Wolf Blitzer unleashes Michele Bachmann’s inner crazy (video)

Wolf Blitzer interviewed Michele Bachmann right before the government shutdown, and I’m sorry I missed the interview. It’s really good.

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At one point, Bachmann, who has embraced Tea Partyers big time, claims that 30 million Americans will be kicked off their employer’s insurance once Obamacare goes into effect. Blitzer tells her “that’s not true.”

He really nails her in this interview. The best part is during the first half when he simply won’t let her get away with her crazy off-topic meandering. She refuses to answer the questions, and is very good at deflecting. But he simply wouldn’t let her get away with it. Typically, TV reporters ask a question twice, let you deflect twice, and then move on. He didn’t.

Now, of course, in the end Bachmann still refused to answer a single question. And normally you’d simply write off someone like this as “crazy, but irrelevant.” But Bachmann is mainstream in Republican circles, at least the circles that run the party. And that’s because the rest of the Republican party refuses to stand up to its own nuts the way Blitzer did to Bachmann. And as a result, we all pay the price for the GOP’s inability to police its own and stop its party from veering dangerous, and perhaps permanently, to the far right.


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  • Manhattanite

    Yep! That’s the false equivalence thingie to which the media too often succumbs.

  • Manhattanite

    It is true that ERs in large cities are overwhelmed. I live in NYC. Several years ago, I took a bad fall and needed stitches in my scalp. I waited 8 hours to be seen to. The ER was thronged, and, obviously, the triage nurse relegated my case to the bottom of the list since I did not have a serious condition.

  • Connie Weber

    You’re welcome, Capri. Believe me, some of us living here don’t understand who voted for her. As for your comment, regarding how the cows wouldn’t like her either. They don’t because she once said that they {cows and other farm animals} and farms don’t exist in her district. She is so out of touch with the people in her district as well as reality…

  • Capri Miller

    Thank you – those of us outside MN are freaked out that someone who has lost touch with reality can be in Congress. I don’t think the cows would even like her.

  • shannon oakley

    Let’s take ‘em serious as a threat, so we can bury these nut-jobs for a long time

  • 24chester

    This Congresswoman is one of the biggest liars in modern American political history. She’s also batcrap crazy, and yes, she is the face of today’s Republican Partty!

  • woodroad34

    Yeah, I was–in reference to Piers Morgan’s invite to Sarah. To her credit, she knows she couldn’t match wits with Piers…and apparently she couldn’t match maturity.

  • woodroad34

    On top of that, if you live in a major city like I do, sometimes Emergency rooms will close due to the number of patients arriving in one night. I work for a city, whose fire department rescue has to be re-routed on a continuous basis due to that. Then we’ll get calls from loved ones screaming at us for taking a patient to a hospital farther away–not our fault, because the hospital closed it’s doors to us.

  • Jim Valley

    Give it time. When bush rolled out Medicare Part D, the website was messed up for MONTHS. (Now it works just fine.) Were you making sarcastic comments then? I didn’t think so.

  • Mike

    I hope you have had good luck trying to get insurance the government website is just a dream to use.

  • Karma_hitman

    you have her hand so far up you, I bet you dont even feel like a real boy, you puppet

  • johnmartin

    Why don’t you just tell us

  • johnmartin

    that was disturbing to watch. I felt so uncomfortable. Is the sky blue? What we want is for everyone to survive on the green earth. Is there water in the ocean. What we want is for the American people to have drinking water. Her head is making my head explode.

  • maria

    Michelle would have shot her bear at Toys R Us.

  • Jim Valley

    It’s the “invincible ignorance” logical fallacy in action.

  • Jim Valley

    It’s like watching one of those cool new Japanese robots that has for some reason been programmed to simulate an idiot.

  • Jim Valley

    Please God. Make it stop.

  • Jim Valley

    I made it through all but the last minute. I just COULD NOT listen to this babbling fool and her endless lies for one more second. Good God.

  • Jim Valley

    Appalling. This woman is living in a psychotic bubble of some kind. She didn’t answer a single question, and every statement she made is false. THIS is the “opposition”? W have nothing to worry about.

  • Tom Mingmitmee

    God!!!

  • Duke Woolworth

    There are lots of Missouri Synod Lutherans in her district. From my exposure to the ones in my wife’s family there, Catholics seem liberal. Ask her cousins about closed Communion.

