Michele Bachmann betrayed tea party with PATRIOT Act vote

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Did Bachmann vote against liberty?
Right before she showed up at CPAC and received a drubbing in its presidential straw poll, Rep. Michele Bachmann voted for a a temporary extension of the PATRIOT Act, and proudly announced the vote on her Facebook page:

"As a mother of five and a foster mother to 23 children, I voted for these authorities so that our laws keep pace with the evolving threats posed by terrorists," she said.

Bad move.

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The chairwoman of the House Tea Party caucus promptly found her Facebook page under attack from tea partiers who couldn't believe she voted in support of a law that grants the federal government all kinds of prying access into the lives of ordinary citizens.

Here's a sample:

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Bachmann is the congresswoman who has insisted that her colleagues be able to cite the specific passage in the Constitution that validates any bill before the House. She created classes on the Constitution, the first of which was taught by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Then, when she had a chance to stand up for liberty, she voted to keep in place a law tea partiers see as fundamentally at odds with liberty.

Liberty, it seems, is in the eye of the beholder.

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