Skip to comments.Going Rogue: Freshman congressman criticizes Bachmann speech
Posted on 01/27/2011 11:28:33 AM PST by bigbob
CHICAGO (WLS) - A Tea Party-backed congressman from the Northwest suburbs is criticizing a leading figure in the Tea Party movement.
Joe Walsh told Roe and Roeper that Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann should not have delivered a Tea Party response to the president's State of the Union address Tuesday night.
Walsh says her message took attention away from the main Republican speech by Congressman Paul Ryan.
"I mean there is no more Tea Party freshman on the planet than myself, but I'll be the first to say, respectfully, Michele had no business making that speech last night, Walsh said. I mean Paul Ryan gave the Republican response. We're all Republicans. I think it was a distraction that she did it, and it was just fodder for the media to do as you just said. To try to create this separation within the party."
Walsh was recently sworn in as a freshman congressman replacing Democrat Melissa Bean.
It was unfortunate all around because the MEDIA made hay out of it.
When will our side learn?
How soon the young surfer, lifted to new shores and flirtatious attentions, can dismiss the effect of the brave patriotic souls who did the cannonball into the bay of sharks which produced today’s righteous waves.
Bachmann was dumping tea into the rhetorical harbor long before membership in one or the other new loosely affiliated group was cool. And she will still be fighting socialists and politely thumping fellow party members until the day that the well-intentioned Right finally gets over the silly notion that gathering in the streets and holding banners IS the end goal.
“The beauty and glory of the Tea Party is its independence,...”
Independence from success is hardly a winning strategy.
Is your flavor of TEA not available to the folks most able to help achieve your goal?
What exactly IS your goal?
Is it simply to rally, rally, rally, bitch, bitch, bitch and then to bad mouth anyone official who listens and can help?
I’ve partied with the TEA folk. They are great. I believed the speeches they made locally here saying we demand government listen to us. I miss those logical days.
The enemy press cannot divide us. That is an inside job.
If we now stand in fear that two very similar and sympathetic voices of Freedom are one too many, then our steps toward both their worthy goals will never come. And if you are waiting for the “network radio news” to announce when we can move, then you better take a seat right now.
I don’t know much about this guy “Joe the Bummer”, but Michele is a leader.
I’ve tried following accommodators. Nearly broke my nose.
I assume, by logical extension of the ‘timing’ argument,
that if Michele and Sarah, Rush and Hannity, Demint and Paul, Sowell and Williams had ALL given responses that night then our goals would be even more ill served.
Good thing we did not try that, eh? Freedom might have really taken it in the shorts.
You’re full of crap. You have a two year old signup date, and the other day you had less than one and a half pages of comments, and have clearly expressed leftist crap viewpoints.
Fortunately people can’t edit their comments after the fact on FR.
Peoples’ posting history reveals what they are, and yours are no different.
Not only are you a troll, you’re stupid if you think you can fool very many or any people on FR for more than a short while.
I totally agree.
I also do not like the idea of Tea Party caucuses on the Hill
I’m divided on it.
On one hand it makes sense, there are no Congressperson (TP) only (D), (I) and (R’s) and as Bachmann put it...”We are the receptacle” and they don’t claim to be the leaders, run it or any such thing.
Many Congresscritters will not take email etc from people who aren’t in their district. The caucus is a central ‘inbox’ of sorts— where Tea Party members can express their concerns, ideas and all that.
I think the TPC can possibly offer a fuller representation of the Tea Party ideals on legislation, than we could do alone in our districts.
The down side I see is that when money and donors get too involved— it opens the door wider to corruption and skews interests.
I also worry some will see it as strictly a republican group because mostly it is the republicans in congress that are interested in Tea Party ideas and values, some of them are Tea Party members themselves.
If Palin was elected— would she have to stay away from the Tea Party because she’s a republican and holds office? What about Walsh, Paul or Rubio, must they now drop their affiliation or claims of being a Tea partier—they are elected Republicans.
I think there is a point to where the Tea Party can be too jealously guarded as to make it unattractive and exclusive to others—when that was what was trying to be avoided in the first place.
Okay, does that mean that Rand Paul shouldn’t have delivered his reponse to the SOTU either? Tell Walsh to shut up and sit down.
“...the Tea Party can be too jealously guarded as to make it unattractive and exclusive...”
Freedom is definitely NOT well-served by even well-intentioned Pharisees.
When its acolytes speak of eligibility and access and they engage in great debates about timing and exclusions, then the question is answered regarding whether the entity’s prime motivation is of party or of principle.
People who think Truth and Freedom and the advocacy of both should be subject to party endorsed ‘timing’ don’t know What The Future they are talking about.
It seems that the people who post here know little about Joe Walsh other than he may have said something critical about the timing of Michelle Bachman’s speech. I suggest you do some research before you jump to conclusions.
Joe Walsh will be a great asset to the conservative cause.
Did this sucka$$ ever spend a day in the military? Two fronts against on is more better....
It wouldnt matter what she said, like it doesnt matter what speech odumbo gives the lame stream will always love it. Talking about jokes I hope odumbos message was heard in all 57 states lol
Are you having doubts about which team you are playing for?
STFU and fix stuff.
I watched her for 6 minutes with the volume off.
Really enjoyed it.
I did like her response as well.
That's "Mrs. Bachmann" to you, fella.
President Reagan, the 11th Commandment is dead. Just when we needed it most.
Well, HE sure didn’t have the balls to do what Michele Bachmann did in challenging the president’s speech! She rocks out loud!
>> “Walsh says her message took attention away from the main Republican speech by Congressman Paul Ryan.” <<
And I thought that was a good thing!
Bachmann has way better insight to what we need than the very limited Ryan, and her comments filled in the huge squshies in Ryan’s address. (she should have been the choice over Ryan)
Ryan left much to be said, and Bachmann filled the huge gaping holes he left.
Ryan was a poor choice because his agenda is way too limited.