Michele Bachmann is Retiring, Leaving a Texan as Craziest in Congress

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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.

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Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman has been a BOR staff writer since 2011. A graduate of the University of Texas, Ben has worked on campaigns, in political consulting, and has written for other news outlets like Think Progress. Ben considers campaign finance reform the fundamental challenge of our time because it distorts almost every other issue in American politics.

1 Comment

  1. Tomball1978 on

    Straw Man
    This article shows ignorance and a lack of rational thought:

    The attacks on the individuals cited use straw man arguments that attack the individuals without refuting their arguments. For example, the author brought up Louis Gohmert's valid concerns about terrorists taking advantage of poor border security to infiltrate the country. Instead of stating why he believes this is not a concern he acts as though voicing a concern makes one insane. He also does not make valid arguments against anything else these individuals have stated, instead focusing ad hominem attacks on the individuals themselves. He deliberately skews the facts when he states that Rep. Stockman advocates arming embryos with guns. What he is referring to is a bumper sticker stating “If babies had guns they wouldn't be aborted.” Anyone with an ounce of intelligence would know that this is not an advocation for arming babies, it is pointing out that babies are not capable of defending themselves from the wholesale murder of abortion, and showing his own opposition to the practice. The comment about Ted Cruz is laughable. Ted Cruz was trying to point out how ridiculous Agenda 21 is, and how anyone with half a brain shouldn't support it. Instead of saying he doesn't support it, the author makes the confusing assertion that we shouldn't oppose it since it is ridiculous and impossible to implement anyway. Huh?

    I think the author should do his homework before running off his mouth, and if he feels inclined to oppose someone, as he opposes the three individuals named in this article, he should make arguments based on the actual issues, rather than focusing on straw man and ad hominem attacks.

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