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Michele Bachmann starting tea party caucus

UPDATE: Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) is the first House member to join Bachmann's Tea Party Caucus.

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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) filed paperwork on Thursday to create a House Tea Party Caucus, which she will chair.

"The American people are speaking out loud and clear," she said in a statement. "They have had enough of the spending, the bureaucracy, and the government knows best mentality running rampant today throughout the halls of Congress. This caucus will espouse the timeless principles of our founding, principles that all Members of Congress have sworn to uphold. The American people are doing their part and making their voices heard and this caucus will prove that there are some here in Washington willing to listen."

Bachmann led a "House call" rally against health-care reform on Capitol Hill last fall that brought together tea party activists and Republican officials. In a recent interview, Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he would like to start a tea party caucus in the Senate if he wins this fall.

Two staff members recently left Bachmann's office in a major shake-up.

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Kansas Reps. Todd Tiahrt and Jerry Moran, who are both campaigning for a Senate seat, have already joined.

Posted by: boriseugenekent | July 21, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

At least this neatly rounds up the crazy...

Posted by: ixijimixi | July 20, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I believe that Michele Bachmann is an extremely dangerous and sick individual. So sick that I strongly suggest that Minnesota investigate her years of foster care to ensure there was no abuse. The way she incites hatred and violence tells me that she is too unstable to have ever been allowed to do child care. I believe she did foster care for 26-27 children. I would think that Minnesota, being a leader in social services and medicine, would not want a reputation of NOT CARING ABOUT CHILDREN!!!

Posted by: wizzylizzywizzy | July 19, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

They may call it tea but I think a lot of them have drunk the Kool Aid .

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | July 19, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Bachmann is not known for being cerebral nor a brainiac.......neither is Sharron Angle,or Caribou Barbie, who now is inventing words just like Shapespeare did (as if she reads Shapespeare).....the women of the GObP are laughable. Bachmann can't hold onto a staff to save her most Americans know, if there is constant turnover in personnel, as in Bachmann's case, there is good reason for it......may they all go to FOX News...the cable network that picks up wannabes and usedtobes...FOX News pays big money for anchors & crew to deliver opinion....and what do you think hyperbole.....

Posted by: btafmax4 | July 19, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I believe a more appropriate name would be the Keg Party,because it would seem that most of them are inebriated with hate.

Posted by: whales60 | July 19, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

May be there is nothing to it!

She just want to have a tea party!

Posted by: kishorgala | July 19, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps she could call it Tea Party, Inc.

That way the Tea Party Patriots, Tea Party Express, Tea Party One Nation, Tea Party Jingos, Tea Party Supremacy, and a laundry-list of Tea Parties can be accomodated under one name.

We do want to be accomodating for all, don't we?

Posted by: kishorgala | July 19, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Bachmann is a Sarah Palin wanna-be, but she lacks the ability to charm her followers into giving her their welfare checks like Palin. Sorry Michelle, you're still second-rate.

Posted by: blazertaco | July 19, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I found the following instructions for organizing a Mad Hatter Tea Party Carcass:

Step 1
Choose a location. Choose somewhere outside that has plenty of green lawn and places for tables. A location with a lot of flowers or trees will also help when it comes to transforming the space for the party.

Step 2
Plan a menu. A tea party is just not a tea party without finger foods. Plan a menu that is both easy and appetizing. Guests must be able to talk and eat, so finger-food is the best option. A variety of small desserts and several teas and punches will add just the right touch to your final menu.

Step 3
Arrange for entertainment or games. Since this is a Mad Hatter party, hats would be fitting attire. Arrange for guests to decorate their own crazy hats to wear at the party. Include a game of croquet in your party plans as well as other lawn games, like horseshoes or bocce ball. A few card games set at individual tables will give those who don't want to participate in a physical game something to occupy their time.

Step 4
Decorate for the party. Fresh flowers are always a good idea at a tea party, and this one is not exception. Move your armchairs outside, or decorate plain straight back chairs with covers and large ribbon bows. A Cheshire cat in a tree and a few plastic flamingos will set the stage for your Mad Hatter tea party.

Step 5
Set the table. Use nice white tablecloths on the table along with good silver and mis-matched china. Tiered dessert plates and large glass punch bowls can be used as centerpieces, and a single playing card with a guest's name can be set on each plate to reserve their spot. Use cloth napkins tied with large ribbon bows.

