Really? Suddenly this is a concern? I think it might be a little too late.
This paragraph is buried deep within their latest piece on Boehner's efforts to keep up with the GOP base:Sources say they [Boehner and Cantor] have been especially wary of the possible damage inflicted on the party's reputation by bomb-throwing Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who last fall called for an investigation into whether members of Congress are "pro-America or anti-America."
They certainly are in a bind when it comes to Bachmann. On the one hand, the base loves her and she's frequently invited on television. On the other hand, she calls for revolution and warns against the government using Census data to round people up into internment camps. What's a body to do?
Is easy to mock the rhetoric coming from the right (and fun, too!). But I do have a serious grievance with their tactics. Many times misinformation has risen in town halls that I've witnessed or watched. Outlandish claims and declarations have peppered the news for months. Numerous times GOP reps have either let it stand unchallenged, or fanned the lunatic flames.
It's irresponsible, and a blow to their credibility. It's something I hope voters remember when they finally do grow up and return to discussing policy instead of comparing Obama to Hitler. And I never want to be known as one who defended Bachmann. Ever. But it's quite a hypocrisy now for Boehner and Cantor to single her out as "the problem" with the GOP's credibility.
They have shown no respect for the debate, and prefer the sound-byte campaign arena to intelligent discussion and policy discussions.