BACHMANN’S ‘TEACHER’…. The New York Times had an item the other day on Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and her plans for the next Congress, some of which are pretty ambitious. Reader C.W. reminded me of the significance of the last two paragraphs:

For now, [Bachmann’s] plan for the caucus “is to start weekly classes on the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights,” inviting everyone from Supreme Court justices to legal scholars to speak.

“As we’re studying every week, let’s say for instance the commerce clause, then as the legislation comes before us, we can apply through the grid of the Constitution the actual legislation that we’re looking at,” she said. “This is a tremendous real-time forum to be able to discuss these issues ahead of time, prior to the vote, in regard to principles of the Tea Party.”

When asked who’ll be lead these “classes,” Bachmann tends to mention the far-right members of the Supreme Court — who may not be interested in an unpaid teaching gig at a separate branch of government — and an evangelical activist/Glenn Beck buddy by the name of David Barton.

Who’s David Barton? He became a celebrity in the religious right in the ’90s, serving as a pseudo-historian trying to convince fellow activists to reject the separation of church and state. Objective analysis of Barton’s materials found glaring factual errors — which often happens when someone pretends to be a historian.

More recently, Barton helped write the absurd Texas curriculum standards, despite his lack of credentials; became a faculty member at Glenn Beck’s “university”; compared Tea Party activiststo Jesus Christ; and was the subject of a fairly devastating Keith Olbermann segment.

But that’s really just scratching the surface. Check out this recent report from the Minnesota Independent, and this fairly devastating critique from People for the American Way.

And remember, as far as Bachmann is concerned, this guy is qualified to “teach” members of Congress about how they should interpret the Constitution.

Steve Benen

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