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GOP Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers should apologize "for lying in her response to State of the Union"

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Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) gave the official Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union speech, and in doing so, she fudged a few facts:

"I got a letter from Bette in Spokane, who hoped the President’s health care law would save her money – but found out instead that her premiums were going up nearly $700 a month. No, we shouldn’t go back to the way things were, but this law is not working. Republicans believe health care choices should be yours, not the government’s."

There's just one itty bitty problem with that bolded assertion. It's not true. So the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and Nancy Pelosi want McMorris Rodgers to apologize.

Fat chance.

The GOP has a nasty habit of either outright lying, lying by omission to promote political narratives, or conveniently sidestepping context when attacking any and all things Obama. Cathy McMorris Rodgers continued the tradition, but like Darrell Issa has so many times, she got publicly busted in the process.

Via The Hill:

Democrats are slamming Republicans for misleading the public with a false anecdote about ObamaCare premiums in a response to the State of the Union address. [...]

Media reports have since revealed that the woman, Bette Grenier, was quoting the most expensive option offered by her insurance company and that she declined cheaper plans on Washington state's ObamaCare exchange.

"Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers owes the nation an apology for lying in her Republican response to the State of the Union this week, and spreading more misinformation to Americans about their health care options,” said DCCC spokeswoman Emily Bittner in a statement Friday.

"House Republicans are … resorting to embellishing stories and leaving out the facts to mislead Americans about the new affordable, comprehensive coverage available to them.”

More at the link.

By the way, one major insurer is reporting Obamacare that sign-ups were higher than its projections. Cathy McMorris Rodgers neglected to include that fact in her oh-so-heartfelt, genuine, God-drenched rebuttal.

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Video- Senator Rand Paul Delivers The Tea Party Rebuttal to the State of the Union 2013

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Note the part about succeeding not on who your parents are. What's your daddy's name again there Rand?

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Video- Republican SOTU Rebuttal 2013: Marco Rubio Is THIRSTY!

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Really, don't they do more than one take? I mean geez, they've got all the time in the world to get it right. Guess it's time to send Marco some cases of fancy people water. (Note- Per TP it's Poland Springs) Via.

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VIDEO: Saturday Night Live spoofs Michele Bachmann's SOFU rebuttal rebuttal

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SNL's Kristen Wiig nails it.

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VIDEO- Bill Maher to Wolf Blitzer: "Why are you giving air time to" Bachmann's SOTU response?

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Thank you for saying it out loud, Bill Maher.

"We don't have a Progressive party in this country. We have a right wing party, and we have center right party."

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VIDEO: Bachmann "will not get one vote from this nation's black population" + PhotOh! Focus, Michele!

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Chris Jansing: "Her knowledge of the basics is lacking."

"Thank god she's not writing the nation's history books. If this is the Tea Party's representative, I am confident that they will not get one vote from this nation's black population," said Bernard.

"It floors me because even as members of the Tea Party expound how much they love the constitution, they don't even know it," said Jeff Johnson, contributor to theGrio.com.

And just for kicks, I documented Bachmann's apparent inability to focus on a camera lens (or much else for that matter) by taking a few screen grabs of her rebuttal rebuttal.

Hey Michele... over HERE!

H/t: Lensman23

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Excerpts from Michele Bachmann Tea Party SOTU rebuttal

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UPDATE: This is my snarkitude, not her real speech. (The fact that it could be confused with the "real" Bachmann speaks volumes.) I thought I made that clear at the bottom of the post, but apparently not clear enough. This is a spoof of what's coming. The real excerpts can be found at the link.

Talking Points Memo has excerpts from Michele Bachmann's rebuttal to the rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union address, and they go a little something like this:

The Founding Fathers pulled an all-nighter writing on parchment until slavery was abolished. It was a really long night.  Really, really long. Especially for John Quincy Adams.

That's CLEARLY why we have to cut every single tax to every single zillionaire, stop all that silly fretting about global warming,  give those sexy hott corporations some deregulation love, extend prayer time at official government meetings, hang a few historical paintings of children riding dinosaurs in the halls of Congress, increase face time with our favorite right wing Supreme Court judges, cut health care for every ailing-- or potentially ailing-- American, buy every patriot who tells me I'm pretty a three-cornered hat and a case of Lipton's, and petition Sarah Palin to be on the 2012 ticket with me as my vice president.

And finally, as a sincere show of gratitude for all those donations you've thrown my way, free Botox! But only for real Americans.

Oh, but I kid the BalloonHead.*

For a few actual samples of her handiwork, go here.

*Borrowed, with many thanks, from Chris Matthews.

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