(CNN) – She tried to run against President Barack Obama as last year's GOP nominee.
But with that dream dashed, Rep. Michele Bachmann has another idea.
"He has a perpetual magic wand, and nobody's given him a spanking yet and taken it out of his hand," the Minnesota Republican told WorldNetDaily. "That's what Congress needs to do. The way we spank the president is we do it through the checkbook."
She was speaking to the conservative website about the ongoing battle over comprehensive immigration reform. The "magic wand" she refers to is the power to implement executive actions, like the one taken by Obama last year to defer deportations of young undocumented immigrants who were brought here by their parents.
A bipartisan immigration reform bill passed the Senate last month that included a pathway to citizenship, which many Republicans, including Bachmann, regard as "amnesty."
As the push for immigration reform slows in the House, Bachmann warned fellow opponents of a pathway to citizenship that resistance in the lower chamber may not hold up under pressure from GOP leaders who she said were sold on an "amnesty bill."
"The only game in town is legalization, for President Obama and for Senate Democrats. They want that legalization status," Bachmann, who will not run for re-election in 2014, said.
She suggested using Congress' ability to allocate funds to reject Obama's priorities, including the Affordable Care Act.
"We have the power of the purse," she said. "The most powerful body in Washington D.C. is the House of Representatives, which I'm honored to be a part. We're the ones that say, 'No, you can't have the money.' What's wrong with us? What is wrong with us that we would give the president ten cents to fund Obamacare?"
She must be off her meds again.
Please tell Mrs.Bachmann that Congress does not have power of the purse. 'WE THE PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER"
This woman is an embarrassment to the country, an insult to intelligent Americans....oh, Republican, well, I did say "intelligent Americans", which republicans certainly are not.
Does anyone but me question her sanity?
Thats why majority of Hispanics voted against GOP and they always will. GOP dislikes minorities and that includes women. GOP is the most irrational party. We should vote them all out of the House and Senate and replace them with Liberatarians.
Actually Bachmann – you've all done a good job at trying to prevent anything from being done out of your petty indifference to the man in office. If you all grew up, changed your big girl diapers, the country might actually get somewhere.
Nobody cares what this irrelevant beard harpie has to say. CNN, why even bother?
This woman's ignorance knows no bounds....
Moderation is the key to survival of the Fittest: Bachmann Overdrive.
Is this woman as big of an idiot as she sounds like? It's hard to believe how really, really stupid and self-serving she is. Her ego is bigger than life. Hopefully, soon she will be out of Congress. Of course, like a Sarah Palin she will do and say anything to keep her name in the news.
Please, oh please, go away with your crazy tea party and Sarah Palin. Just go away do something else in your life we have enough crazy in this country without you putting yours on display.
Is this the reason she wants power of the purse.
2 hours ago
Bachmann aide arrested, charged with theft.
Not only rational, neither nationalistic.
she is on the far out edges of the republican party – can't you find someone halfway sensible to quote?
Minnesota do the right thing next election send michelle Backman packing she will damage the Republican ticket.
I want Bachmann to keep talking she is the best advertisement for the left. We need statesmen on both sides not children .
Bachmann is clearly out of control. Potentially this statement could be construed as a threat of violence against the President. It is clearly that Ms. Bachmann is mentally unstable and should be treated as such. Bachmann and Palin are shining examples of why folks are leaving the GOP, in droves. The GOP needs to distance themselves from the extremists, the Tea Party types. and the mentally unstable that have taken control of the GOP.
Congress seems to have plenty of money for arms to Syria, AIDS treatments for Africans, imprisoning marijuana users, reconstruction of Iraq and Afganistan, subsidies to oil companies, and corporate tax breaks. But food for needy Americans, and healthcare to the uninsured, no money for that.
and Nancy Pelosi makes the Dems look credible?
What's wrong with them, she asks? Isn't it blatantly clear and obvious that what's wrong with Republicans like her and her clan and their way of thinking is that they would Take Away what belongs to Americans, that is funded through the very tax dollars those taxpayers have paid, and would leave Americans holding their front with one hand and their rear with the other. That's what's wrong, but it's the CONServative way voters of America! And a very good reason to Vote Them Out Next Election!
nah, i wouldn't call a person who says this "There isn't even one study that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas." psychotic. there's another word in english for it.
Doesn't she get it yet?! It's people like Bachmann and her extremist views that have cost Tea Party Republicans votes and elections!
She's just your typical nutcase lunatic
This woman is past ridiculous. I'm so tired of her rants against anything and everything President Obama says or does. She is so predictable in her negative stupidity, or is that stupid negativity? I should do my blood pressure a favor and not click on articles about her.
Bachmann is a failure. Her career in Congress had nothing of merit in terms of accomplishments and Bachmann leaves office in disgrace.