Unpopular Bachmann Introduces 34th Attempt to Repeal Obamacare

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) represents an R+10 district. Minnesota's Sixth Congressional District is the state's most conservative. Yet, she barely squeaked out a victory.

How is that possible?

MN-06 voters finally got a decent look at Bachmann in all her glory. Minnesota media has failed to cover her so the national spotlight of the presidential race was Minnesota's first good look at her. Her approval rating in her district is poor and her disapproval is high. During her 2012 re-election campaign her approval/disapproval plummeted to 29 percent favorable, 59 percent unfavorable.

Furthermore, the tea party is really unpopular:

Views of the tea party movement are at their lowest point ever, with voters for the first time evenly divided when asked to match the views of the average tea party member against those of the average member of Congress. Only 8 percent now say they are members of the tea party, down from a high of 24 percent in April 2010 just after passage of the national health care law.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 30 percent of Likely U.S. Voters now have a favorable opinion of the tea party. Half (49 percent) of voters have an unfavorable view of the movement.

So how is Bachmann celebrating her mandate?

At noon today, I introduced the first bill of the 113th Congress to repeal Obamacare in its entirety.

— Michele Bachmann (@MicheleBachmann) January 3, 2013

Yes, that's right. Bachmann introduced a repeal Obamacare bill. It's the 34th time the House has wasted their time on this.

House Republicans have voted on zero actual job creation bills (disguising a tax cut as job creation doesn't count), but they have voted on repealing Obamacare 33 times in the past two years. It is a certainty that Bachmann's bill will come to the House floor, and the House will vote to repeal Obamacare for the 34th meaningless time.

It would be easy to pick on Bachmann's priorities, but she is just a symptom of the larger disease. House Republicans don't care about the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Gov. Chris Christie specifically blamed John Boehner for the bill not being brought to the floor, when the person he really should have blamed was Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Cantor is the loudest and the most powerful GOP voice in the House behind the idea that disaster relief should be offset by spending cuts. In September 2011, Cantor wanted a 40 percent cut in funding for first responders in exchange for disaster relief. Cantor has a long history of disaster relief hypocrisy. The fact that he chose to call out Boehner instead of the right wing billionaires' best boy reveals a lot about both Chris Christie and who really controls the Republican Party.

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