Ryan endorses Hensarling over Bachmann for leadership post

posted at 2:15 pm on November 5, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

It didn’t take long for Rep. Michele Bachmann’s decision to run for Conference Chair in the House Republican caucus to get a reaction from her colleagues.  Caucus veterans started lining up behind Bachmann’s opponent for the position, Jeb Hensarling of Texas.  Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan, who is well-regarded by the fiscal conservatives active in the Tea Party movement, endorsed Hensarling in a letter to current House Republicans:

House Republicans Thursday reacted strongly against Rep. Michele Bachmann’s decision to run for a top leadership post in the new majority, looking to nip in the bud any chance that she might attract support from the substantially large group of incoming freshman lawmakers.

The trick for Republicans is to keep Bachmann – the Minnesota Republican viewed by many in leadership as an unserious and unhelpful spokesman for the party – away from an elevated platform that many in the party feel would hinder or harm the GOP, without being viewed as not listening to the Tea Party movement, which supplied much of the energy that gave them a 61-seat pickup and control of the House. …

Top House Republicans from Eric Cantor to Paul Ryan are firmly behind Hensarling, arguing that he is a solid conservative who will provide the very “constitutional conservatism” that Bachmann says she represents.

But Hensarling is far less well known beyond Washington and his home district of the southeast Dallas suburbs, so there is potential for average grassroots conservatives who know of Bachmann but not Hensarling to interpret the party’s support for the latter as a slight of the Tea Party.

To that question, it may be one missing endorsement that could make the case for Hensarling:

Palin, in an e-mail to The Daly Caller, declined to endorse Bachmann, even though she has been an outspoken advocate on the congresswoman’s behalf and accused Politico of sexism Thursday for using a picture of Bachmann having makeup applied to her face.

“I’m taking a position on who gets to sit in the big boy highchair this morning for breakfast… Trig or Tripp?” Palin said, referring to her son and grandson, respectively. “Leadership in the US Congress this morning? Nah … not ’till after the Cheerios,” Palin said.

Dick Armey, chair of Freedom Works, which did a lot of ground work in organizing for the Tea Party, didn’t issue an endorsement but did remind people that Hensarling has solid conservative credentials.  He voted against TARP in 2008, one of the few to buck his own party and President to do so, as well as the GOP nominee in the presidential election that took place just a few weeks later.  Hensarling has also been at the forefront of fiscal-conservative policy formation over the past few years as a former Republican Study Committee chair, and has earned loyalty for his fundraising (as has Bachmann).

Either one would give fiscal conservatives a strong voice in leadership.  Hensarling, though, did not have the same level of public commitment to the Tea Party movement as did Bachmann, who spent considerable time helping people across the country to get organized and enthusiastic about the midterm elections.  On the other hand, one could argue that Bachmann may fill a better role as an outside check on GOP leadership, in a role perhaps more analogous to the Tea Party itself.

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Bachmann OverDrive is a fighter,and has been very vocal
through out the last two years,I do hope,they know what
there doing!!

canopfor on November 5, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Bachmann, it can easily be argued, galvanized the movement that flushed out RINOs and put conservatism back into the party. To push her out is a crime. This will be the first major mistake made by Boehner as Speaker. Typical RINO fumble.

Western_Civ on November 5, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Here we go. I knew it was too good to be true.

Lanceman on November 5, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Ed,

who is better at defeating earmarks?

unseen on November 5, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Palin didn’t decline to endorse Bachman, she declined to endorse anyone. There’s a difference.

pugwriter on November 5, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Let me add, Bachmann snapped her fingers last November when the House called a vote on HC, and in 3 days 100,000 people showed up to protest at the Capitol. I was there and I didn’t see Jeb Hensarling.

Western_Civ on November 5, 2010 at 2:21 PM

“We have to play it ‘safe’ so that we don’t piss off too many demorats.”

-GOP apparatchiks

More fire breathers, the more the better, and start scaring the shiite out of the left.

Bishop on November 5, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Paul Ryan = TARP voting jackass.

How exactly is this moron a “fiscal conservative”???????????????

tetriskid on November 5, 2010 at 2:21 PM

I’ll confess I don’t know much about Hensarling. Just based on a quick glance at his voting record though, the dude is a bonafide fiscal conservative(and a social one if that matters). It’s not like he’d be a bad choice for the role.

