Bachmann is one of 9 most embarrassing members of Congress
Rep. Michele Bachmann sure does make us proud. What's it for this time, you might ask?
She has the honor of representing Minnesota as one of the nine most embarrassing members of Congress. Congrats!
The list, compiled by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Government (CREW) is not ranked. Bachmann is one of eight House members and one Senator on the list. (Her next opponent, please take note to avoid being sued like Franken)
Why did Bachmann make the list ? Her "anti-American witch hunt" comments on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews made her a no-brainer for this nomination.
At one point in the interview, Rep. Bachman seemed to equate liberalism with anti- Americanism, and invoked Sen. Joe McCarthy by calling on the media to conduct a "penetrating expose" to discover which members of Congress held anti-American views.
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 conceded 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.
The spectacle prompted both editorial boards and political observers to condemn Rep. Bachmann and her comments. The five Democratic incumbents in Minnesota's eightmember House delegation issued a joint statement claiming the congresswoman's comments were "embarrassing," and called into question her judgment and "ability to work in a bi-partisan way."
The list also included: Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla.; Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Calif.; Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif.; Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Calif.; Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa.; Rep. Laura Richardson, D-Calif.; and Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska.
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