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Politics Boehner on Bachmann: Right-wing media made 'people who used to be fringe characters into powerful media stars'

17:15  02 april  2021
17:15  02 april  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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Former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) pointed to former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) as an example of a public figure conservative media elevated from obscurity to star status during his time leading the party in the lower chamber.

Michele Bachmann, John Boehner looking at a man in a suit and tie: Boehner on Bachmann: Right-wing media made 'people who used to be fringe characters into powerful media stars' © Getty Images Boehner on Bachmann: Right-wing media made 'people who used to be fringe characters into powerful media stars'

"Besides the homegrown 'talent' at Fox, with their choice of guests they were making people who used to be fringe characters into powerful media stars. One of the first prototypes out of their laboratory was a woman named Michele Bachmann," Boehner wrote in an essay using excerpts from his upcoming book published Friday in Politico Magazine. "Bachmann, who had represented Minnesota's 6th Congressional District since 2007 and made a name for herself as a lunatic ever since, came to meet with me in the busy period in late 2010 after the election."

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Bachmann, a conservative firebrand who came to Congress during the rise of the Tea Party, wanted a seat on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, Boehner wrote.

"There was no way she was going to get on Ways and Means, the most prestigious committee in Congress, and jump ahead of everyone else in line," he said. "Not while I was Speaker. In earlier days, a member of Congress in her position wouldn't even have dared ask for something like this. Sam Rayburn would have laughed her out of the city."

Bachmann threatened Boehner, he said, telling him if he didn't give her what she wanted, she would unleash the forces of conservative media on him.

"Well, then I'll just have to go talk to Sean Hannity and everybody at Fox ... and Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, and everybody else on the radio, and tell them that this is how John Boehner is treating the people who made it possible for the Republicans to take back the House," Bachmann told Boehner.

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"I wasn't the one with the power, she was saying. I just thought I was. She had the power now," he wrote. "She was right, of course."

In separate passages from his book released on Friday, Boehner revealed his called Fox News host Sean Hannity "a nut" and asked of former president Barack Obama's hesitation to work with Republicans at the time: "How do you find common cause with people who think you are a secret Kenyan Muslim traitor?"

Corporate America is still dangerously delusional about what the GOP has become .
The party of big business has taken to policing corporate America's speech now, and that's not going to change anytime soon.Boehner was perhaps the last leader of a now-dead Republican party we used to know. The one that was born during the Reagan years. The GOP that kept its hands out of the affairs of private enterprise, that championed free speech, that knew how to cut a deal, that you might want to have a glass of Merlot and a cigar with - that GOP's gone.

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