Well, never mind. We'll still have Louie Gohmert and Virginia Foxx and too many others like them so there'll still be plenty of silliness in Congress. But, once her current term is up, no more Bachmannisms like these:
If you look at FDR, LBJ, and Barack Obama, this is really the final leap to socialism [...] they’re trying to consolidate power, so we need to do everything we can to thwart them at every turn to make sure that they aren’t able to, for all time, secure a power base that for all time can never be defeated.(link)
The news media should do a penetrating expose and take a look. I wish they would, I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out are they are pro-America or anti-America.(link)
The real concerns is that there are provisions for what I would call re-education camps for young people, where young people have to go and get trained in a philosophy that the government puts forward and then they have to go to work in some of these politically correct forums.(link)
Absolutely, I'm very concerned that [Barack Obama] may have anti-American views.(link)
One thing people know about me is I’m a substantive, serious person.(link)Yes, Bachmann is such a substantive, serious person that she has a solid record of accomplishment in her years as a Congresswoman.
Michele Bachmann's Complete Legislative History (source: www.govtrack.us)
|THINGS ATTEMPTED BY MICHELE |
|THINGS ACCOMPLISHED BY MICHELE BACHMANN|
|Referred to Committee (aka: went nowhere)||53|
|Reported by Committee (Got out of committee)||1|
H.R. 850 (112th): To facilitate a proposed project in the Lower St. Croix Wild and Scenic River, and for other purposes.
|Agreed To (Simple Resolution)||3|
H.Res. 373 (111th): Expressing support for designation of the month of September as “National Hydrocephalus Awareness Month"
H.Res. 923 (110th): Recognizing the State of Minnesota’s 150th anniversary.
H.Res. 789 (110th): Honoring public child welfare agencies, nonprofit organizations and private entities providing services for foster children.
H.R. 45: To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010
|Signed Into Law||0|
I guess we should be grateful that Bachmann was not a more effective legislator.
There is plenty of speculation as to why she is leaving just now. She's under investigation for ethical violations. The latest polls from Minnesota show her a couple of points behind her likely challenger in next year's elections. There have been reports that she has been investigating a move to Iowa and that she may resurface there and run again in the future. That's if she survives the ethics investigations, I guess. Or maybe she'll join her good buddy Allen West on Fox News, the retirement community for failed tea partiers.