Thursday, July 2, 2009

Too Crazy Even For Them

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and her campaign against the census is annoying even to some of her fellow right-wingers.

In a statement released Wednesday, Republican Reps. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia, and John Mica of Florida said that “boycotting the constitutionally-mandated census is illogical, illegal and not in the best interest of our country.”

Bachmann expressed concerns last week about the level of detail demanded in the census form and questioned the federal government’s ability to protect her family’s personal data.

“What guarantees do the American people have that hackers won’t get into the system?” Bachmann asked in an interview with FOX News Channel.

Bachmann also claimed in the interview that ACORN, a group that has been criticized by the GOP for its voter registration practices, would be employed by the government to collect census data.


Still, the congressmen — who all serve on the Information Policy, Census, and National Archives subcommittee — urged her to fill out all of her census form.

“We share Ms. Bachmann’s concerns about ACORN’s involvement in the 2010 Census and will continue pressuring the Bureau to follow their own guidelines for partnering organizations and dump ACORN,” the congressmen wrote. “However, we can not emphasize enough how important it is for every individual to fill out their census forms.

“Every elected representative in this country should feel a responsibility to encourage full participation in the census. To do otherwise is to advocate for a smaller share of federal funding for our constituents. Boycotting the constitutionally-mandated census is illogical, illegal and not in the best interest of our country.

She’s also — surprise — dead wrong about one part of her campaign. She told Sean Hannity the other night that questions about citizenship are not on the census form.

BACHMANN: Twenty-eight pages. Sean, you know the one question they don’t ask? They don’t ask, “are you an American citizen?” They don’t ask if you’re here on a visa or when it expires. We have no real idea how many illegal aliens are in our country. But wouldn’t you think, here they are asking every personal question about our lives, they could at least ask if we’re an American citizen? They don’t bother to ask for that. That’s why I think people need to read this census for themselves. If you go to my website, michelebachmann, you can read it.

As a matter of fact, it does [pdf] (See Questions 7 and 8 on page 27).

When folks like Patrick McHenry, who has his own record of right-wing nutsery, tell you that you’re being illogical, it might be a clue that you’re way over the edge.