Rep. Bachmann: Conservatives "Hoping That President Obama's Policies Don't Succeed"

April 14, 2010 12:06 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

Rep. Michele Bachmann

Last year, right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh welcomed President Obama into office with the infamous declaration: "I hope he fails."  The outrageous statement made for a good headline, but was largely dismissed as the ranting of a professional demagogue -- not the stance of a political party, no matter Limbaugh's influence within the GOP. 

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), however, is doing her best to change that perception.  Yesterday, Bachmann told radio host Scott Hennen that conservatives are "hoping that President Obama's policies don't succeed" (transcript via ThinkProgress):

HENNEN: I'm proudly accepting that label of rooting for failure for his policies, not for any one personal individual or anything else, but, I mean, should we, is that what Republicans are doing? Are we rooting for failure? Is David Axelrod right?

BACHMANN: We're, we're, we're hoping that President Obama's policies don't succeed, exactly as you said. And of course, David Axelrod unfortunately seems to be wanting to smear people who disagree with the president. We've seen that over and over at Tea Party events, at gatherings where people say, "look, I don't like this idea of out of control spending and accumulating deficits that our kids have no possibility of paying back." And to think that those of us, we who disagree with that very ill-thought out idea are being smeared, I think that's really wrong.

Bachmann is one of the most extreme, conspiracy-minded conservative lawmakers, so her position may not come as much of a surprise.  Still, she is a rising star in the GOP, a frequent guest on Fox News, and she recently campaigned with Sarah Palin.  And she wants the president's policies -- which aim to create jobs, make health care affordable, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil -- to fail in achieving their goals. 

Matt Corley adds, "Bachmann is free to disagree with Obama's policies, and it's not surprising that she thinks they are the wrong policies to pursue. But considering that the goal of something like the stimulus is to create jobs and help the economy recover, it's odd that Bachmann would actively want Obama's policies to fail."

Quite simply, Bachmann is rooting against the American people.  Will any GOP leaders condemn this nonsense?

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