Bachmann Could Lose Her House Seat Because of Census Paranoia

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)

3 Replies to “Bachmann Could Lose Her House Seat Because of Census Paranoia”

  1. In all of the faux fuss over the Census, and how ACORN could affect population counts, redistricting and the attendant electoral votes as well as the numberof possible congressmen/women each state sends to the U. S. House of Representatives, there is a lot of misinformation and disinformation being circulated.

    Apparently those who think the sky is falling because ACORN is partnering with the Census Bureau TO PROMOTE AWARENESS AND COOPERATION with the Census have NO CLUE how redistricting is actually accomplished. They must have flunked their basic civics classes.

    It is NOT done by ACORN, or the federal government. It is done IN every state BY THAT STATE. States draw their own district boundaries; the census determines how many of those districts each state has. Not all states do things the same way.

    Another Civics failure – the Census Bureau is under the jurisdiction of the Commerce Department, not the White House. Currently, there is no Secretary of Commerce confirmed; however the Census Bureau is and will remain a branch of the Commerce Department. It is reasonable to expect that by the time, many months from now, that the 2010 census finally takes place, there will be a Commerce Secretary in place; in the meantime, there is an acting administrator who seems to be doing just fine.

    And contrary to the disinformation campaign being waged by Bachmann and Steele as a fearmongering fundraising tool, the Census DOES distinguish between citizens and non-citizens of the United States.

  2. Seems Bachmann really struck a nerve with you guys, heh heh. She’s a brilliant woman whom I’m sure will easily win another election if her district gets absorbed. Best case would be for her seat to get taken and then she comes back and steals away a weaker liberal’s seat. So keep up the hate guys, it will only destory you. =)

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