Your daily dose of schadenfreude

If you aren’t familiar, that’s German for “pleasure in other people’s misery.” In this case, Bachmannfreude. Daily Kos reports that Bachmann has admitted that she can’t just wave her magic tea party wand and kill health care reform. This comes one week after her latest suggestion that Congress can just de-fund it, which is not true because there is no discretionary funding involved. From the post:

Dec. 10, 2010: It’s imperative that we in the House completely defund Obamacare. 

Jan. 7, 2011: We want to fully defund this bill so that, like, it would be akin to a helium balloon that gets no helium inside so that it can’t take off the ground, and that’s what we’re planning to do.

Jan. 7, 2011: You will see the membership all behind defunding Obamacare, because that’s what we’re hearing from the people back home. They want us to repeal Obamacare. And this is the next best thing, which is defunding Obamacare. … we have to defund Obamacare

Jan. 19, 2011: We’re staying full square behind the repeal of ‘Obamacare’ and our commitment to defund it moving forward.

Feb. 8, 2011: I think Republicans are planning to bring forth a bold move, and that would be an amendment to defund Obamacare. If we can deliver on effectively repealing Obamacare for the next two years, that’s a huge get. (Source: Fox News broadcast)

And now, one week after she last claimed it was possible to “effectively repeal” health care reform by defunding it, Michele Bachmann is admitting that her plan won’t work — something she should have known all along. It’s no wonder teahadists are so cynical about government: their favorite representatives don’t know the first thing about how it works.


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