The Adventures of Minnesota's Madcap Michele
While she scares me, I have to admit that sometimes I find Republican Cong. Michele Bachmann downright entertaining. Whether she's calling Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress "anti-American" on national television, or hiding in the bushes eavesdropping at a gay rights event back home in Minnesota, Bachmann acts like a zany sitcom character, desperately trying to steal hearts with her own brand of right-wing wackiness. If she weren't a congresswoman, she might actually be funny.
Well, it looks like we're in for a very special episode, in which Congresswoman Bachmann's son breaks away from his mother. Bachmann's son, Harrison, has gone and joined "Teach for America," part of AmeriCorps -- which, Bachmann recently claimed, operates "under the guise of, quote, volunteerism, but it's not volunteers at all." According to Bachmann, President Obama's efforts to expand AmeriCorps include "provisions for what I would call re-education camps for young people, where young people get trained in the philosophy the government puts forward and then they have to go work in these politically correct forums."
And the kicker: "As a parent, I would have a very, very difficult time seeing my children do this."
What a fabulous and unexpected plot twist! Will Congresswoman Bachmann accept her son's Teach for America plans, or will she use her power to try to stop him? Will she go undercover to try to expose the "re-education camp" in a multi-episode arc? Will this family drama distract her from what promises to be a tough 2010 re-election campaign? Or from her duties as America's new go-to gal for notable but nutty quotes? To drive up ratings during sweeps week, will Sarah Palin make a guest appearance as Bachmann’s BFF? Stay tuned....