In one of the most passionate rhetorical flourishes of the healthcare debate so far, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) urged conservatives last night to "slit their wrists" and "become blood brothers" in the fight to beat healthcare reform.

Via the Colorado Independent:

This cannot pass,” the Minnesota Republican told a crowd at a Denver gathering sponsored by the Independence Institute. “What we have to do today is make a covenant, to slit our wrists, be blood brothers on this thing. This will not pass. We will do whatever it takes to make sure this doesn’t pass.”

“Something is way crazy out there,” Bachmann said in her remarks, billed as a “personal legislative briefing” by the Golden-based Independence Institute, which bills itself as a “free market think tank.”

“This is slavery,” Bachmann said after claiming many Americans pay half their income to taxes. “It’s nothing more than slavery.”

Bachmann also reportedly bragged of being the "second most-hated Republican woman" in America, behind Sarah Palin.