Step 6
Send out invitations. Use handmade cards to invite all your guests at least 2 weeks in advance. Ask guests to R.S.V.P within a week.

Read more: How to Plan a Mad Hatter Tea Party |

Posted by: kishorgala | July 19, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

It's as if she lifted the verbiage directly from a book called "It Can't Happen Here" by Minnesotan Sinclair Lewis. She is appealing to the worst nativist, racist, homophobic sentiments in Americans. And I have the errrr, "privilege" of living in her Congressional district. We just refer to her as the local crazy lady who was elected to Congress.

Posted by: mozart56 | July 19, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Please don't be mean to Bachmann, she just can't help herself. She was a wing nut long before the tea party came alone. She is the "Delta Dawn" of the Republican Congress. The woman is a walking, talking nut case.

An organization is defined by it's leader, in this case nothing has changed by Bachmann appointing herself leader, they are all nuts.

Bachmann knows that after November she will no longer sit in the Congress. She, is starting her after government job early.

The woman is a idiot.

Posted by: COWENS99 | July 19, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Boy, what a Mutiny against the GOP Establishment! Forming a different party which will carry the flag for the Founding Principles (ooh!, which the current elected GOP members have failed to carry!

Michelle Bakhkhhhhhmaaaaan (sorry for spitting!) is lucky to have one Rep. Rep. (that is, Republican Representative) join the carcass.

One would have been the lonliest number. Two is certainly company. But three may become a crowd. So keep it manageable.

Posted by: kishorgala | July 19, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

"Tea party" is really just a code name for the hard core activist base of the strongly ideological Rush Limbaugh wing of the Republican Party in an attempt to try and pass that off as being in the mainstream of middle America which it is very clearly not!

Michele Bachmann starting a House Tea Party caucus would be great in my opinion because if that happens, then the tea party can be specifically pinned down by Bachmann and by the other kooks who are in that caucus (and by the big names who claim allegiance to that caucus such as Sarah Palin) when they say the crazy things that they say and when they do not condemn the highly insulting signs that many tea party activists usually bring to their public rallies!

Once there is an official tea party caucus lead by an elected Congresswoman, then the tea party kooks will not be able to legitimately use the excuse that "there are fringe elements in every group" to not be held responsible for the many stupid things that they do and say which are very far out of the mainstream!

Mitch Dworkin
Dallas, Texas
Objective Political Research & Analysis

Posted by: MitchDworkin | July 18, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Let's follow the normal logic of the T-Crazy caucusses in the House and Senate, (RP is looking for his place in the Senatorial sun)

First, to staff a caucus the members of the caucus have to provide staff and funding from their Congressional budget. That means that Republicans have to give money and man power to bachman or Paul from their own budgets. That may not go over so well, but that is only the beginning.

Since the T-Crazy caucusses are about Republican control politics, Bachman, by being chair of her caucus, and Paul, chair of his, soon enough butt heads with their Minority leaders, McConnell and Boehner.

NOW things get interesting. Bachman and Paul go outside party establishment to push against RINOs who won't accept their leadership, [precipitating civil war in the GOP, which lasts to the November Disaster, when the civil war gives the Dems significant gains in the House and the Senate.

Of course, as the dust settles and the T's find they lost seven seats in the Senate and twenty in the House, the recriminations begin. RHINOs endure a night of the long knives and the Republican Party emerges leaner and meaner, a skinned and defatted skeleton of an elephant. For two years the T's pursue the dream of control of Congress on the say so of the media, who will be sure that even Republicans can't lose four congressional elections in a row.

The Fifty State Landslide of 2012 won't convince the T-s that they are wrong, but all those RINOs with no place to go eventually realize that they can be their own Party.

Beyond that, well, that story is for another day.

Posted by: ceflynline | July 17, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

When will the caucus start taking questions from "We The People"?

Posted by: knjincvc | July 17, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Child advocates want Michele Bachmann investigated for child abuse as she did foster care for 26 children (for the tax-free government dollars). Did she tell them to be "armed and dangerous" or to "slit their wrists" to break the law???????? What kinds of "CRAZY" things did she tell those children and what kind of treatment did they receive????? This woman has got to go!

Posted by: merf-1 | July 17, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

This isn't going to end well. She's further aligning herself with a group that the Dems are using as a punching bag because few if any 'partiers are smart enough to know how to fight back. She might as well start the Stupidity Caucus.

