Michele Bachmann announced Wednesday that she will retire from Congress at the end of her term. She claimed unconvincingly that her decision does not come from the threat of Democrat Jim Graves taking her seat next year, nor from the ethics inquiries into her presidential campaign.
“Unfortunately today I am even more concerned about our country's future than I've ever been in the past,” she said in a long video posted online.
Personally, I'm a little less concerned about our country's future now that Bachmann will be out of Congress. But that doesn't mean there aren't seriously problematic crazies left there – and guess what? All the candidates to replace Bachmann as the craziest person in Congress are from Texas.
Read about the candidates below the jump.Is it Rep. Louie Gohmert? He recently accused the Attorney General of siding with the Boston Bombers, claimed “radical Islamists” were posing as Hispanics and crossing the border, and said the Aurora shooting was a result of “ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs.” Gohmert regularly goes on television and sounds about as aggressively ignorant as the worst stereotype of a Texan.
Or is it Rep. Steve Stockman? He recently brought up arming embryos with guns, said the Violence Against Women Act is bad because it is “helping the liberals,” and compared the president to Saddam Hussein.
It could certainly be Sen. Ted Cruz. “Crazy Ted Cruz” has made McCarthy-ite accusations against Chuck Hagel, promoted paranoid fantasies about our government shutting down golf courses and building “hobbit homes,” and spread deliberate Medicaid distortions. He is literally at Michele Bachmann-levels of lying to the American people. Cruz also plays the role of Bachmann in the Senate, spewing nonsense and ideologically trying to derail any semblance of progress in America.
No matter who you think is the craziest, one thing is sure: Texans will have to endure routine embarrassment and misrepresentation in Congress for years to come. But if we organize, we can force these schmucks into early retirement just like Bachmann. There is light beyond this fog of craziness.