Rep. Michele Bachmann Starts House Tea Party Caucus
Matt | On 26, Jul 2010
Resident crazy woman of Congress, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R – Minn.), has gone a step further to bring the fringe closer to her alternate universe.
Last week, Bachmann’s paperwork was approved from the House Administration Committee to start the official Tea Party Caucus in the House of Representatives. She will serve as the chairwoman of the group.
The group will support the basic principles of the greater Tea Party movement – smaller government, less intervention, lower taxes, and a strict adherence to the Constitutional principles of our founding. Obviously, there will be other GOP members joining the group, as Rep. Mike Spence (R-Ind.) was the first to jump on the bandwagon. A total of 30 members of the House have now affiliated themselves with the Caucus.
Here’s the strange thing that is an inherent WTF-aspect of the entire Tea Party movement. The Congressional Caucus does not claim to speak for the larger Tea Party movement of grassroots activists, demonstrations, etc. However they are using the same name? This is EXACTLY how the Tea Party gets (somewhat) falsely accused of stuff. There’s so many little factions of the Tea Party within the group that it’s hard for outsiders to keep things straight.
It seems that they want to capitalize on the momentum and name-recognition of the Tea Party without having to accept responsibility for any of that little “racism stuff.” Bachmann says that they will not “vouch” for the larger Tea Party, but give them a voice to express their concerns.
Some prominent GOP House members, including the Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), are steering clear of this new caucus. They claim that they don’t want to further divide their time with yet another caucus. The truth is that they don’t want to catch a major election year ::side-eye:: fooling with Michelle and her buddies. May not be a good look.