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Michele Bachmann on list of ‘Most Embarrassing Re-Elects’

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has included Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann on its list of the “Most Embarrassing Re-elects” in 2010.

She listed as No. 1 (PDF) but only because the list is alphabetical.

Bachmann’s office told MinnPost’s Derek Wallbank that they won’t be commenting on the rankings.

The Washington-based CREW, which says it “uses high-impact legal actions to target government officials who sacrifice the common good to special interests,” has this to say about Bachmann:

“Rep. Bachmann is notorious for claiming God told her to run for Congress. She also used her official congressional website to organize a rally against health care reform, and called for an investigation into the “anti-American” views of fellow members of Congress.

“In November 2009, CREW filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics, calling for an investigation into whether Rep. Bachmann violated House rules by using her official website to organize a rally opposing a health care reform bill on U.S. Capitol grounds. Rep. Bachmann also failed to obtain a proper permit for the demonstration.”

The group also notes:

“On October 17, 2008, Rep. Bachmann appeared on MSNBC’s ‘Hardball with Chris Mathews,’ where she accused Sen. Barack Obama of harboring anti-American views and associating with a terrorist.

“At one point in the interview, Rep. Bachmann seemed to equate liberalism with anti-Americanism. She prompted comparisons to Sen. Joe McCarthy when she called on the media to conduct a ‘penetrating exposé’ to discover which members of Congress were ‘pro-America or anti-America.’

“A few days later, Rep. Bachmann partially recanted her remarks, claiming she had ‘made a big mistake’ going on a show she had never seen and conceding she “should not have used” the phrase ‘anti-American.’ Rep. Bachmann also denied making disparaging remarks about Sen. Obama and calling for a media-led inquisition into Congress’ alleged ‘anti-American’ views. Yet at a fundraiser in March 2010, she said that her words had proven prophetic. ‘I said I had very serious concerns that Barack Obama had anti-American views,’ Rep. Bachmann said. ‘And now I look like Nostradamus.’ “

Crew’s whole list:

  • 1) Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
  • 2) Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX)
  • 3) Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
  • 4) Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)
  • 5) Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY)
  • 6) Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)
  • 7) Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)
  • 8) Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-IN)
  • 9) Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
  • 10) Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)
  • 11) Rep. Don Young (R-AK)

Comments (8)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 12/06/2010 - 02:34 pm.

    It’s interesting, I think, that all CREW could find to criticsize Rep. Bachmann for was their opposition to her political views, but every one of the 5 Democrat legislators earned their places for having used their offices for personal financial gain.

    I don’t speak for Rep. Bachmann, but I object to equating political rhetoric with a pack of leftist thieves and liars.

  2. Submitted by Jeremy Brezovan on 12/06/2010 - 03:14 pm.

    I object to Bachmann’s outright lies and fabrications being disingenuously referred to as “political views”, so I suppose that makes us even, doesn’t it.

  3. Submitted by Hénock Gugsa on 12/06/2010 - 03:49 pm.

    A wrong is a wrong.

    Thieves and liars can be found on both the left and the right. And then there are the dangerous demagogues, and zealots who are even scarier and more insidious than the thieves and liars.

    But, in the final analysis, our concern is with the net effect of a wrong. All politicians lie, including the saintly Ms. Bachmann. Lying is a requirement of the job; and lying is a form of stealing. It is the stealing of trust and confidence we have in someone to speak the truth.

    I’m sure that the Ten Commandments have no rankings or distinctions based on severity of the sin. You break one, you’ve broken them all.

    My apologies for sounding preachy here, but all I wanted to say is that I think this gallery of rogues is not too off-track.

  4. Submitted by Jeremy Powers on 12/06/2010 - 04:28 pm.


    Crooked Democrats do so for personal gain. Crooked Republicans invariably do it out of some bizzarre idea that the they are above the Constitution and that only they know what is right — whcih is ALWAYS wrong. See Dick Cheney, Oliver North, Gordon Liddy, etc.

  5. Submitted by Hal Sanders on 12/06/2010 - 10:42 pm.

    The story lacked an explanation of what CREW is and why anyone should care what CREW says.

  6. Submitted by Hénock Gugsa on 12/06/2010 - 11:14 pm.

    @#5 – “The story lacked an explanation of what CREW is and why anyone should care what CREW says.”

    The underlined first line of the article is also a link to the website of CREW. If you double click on it, it will take you there.

    As for why you should or you shouldn’t care, that is an entirely a matter of choice, perhaps.

  7. Submitted by Michael Zalar on 12/07/2010 - 12:28 am.

    Bachmann is a representitive of our current political “silly season” which has lasted for several years. It is a season where “truthiness” outbattles truth, and where the internet and instant news cycles create a reverberation chamber for he who yells the loudest, regardless of the fact or fiction that they claim.
    One can hope that this season will end soon and the walls be padded so that antifactual rantings be met with silence and sanity.

  8. Submitted by Lyn Crosby on 12/07/2010 - 01:19 pm.

    Are you / we SURE is #1 on the list only because it’s alphabetical???

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