As for Bachmann, maybe leading the Tea Party Caucus is a better fit for her. She has an outsider, anti-establishment reputation that would be undermined somewhat by becoming the Conference Chairperson.

Doughboy on November 5, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Forget them both. I would like a Tea Party freshman in that spot. How about Jaime Herrera of WA-3? Jon Runyan of NJ-3? Allen West, FL-22? Scott DesJarlais, TN-6? Any of these would be better than Bachmann or Hossenpfeffer.

motionview on November 5, 2010 at 2:22 PM

We don’t need any infighting. If Bachman can’t affect change within the GOP establishment from the outside, then the concept of the Tea Party is of no value. The exact point of the Tea Party is to affect change outside of leadership by forcing leadership back to core principles.

csdeven on November 5, 2010 at 2:22 PM

How was Hensarling on amnesty?

FloatingRock on November 5, 2010 at 2:23 PM

I don’t think the Tea Party should have an “official” seat at the table. This is nothing against Bachman, but I think the Tea Party should not attach itself to the GOP in any way. If they do, I fear they will be hijacked by the political class.

portlandon on November 5, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Hensarling for chair? Bachmann for vice-chair?

Wethal on November 5, 2010 at 2:23 PM

This is a real deal chance to set things straight. “Standing up” or “talking about” conservatism doesn’t automatically make you a legislative leader.

conservador on November 5, 2010 at 2:23 PM

http://hensarling.house.gov/
======

Jeb Hensarling
Fiscal Watchdog

http://www.jebhensarling.com/

canopfor on November 5, 2010 at 2:23 PM

If Paul Ryan endorses Hensarling, than I will go with that endorsement. Ryan is the one man with a serious and clear plan to reduce the size of the federal government.

WashJeff on November 5, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Michelle is more effective where she is. She shouldn’t be leadership.

She’s kind of like Sarah Palin. Best when working on the outskirts of the party.

gophergirl on November 5, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Palin didn’t decline to endorse Bachman, she declined to endorse anyone. There’s a difference.

pugwriter on November 5, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Exactly. This.

kingsjester on November 5, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Bachmann, it can easily be argued, galvanized the movement that flushed out RINOs and put conservatism back into the party. To push her out is a crime. This will be the first major mistake made by Boehner as Speaker. Typical RINO fumble.

Western_Civ on November 5, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Western_Cive: Well said,time for a stink’n petition!

canopfor on November 5, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Both are good, solid choices, but Michelle Bachmann is the one I’d rather see. She articulates the Tea party position better than anyone else in Congress.

The downside, of course, is she will be a lightening rod. But then again, she already is, so ….

I can see Sarah staying out of this one though.

gary4205 on November 5, 2010 at 2:25 PM

To add: Bachmann’s race against Clark was the the most expensive house race in history, both sides poured money into it. The left HATES Michele, and the GOP was willing to pauperize their coffers to defend her, and now she gets put on the back burner?

What’s the message here, that she is good enough to keep around and stir things up but not good enough for much else?

Bishop on November 5, 2010 at 2:25 PM

I said this before and it bears repeating.

If Jim DeMint has taught us anything, it’s that you don’t need a leadership position to have congressional power, and it all too often hurts.

If she gets the post and has to let us down on a vote, we’ll call her “establishment” in a heartbeat – and everyone knows it.

KingGold on November 5, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Leadership positions put you in a position to defend.

I like Bachmann being as free as possible to do what she does best.

forest on November 5, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Paul Ryan = TARP voting jackass.

How exactly is this moron a “fiscal conservative”???????????????

tetriskid on November 5, 2010 at 2:21 PM

The funniest part is that he is touted as the man with the plan to save the democrat’s precious New Deal from doom.

ebrawer on November 5, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Rush just mentioned the Ellmers-Ethridge race and how the liberals are trying to steal the election and how the elites are not defending her because she is a Tea party canaidate. This is the game plan of the elites to destroy the tea party.

Bachmann needs that position. I was netrual until the ellmers event and how the NRCC is going after Ellmers and the NRSC after Miller. The elites are trying to push out the Tea party. It is time to demand representation at the table.

