Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders took to banging his head against the brick wall that is Michele Bachmann during a debate with Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s ‘The Situation Room.”
Leaping from a failed attempt to defend her party’s position on putting social security on the austerity chopping block, Bachmann reveled in the joy of her own personal ‘Joe the plumber’ by repeatedly pointing to “Ann” from a segment prior to the discussion. Laying economic malaise, foreign energy imports and an “entitlement society” all on the feet of President Obama, the Minnesota Congresswoman deftly dodged all specifics as she went on to claim that Democrats had been waging their own war on women.
It was as much and more than one might expect of such a showdown, with Sanders arguing for sensible policies using data and honest logic to drive his points home, only to find Bachmann interrupting with talking points at every turn.
His frustration palpable, the Senator from Vermont nearly had to shout down God’s chosen tax attorney as he sought to simply ask if she supported a chained CPI (Consumer Price Index,) in regards to her position on “entitlement” programs. The question was predictably sidestepped.
In reality, Bachmann failed to provide any real answers to any, often entirely basic and straightforward questions posed by either Blitzer or Sanders. Reiterating the old and empty talk of creating jobs by cutting government spending and using bogus comparisons to Australia regarding the minimum wage, Bachmann’s typical routine fell short of shutting the Senator out, who for the briefest of moments, offered the must subtle of smirks, as though acknowledging to Wolf, CNN and the viewing public that the easiest way to win an argument with Michele Bachmann is typically just to let her speak.