• Michele Bachmann, Switzerland's Newest Cuckoo

    Michele Bachmann suspends her campaignCongratulations, Switzerland! After 500 years of democracy and peace, elaborate clocks are no longer the only kind of cuckoos your scenic confederacy will be known for…

    [Michele] Bachmann (R-Minn.) recently became a citizen of Switzerland, making her eligible to run for office in the tiny European nation, according to a Swiss TV report Tuesday…

    Marcus Bachmann, the congresswoman's husband since 1978, reportedly was eligible for Swiss citizenship due to his parents' nationality — but only registered it with the Swiss government Feb. 15. Once the process was finalized on March 19, Michele automatically became a citizen as well, according to Honegger, [a reporter for Swiss public television].

    Marcus Bachmann's application reportedly came at the behest of his children, the three youngest of whom have become Swiss citizens automatically, while the oldest have earned a fast-track path to naturalization. It must have been an awkward conversation. Sure, the prospect of a Bachmann presidency was terrifying, but asking your own father to plot escape plan from the United States to a tyrannical land of universal health insurance mandates has to be equally uncomfortable.

    There are other theories as to why dual citizenship in the United States and Crazylvania wasn't enough for the Minnesota congresswoman. She's now eligible to ruin politics in a whole other country. And the Alpine heights of Switzerland make for an ideal location to welcome the Rapture. But a less celestial explanation suggests that this is part of a transparent ploy to qualify Bachmann for the position of IRS Commissioner in a Mitt Romney administration. What better way to learn the ropes of promoting tax avoidance than to visit Romney's money?

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    Tags: Marcus Bachmann, Michele Bachmann, Switzerland


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