I’m beginning to feel the crunch of eggshells. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will deliver the GOP response to Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) will do the same, but her speech will not be national. It will stream live on the Tea Party Express website AFTER Ryan speaks. UPDATE 1-25-11: Read Bachmann’s response transcript.
Bachmann was invited by Tea Party Express to “represent” them “and give a response.” The invitation was issued before the announcement that Ryan would speak, according to Levi Russell, Tea Party Express Communications Director.
The 2011 State of the Union is the kick-off date for the new Conservatives in Congress. We will hear, once again, as we heard last year from Obama that his focus is on jobs. Only Conservatives will notice the same old, same old from years’ past
I’ll echo Hot Air and say I don’t get it. There is plenty of time for Bachmann to have her say and stream it wherever she is capable of doing so. I believe we should be united behind the GOP for this event. Here is some of Hot Air’s commentary:
“I could sort of understand this if the GOP had decided to break from tea party concerns in its own SOTU response, emphasizing foreign policy, say, instead of spending cuts and the coming debt apocalypse. It didn’t. It went directly at those concerns by tapping Paul Ryanto give the address, a choice greeted with wide approval from grassroots conservatives if our commenters are representative….
As such, having Bachmann deliver some sort of “shadow” conservative response to Obama will achieve one of two things. Either it’ll be redundant by duplicating most of the same points that Ryan makes or,
if she says something incendiary that the media ends up slobbering over the next day, it’ll overshadow his speech entirely.
Or, actually, I suppose there’s a third option — that this will be as much a response to Ryan as it is to Obama, emphasizing that his plan to cut $60 billion this year (and maybe his vote for TARP?) simply isn’t good enough. She’s handing the media a post-SOTU “GOP divided!..”.
This is one night. Only one night. Let deficit-hawk Paul Ryan speak to it, and Bachmann respond the next day.