Hotel guests around the country woke up today with news in their USA Today about the Tea Party and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s role in the movement that the paper calls a “political hurricane.”
The paper says:
“GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann, a two-term member of the House from Minnesota, has become a favorite speaker at Tea Party rallies. Though the 54-year-old congresswoman started an official Tea Party Caucus in the House, she’s eager to portray herself as a facilitator of the movement, not a leader.”
Bachmann told the paper: “I’m not the national spokeswoman. No person in Congress is the spokesperson for the Tea Party because it’s an organic, spontaneous movement by people all across the country. …
“Our goal is not to co-opt the movement. We don’t want to run it from Washington, D.C. We don’t want to give directives to the Tea Party movement. We don’t want to give them an agenda or tell them what to do or tell them what to do or manage them in any way.”
She was asked how she gets elected in Minnesota, where voters have favored Democrats for president longer than any other state:
“Minnesota really doesn’t like phonies. … They appreciate a politician who will be who they say they are. As far left as (the late Democratic senator) Paul Wellstone was, he was respected for not squishing on his views, and I’m the same way.
“I’m a strong, unashamed, unapologetic conservative activist for the free market. People know that about me, and I’m respected because I don’t squish on my views.”