Bachmann needs to win this race. Ryan is a freaking Rino who supported TARP, the autop bailouts and the AIG bonus crap.

We need one of our own at the table.

unseen on November 5, 2010 at 2:26 PM

The GOP should go with the current momentum and go with Bachmann.

Irenaeus on November 5, 2010 at 2:26 PM

I like both of these candidates for the job, although Jeb has one term more of seniority. I’ll take the RedState recommendation – make him the chair, her the vice-chair.

thirteen28 on November 5, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Why are people trying to drag Sarah Palin into this? Seriously. She’s not going to “endo” someone for a house leadership position.

Come on people … I don’t know how many got angry about her endorsing COD in DE – and now everyone wants her to get involved in this? Basically daring her to?

Tea Party Picks it’s battles.

The value I see in this issue – it’s going to clearly flush out who the “establishment” types are.

HondaV65 on November 5, 2010 at 2:26 PM

No Bachmann is not nearly as complete and conservative as Hensarling. She only got the public eye more than he.

FYI, How many conservative congressmen are from Texas vs. from the entire Midwest?

Kermit on November 5, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Hensarling is not against the Tea Party. He just isn’t the face of the Tea Party like Bachman. We don’t lose either way, but I can tell you straight up Jeb is a true conservative and was so long before he got into politics.

My mom used to work with Jeb for years and all during the Clinton years she would stop by his office and they would talk politics. On April 15th(my birthday), 2009, Jeb wrote a great conservative article in the Dallas Morning News that coincided with the TEA party. Jeb is a Tea Party guy as well.

I love Bachman as well and would like to see her somewhere in a commitee lead. But Hensarling is a great candidate.

jeffn21 on November 5, 2010 at 2:26 PM

I don’t see a problem with Hensarling in that role. If they support him over her, so be it.

changer1701 on November 5, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Love Bachmann but I’m not sure this is the role for her. Hensarling is smart and solid.

Missy on November 5, 2010 at 2:27 PM

I don’t want the Repubs to have an easy target in leadership to demonize. Hensarling is super smart, he’s Ryan’s deputy on Budget, and like Ryan he’s low key. Cantor’s the only member of leadership that can be a bit hard edged, that’s enough. Move up Marsha Blackburn.

lizzie beth on November 5, 2010 at 2:27 PM

I’m for the one that Ryan & Cantor aren’t !

stenwin77 on November 5, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Never heard of Hensarling…GOP better be right…jus’ sayin’

d1carter on November 5, 2010 at 2:27 PM

The funniest part is that he is touted as the man with the plan to save the democrat’s precious New Deal from doom.

ebrawer on November 5, 2010 at 2:25 PM

And his plan calls for “means testing” Social Security and Medicare – that’s a democratic strategery all the way!

HondaV65 on November 5, 2010 at 2:27 PM

The left HATES Michele, and the GOP was willing to pauperize their coffers to defend her, and now she gets put on the back burner?

What’s the message here, that she is good enough to keep around and stir things up but not good enough for much else?

Bishop on November 5, 2010 at 2:25 PM

how much did the NRCC give to Bachmann. Palin raised millions for her.

this is nothing but trying to sideline Palin and the Tea party. the elites need to go down.

unseen on November 5, 2010 at 2:28 PM

If Jim DeMint has taught us anything, it’s that you don’t need a leadership position to have congressional power, and it all too often hurts.

If she gets the post and has to let us down on a vote, we’ll call her “establishment” in a heartbeat – and everyone knows it.

KingGold on November 5, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Yup. She’ll have more impact by throwing some haymakers in an interview with Greta than somebody nobody has heard of operating as the number 4 Republican in the house.

forest on November 5, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Paul Ryan:

TARP

AIG

Auto Bailout

Can somebody send this idiot to remedial accounting classes?

tetriskid on November 5, 2010 at 2:28 PM

I want them to publish all final leadership votes.
When the backrooms start lining up on earmarks, it will be great to see the payback trails.

barnone on November 5, 2010 at 2:28 PM

My adopted congresscritter is Hensarling (trapped in TX-30).

