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Steven J. Gulitti

Steven J. Gulitti

Steven J. Gulitti
New York, New York, USA
March 27
I am a resident of N.Y.C., and a political independent. I attended SUNY Buffalo (BA) and University of Illinois (MA) and NYU (Professional Certificate). I am a retired commissioned Chief Warrant Officer and 25-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. I am member of the Iron Workers Union and a freelance writer who has been published in textbook, periodical and professional venues. I contributed a subchapter to the textbook The Tea Party Movement, part of the Current Controversies Series.

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JULY 21, 2011 9:58PM

Ms. Bachmann a Migraine Headache for the G.O.P.?

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Anyone who has been paying attention to politics and especially the politics of the Tea Party movement remembers how Sarah Palin, back in 2010, claimed that the "sleazy G.O.P. establishment" was out to derail her run for the presidency in 2012. Palin was reacting to an article in Politico that top Republican operatives were "working to stall her momentum in hopes of crippling a potential presidential run." Now some are suggesting that the same group of "good old boys" within the G.O.P.'s top leadership cadre have the same plans for Tea Party darling Michele Bachmann.  That is to say that they in fact have put a political "hit" out on her by making an issue of her migraine headaches. I pointed out in an earlier article that the Republican establishment has little interest in the Tea Party movement aside from the contribution that it makes to voter turnout and its continual assault on Barack Obama's "Socialist" agenda. Beyond that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell have maneuvered towards and away from the congressional Tea Party caucuses depending on what their individual political prerogatives are at any particular moment in time.
Well, as it turns out the perils of Ms. Bachmann seem to have fallen into the laps of two very unlikely champions, Ed Schultz and Lawrence O'Donnell, both of MSNBC. Schultz last night  strongly defended Bachmann from recent “right-wing hit job” on her, and even admitted that he now respects her immensely for not being bullied by the establishment of the Republican Party. The reported allegations that Bachmann “pops pills like candy” and suffers from incapacitating migraines was, according to Schultz, a non-story “so heavy on insinuation and light on specifics.” Schultz laid the responsibility for this "hit" job at the feet of Karl Rove and Tim Pawlenty by way of the following observation: "Rove questions Bachmann’s fitness because he will never support a Tea Party candidate, while Pawlenty is merely a “buzzard circling a carcass” who is too afraid to challenge Mitt Romney." Lawrence O'Donnell followed up the Schultz report with the observation that "It doesn't strike me that Rove and company are particularly out to protect Romney, they just want Bachmann out of this race."
Thus as Michele Bachmann's standings in the polls rise, the kingmakers and professional political operatives within the Republican Party have apparently, according to Ed Schultz and others, unleashed an attack on Bachmann's health so as to raise questions about her fitness to serve as president. Is this just the latest episode in the simmering internal conflict within the G.O.P. between the "establishment" and the Tea Party newcomers? That's not too far fetched an idea based on the experiences of Sarah Palin and the ongoing internal conflicts between the Tea Party and the "establishment" as evidenced by the continuing conflict over spending cuts and revenue increases during deficit reduction negotiations. However, the question left unanswered is: Are the pros within the G.O.P. really that powerful as to derail the Tea Party and its leadership in 2012 or are they just playing for time and hoping beyond hope that the movement will burn itself out and cease to be a force that drives G.O.P. so far to the right that its candidates are virtually unelectable?

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Ed Schultz: My Respect For Bachmann Is ‘Through The Roof’ For Standing Up To ‘Right-Wing Hit Job’
Lawrence O'Donnell: The Bachmann Migraine Story Shows How Powerful She's Become

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