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The strange, sad saga of Michelle Bachmann

March 27, 2009

Controversial Republican Congresswoman from Minnesota, Michelle Bachmann, was the subject of a Kate Galbraith piece in the New York Times detailing her downright strange public statements. From the story:

Ms. Bachmann, when asked about President Obama’s cap-and-trade plans on a local radio station last Saturday, responded:

I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back. Thomas Jefferson told us, “Having a revolution every now and then is a good thing,” and the people – we the people – are going to have to fight back hard if we’re not going to lose our country. And I think this has the potential of changing the dynamic of freedom forever in the United States.

Ms. Bachmann also expressed some skepticism on global warming, saying, “The science is on our side on this one, and the science indicates that human activity is not the cause of all this global warming. And that in fact, nature is the cause, with solar flares, etc.”

Ms. Bachmann’s recent statements about the environment are not the first to raise eyebrows. Sam Stein, at the Huffington Post, wrote about her appearance with Chris Matthews during the run-up to the election:

In a television appearance that outraged Democrats are already describing as Joseph McCarthy politics, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann claimed on Friday that Barack Obama and his wife Michelle held anti-American views and couldn’t be trusted in the White House. She even called for the major newspapers of the country to investigate other members of Congress to “find out if they are pro-America or anti-America.”

Continuing the weirdness, just yesterday Ms. Bachmann introduced legislation seeking to ensure that the United States keep the dollar as its currency as opposed to making the switch to a world currency…a move no one is suggesting. Ms. Bachmann appears to have been confused by a statement, originally made by the Chinese that, in light of the world’s economic difficulties, countries might be forced to keep reserve funds in a basket of currencies instead of only in American dollars. If you’re interested, Talking Points Memo has more.

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