He is smart a fiscal watchdog and a better choice than Bachman.
I didn’t want to see this happen and would be bad if Bachman fought hard for this.

cozmo on November 5, 2010 at 2:29 PM

We need one of our own at the table.

unseen on November 5, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Not seeing what is wrong with Hensarling. He appears to be “one of our own” too with just as strong of conservative “creds” as Michelle as.

gophergirl on November 5, 2010 at 2:29 PM

She needs to be the outside check. As soon as you have someone claiming tea party status entrenched in a powerful position, the tea party is no longer an underdog fight the good fight. They become “the man”. The very establishment the tea party opposes.

And there is no way things will change quickly enough or dramatically enough that she would escape heavy criticism from the Americans who consider themselves tea partiers.

ButterflyDragon on November 5, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Although I was a little steamed at such a quick dismissal of Bachmann earlier today, at least Hensarling is also a good choice.

DrAllecon on November 5, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Palin is smarter than I gave her credit for, stay above it.

Firebird on November 5, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Bachmann should simply be thrilled she won, and has a place in DC. She should only be concerned with fulfilling her campaign promises. The “Tea Party” needs to perform before their reps can be trusted with a leadership position.

JetBoy on November 5, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Palin didn’t decline to endorse Bachman, she declined to endorse anyone. There’s a difference.

pugwriter on November 5, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Not really. If a top Democrat refused to endorse Barack Obama for re-election, we’d view it as significant. If she considered it important enough to back Bachmann and stop Hensarling, she’d do so. Palin has no problem speaking out.

amerpundit on November 5, 2010 at 2:29 PM

If they don’t find a meaningful spot for Bachmann–and I’m betting they will shut her out–they will have picked a fight with the Tea Party that they will live to regret. YOUR new and improved GOP!

james23 on November 5, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Oops sorry,thats Civ,not Cive:)

canopfor on November 5, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Primary Jeb Hensnarling!!! Primary Paul Ryan!!! Establishment RINOS!!!

j/k

swamp_yankee on November 5, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Jeb Hensarling – What the hell is a Jeb?

Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan are increasingly getting on my nerves.

This is the GOP’s attempt to diminish the Tea Party’s Clout.

Kini on November 5, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Breaking News: Keith Olbermann suspended indefinetly!!!

portlandon on November 5, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Not seeing what is wrong with Hensarling. He appears to be “one of our own” too with just as strong of conservative “creds” as Michelle as.

gophergirl on November 5, 2010 at 2:29 PM

If he was one of our own the elites would not be lining up to support him.

unseen on November 5, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Bachmann going on MSNBC shows a lack of good judgement that is desirable in leadership positions.

jjshaka on November 5, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Just called Boehner’s West Chester Ohio office. Spoke with a receptive bloke there who claims he “hasn’t heard anything about this leadership position.” He got a polite earful from me, and I suggest anyone who cares call:

Butler County Office
7969 Cincinnati-Dayton Road
Suite B
West Chester, OH 45069
(513) 779-5400
513) 779-5315 fax

Miami County Office
12 South Plum Street
Troy, OH 45373
(937) 339-1524
(937) 339-1878 fax

Washington, D.C. Office
1011 Longworth H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-6205
(202) 225-0704 fax

Western_Civ on November 5, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Whew! I’m sure glad the GOP is really trying to veer away from that good’ol boy reputation…

yubley on November 5, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Rush is on the SarahCuda,O’Donnell blame thingy,

http://player.streamtheworld.com/_players/entercom/player/?id=WILK

canopfor on November 5, 2010 at 2:32 PM

The “Tea Party” needs to perform before their reps can be trusted with a leadership position.

JetBoy on November 5, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Bachmann isn’t a “freshman” and doesn’t need to establish her rep.

darwin on November 5, 2010 at 2:32 PM

TARP was the right thing to do at the time. Auto Bailout and especially Porkulus was where they went off the rails.

I have no idea who Hensarling is, but if he is better at governing, then they should pick him. This is about moving the country away from the abyss and not rewarding people who held rallies.

pedestrian on November 5, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Bachmann was around before the TP came along, this wasn’t her first trip to the plate. The GOP is simply skeered that her support from the Tea Party will hurt them.

Bishop on November 5, 2010 at 2:32 PM

You cannot be serious. So now anyone who’s been on MSNBC is disqualified for leadership?

