Rep. Bachmann: Wisconsin Dems Should Respect Results Of "Change Election"

February 18, 2011 3:04 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

Today on Fox News, House Tea Party Caucus Chair Michele Bachmann (R-MN) had some harsh criticism for Wisconsin Democrats who are standing up to Gov. Scott Walker's (R) push to eliminate the bargaining rights of public workers. According to Bachmann, Democratic lawmakers who left the statehouse in protest are in " dereliction of duty" and should respect the results of the "change election" that swept Republicans into power.

BACHMANN: Well, it's a dereliction of duty on behalf of the Democrat state senators in Wisconsin. There was an election in 2010. The people spoke clearly in Wisconsin. They elected a new senator, Ron Johnson, to replace Russ Feingold; a new governor, Scott Walker; and then they elected also Republicans to run both the House and the Senate. This was a change election in Wisconsin. People wanted to get their fiscal house in order. That's exactly what Governor Walker and the House and Senate are trying to do. And now the Democrats are trying to thwart the will of the people by leaving the state? This is outrageous.

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First of all, Gov. Walker's anti-union crusade has nothing to do with getting Wisconsin's "fiscal house in order." But more to the point, Bachmann is making a strange argument given her role as a leader in the Tea Party, a movement that sprouted in direct opposition to a "change election."

In 2008, the American people "spoke clearly" by electing a Democratic president and giving Democrats control of both chambers of Congress. Republicans responded by bitterly opposing the entire Democratic agenda and routinely refusing to vote in the Senate. And yet, Bachmann somehow didn't spend much time in the last two years worrying about Republicans "trying to thwart the will of the people."     

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