Quote of the Day

QUOTE OF THE DAY…. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) isn’t satisfied with the federal response to the BP oil spill disaster because — get this — she wanted to see the federal government seize control and ownership of more private property. Seriously.

“Where were the boats that could have been commandeered by the government to be sent into this region to deal with that oil plume as it was coming up to the water and destroying marine life? Nowhere to be found. Why? The administration was hands off on this policy.”

As a substantive matter, arguing that the administration has taken a “hands-off” approach to the disaster is absurd. When it comes to reality, Bachmann is strikingly confused.

But that’s an everyday occurrence. What makes these remarks special is the way in which Bachmann is so desperate to attack President Obama, she’s apparently forgotten her own extreme worldview.

As Lee Fang explained, Bachmann “is known for decrying almost every form of government action as socialism. Bachmann has denounced emergency loans to banks, student lending programs, health reform, and regulations as examples of ‘gangster’ government and onerous government takeovers. ‘People don’t want the federal government to either own or control the private economy,’ she said.”

I can only assume that if the Obama administration had forcibly seized ownership of private property, Bachmann would have led the charge, howling about a “government takeover,” and a heavy-handed federal government. Why, she would ask, can’t the administration save tax dollars and allow private enterprise to tend to the disaster a private company created?

The point, for Bachmann, is to lash out hysterically and attack the president. Whether it makes sense or is consistent with her so-called principles is irrelevant.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.