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Bachmann gets seat on House Intelligence Committee

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann will serve on the House Intelligence Committee, Speaker-designate John Boehner announced today.

Democrats may have plenty of punchlines for that, but Bachmann said in a statement:

"I want to thank Speaker-designate Boehner for extending to me the opportunity to serve on the House Intelligence Committee. It was a leading desire of mine to serve on this panel because of the key role it plays in keeping our nation safe.

"As a mother of five children and 23 foster children, I have a deep appreciation for that portion of our Oath of Office in which members of Congress vow to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.' That enduring sense of responsibility will help guide me as I serve on this vital committee."

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I realize it's a different kind of "intelligence" but it just seems to me that putting Mickey Bachmann on the House "Intelligence" committee is a perfect symbol of the incoming Republican House of Representatives.

It's a bit reminiscent the comments of "Mash's" "Hawkeye" regarding "military intelligence" (as I recall, he characterized the very term as oxymoronic).

This is a joke, right? We are not even close to April 1st.

How wonderfully ironic.

This will probably take the pressure off Wikileaks. People can tune to Fox News and get our latest state secrets from her.

Who says John Boehner doesn't have a sense of humor.

I guess this is where they got the word: "oxymoron"

Seriously, this is a pretty scary thing, isn't it? Somehow I'm constantly amazed at the things this pretty woman lets slide out of her mouth without researching them for validity. One truly truly hopes they were done intentionally, for the media coverage and limelight, and not a true reflection of her ability. Then again, if the desire for hype is her first priority, then that's a pretty scary thing too.

This is some kind of sick joke, right? What is this country coming to when someone who fudges facts to suit her purposes is allowed to oversee the country's most secret and sensitive work?

Finally, Speaker Designate Boehner should have something to truly cry about.

Bachmann on an intelligence committee? Talk about your basic oxymoron . . .

this is the epitome of the word "oxymoron". What a frightening thought that Ms Bachmann will have access to sensitive information about the inner workings of this country. God help the country!

@#5 ... "Who says John Boehner doesn't have a sense of humor."
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I am inclined to agree, but I'm also thinking he is sly as a fox here.

By this assignment of Ms. Bachmann, he accomplishes at least two things hopefully ...

1- Being in "Intelligence" means you'll be privy to lots of secrets. Ms. Bachmann will be required to be tight-lipped about practically everything she'll be doing. She may be spending less time at Fox_News!
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2- Ms. Bachmann will have her hands full at "Intelligence", and won't have time with her "Tea Party" hobby that is probably a thorn on Mr. Boehner's side.

As an add on to J.J. Sefton's comment, if Bachmann slips up and reveals some confidential information she learns from that committee assignment, perhaps that might be an impeachable offense which could put an end to her congressional career, something the good people of her congressional district thus far have not found the wisdom to do.

This is Michele Bachmann the Tea Party Pac Leader, working with John Boehner,WOW. This is the lady that said President's trip coast $2 million dollars a day, and said she raised $11.1 million dollars for the 2010 midterm election. One can never tell when Bachmann is telling the truth. She will have to pay Charles and David Koch money back.

In DeMint, the Kochs found a politician who will make no compromises on their far-right agenda, favoring tax cuts and opposing health-care reform, green energy, labor unions and regulation of any kind. Last year, DeMint received the Americans for Prosperity Foundation's George Washington Award, bestowed upon the senator by Koch himself. Speaking at the organization's summit in August, Koch said DeMint "has consistently stood for freedom against this big-government agenda." In backing DeMint's power play against leaders of the Republican establishment, particularly his challenge to the power of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Kochs stand poised to push those establishment leaders into the same uncompromising positions.

Echoing DeMint's agenda are Rep. Michele Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican who, in July, founded a Tea Party Caucus in the House of Representatives, and Rep. Mike Pence, a Republican from Indiana, who is House GOP conference chairman and a charter member of the new caucus. Both are Tea Party favorites, and Bachmann is a regular speaker at Americans for Prosperity events. At the Americans for Prosperity Foundation's RightOnline conference, held in Las Vegas in July, Pence used a luncheon address to make the case for melding the free-market Tea Party agenda with the values of the religious right, while Bachmann entertained a banquet crowd with herplan to phase out Social Security.

FreedomWorks has its eye on a political transformation in the Senate, and is closely allied with DeMint, whose PAC is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of many of the same Tea Party-backed Senate candidates endorsed by the FreedomWorks PAC, including Sharron Angle (currently in a tight race against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid), Rand Paul in Kentucky, Marco Rubio in Florida, and Utah's Mike Lee. (Bachmann's Tea Party Caucus was announced the day after Paul, addressing FreedomWorks activists on a July 13 conference call, suggested a Tea Party caucus for the Senate.) Each of these candidacies began as primary challenges to establishment Republicans endorsed by McConnell.