The Ten Weirdest Members of Congress

Texas claims three of the top spots.

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.

Ted Cruz
illustration by Tom Huck
Ted Cruz
Scott DesJarlais
illustration by Tom Huck
Scott DesJarlais

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 McCarthyesque 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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jeannebroadway
jeannebroadway

You included Ted Cruz, an actual "America First" Senator, and you leave out Sheila Jackson Lee, the imbecilic witch from Hell. WOW, could this writer be a left wing wacko.

Anse
Anse

I am not surprised that Darth Cheney becomes easily distracted by the delectable sight of blood.

leahshell1009
leahshell1009

The bf and I have been laughing about "Gomer" for years. Luckily, no one takes these nut jobs seriously. The more light that is shone upon their idiocy, the less likely we will have to suffer them in the future. Great article and great writing.

StaceinTexas
StaceinTexas

I wonder why Caleb is so intimidated by Senator Cruz.

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

No Kerry Bentivolio?

gcbeehler
gcbeehler

The animated gif of 'snake' Bachmann is amazing!

stevek77536
stevek77536

The movie "Idiocracy", while not great, did have an interesting concept and some good lines:

"Narrator: Unaware of what year it was [distant future], Joe wandered the streets desperate for help. But the English language had deteriorated into a hybrid of hillbilly, valleygirl, inner-city slang and various grunts. Joe was able to understand them, but when he spoke in an ordinary voice he sounded pompous and faggy to them."

Maybe the pols in the article can be the cast of a second try (this time a documentary?).

Anse
Anse

@StaceinTexas A man with a gun can be dangerous. A very, very stupid man with a gun is a menace. 

 
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