POLITICS
05/10/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Spencer Bachus Makes List Of 17 Socialists In Congress

UPDATE 4/14: Rep. Spencer Bachus has ignored requests from both legislators and reporters to name the 17 socialists in the House.

Sen. Bernie Sanders wants Rep. Spencer Bachus to start naming names. [...]

When asked for specifics, Bachus named only one legislator -- Sanders, a self-described "democratic socialist," whose vision of a socialist safety net is more Stockholm than Stalingrad.

Bachus' spokesman hasn't responded to numerous requests from POLITICO to name the other 16 lawmakers. [...]

"Has Spencer released his list yet? Everybody's waiting with bated breath," asked Sanders, an independent from Vermont who has enjoyed a friendly relationship with the Alabama conservative since their days in the House in the 1990s.

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Not too long ago, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann was on Hardball, calling for the media to investigate her Congressional colleagues to "find out if they are pro-America or anti-America." Well, it turns out that someone has taken up Bachmann's call on a proactive basis! His name is Spencer Bachus and he has made a list -- a secret list! -- of the socialists in the House of Representatives. Or so he told the Birmingham News. Who are the seventeen socialists? That's the secret part, apparently.

From The Hill's Briefing Room:

Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) puts the number of socialists in the House at 17.

"Some of the men and women I work with in Congress are socialists," Bachus told local government leaders on Thursday, according to the Birmingham News.

Bachus gave the specific number of House socialists when pressed later by a reporter.

By the way, I can't wait until someone tells Bachus about how "only 53% of American adults believe capitalism is better than socialism." He is not going to take that news well, I imagine.

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