Congresswoman Michele Bachmann gets some ink in a Politico piece about how Republican leaders in Congress are trying to “moderate the rhetorical excesses of House conservatives hammering away on Obama’s birth certificate, decrying the creation of “death panels” and ferreting out signs of “creeping socialism.”
Says the article:
House Minority Leader John Boehner, a conservative with a penchant for compromise, has spent the past few months trying to harness the anger of the GOP base without allowing his conference to veer too far to the right.
Sources say they have been especially wary of the possible damage inflicted on the party’s reputation by bomb-throwing Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who last fall called for an investigation into whether members of Congress are “pro-America or anti-America.”
Boehner faces challenges from within the party, though.
“There is a certain portion of the conference that believes the worst about the president and needs to express that,” said a senior GOP House aide. “The key is to capture that angst in such a way that doesn’t turn off the rest of the country, meaning the moderates, the independents, the people who don’t share all of your principles.”