HondaV65 on November 5, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Breaking News: Keith Olbermann suspended indefinetly!!!

portlandon on November 5, 2010 at 2:30 PM

AHHHAAHHHHAAAA- well this day just got a whole lot better!

jjshaka on November 5, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Just called Boehner’s West Chester Ohio office.

Western_Civ on November 5, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Western_Civ:Excellent:)

canopfor on November 5, 2010 at 2:33 PM

If he was one of our own the elites would not be lining up to support him.

unseen on November 5, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Oh come on! Name one place on his record where he isn’t as bonafide of a conservative as Michelle is. I bet you can’t.

gophergirl on November 5, 2010 at 2:34 PM

The downside of this is that a leadership role would make Bachmann even more a target between now and 2012. The democratics and the media (yes, redundant) would dig deep for dirt on her as they did on Newt. They would pour even more money into her opponent’s election campaign. I don’t believe she is strong enough in her district to withstand the heat when the wave subsides.

Leaders in the House should come from absolutely safe districts for this reason. Princess Nana from SF, Newt from North Georgia, Boehner in an absolutely safe district in Ohio, etc.

slickwillie2001 on November 5, 2010 at 2:34 PM

“There’s no limit to what we can accomplish, as long as nobody cares who gets the credit.”
– Sign on Ronald Reagan’s Oval Office Desk

GOP, stop this silliness RIGHT @#$%^&*! NOW. You do a good job, and there will plently of glory for EVERYONE.

(And John Boehner: Please put an end to all of that Nancy Pelosi silliness, e.g. taking a USAF jet to fly home to your district. Commercial flights are perfectly good… and will keep you in touch with us “regular people.”)

VastRightWingConspirator on November 5, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Western_Civ on November 5, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Actually – you may have a good idea there … hmmm.

Not that I care that much about this leadership position – but it’s one way to remind Boehner that we’re out here and we’re thinking about him!

HondaV65 on November 5, 2010 at 2:35 PM

This is STUPID!! Lots of people do not get picked the first time they TRY OUT for a leadership position.

This is not a popularity contest, the Representatives get to pick their leaders, not US.

Elizabetty on November 5, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Wow rush went after the GOP NRCC about the Ellmers race. Way to go Rush. Way to go give them hel!.

The GOP has the house thanks to the Tea party they want to sideline the woman and give the race to a liberal who voted for cap and tax, obamacare, increase in debt cieling and 99% of the Obama-Pelosi agenda.

the GOp establishment is playing with fire and they will get burned. enough. I say the Tea Party and freshman congresscritters should play hardball. Refuse to support John for Speaker unless he fires the NRCC

wow…..The power of RUSH and Palin. the NRCC is now helping Ellmers. Palin sends a tweet last night, Rush hits them upside the head and they change course in a day.

unseen on November 5, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Jeb Hensarling – What the hell is a Jeb?

Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan are increasingly getting on my nerves.

This is the GOP’s attempt to diminish the Tea Party’s Clout.

Kini on November 5, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Why does Michelle deserve it more than him? How is she more conservative than he is?

If this was a squishy RINO I would say you guys have a point but he’s not – he’s got what you all say you want.

gophergirl on November 5, 2010 at 2:35 PM

That Jeb Hensarling sure showed everyone what he was made of these past few years, what courage, what cojones…so much so that he is practically a house hold name….err…Jeb who?

Alinsky on November 5, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Seems the GOP leadership always gets a little nervous when any member articulates adherence to the Constitution. I think they’re afraid someone like Bachmann won’t play with the boys and be a thorny prick in their side.

darwin on November 5, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Establishment GOP endorses Establishment GOP. Shocka! Details at 11.

Bachmann going on MSNBC shows a lack of good judgement that is desirable in leadership positions.

jjshaka on November 5, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Wha??? most of your Establishment GOP types go on all of the leftist networks, and argue that doing so is a virtue. Watch for Hensarling to appear on Meat the Depressed or some
other typically biased leftist show on nbc.

james23 on November 5, 2010 at 2:37 PM

This is not a popularity contest, the Representatives get to pick their leaders, not US.

Elizabetty on November 5, 2010 at 2:35 PM

No they work for us. They serve at which leadership position we wish. the Representivies is not a select group. they are our representative and their leadership is up to us.

the days of them having the power are over.

unseen on November 5, 2010 at 2:37 PM

This is STUPID!! Lots of people do not get picked the first time they TRY OUT for a leadership position.

