Skip to comments.Michele Bachmann drops out of leadership race
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 GOPs 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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That is too bad. The establishment lives, down with Cantor.
LOL I suppose Bachmann will now be called a RINO around here.
I can’t imagine that anybody got to her.
Wonder why she dropped out?
I think Bachmann has a bright future -
Just Damn! MB is the best!
The GOP leadership really owes the Tea Party something. Looks like their memory is pretty short.
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.
Sometimes it is better to be outside the fray. That way one does not contaminate oneself when the establishment screws up.
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Your Right of course.However having one of ours at the lead position would be a nice change of pace to say the least!
No, but she is nicer than they deserve.
I truly think that they aim to beat us, not bond with us.
Yeah, that's what we want. An election without competition. LOL. I think that's called a coronation. A ruling class coronation.
Whip count, I guess.
If that means “establishment wins” and Hensarling gets the job, and that is a bad thing?
He is excellent.
Long-run good thing - need to let the Establishment Republicans hang themselves.
Why? Because she lost her leadership bid, and what do you have against "around here"?
if she won, she’d be part of the establishment. Now she is free to just be herself.
I think she did the right thing.
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).
Smaller Constitutional government.
To take over an organization, your people have to replace their people.
If ever there was a conservative LEADER, it is Michele Bachmann. She is fearless.
Good points. Agree.
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.
Hensarling is excellent. It is Boehner and Cantor that I’d like to see dumped.
Very disappointing. But, the bright side is that now she’ll have more time to devote to her Tea Party Coalition.
It sounds like the Republicans don’t want a messy public fight and she’s a fighter. She was probably promised something big.
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.
You're sure right about that!
She better not shut up. We need her to speak out.
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.
Jeb has demonstrated his commitment to limited government, reduced spending and lower taxes and he will be a strong voice for the Tea Partys call for these values, according to Bachmanns 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."
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.
Maybe she has been promised something else.
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.
You know what would work for me? A Speaker Bachmann.
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!”
“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 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!!!!
Who has she led?
He loves Medicare Part D and he loved Dede Scozzafava
Party over principles.
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.
It does appear that there are a lot of fickle people on FreeRepublic doesn’t it?
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.
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.
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.
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