Rep. Michele Bachmann, one of the most outspoken conservatives in the House, has won an appointment to the secretive House Intelligence Committee.Michele Bachmann, who was noted for her ability to "open mouth, insert foot" long before she hit the D.C. scene, but has elevated her wingnut game since her arrival there.
The move by incoming Speaker John Boehner to put Bachmann on the panel surprised Republican insiders, who see her as a fiery grass-roots leader of the tea party movement but not necessarily a leader on national security among House Republicans.
"I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out: Are they pro-America or anti-America?" -Rep. Michelle Bachmann, calling for a new McCarthyism, Oct. 2008
"Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn't even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas." -Rep. Michelle Bachmann, April, 2009
"I don't know where they're going to get all this money because we're running out of rich people in this country." -Rep. Michele Bachmann, accusing the Obama administration of plotting to divert money from Republican to Democratic districts and planning to tax the wealthy to fund the windfalls, Feb. 2009
"I believe that there is a very strong chance that we will see that young people will be put into mandatory service. And the real concerns is that there are provisions for what I would call re-education camps for young people..." Referring to the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, Apr. 2009
Older Bachmann quotes can be found here and here.
The Last Comic Standing "reality" t.v. show could have a season of shows dedicated to mocking Bachmann and still not exhaust all of the punch-line material that she has provided over the last few years.
And now, she will have access to classified intelligence material.
God help us all...