For the facts about the 'partiers that you won't here from them or from their other opponents, see:

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | July 17, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

The teaparty caucus already exists........ it's the republican party. Nothing new here. Just another day. Just another desperate attempt to call attention to herself.

What's up with Minnesota anyway? Vote this loon out.

Posted by: cfeher | July 17, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Good news for Dems: Republican to push ahead with energy bill:

Any and ALL Republicans who vote for the Cap & Trade Bill - WILL BE VOTED OUT OF OFFICE IN NOVEMBER! DONE DEAL!!!

Posted by: prossers7 | July 16, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Rand Paul and daddy Ron Paul are Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
Rush is the Mad Hatter and Beck is the Dormouse, a swashbuckling dormouse whose loyalty to the Hatter is unmatched.

Posted by: apspa1 | July 16, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Now I get it. The Tea Party has nothing to do with the American revolution, its the Mad Hatters Tea Party.

Bachmann is the Queen of Hearts, Rush and Beck are Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Sarah Palin is the White Rabbit always late for her next pay day, the March Hare is played interchangeably by any Republican in Congress and the Cheshire Cat is John Boehner whose orange skin changes by his moods.

Posted by: apspa1 | July 16, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Her constituents are probably tired of her wacky pronouncements. At the end of the day you need to bring money and jobs to your district. How has Bachmann been doing in this department?

Posted by: ATLGuy | July 16, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Goodie! The more she and the other tea-baggers marginalize themselves, the more time for the serious business of the government.

Posted by: gwcox2 | July 16, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

A Tea Party caucus is the most hilarious thing to come down the pike in recent memory.
Perhaps they can prove the bi-partisan nature of the Tea Party movement by getting someone with a (D) to sign up, no? I can't really see that happening.
The craziness has them (house R's and the various TP's) playing some insane game of "can you top this" style, over the top media stunts. The insane clown posse has been setting up their big tent since President Obama's election. Looks like they are done with the preliminaries and the show beginning in earnest.
Their whole premise would be laughable were it not for the fact that they are seriously misleading a large segment of the electorate. Figuratively speaking, the Tea Party and the GOP leadership are pumping toxic waste into our political discourse. Nihilism as a political tactic seems to be the best they can do.

Posted by: PatD1 | July 16, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

makes you realize how the german nationalist party came to power in the 30's

Posted by: newagent99 | July 16, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

As if anyone cares.

Posted by: ScottChallenger | July 16, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

It remains to be seen how many other official Tea Party caucuses will be started. There are many many different Tea Parties with different platforms or agendas. And some of the originators may have a problem with plagiarization and kidnapping of their ideas by Bakhkhhhhhmaaaan.

By the way plagiarization is nothing new for the Republicans. Some even charge you for the plagiarized material. Point in case, McInnis running for the Guv in Colorado.

I wonder if Bakhkhhhhmaaaan is giving up the Republican party. Or, the party is going to boot her. Afterall, the Tea Party is NOT a SPINOFF (or SPIN, if you prefer) of the Republican party!

Posted by: kishorgala | July 16, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

This article is a hilarious skewering of Ms. Bachmann’s typically cuckoo positions. With an ending that republicans and democrats will love.

Very funny, enjoy.

Posted by: eye95 | July 16, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

It certainly is time for the gopers to create an official racist caucus -- regardless of the official name. Richard Nixon, Lee Atwater, Terry Dolan, Jesse Helms, Strom Thurmond and many others would be sooooo proud of this development.

Posted by: ImaDem | July 16, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

As scary as Bachmann, Steve King, Louie Gohmert, and the others like them are, it is scarier to me that there are evidently a lot more like them since they get elected.

Isn't it interesting that these people don't make news for the legislation they author but for the crazy things they say and do.

Posted by: FauxReal | July 16, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Well good. Herd them all into one room where they can hoist their banners and spit on everyone else.

Posted by: cms1 | July 16, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Sure, let Bauchman caucus with her other 4 personalities who cares.

Posted by: racerdoc | July 16, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

LOL we really do have a dysfunctional governing system.

Think about it a caucus in government of goobers totally opposed to government LOL AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA LOL

On a different tack i just want to say to both the Republicans and the Democrats.


Thank you for your time

Posted by: PennyWisetheClown | July 16, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

This creature is just insane, however no more so than each and every one of her supporters.

Posted by: davidsawh | July 16, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

She can always become a priest if she fails here.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | July 16, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

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