Congress Losing a Squirrel; Country Gaining a Nut

There is no question that Rep. Michele Bachmann (GOP/Tea – Minn.) is among the squirreliest of the squirrels in Congress. But as she announces her decision not to seek re-election next year, the web site capitolwords has ranked the words and phrases most used by the head of the tea party caucus.

And the number one single word most used by Bachmann on the floor of the House is…“acorn.”

The surprises on the list, which can be sorted by one-word, two-word, three-word, etc. phrases include that “Obamacare” doesn’t make the top twenty in any category. “Obama” was of course number two on the single word list, and, to her credit, “President Obama” was number four when Bachmann used two words. Also on the lists: “socialized,” “democrat-controlled,” “planned parenthood,” “back to $2 a gallon,” and finally, “I was unexpectedly detained.”

In announcing her lame duckness via an eight-minute video, Bachmann did not say she was planning to spend more time with her family, and is more or less looking for a job.

Bachmann, who’s in her fourth term representing Minnesota’s 6th District, promised that there “is no future option or opportunity” that she “won’t be giving serious consideration if it can help save and protect our great nation for future generations.”

She did list the reasons that are not behind her decision.

Bachmann said her decision was not influenced by any concerns about winning reelection…

Nor was her decision based on any concerns over an ongoing congressional ethics inquiry into the improper transfer of campaign funds, Bachmann said in her video. She is also facing a Federal Election Commission complaint about her former presidential campaign.

“This decision was not impacted in any way by the recent inquiries into the activities of my former presidential campaign or my former presidential staff,” she said. “It was clearly understood that compliance with all rules and regulations was an absolute necessity for my presidential campaign. And I have no reason to believe that that was not the case.”

Democrats are rubbing their hands together in anticipation of taking the seat, which Bachmann only retained in the last election by 5,000 votes, a small number for an entrenched incumbent with a national profile.

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