BACHMANN EYES ‘INSURGENCY’ ON THE HILL THIS WEEK…. It’s tempting to think we’ve seen enough far-right gatherings in recent months, between various Tea Party rallies and the event in Washington in mid-September.
But apparently there’s another one scheduled for Thursday.
In an interview with the Washington News Observer, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) revealed that, next week in Washington, D.C., the right wing is trying to galvanize yet another mass protest rally against health reform.
Following in the spirit of the “tea party” protests in April and the Glenn Beck-inspired 9/12 rally, Bachmann announced, “We’re going to have a ‘house call’ and a big party out on the National Mall [next week], and we’re going to tell Congress what they can do with their health care bill.”
Fashioning herself as the leader of this mass protest, Bachmann exhorted everyone to “get off the couch, get in your car, get a van together, get a bus together, but get here! We’re going to have a ‘house call’ next week, and we need every American to be here.”
The “house call” is apparently scheduled for Thursday, and is being led by Bachmann, right-wing radio host Mark Levin, right-wing actor Jon Voight, and propagandist Betsy McCaughey.
And nothing says “American mainstream” like these four getting together to oppose improvements to out broken health care system.
It’ll be interesting to see what the turnout is like, because there’s a real risk of going to the well once too many times here. It’s one thing to keep the base motivated, but even the most committed Teabagger, after having been told it’s time to take time off from work once more to wave some placards around, is likely to ask, “Again?”
To be sure, plenty of attendees are bound to show up. Hannity, Beck, and “Fox & Friends” have been promoting the gathering, which will no doubt be worth something. But if attendance is weak, organizers run the risk of making it seem as if opposition to reform efforts has run out of steam.
For her part, Bachmann has encouraged Rush Limbaugh to help with the effort, telling the host, “We’ll have a meet-up at the Capitol steps and then the insurgency begins.”
While U.S. troops are fighting insurgencies, Bachmann finds it appropriate to compare conservative Republican activists to insurgents? Really?