Michelle Bachmann Ranked In Most Embarrassing Re-Elects of '10

Michelle Bachmann, voice of Minnesota's sixth district in the House of Representatives, was ranked the number one most embarrassing re-elected member of Congress in 2010 by a citizen's watchdog group, City Pages reports.

The group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, is a non-profit based out of Washington D.C. dedicated to "promoting ethics and accountability in government and public life by targeting government officials -- regardless of party affiliation -- who sacrifice the common good to special interests," their website says. This is the fifth year they have compiled the list.

City Pages reports that her inclusion in the list seems rather self-evident. "She pumps out gaffes and pants-on-fire moments with such gay abandon that it's mostly a matter of picking the best of the best," it said, going on to state that the entry for her in the report didn't even touch on several of her more publicized faux pas, saying that "Perhaps space was a consideration."

In the entry, CREW focused on the illegal rally Bachmann planned and her bout of McCarthyism when she accused several members of Congress of harboring "anti-American" sentiments, going so far as to accuse Barack Obama of having ties with terrorists.

The rally was held to oppose healthcare reform in 2009. Not only did Bachmann use her official government website to organize the demonstration on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, she then neglected to secure the proper permits for the rally. This was in direct violation of House rules, which prohibit "grassroots lobbying" and soliciting a particular member's position on Representatives websites.

The other claim relating to McCarthyist politics referenced a 2008 appearance on Hardball with Chris Matthews. During her time on the show she called for a deep examination to root out members of congress with anti-American leanings, calling Obama out in particular.

She did partially apologize for her remarks several days later, saying that she should not have gone so far as to use the phrase 'anti-American', but she has since allowed her true colors to show. In March of 2010 she referenced the comments she had made on the show at a fundraising rally. ""I said I had very serious concerns that Barack Obama had anti-American views," Rep. Bachmann said. "And now I look like Nostradamus."

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