After saying, about Barack Obama, that “I’m very concerned that he may have anti-American views,” Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) calls on the media to investigate which members of Congress are anti-American:

That’s revolting. Though perhaps not surprising, coming from someone who says: “Ronald Reagan has been a tremendous hero of mine, as has Ann Coulter. I just adore Ann Coulter.”

According to, there have only been two polls of Rep. Bachmann’s district. However, the last one, from a week ago, shows her only four points ahead of her Democratic challenger, Elwyn TinklenbergThe DCCC has added Tinklenberg to its ‘Red to Blue’ campaign, and the NRCC is putting up ads for Bachmann. That means that both sides think this race is competitive.

Besides Bachmann’s willingness to call people who disagree with her anti-American, she has a number of other peculiar views. When she’s not blaming the current economic crisis on the Community Reinvestment Act, she says this:

“Rep. Michele Bachmann, a Republican, is telling voters that “hyper-regulation” by the federal government created a chain of events that caused bank failures and credit freezes.”

She also seems to have a thing about incandescent light bulbs:

“How many members of Congress does it take to change a light bulb? Americans may soon find out, courtesy of a contrarian piece of legislation introduced this month by Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.

Titled the “Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act,” the bill seeks to repeal the nationwide phase-out of conventional light bulbs, the kind that have been used for more than a century — pretty much since the invention of the incandescent light bulb.

Bachmann, a first-term Republican, is challenging the nation’s embrace of energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights, saying the government has no business telling consumers what kind of light bulbs they can buy.”

And then there was the time she said she knew of a secret agreement by Iran to partition Iraq and use part of it as a training ground for terrorists (a statement she later retracted):

“Iran is the trouble maker, trying to tip over apple carts all over Baghdad right now because they want America to pull out. And do you know why? It’s because they’ve already decided that they’re going to partition Iraq.

And half of Iraq, the western, northern portion of Iraq, is going to be called the Iraq State of Islam, something like that. And I’m sorry, I don’t have the official name, but it’s meant to be the training ground for the terrorists. There’s already an agreement made.

They are going to get half of Iraq and that is going to be a terrorist safe haven zone where they can go ahead and bring about more terrorist attacks in the Middle East region and then to come against the United States because we are their avowed enemy.”

And that’s in addition to trying to ban gay marriage, voting against an increase in the minimum wage, and supporting the partial privatization of Social Security, etc., etc., etc.

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