The Week: Most Recent The Tea Party:Michele Bachmann recent posts.en-usWed, 09 May 2012 16:10:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent The Tea Party:Michele Bachmann from THE WEEKWed, 09 May 2012 16:10:00 -0400Michele Bachmann's Swiss citizenship: The best jokes<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), the former presidential candidate and conservative darling, is officially a Swiss citizen. Bachmann's husband Marcus has long been eligible for dual citizenship due to his parents' Swiss origins, and he went through with it in March, automatically making his wife and three of their young children dual citizens as well. Bachmann is even eligible to run for office in the Swiss "canton," or district, of Thurgau. The improbable development was sure to strike the funny bones of bloggers everywhere, given that Bachmann has&nbsp;suggested that President Obama holds "anti...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 09 May 2012 16:10:00 -0400Will Michele Bachmann's latest gaffe hurt her?<img src="" /></P><p>Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn.) presidential ambitions may be on the rise, but so is her tendency to commit embarrassing gaffes. This weekend, the Tea Party darling twice told audiences in New Hampshire that the shot "heard around the world in Lexington and Concord" was fired in their state. In fact, the famous Revolutionary War battle took place in Massachusetts. Bachmann later apologized via Facebook: "It was my mistake, Massachusetts is where they happened," she wrote. "New Hampshire is where they are still proud of it!" Will this error set her back? (Watch an ABC report about Bachmann's gaffe...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 14 Mar 2011 11:37:00 -0400The GOP's Michele Bachmann 'nightmare'<img src="" /></P><p>Michele Bachmann is on a roll, says Noreen Malone in <em>Slate</em>. She kept her Minnesota House seat by a wide margin and raised more campaign cash than any of her colleagues. "Her savviest move of the year, though, was turning her anti-tax rhetoric into Tea Party stardom and forming the Tea Party Caucus in the House...." But then House Speaker John Boehner failed to bring "Bachmann's fringe" into the GOP tent by granting her request for a leadership post. If he hadn't pushed her away, "Bachmann might have been tempted to move past Mama Grizzly extremism." Now she's sticking with it, writes Malone...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 05 Jan 2011 12:26:00 -0500Palin and Bachmann: 'New face of the GOP'?<img src="" /></P><p>For the first time, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) appeared side by side to the raucous approval of 10,000 supporters at an April 7 Minneapolis rally. While each took turns blasting Obama and congressional Democrats, Palin paused to praise Bachmann's repudiation of health-care reform and called her "inspiring." Fox News host Sean Hannity once put it another way, describing Bachmann as &ldquo;the second-most-hated Republican woman in the country, second to Gov. Palin, which is a good position.&rdquo; Could an alliance between the Republican stars...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 08 Apr 2010 15:37:00 -0400Michele Bachmann: Don't pay taxes!<img src="" /></P><p>Tea Party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann (R, Minn.) has urged opponents of ObamaCare to stop paying taxes if the House passes the health care reform bill using "deem and pass," a controversial procedural shortcut. "They want us to pay for this? We don't have to," she said over the weekend. "We don't have to follow a bill that isn't law." Is Bachmann's advice crazy?</p><p><strong>SOMEWHAT CRAZY</strong></p><p><strong>Bachmann's a repeat criminal offender:</strong> This isn't the first time "Mama Che" Bachmann's tried to "incite Americans to revolution," armed or otherwise, says Rick Ungar in <em>True/Slant</em>. If she wants to flout the soon-to-be...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 17 Mar 2010 10:50:00 -0400The latest Tweets on 'Michele Bachmann'</P><div class="twitterBlock"></div> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 16 Mar 2010 12:26:00 -0400Michele Bachmann: 'Welfare queen'?<img src="" /></P><p>Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has decried government "handouts" as socialism, but an Environmental Working Group analysis of farm subsidies shows that the Bachmann family farm, managed by her father-in-law until his recent death, received $251,000 in farm payments between 1995 and 2006. Bachmann's stake in the Wisconsin farm is worth as much as $250,000. Is Bachmann being hypocritical, or is she a principled conservative working in a broken system?<br /><strong><br />Bachmann is a "welfare queen":</strong> Michele Bachmann is a an anti-subsidy "tea bagger" by day, says Yasha Levine in <em>Truthdig</em>, and a hypocritical "welfare...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 23 Dec 2009 08:54:00 -0500Top ten Michele Bachmann moments<img src="" /></P><p>Minnesota congresswoman and cable-news fixture Michele Bachmann has become one of the GOP&rsquo;s new lightning rods, attracting new admirers such as <span >Washington Post</span> columnist and conservative eminence grise George Will, who recently defended her as &ldquo;an authentic representative of the Republican base.&rdquo; Yes, she's a &ldquo;a petite pistol that occasionally goes off half-cocked,&rdquo; says Will, but &ldquo;some of her supposed excesses are &hellip; not merely defensible, they are admirable.&rdquo;</p><p>A quick look back at Bachmann&rsquo;s more notorious claims and statements, as captured...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 27 Oct 2009 10:20:00 -0400