Bachmann Rules House Wingnuts Index

Steve King, Louie Gohmert not far behind among fringe congressmen

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 18, 2010 8:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – A week after releasing its Senate Wingnut Index, the Daily Beast investigates wingnuttery in the House. Using a “semi-scientific” process to identify the most extreme members on both sides of the spectrum, the site ranks them:

  1. Michele Bachmann (R-MN): From calling the president “anti-American” to warning of tyranny, “Bachmann has become a symbol of all things Wingnutty in American politics.”

  1. Steve King (R-IA): Told nation that were Obama elected, “the al-Qaeda, the radical Islamists, will declare victory in this war on terror.”
  2. Louie Gohmert (R-TX): Co-sponsored Birther bill and warned that “socialist health care is going to absolutely kill senior citizens.”
  3. Alan Grayson (D-FL): Labeled his opponent “Taliban Dan” and called Republicans “the enemy of America.”
  4. Paul Broun (R-GA): Compared Obama to Hitler days after the election.
Click here for Nos. 6 through 25.

Rep. Michelle Bachmann R-Minn., addresses the crowd on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, during a Republican health care news conference.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
This June 26, 2010 file photo, shows U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, who is seeking re-election in Iowa's 5th District.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
In this March 16, 2010 file photo, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, holds up a copy of the proposed Senate health care reform bill as he speaks at a health care rally.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., leads a round of applause for physicians that attended a town hall meeting on health care in Tavares, Fla., Monday, Oct. 12, 2009.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Rep. Paul Broun , R-Ga,, speaks on the set of Georgia Public television in this Wednesday, July 2, 2008 file photo in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/Gregory Smith, File)
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