  • 1jetpackangel

    If you’re referring to a grizzly, I’d say you were thinking of Sarah Palin. (An easy mistake: they’re both nucking futs.) But you’d be right on the money if Michelle was taking a more hands-on approach to getting rid of the gays.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    It would be nice to see CNN actually become the actually impartial and powerful news organization that it should be, by challenging the lies and the crazy wherever they see it, but I’m not holding my breath. They probably just don’t fear Michele Bachmann any longer, because she’s on her way out.

  • Connie Weber

    Actually, your description regarding the location of the 6th District is not quite accurate. The 6th districts meanders into central Minnesota and includes the following counties: Benton, Sherburne, Wright, Anoka, Washington and parts of Stearns County in Minnesota. Those of us living in Benton & Stearns are not part of the Twin Cities metro area since the number of dairy cattle outnumber the people. Of which, I thank god for that favor every day. And in case anyone is wondering– NO, I did not vote for her as I cannot stand her ! She is an embarrassment to us and I wish she would resign immediately.

  • woodroad34

    she should’ve just killed a bear and sent a picture to Wolf saying she was too busy.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Her brain — what there is of it — appears to be entirely impervious to reason, logic, and factual information. And apparently it spews in just the one direction: Outward.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    No matter how you want to look at it, tax payers already pick up the tab for people who are unable to pay their medical bills. Both in taxes paid, and increased insurance premiums. The Affordable Care Act just implements ways to lower that cost on both fronts, by widening the risk pool and making everyone get involved in their own wellbeing. The only other option is to just let people die in the street. I know how much the teabaggers are all for letting people die in the street, they cheered for it during the Republican debates, but that’s not how a functional society works.

    But I don’t disagree with you on your first point, Blitzer is an idiot. He’s become the go-to for softball interviews for right-wing crazies for some time, because by being on CNN and not Fox, he lends them some measure of credibility when they deserve none. Michele Bachmann should be laughed at and marginalized, not given a national platform to spew her insane froth. Until she can manage to contribute something constructive, nobody should be granting her interviews.

  • Whitewitch

    I am going with no politician that is regularly on the news circuit. Franken and Sanders might actually answer a question with a straight-up answer. Many though – even the quasi-politicians like kathleen sebelius – can’t answer a question – because they are all too focused on what they want to say – rather than what the questioner is asking. So yes, ALL.

  • emjayay

    No politician? I think there are many who actually to some degree or another tend to actually answer the questions. Ms. Bachmann is a special case. Interviewing her is like arguing with a really smart three year old on speed. Rand Paul on the other hand parses and evades and misrepresents his actual thinking for public consumption.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Her district is the most conservative district in Minnesota. Even so, it is very gerrymandered. It sort of curls around the Twin Cities. Minnesota is a purple state, but where it’s blue, it’s blue. Representative Keith Ellison is also from Minnesota. He is one of the most liberal representatives and a Muslim. Thankfully Bachmann is stepping down this year at the end of this session.

  • coolbob

    Hello we have been doing it for years.. Its called high insurance rates!!

    We already pay twice the rest of the world in to taxes for the system.. we already paid for it twice..

  • coolbob

    I just can’t believe the voters were that stupid to re elect her.. That is a bigger bad sign of our country..

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    “She doesn’t believe that the (federal) government should prevent
    insurance companies from denying based on pre-existing conditions, but
    thinks that people should have the freedom to buy whatever insurance
    they want.”

    But you notice that she wanted to put it in the hands of the states. Odd how the Republicans are so fond of “States Rights” in matters such as these. The only acceptable mandate for them is one that comes from the states rather than from the Federal government. Yet they always complain about “government mandates”.

    Of course the reason why a Federal mandate is no good is because a Democrat is in charge of the Federal government. Their strategy has been to get as many state governorships as they can, along with Republican control of state legislatures. They’d never permit such mandates even at the state level. So it’s a win for them to say that it should be put in the hands of the states.

    Yeah, she was spouting gobbledegook, and it’s official TEA party gobbledegook. She may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but she sure tries with all of her might to get the talking points across.

  • Chef Kowalski

    Or maybe they read Joe Klein’s column in Time a few weeks ago. He opined that when the facts to favor one side of an argument that reporters do their readers a disservice by trying the balance an article by giving equal space to the talking points of the other side without getting straight answers.

  • Whitewitch

    Exactly…you know that 47% of other people.

  • basenjilover

    I hope so. But I’ve stopped watching Blitzer’s show long time ago for my health. He gave me indigestion too often. In fact I stopped watching CNN or online altogether.

