Bachmann on ‘enemy lines’

BACHMANN ON ‘ENEMY LINES’…. It’s obviously just rhetoric from overly-excited far-right lawmakers. It’s no doubt intended to fire up the activists (and donors) who help Republicans succeed.

But when Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) casually refers to elected Democratic officials as the “enemy,” and nonchalantly refers to keeping her supporters “armed and dangerous,” it’s probably a good time to remind Republican lawmakers to turn down the temperature a bit. (via the University of Minnesota and the Dump Bachmann blog.)

Bachmann appeared over the weekend on the First Team radio show with John Hinderaker and Brian Ward, speaking about the horrible stuff that the Democrats are doing: “I’m a foreign correspondent on enemy lines and I try to let everyone back here in Minnesota know exactly the nefarious activities that are taking place in Washington.”

Bachmann also spoke out against the cap-and-trade proposals currently making their way through Washington, and how she’ll be distributing information against it at an upcoming event in the district. “I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax, because we need to fight back,” said Bachmann. “Thomas Jefferson told us, having a revolution every now and then is a good thing. And the people — we the people — are going to have to fight back hard if we’re not going to lose our country.”

On the one hand, it seems clear that Bachmann was speaking figuratively. On the other hand, is it appropriate for a member of Congress to speak in any context about being armed for revolution?

No, probably not. But this seems to fit in with a larger trend. We have one GOP lawmaker saying the party should emulate the insurgency tactics of the Taliban. We have another arguing the party should position itself as “freedom fighters” taking on the “slide toward socialism.”

And now Bachmann is throwing fuel on the fire of right-wing rage.

Obviously, Bachmann and other unhinged conservatives have the right to say what they please. But at a minimum, I think it’s fair to describe this kind of talk from elected leaders in positions of authority as irresponsible.