U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, appearing Tuesday night on Fox Newsâ€™ show with Sean Hannity and Alan Colmes, derided President-Elect Barack Obama as â€œmore of the sameâ€ over reports that many of his new appointments are recycled Clintonistas.
The Minnesota Republican also accused DFL Senate candidate Al Franken of trying to â€œstuff the ballot boxâ€ in his recount struggle with GOP incumbent Norm Coleman.
All the while, Bachmann managed to reserve enough ammo to dismiss as an â€œurban legendâ€ reports that she had suggested on a pre-election episode of the “Hardball” show with MSNBC host Chris Matthews that Obama and other members of Congress were â€œanti-American,â€ and that the media should investigate them as such.
Resident Fox liberal Alan Colmes, who read a transcript of Bachmannâ€™s â€œanti-Americanâ€ quote from her appearance on MSNBC, offered to have her watch the video clip of her remarks on his own web site. But the segment ended before Bachmann could fully respond.
Not, however, before Bachmann pummeled Obama over some of his recent presidential appointments, including the pick of former President Clinton official Eric Holder as Obamaâ€™s new attorney general.
Hannity, joined by Bachmann, faulted Holder for his role in Clintonâ€™s pardon of billionaire financier Marc Rich, who had been indicted for tax evasion. Holder also has come under attack for his role in sending 6-year-old Cuban Elian Gonzalez back to the island nation during the Clinton presidency.
â€œI donâ€™t think any American sees this as change,â€ Bachmann said. â€œItâ€™s back to the future.â€
Bachmann, who has become a regular conservative commentator on cable television talk shows in recent months, reserved some of her sharpest barbs for the Senate race recount process in the Minnesota, where Franken has sought to review rejected absentee ballots.
â€œHe wants to stuff the ballot box with rejected ballots,â€ said Bachmann, adding that the dispute â€œcalls into question what the record is and whoâ€™s watching the books.â€
Her comments about the fairness of the recount seemed at odds with those of GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty as well as with Coleman himself. They have both expressed confidence in the recount process in recent days, though some campaign and GOP party officials have criticized Franken’s aggressive lawyering in the recount.
Bachmannâ€™s appearance on the Fox TV show also represented a change in tone from her most recent remarks about Obama. On Nov. 6, two days after the election, Bachmann was quoted in Politico saying she was â€œextremely grateful that we have an African American who won this year.â€ Although she supported GOP hopeful John McCain in the presidential election, she told Politico that Obamaâ€™s victory was â€œa tremendous signal we sent.â€
Those remarks were widely seen as an attempt to soften her pre-election criticism of Obama, including her remarks on Matthewsâ€™ show that the Illinois Democrat â€œmay have anti-American views” and that reporters should investigate whether other Democrats may be “anti-America.”
Reminded of those remarks by Colmes Tuesday night, Bachmann suggested, as she has before, that she was baited and trapped by the media, which created an â€œurban legendâ€ about what she says she really said.
â€œWhat I said was â€˜do your job,â€™â€ Bachmann said. â€œThatâ€™s what I said.â€