  • Monoceros Forth

    What you need to cleanse the palate is to watch John Cassavetes punch Reagan right in his smug face. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af0Yei2sAbE

  • Monoceros Forth

    I agree. I’ve animadverted upon this subject already but I’ll repeat the point: the common courtesy of actually listening to the interviewer’s questions and then actually trying to answer them is a social rule that the right-wing politician no longer feels bound to respect. “Common courtesies” are for other people.

  • dalehigh

    The problem is that currently and up until this very moment taxpayers have been paying for the uninsured … thats why we need the ACA and is the argument for it …

  • Whitewitch

    Sorry – I could not watch to the end. I am very tired of how no politician will just answer the friggin question…just answer it – it is okay if you are an ass and think people should not have something – just say so.

  • Monoceros Forth

    Comments such as this one of Tilly here are why I can’t get too excited about watching some right-wing Innsmouth refugee act like a drooling nitwit on television. Sane people watch and think, “God, she’s an embarrassment who can’t even answer simple questions without spouting incoherent gibberish.” The trouble is that, if you’re like Tilly here, incoherent gibberish is your native language and you love nothing more than to see your friends spout it. It’s not irrelevant rambling and spouting of buzzwords, it’s “conservative principles”. What we think of as Blitzer’s attempt to keep Bachmann on topic when she keeps digressing into another irrelevant rant is, to them, the treachery of a liberal media figure trying to distract Bachmann with pettifogging sophistry while she struggles valiantly to carry out her mission of speaking truth to power.

    And that, by the way, illustrates something about the American right and how far behind it’s left the rules of civilized society. To us, Bachmann is trampling all over the basic social conventions of interviewing by refusing to answer the questions put to her. To a right-winger, though, the only important thing is that Bachmann should be allowed to talk and it’s Blitzer’s duty to shut up and let her, never mind that asking Bachmann questions and expecting answers to them is his job.

  • Indigo

    I understand. Thank you.

  • Whitewitch

    Yes…but laugh behind your gloved hand.

  • Michael Rowe

    Every time one of these Republican idiots mentions Ronal Reagan, God kicks an kicks a kitten of its insurance.

  • countervail

    Did he call her “Sir” at 4:44?

  • therling

    No, the point is that there will be fewer uninsured people under Obamacare, so that there won’t be as many “freeloaders” as we have now.

  • cole3244

    what utter complete bs, when your argument to questions is to go on the offensive your argument is specious.
    when you see a republican say they are fighting for labor you can be sure they are in a compromising position and are lying, end of story.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Considering, he was rather aggressive, which you never see these guys do. I think, seriously, the higher ups at CNN have told them to be more aggressive.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Yes and no. One of the big arguments the Rs always use is that people can just go to the emergency room if they don’t have insurance. And that ends costing 4x as much as simply giving them insurance. So in the end we do end up paying for them, without Obamacare, and we do end up paying more, and it is unfair.

  • Indigo

    She would have played well in the court of King George III.

  • Indigo

    Dear Miss Manners, Is it nice to laugh at crazy people?

  • Tillyosu

    Blitzer is an idiot. And he completely shot himself in the foot. Of course it’s not fair that taxpayers should pick up the tab for uninsured people. That’s the whole argument against Obamacare!

  • SkippyFlipjack

    “We don’t want to shut [the government] down. I don’t know why Harry Reid or the President wants to shut it down.”

    Damn it now I’m just angry. Why did I watch this? She’s just dishonest and isn’t even facile enough to make the lies sound like spin, she just lies. Chris Matthews talked on Fresh Air recently about interviewing her and about how she was like a zombie, just saying the same thing over and over regardless of whether it addressed the question at all.

    The Founding Fathers would have hated her.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    She doesn’t believe that the (federal) government should prevent insurance companies from denying based on pre-existing conditions, but thinks that people should have the freedom to buy whatever insurance they want. F*cking contradictory nonsensical idiot.

  • Rodneigh

    And the media is crazier for giving expensive air-time (that corrupts the political process) to this fool.

  • Wildeye

    It’s nice to see Blitzer show some backbone for once. Hard to believe he got his big break as a war correspondent. After the Shutdown showed the country the danger of ignoring the lies and misinformation of those in power, it seems like we are seeing more media talking heads calling out Republicans. Perhaps the MSM is beginning to understand their complicity in what happened. Hopefully; we’ll see how long that lasts.

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