Michele Bachmann Lays Into George Bush Over Bailout

Michele Bachmann’s new book hit stores today, and it’s not only Democrats who get a bashing. The LA Times reports how Bachmann is happy to attack fellow Republicans, with George Bush the biggest target in her GOP target practice.

Bush gets heat from the GOP presidential candidate for the fact he backed the $700 billion Wall Street bailout in 2008. Bachmann accuses the ex-President and former Republican candidate John McCain of abandoning conservative, free-market principles when they supported the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. Ad she even manages to squeeze in the dirty ‘s’ word:

“The Bush administration … was embracing a kind of ‘bailout socialism. It was painful to find out John McCain too favored the TARP bailout. … Here was no ‘maverick’ moment. The same disappointing stance was taken by the Republican leadership in the House.”

How one equates a $700 million bailout of rich bankers with socialism is confusing me also, but I gave up trying to understand Bachmann many moons ago. She added:

“I knew there was no way I could vote for it, because I couldn’t find authority for it in the Constitution. As a constitutional conservative, I put principle over party.”