Democrats and anonymous Republicans attack Bachmann in a Politico article today, complaining she has not had her name etched into legislation during her time in the House, forgetting that until this year she has been in the minority party, where virtually no one gets their legislation passed.
It's no surprise that anonymous Republicans are quoted in the article. Bachmann's popularity rubs many of them the wrong way, as they think they should be the ones with adoring fans and endless requests for media interviews. Says one (jealous) Republican:
“There’s not been one single legislative accomplishment she’s had,” said a GOP lawmaker who serves with Bachmann on the Financial Services Committee. “She shows up, but is that the foundation of her campaign opposition? She’s not bringing any achievements, she hasn’t proactively legislated or proactively blocked any bills.”
Sachtleben added: “Perhaps her most important achievement in terms of votes cast was her unwavering consistency in voting against TARP, stimulus, cap and trade, Obamacare and the rest of the big-spending, job-destroying, deficit-busting bills that were put forth by the Democrat majority.”
To primary voters, her standing on the right side of important issues will matter a heck of a lot more than her ability to name post offices or back slap her way past Nancy Pelosi to pass some watered down version of good legislation — if not outright bad legislation that is often the product of DC's deal making culture.
“I have never regarded her as very thoughtful,” Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said in an interview. Frank chaired the House Financial Services Committee from 2006 to 2010. “Frankly, as a member of the committee, she did not seem to be a major factor, even with the Republicans.”