Michele Bachmann's Briar Patch

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May 10 2012 11:37 AM

Michele Bachmann's Briar Patch

Michele Bachmann, as you may have forgotten by now, is a three-term congresswoman from the Twin Cities exurbs. She ran for president in 2012. It didn't take. She's running again for her House seat, and trying to convince donors that she's as embattled a cultural figure as she's ever been. This e-mail, which went out to her supporters, is a good, amusingly bogus, example.

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A major development has just occurred in my race for the U.S. House of Representatives and I'm asking for your immediate help......You see, in retaliation for repeatedly standing up to President Obama on the national stage, liberal judges have redrawn the lines of my Minnesota Congressional District to try and wipe me off of the political map once and for all.
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Couple of things here.

1) The "major development" happened in February.

2) The "liberal judges" comprised a panel that took on the redistricting task after the state's Republican legislature and Democratic governor failed to agree on maps.

Their bias was so obvious they even gerrymandered my home -- where my wonderful husband Marcus and I live –- entirely out of my District and placed it into one held by a six-term Democrat incumbent!

Bachmann actually had a choice -- to stay in the new district or to run in a more conservative seat that included most of what she used to represent. She went through door number two, months ago.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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