This is not a popularity contest, the Representatives get to pick their leaders, not US.

Elizabetty on November 5, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Thank you. The over reaction on this is embarrassing. This isn’t an all out attack on the tea party.

I think it’s time for a Hotair break. It’s runing my post-election buzz.

gophergirl on November 5, 2010 at 2:37 PM

BTW,alot of Voters were Women,just a say’n!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on November 5, 2010 at 2:38 PM

I said this before and it bears repeating.

If Jim DeMint has taught us anything, it’s that you don’t need a leadership position to have congressional power, and it all too often hurts.

If she gets the post and has to let us down on a vote, we’ll call her “establishment” in a heartbeat – and everyone knows it.

KingGold on November 5, 2010 at 2:25 PM

“Do not take counsel of your fears.”

General George S. Patton

fossten on November 5, 2010 at 2:38 PM

he’s got what you all say you want.

gophergirl on November 5, 2010 at 2:35 PM

he is a bush rep. that is all you need to know to not support his leadership bid. how do you expect to have change if you bring the same people back into the leadership positions that were there in 2000-2006?

unseen on November 5, 2010 at 2:38 PM

gophergirl, we’ve just been through a legislative bloodbath, in which socialism was shoved down our collective throats. Your guy Hensarling was in Washington then, right? If he is a leader, why was he invisible in the legislative battles of the last 2 years?

james23 on November 5, 2010 at 2:38 PM

You guys will know. Are there any Conservative women in official leadership positions within the GOP side of Congress?

kingsjester on November 5, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Hensarling seems good to me. He’s endorsed by both Pence and Ryan. Also, he has an all-time rating of over 98% by the ACU.

keepinitreal on November 5, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Come on, Republicans, give Michele Bachmann a leadership role here! She has been one of moving forces in the party that got all of you in the place you are right now.

And besides that, the Democrats do not have any one that looks that hot!

pilamaye on November 5, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Michele Bachmann’s mistake here was jumping the gun, and running for this position in presence of only the existing House minority, without getting the support of the 64 incoming freshmen.

The support for Hensarling might also be due to experience. Conference Chair might be a sort of “herding cats” position, where the person must reconcile the sometimes conflicting temperaments of 240+ egos. Michele Bachmann is young and enthusiastic, but Hensarling was probably in Congress during the 1994 Republican takeover, and can draw on that experience to repeat what was done right, and avoid repeating the mistakes made back then.

Steve Z on November 5, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Meet the new GOP, same as the old GOP. Sigh….

A 3rd Party sounds better every day.

Norwegian on November 5, 2010 at 2:40 PM

How was Hensarling on amnesty?

FloatingRock on November 5, 2010 at 2:23 PM

And haveing to even ask the question should be enough reason to vote for Bachman.
Who is Hensarling to begin with? Where was he during this past election, was he rasing money for anybody or defending anybody anywhere?

kangjie on November 5, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Thank you. The over reaction on this is embarrassing. This isn’t an all out attack on the tea party.

I think it’s time for a Hotair break. It’s runing my post-election buzz.

gophergirl on November 5, 2010 at 2:37 PM

If you think the elites are not on a full out attack on the Tea party and Palin you are not paying attention. Political power is formed in the trenches with picks like this. There is no overaction. If you win an election yet do not get a seat at the table that makes the decisions you have won nothing.

The elites like the numbers the Tea party gave them but they do not want them at the table making the decisions

unseen on November 5, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Let’s avoid internecine warfare at all costs. Michelle can have her Constitution lessons and start a Tea Party caucus while Hensarling gets the conference chair position.

Buy Danish on November 5, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Some folks are showing less knee-jerk intelligence than during the primaries. To heck with a good man, we want a heroic ideologue.

cozmo on November 5, 2010 at 2:41 PM

It looks like either candidate would be just fine in that position.
So why not throw a bone to the “Tea Party candidate”?…..after all it WAS the tea party itself that made Tuesday night happen.

It’s obvious…..Thanks tea party, now sit down and shut up and see ya next election. urgggg.

tencole on November 5, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Breaking News: Keith Olbermann suspended indefinetly!!!

portlandon on November 5, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Wow, didn’t see that coming.

