Oops: Bachmann’s anticensus hysteria could backfire
But now it’s becoming clear that if her constituents heed her advice, she might end up losing her seat in Congress.
Why? Because the results of the census determines how many seats each state has in Congress. Heading into each census there are always states “on the bubble” of either losing or gaining an extra seat, and as it turns out, in 2010 Minnesota is one such state:
State demographer Tom Gillaspy has been warning for months that the next census could result in the loss of one congressional seat in Minnesota.
The irony was not lost on the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:
It’s ironic that a Minnesota member of Congress, Republican Michele Bachmann, went so far last summer to declare her intention to only partially complete her census forms, and to suggest reasons for others not to comply with the census law. If Minnesota loses a congressional seat, Bachmann’s populous Sixth District could be carved into pieces. She likely would have to battle another incumbent to hang on to her seat. We’ve noticed that her anticensus rhetoric has lately ceased. We hope she got wise: Census compliance is not only in Minnesota’s best interest, but also her own.
Of course, if Minnesota does lose a seat, Bachmann will undoubtedly decry the government conspiracy against counting people who refuse to be counted. The black helicopters are already circling.