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Bachmann attacks Obama for "Slaughter Solution"

Posted by: Eric Roper under Minnesota congressional Updated: March 15, 2010 - 11:07 AM

With only days to go before the crucial test for Obama's health care agenda, Rep. Michele Bachmann's top target at her health care rally this weekend was the so-called "Slaughter Solution."

Bachmann spent a good portion of her speech on Saturday pouncing on the latest legislative tactic to pass a bill, which would essentially involve the House passing the "fixes" to the Senate bill without actually voting on the Senate bill itself. It's named after Rep. Louise Slaughter, chairwoman of the Rules Committee. 

It's not set in stone that the Democrats will go this route to pass a bill, though DCCC head Rep. Chris Van Hollen didn't dismiss it on Fox News this weekend.

The "Slaughter Solution" provided plenty of fodder for Bachmann, who frequently cited it while railing against the Obama administration. She didn't mention it by name, but described the same legislative tactic.

“Obama’s idea for Pelosi to pass a bill and have her members vote on something that they never voted for sounds more like a Chavez tactic in Venezuela than Jefferson," Bachmann said. "In fact, Jefferson told us we have a duty to resist tyranny."

She then took the un-American theme a step further, promoting former U.N. ambassador John Bolton's claim that Obama is the first "post-American" president. She said "some have called" him this, though it's largely credited to Bolton, who was using the term as a commentary on Obama's foreign policy.

“It’s also important to know that these unconstitutional laws aren’t binding," Bachmann said. "How can you amend a law -- that’s the next thing they plan to do -- once they pass a bill that we don’t vote on, then they want to amend the bill that we didn’t vote on. And so some have called president Obama the first post-American president. Certainly this health care bill will be our first post-modern legislation, where words mean absolutely nothing.”

The Uptake has the video of her speech:

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