The Minneapolis Star-Tribune ran a fascinating editorial today, which point out that by urging her constituents not to take part in the 2010 Census, Bachmann may end up costing herself her own House seat, because if Minnesota does lose a House seat, Bachmann seat is a prime candidate for absorption.
The editors of the Star-Tribune wrote, “The 2010 census will likely determine whether Minnesota loses one of its eight U.S. House seats; population determines seat allocation. Political experts agree that a few thousand people not filling out census forms may be all it takes for the state to lose a congressional advocate in the nation’s capital. If Minnesota were to lose a congressional seat, Bachmann’s district appears to be candidate for absorption.”
The editorial continued, “Bachmann has been careful to say that she’s willing to tell the census how many people live in her household, the basic information that will determine whether Minnesota keeps a congressional seat. But that’s a message that’s easily lost in her fear-mongering.”
They also wondered about Bachmann’s priorities, “It’s hard to tell what Bachmann’s priorities are. Is it serving her constituents or taking controversial positions? Her long list of odd comments and lack of substantive legislative accomplishments suggest the latter: a politician interested more in being the face of the fringe element than solving the real-life problems of her north-suburban district.”
It would be ironic if by taking her advice, her constituents actually end up costing Bachmann her House seat. This should make anyone wonder what kind of moron would tell people to do something that would lead to the elimination of her own job. If all it takes if a few thousand people in her district to cost her the House seat, then it is very possible that if Bachmann doesn’t do some damage control, she could have a huge problem.
Bachmann apparently wants to be the poster child for the fringe right, at the expense of serving the people of her district. Her constituents have put up with all of her conspiracy theory nonsense, but Bachmann seems more intent on becoming a national player, then actually accomplishing something legislatively. Bachmann would be getting what she deserved if one of her conspiracy theories came back to bite her in the backside.
(H/T: Think Progress)
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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