Count Karl Rove as solidly among those not mourning the departure of Michele Bachmann: It will be an opening for the Tea Party,” he said today on This Week, per the National Review. “Michele Bachmann was the chairman of the congressional Tea Party caucus and in that position did nothing. Now the position is open. Someone will accept the chairmanship of it and they may do something with it." Concurred David Plouffe: “There’s others to replace her. You’ve got Ted Cruz and others that will fill the bill.” Elsewhere on your Sunday dial, as per Politico:
- Chuck Schumer on Eric Holder: “There have been all kinds of accusation, but I haven’t seen anything that would prevent him from continuing to do his job... I don’t think there’s perjury. There’s been no prosecution or attempted prosecution of any journalist. The warrant is a tool to get information. I don’t think the two are contradictory."
- Rep. Marsha Blackburn on Holder: “The attorney general has definitely lost the trust of the American people. People feel betrayed. I think it will take a generation to rebuild trust in the federal government."
- Reince Priebus on the IRS scandal: “The culture of the president calling Tea Party groups terrorists and tea-baggers, and that entire culture has been cultivated by the president and his people, and everyone has been following."
- Darrell Issa on White House spokesman Jay Carney: "Their paid liar, their spokesperson, he’s still making up things about what happened and calling (the IRS scandal) a local rogue.”