cant hide.

38 posted on 11/10/2010 6:24:01 PM PST by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: Non-Sequitur

You know what would work for me? A Speaker Bachmann.


39 posted on 11/10/2010 6:25:23 PM PST by jazminerose (o)
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To: truth_seeker

No, I believe it means “the candidate I put all of my loyalty into because we have to have a cult of personality too lost, and anyone who is not Bachman is establishment because establishment is bad!”


40 posted on 11/10/2010 6:25:45 PM PST by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

“This is good news. My biggest fear is Michele being the right’s Pelosi. Being in the leadership position also weighs her down with the establishment accusation, so it’s better that she remains where she is.”
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I think you are absolutely correct. Given the double standards with the left and MSM (same difference), she would be treated AWFUL compared to Pelosi. During this mid-term campaign, it was clear to any objective person that it was OK to call a woman candidate a WH@RE, SL&T, and B!TCH provided that she was right of center.

Bachmann is more effective and dangerous being free from the leadership. Still, it would be fun seeing the video bytes between Bachmann and Pelosi. Shown right after one another; what a CONTRAST!!!!


41 posted on 11/10/2010 6:26:14 PM PST by TMA62 (TMA62)
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To: ohioWfan

Who has she led?


42 posted on 11/10/2010 6:27:07 PM PST by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: ansel12
Read my tag line. I'm sick of the knee jerk reaction that the GOP is out to screw the tea party. I'm sick of conservatives believing all the crap that comes out of the MSM with anonymous sources. Obviously the MSM is doing all they can to divide the GOP and start a war between the "establishment" and tea party. Heck on many blogs and here Jeb Henserling was referred to as "establishment" and Michele Bachmann "tea party". Even though Henserling has one of the most conservative voting records in congress. Even though Michele Bachmann said he was a mentor to her when she came into congress. The MSM is trying to get conservatives to fight with each other andn it seems all too often we give them what they want. Obama is the enemy, not Jeb Henserling, Eric Cantor or John Boehner.
43 posted on 11/10/2010 6:27:17 PM PST by ejdrapes (Can we quit with the 'GOP is screwing the Tea Party' crap already....)
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To: Non-Sequitur
Michele Bachmann will still be front and center with her Tea party credentials and she knows exactly what she is doing. Her influence is not diminished at all.
44 posted on 11/10/2010 6:27:25 PM PST by JPG (The GOP leadership is on probation. No second chances. Don't blow it.)
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To: truth_seeker

He loves Medicare Part D and he loved Dede Scozzafava

Party over principles.


45 posted on 11/10/2010 6:29:47 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: Raider Sam

Yeah if you’re not Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin you’re “establishment” or “RINO”. I guess the exception would be Marco Rubio. But no doubt he’ll say something that isn’t 100% pure and he’ll be called a RINO too.


46 posted on 11/10/2010 6:29:52 PM PST by ejdrapes (Can we quit with the 'GOP is screwing the Tea Party' crap already....)
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To: ejdrapes

It does appear that there are a lot of fickle people on FreeRepublic doesn’t it?


47 posted on 11/10/2010 6:29:56 PM PST by Spunky (You are free to make choices, but not free from the consequences)
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To: truth_seeker

If, by Michele running for the leadership, then Jeb Hensarling is considered “the establishment”, maybe it was a good rope-a-dope strategery to ensure a conservative in that position. If the choice is between Jeb and Michele, I think that is a very good thing.


48 posted on 11/10/2010 6:30:03 PM PST by gramho12
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To: ejdrapes

Boo-HOo, we are being attacked by the establishment, they are hammering daily at Governor Palin, and now DeMint, and the tea party.

Conservatives are in a battle with the anti-Reagan wing of the GOP.


49 posted on 11/10/2010 6:31:25 PM PST by ansel12
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To: ansel12

No, this is not bad.

Hensarling is a solid conservative, one of the truly good guys. Bachmann isn’t selling out. He’s worked for his term, he’s on our side, and there are other battles to fight. We don’t need one over leadership.


50 posted on 11/10/2010 6:31:29 PM PST by Jedidah
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