Ousting Michele Bachmann from Intelligence wasn't a no-brainer for Boehner

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You probably shouldn't take the "Intelligence" in the Intelligence Committee literally...
As we told you last month, during the run up to committee appointments for the new Congress, a petition was circulating to oust Rep. Michele Bachmann from the House Intelligence Committee.

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The petition ended up being signed by nearly 200,000 people. But it wasn't endorsed by the one person whose opinion really mattered -- Speaker of the House John Boehner.

From Salon:
Bachmann has now officially been re-appointed to her seat on the Houe Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. On Friday, House Republicans released their list of committee members for the nascent 113th Congress, and Bachmann's name is on it. The post gives her access to classified information and the power to oversee the country's intelligence agencies, including the use of drones and efforts to thwart Iran's nuclear program...

Why is Bachmann getting another round on a committee she probably has no business being on? We can't know for sure, but probably because immediate domestic political concern trumps foreign policy competence every time, especially if you're John Boehner.

In July, the National Review's Robert Costa reported that "many senior House GOP aides were wary of elevating" Bachmann to the Intel Committee at the time of her appointment, but "Boehner assured them that it was an appropriate gesture." After losing her presidential race, the seat was "a political lifeline" for Bachmann and it was all thanks to Boehner, Costa explained.

The uproar over the [Huma] Abedin affair threatened to undo all of that, but apparently was not enough. Either Boehner is scared of taking on Bachmann and her vast grassroots network of admirers, or he'd rather appease her and tap into that political power. Either way, he's choosing to keep her in a position of power over national security, despite calling her views "dangerous" only a few months ago.
It's comforting to learn the Speaker's priorities are in the right order!

Michele Bachmann, overseeing American drone strikes? That can't be a comfortable thought for Muslims living in Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, or Somalia.

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MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

This is why Democrats appoint qualified people to be in charge of FEMA and Republicans appoint Michael Browne.  This is why Republicans expose undercover CIA operatives because of what their husband had to say.  This is why Republicans lie about Pat Tillman's death to his family to preserve poll numbers.  This is why Republicans only care about the debt and embassy attacks when a Democrat is in charge.  They are a party of lying idiots who only care about politics.   

StandTall
StandTall

We need to start taking this serious! Hold these politicians accountable. Maybe if we started charging them criminally, maybe things would change. Treason could be used because theirs acts recently have caused harm to our nation. In 2011 debit ceiling crisis lowered our credit rating, the only reason that happened is political. It was not like the USA ran out of money. Think about the gridlock in Washington, we need to get rid of the idea that party is more important than the needs of our country. Treason can be defined as extreme acts against a nation. That is currently what is happening. Not one banker has gone to jail over the 2007 market collapse. We need to Stand Tall and take our county back

webcelt
webcelt

Exhibit A for why Republicans can not be trusted with national security.

Matthias Weigel
Matthias Weigel

Well Eric, seems as though you are dead wrong there.

Hambone2
Hambone2

how can the dumbest person in congress be on the intelligence committee?

Eric Kanzenbach
Eric Kanzenbach

Seems like she is smart enough to stick around. Besides, I bet the only people who signed that and didn't vote for Obama was because they were at home smoking pot.

Onan
Onan

@Eric Kanzenbach "because they were at home smoking pot..."...man.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@keny1 If that was true you would have cited examples like I did.  Sadly you did not because you are a stupid liar.   Everyone knows Republicans are stupid trash like you, that's why no one listens to you keny and no one votes for Republicans.

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