As for Bachmann, I just want her at the table for oversight. I don’t trust the establishment, regardless of whether they’re GOP or Dem. Michelle – I trust her to be a voice for the people and she won’t go along to get along.

yogi41 on November 5, 2010 at 2:42 PM

What’s with all the women posters here bashing Bachmann?

fossten on November 5, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Over reaction?

Just 17 members — about 10 percent of the GOP conference — have written checks to Scozzafava’s campaign. They include House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.), National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who is in charge of recruiting candidates to run next year.

Notably absent from that list is Rep. Mike Pence (Ind.), the Republican Conference chairman. Pence, the former chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, has refused to endorse Scozzafava.

“I don’t think this is an NRCC problem. This is a much broader Republican problem,” said the conservative lawmaker, who requested anonymity when discussing internal Republican politics. “The inability of the Republican coalition to coalesce is going to be a huge challenge for us in 2010.”

In an effort to prove Scozzafava can attract conservatives, Sessions pushed Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) to step up and endorse her. After his announcement, Hensarling took shots from some prominent conservative blogs and media outlets, with some going so far as to lob unfounded charges about Hensarling’s personal life.

Leadership aides blame those incidents on Pence, and say his decision not to endorse Scozzafava harms cohesion.

“It breaks down the leadership team when we all can’t be together,” one leadership aide said. “When you see a good guy like Jeb Hensarling step into the fray to take that bullet, you kind of scratch your head and say, ‘Do we really want a Republican majority, or are we in it for something else here?’ ”

Hensarling declined to be interviewed about his endorsement of Scozzafava. A spokesman said he had nothing to add to his statement, issued last Friday.

this “conservative” endorsed DEDE over hoffman. Any questions who to support?

unseen on November 5, 2010 at 2:46 PM

It doesn’t matter if she is in a leadership position or not: running the Constitutional classes and getting a coherent group of Representatives together who understand their position will do more good than drafting legislation. That sort of group can stop up legislation by letting the leadership know they will not vote for spending bills out of line with our fiscal problems and the Constitution.

That will do far more good than any leadership position ever will as it changes the character and nature of what is going on in the House away from the belief that government can be all things to all people at any price. The cost of that is way too high… keep the leadership to their word on keeping spending down and cutting back on government.

Or stop up the works permanently and get that result by default. That takes organization, not leadership and Bachmann is very able to do that.

ajacksonian on November 5, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Some folks are showing less knee-jerk intelligence than during the primaries. To heck with a good man, we want a heroic ideologue.
cozmo on November 5, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Thank you suh, we’z dummies will sits down now and follows the recommendications of our betters.

Bishop on November 5, 2010 at 2:46 PM

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never heard of him, Jeb’s the man.

This is where people start to go wrong, thinking that every position needs to be filled with “a name” rather than with the most qualified, best person for the job.

Just be competent, do your job, and let the theatrics take care of themselves.

Abby Adams on November 5, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Michele Bachmann’s great at “rallying the troops” and she’s strong on policy, but we need someone who really knows how to play chess. I’m not sure she has demonstrated that kind of leadership ability.

I think it’s significant when well respected members of the tea party movement (e.g., Ryan, Cantor, and Armey) are backing the other guy.

Outlander on November 5, 2010 at 2:46 PM

canopfor on November 5, 2010 at 2:38 PM

I have went back and looked at those threads you told me about and I only found one place where we simply just misunderstood each other..Again I want you to know that I would NOT do anything to hurt your feelings or cut you down my friend..I enjoy posting with you and picking at each other..I consider you one of my best cyber friends..Again if I offended you I AM SORRY! you..I promise I did not mean to..:):)

PS..Hotty Totty!!

Dire Straits on November 5, 2010 at 2:46 PM

In the dark days of 2009, when the socialists were running wild and national healthcare was being shoved down our throats, I am sure glad we had Jeb Hensarling there to:__________________.

Someone please fill in the blank.

james23 on November 5, 2010 at 2:47 PM

unseen on November 5, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Ditto..Ditto…Ditto….good job.

Those republican elites will never learn.
Boehner has a tuff job on his hands…that’s for Dang sure!

tencole on November 5, 2010 at 2:47 PM

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