Bachmann: ‘Whether or Not You Believe in a Conspiracy to Drive Eric Massa Out of Congress’
I don’t sneer and point at everything Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) says — she clearly courts such a reaction every day — but Ed Morrissey’s video of Bachmann at an anti-health care reform rally in Minneapolis is pretty amazing for the quantity of smears she packs in. Democrats, she says, “considered holding up [Scott] Brown’s seating until public outrage forced them to back down.” In reality, Democrats pushed up the date of Brown’s seating up a week after he asked them to. President Obama, she says, offered Scott Matheson a judicial appointment right before his brother, Rep. Tim Matheson (D-Utah), arrived at the White House. But Scott Matheson was being evaluated for the post in January.
Bachmann’s juiciest accusation — and the one about which we know the least — concerns Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. “The real story about Massa is that it appears that Speaker Pelosi might have known about these sexual harassment allegations in October,” says Bachmann. “I’m not saying this is what is, but I’m saying this is what it looks like.”
Well, here’s what Fox News has reported.
Fox News has learned that Pelosi’s aides learned last October that Massa was living with male staffers and asked Massa’s office to change that. According to The Wall Street Journal, Massa’s former chief of staff also told Pelosi’s staff that Massa’s language and conduct made some aides uncomfortable.
Based on that, Bachmann will inform a crowd that Nancy Pelosi covered up Massa’s behavior to twist his arm for a vote … that, well, she didn’t end up getting.
**This is a pretty high number of whoppers and innuendos from a member of Congress whom, according to Newt Gingrich, deserves a committee chairmanship.
For more on Bachmann’s speech and her comparisons of President Obama to Hugo Chavez, see The Minnesota Independent’s coverage.