Michele Bachmann decries “pantywaist Republicans”


Rep. Michele Bachmann entered a boxing ring in Duluth Saturday to speak at the Win Back Washington rally, a Tea Party-inspired campaign event. She told the audience that Democrats were fabricating incidents of aggression by anti-health reform protesters and issued a challenge to moderate Republicans to move out of the GOP. 

[Video courtesy of The Uptake.]

Event organizer Corinda Horton introduced Bachmann: “I am so excited to have her here. This is our boxing ring and [we are excited] to have her here to fight for our country in our boxing ring.”

To that Bachmann said, “It doesn’t get better than speaking inside a boxing ring.” She later added, “We gotta duke it out between now and November and we will turn this country around in November.”

She chastised Democrats for passing health care reform and put moderate Republicans on notice.

“On the Republican side, there is no time and no patience for pantywaist Republicans. No pantywaist Republicans. No wussie Republicans,” she said. “We need Republicans with a spine who will tell it like it is.”

She insinuated that Democrats made up stories of racial invectives and spitting in order to paint the Tea Party movement as racists.

“They were smeared by the Democrats this week. You may have heard where Democrats said they were called the n-word – which of course would be wrong – but nobody has any record of it,” she said. “They said they were spat upon, no one saw it. I walked right through the gauntlet of where they were; no one saw it.”

(Even Fox News admits that people saw it.)

“We need to call this for what it is. They want to say that you are the ones that are wrong because you don’t love and appreciate the government takeover of health care,” she added.


CBS News: “Bachmann offers big numbers, little proof”
By Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent

CBS News gave Rep. Michele Bachmann some sharp criticism when they fact-checked her appearance on that outlet’s long-running political talk show “Face the Nation” At issue were Bachmann’s claims that prior to 2008, “100 percent of the private economy was private” and that “30 percent of American physicians would leave the profession if the government took over health care.” CBS News found evidence that directly contradicts Bachmann’s statements.

Bachmann said, “[N]ow we have the federal government taking over ownership or control of 51 percent of the American economy. This is stunning. Prior to September of 2008, 100 percent of the private economy was private.”

CBS News says:

Ms. Bachmann offered no facts to back up her assertion that the government owns or controls 51 percent of the U.S. economy.

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis data since 1929, the highest percentage of government spending as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product was during World War II when government spending was 47.9 percent (in 1944). The lowest level of government spending as a percent of GDP was 9 percent in 1929 at the outset of the Great Depression.

At no time during this period was the United States’ GDP 100 percent private.

The 2009 level of federal government spending was 20.6 percent.

Back in October, Bachman put the figure at 30 percent, although her apparent source for that figure said it’s an estimate.

Bachmann also said: “The New England Journal of Medicine released a survey the week that President Obama signed Obamacare stating that over 30 percent of American physicians would leave the profession if the government took over health care. That’s very serious going forward.”

CBS News said: “The New England Journal of Medicine has denied it conducted or published the survey cited by Ms. Bachmann.”