Michele Bachmann tweeted the following on the first day of the 113th Congress:
At noon today, I introduced the first bill of the 113th Congress to repeal Obamacare in its entirety.
— Michele Bachmann (@MicheleBachmann) January 3, 2013
The 112th Congress was the least productive Congress in recent history. Rachel Maddows explains it best in the video below:
One would think with a record as bad as the 112th Republican Congress’, they would attempt atonement by at least starting with substantive issues that materially affect the American citizenry. One would think that, with the lowest approval rating in memory, Republicans would start by attempting to pass reality-based bills.
With a debt ceiling debate looming, with an immigration debate looming, with a deficit reduction debate looming, why would a symbolic bill that this Congress does not have a prayer of getting passed be introduced? Is it that the attention span of the Right Wing Republican supporters of these extreme candidates requires continual stroking? Do they not understand that a Democratic Senate and Democratic President will never overturn Obamacare? Could it be that they simply do not understand constitutional constraints of checks and balances in our government that prevent said eventuality?
There is something special about Michele Bachmann’s tweet. It shows that she is oblivious to the process of governing. Worse, however, is that Michele Bachmann is the embodiment of what the Republican Party has become. Specifically, Michele makes it obvious that the Right Wing Tea Party faction of the Republican Party intends to keep business as usual. They believe government should do little and, in their actions, they are ensuring it does little.
When former Republican Presidential candidate, Jon Huntsman, said that the Republican Party was “Devoid of a Soul,” he was correct. He, however, missed an important assertion: the silence from the sensible Republicans is deafening. Until they assert themselves as leaders and educate their followers to the intransigence of the Right Wing Tea Party faction, the party will die a slow death. Sadly, in dying, they are doing material harm to the country.