She's the rare politician who can demagogue any issue — and the only member of Congress weird enough to be nominated by everyone contacted for this story, be they Republican or Democrat. If there's a crusade requiring crazy talk, Bachmann is sure to be yammering on a newscast near you.

Perhaps only Donald Trump rivals her thirst for attention, a neediness that often causes her to fabricate arguments from Play-Doh. She's claimed that hundreds of scientists and Nobel Prize winners support intelligent design, and that same-sex marriage will force judges to tell little kids, "Homosexuality is normal, and you should try it."

During an appearance on the Today show, Bachmann suggested that the HPV vaccine could cause mental retardation. She's also intimated that there's a direct correlation between swine flu outbreaks and Democratic presidencies.

Finally, she's claimed that no study has ever shown that carbon dioxide is harmful to the environment — neglecting the hundreds of studies concluding just that.

But her worst stunt came last year, when she launched a McCarthy-esque witch hunt to rid Washington of Muslim Brotherhood infiltrators. Her prime suspect was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's top aide, Huma Abedin, whose only crime was having a foreign-sounding name.

But even if she were voted out tomorrow, Bachmann's legacy would live on: Roughly a third of this list is composed of frequent Bachmann co-conspirators. Not only is she their leader, but she's a role model, too, the crazy North Star that guides them, even as she makes an ever-growing number of Americans question this whole experiment we call democracy.

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nimh
nimh

So, right off the bat, this list says that being called the intellectual voice of the Tea Party is akin to "being the valedictorian of a carjacking ring" ... But then, right in its second point, blames Grayson for calling Republicans "knuckle-dragging Neanderthals" and generally contributing to "the partisan firefight disabling Washington". Um, ok. Hypocrisy much?

atlantis1star
atlantis1star

Why does Franks oppose the tribe’s Casino in Glendale? Simple, really. Trent Franks is a mentally unstable man with a history of psychological problems. He is putting a knife in the back of Glendale for "narrow special interests." Let’s guess who that is?

Right-wing nut bags in Sun City who hate everything?

Religious nuts who oppose gambling and anything slightly fun?

The chamber of commerce who will not have influence over the tribe?

1)Glendale would not have any say on how the property is developed.

2)Glendale would not capture any tax revenue from the property, including property tax and sales tax.

3)Glendale is afraid that a casino on the property would take away revenue from the Westgate Center.

4)Only the Gila River Nation opposes the project which is ABSOLUTELY no surprise, because they are the only nation near the area (in Laveen) and therefore have monopoly on casinos in the area.

Trent Franks knows the deal is legal and approved by the BIA, so he sneaks laws into congress to stop the deal. Scottsdale has no problem with casinos and they have plenty of jobs

ReggieVV
ReggieVV

Trent Franks, absolutely useless to Arizona or his constituents. Not one bill helping Arizona. And obsessed with one subject.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

I've said it before and i'll say it again: Trent Franks, my illustrious Member of Congress, should have been aborted. Short of that, it's a cryin' shame that he survived childhood.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Why the hell am I paying Trent Franks to be a congressman?

Franks needs to be booted from office. Now. He's too mentally sick to be a congressman.

Cozz
Cozz

Sure is obvious why this county in going down the toilet fast with idiots like this in office, even worse is the idiot voters that actually vote for these slimeballs.

marcy
marcy

While this story is about the PCSO, the real story is that cops, for the most part, are barely civilized thugs.

pszymeczek
pszymeczek

The scariest one to me is Paul Broun.  This anti-science nut is a PHYSICIAN.

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

A well balanced list, I think.  I had expected you to have all 10 nominees be from the Right side of the aisle. Thanks for not doing that.

Why was Joe Biden not on the list?  That has to be the craziest guy we have seen in years.  Even worse than Bush, when it comes to saying the wrong thing, Joe usually seems to wait for the teleprompter before asking for morning coffee.


All in all, though, a good list

getmeouttahere
getmeouttahere

@eric.nelson745 Franks has such a one-track mind about abortion that one wonders if his own mother repeatedly told him that she wished she had aborted him, giving him a psychological complex that Freud would have a field day with. It would certainly explain his obsession with the topic and his obvious mental and emotional  problems (talk to anyone who has met the man; there is something VERY wrong with him.) Either that, or like that horndog hypocrite  from Tennessee, Franks has dragged a few knocked-up girlfriends and mistresses to the abortion clinic himself.

It's an all-to-common phenomenon; those who yell the loudest about something are often the most guilty of what they despise and condemn. So the anti-abortion zealot forces his own wife and/or girlfriend to have an abortion; the anti-pornography crusader has a huge stash of the most depraved porn available on his computer or, if he's old-school, under the bed; the guy ranting the loudest against homosexuality is himself a self-loathing closet case, trolling airport bathrooms and rentboy websites for hookups; and the guy preaching against divorce and adultery and demanding a return to "Christian family values" is himself a serial philanderer who repeatedly screws women whhis wife and could not be faithful

getmeouttahere
getmeouttahere

@@eric.nelson745 Franks has such a one-track mind about abortion that one wonders if his own mother repeatedly told him that she wished she had aborted him, giving him a psychological complex that Freud would have a field day with. It would certainly explain his obsession with the topic and his obvious mental and emotional  problems (talk to anyone who has met the man; there is something VERY wrong with him.) Either that, or like that horndog hypocrite  from Tennessee, Franks has dragged a few knocked-up girlfriends and mistresses to the abortion clinic himself.

It's an all-to-common phenomenon; those who yell the loudest about something are often the most guilty of what they despise and condemn. So the anti-abortion zealot forces his own wife and/or girlfriend to have an abortion; the anti-pornography crusader has a huge stash of the most depraved porn available on his computer or, if he's old-school, under the bed (just for "research purposes," of course); the guy ranting the loudest against homosexuality is himself a self-loathing closet case, trolling airport bathrooms and rentboy websites for hookups; and the guy preaching against divorce and adultery and demanding a return to "Christian family values" is himself a serial cheater who repeatedly hires hookers and/or screws women who aren't his wife and could not be monogamous if you paid him to be (or, if you're Newt Gingrich, unless your wife is with you at all times; honestly, does anyone really think that plastic fembot he's married to, travels with him all of the time because she just can't be without him? She has to know damn well that if she lets Newty out of her sight, he'll mount the first thing with boobs that he sees, and she'll be on her way to being the next ex-Mrs. Gingrich.) 

Alas, it is hard to say if such revolting hypocrisy, or the rank idiocy of the human failures listed above, is a new phenomenon, or just one we're more aware of it now in our era of internet transparency and 24-hour news cycles. But it does make one suspect that perhaps democracy as practiced in the US has reached its "jump the shark"point and it is time for a new system. Perhaps it is also time that we admit that the stupid should not be permitted to breed, much less vote.

azcumsquelcher
azcumsquelcher

@bob_lablaw96 Even the liberals that they picked weren't really crazy, just kind of mean-spirited. The purpose of this article is to paint the GOP as having the most bat-shit crazy or "weird," as the author kindly puts it, representatives in the country. I couldn't be less surprised that they picked on Michelle Bachman to lead the list, she's kind of quirky and liberals love to hate her. I definitely agree with you that Joe Biden is a lunatic

 

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