Here we were getting all excited about the consequences of Minnesota’s new congressional map on Michele Bachmann’s career, but alas, she’s running away from her competition! The state has thrown Bachmann and veteran Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum’s homes into the new 4th District. We would’ve had a delightful race on ours hands, especially — as angry commenters on all these Minnesota newspaper sites we’ve been reading keep howling — after Bachmann spent a full year calling herself a proud Iowan who loves Iowa more than ever her Dominionist Ultra-Jesus. But no, Bachmann will instead run in her old 6th District, even though she no longer lives there. What a wuss! Why does Michele Bachmann hate her house so much?
Bachmann, the Star-Tribune reports, has yet to decide whether she’ll schlep husband Funbags Bachmann and their small national militia of children a few miles over to the district that she plans to represent in the United States Congress:
“I’m announcing today that I will be running in the 6th Congressional district. I’ll continue my service to the people in the district where I essentially went to junior high, high school, college, had my babies born and we built our business and we have our church and our family,” Bachmann said.
Members of Congress don’t have to live in the district they represent, so Bachmann is free to run wherever she likes in Minnesota. She said she has not yet decided if she will move her home into the new district.
“That decision will be made. I’m not sure what we will be doing on that front,” she said.
Why couldn’t they have squeezed her in Muslim Rep. Keith Ellison’s district? That would have been what we in the biz call a “political race that we in the biz enjoy covering.”