The 10 weirdest members of Congress

Meet the buffoons who are ruining the United States

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1. Michele Bachmann (R–Minnesota)

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The Demagogue Slugger with Power to All Fields

Years from now, historians will look back on the year 2013 and think to themselves, Michele Bachmann? Really?

She's the rare politician who can demagogue any issue — and the only member of Congress weird enough to be nominated by everyone contacted for this story, be they Republican or Democrat. If there's a crusade requiring crazy talk, Bachmann is sure to be yammering on a newscast near you.

Perhaps only Donald Trump rivals her thirst for attention, a neediness that often causes her to fabricate arguments from Play-Doh. She's claimed that hundreds of scientists and Nobel Prize winners support intelligent design, and that same-sex marriage will force judges to tell little kids, "Homosexuality is normal, and you should try it."

During an appearance on the Today show, Bachmann suggested that the HPV vaccine could cause mental retardation. She's also intimated that there's a direct correlation between swine flu outbreaks and Democratic presidencies.

Finally, she's claimed that no study has ever shown that carbon dioxide is harmful to the environment — neglecting the hundreds of studies concluding just that.

But her worst stunt came last year, when she launched a McCarthyesque witch hunt to rid Washington of Muslim Brotherhood infiltrators. Her prime suspect was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's top aide, Huma Abedin, whose only crime was having a foreign-sounding name.

But even if she were voted out tomorrow, Bachmann's legacy would live on: Roughly a third of this list is composed of frequent Bachmann co-conspirators. Not only is she their leader, but she's a role model, too, the crazy North Star that guides them, even as she makes an ever-growing number of Americans question this whole experiment we call democracy.

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BeenThere
BeenThere

Grayson is one of the weird because he calls crazy people "crazy?" You must have been desperate to find a Democrat to put in the same loony bin as the Repuglicans.

MasterofReality
MasterofReality

Grayson has long been a kook.  Do some research, naysayers!

Fogmaster
Fogmaster

When it comes blowing City Pages blows much harder than Grayson. Your inclusion of Grayson on this list is another example of fake opinion and news. In order to appear "objective " you go out of your way to create false equivalencies, and that insane paranoid lying versus passionate factual provocation is "partisanship". Although you folks consider yourselves challengers you are beholden to your sponsors. You share Grayson's "gift for situational ethics when the going gets tough."

BillStewart2012
BillStewart2012

Yes, Grayson's a loudmouth, and I think he's wrong on lots of issues.  

But he's also the Congresscritter who had the guts to propose the "War Makes You Poor" act, requiring the government to actually raise taxes to pay for war spending if they want to have a war.  Obviously that was a total non-starter with the Republicans, who want to have wars while pretending that they're not responsible for the cost, and it's not like the Democrats supported him either. 

mark.davis1
mark.davis1

Sorry,

I disagree with your characterization of Alan Grayson. He is a progressive champion and yes he tells it like it is. Funny how City Pages has gone down hill since Monica Bauerlein left for Mother Jones and Steve Paerry left for Minn Post. In fact all of your better journalists became a mass exodus in 2007. I sometime rely on City Pages for entertainment but often find you scooped by Vitamin. How the mighty have fallen.   

notifier
notifier

Grayson represents Kissimmee/South Orlando not Clearwater

Hey24s
Hey24s

Please do a little more research on the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Health before publishing an article like this.  

dutchs1
dutchs1

Sheila Lee demands to be met at the gate by a "motorized car." Those little pedal-powered jobs are so undignified.

Hey24s
Hey24s

They've been integral in our understanding of health, healing and disease.  These days its very common to go into any hospital or clinic and find doctors and nurses making referrals and prescribing effective uses of complementary therapy for symptom management.  Putting all complementary therapies under one umbrella as "quackery" is lazy and adheres to an old western-medicine arrogance that perpetuates misinformation.

Hey24s
Hey24s

@Hey24s and please actually read the published research rather than making one sweeping claim that it's all been discredited by the placebo effect.  Was your resource just that one guy from RealClearScience?

 
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