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Michele Bachmann's Census Theories Too Much For Glenn Beck

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As we related yesterday, Michele Bachmann has drawn a line in the sand, and will not fill out the Census, and no one really cares because who in America really wants to see government resources allocated to the Bachmann demographic, anyway? Nevertheless, Bachmann is the Neda Agha Soltan of fighting ACORN and the Census. "Why does the government need our phone numbers?" complains Bachmann, making me wonder if she plans on robo-calling her constituents come re-election time. You know I'll be watching for that!

Anyway, yesterday, Michele Bachmann went on the Glenn Beck Common Sense Comedy Hour to talk about all of this. Understandably, Bachmann is concerned with whether the government should know about its citizens' "mental stability." And here is one of Bachmann's amazing insights:

BACHMANN: You know the question that's not on this survey, Glenn? "Are you a U.S. citizen?" This would be your perfect opportunity to find out how many illegal aliens are in the United States.

Of course! That is precisely the way this mystery should be penetrated! I can see it now!

CENSUS TAKER: Okay, next question...are you a U.S. Citizen?

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT: RATS! You caught me!

CENSUS TAKER: I shall now deport you, with my ACORN magicks!

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT: And to think I almost got away with it!

And that's the incredibly true story of how Mitt Romney had to start paying his gardeners actual money!

But here's the revelatory part of Bachmann's conversation: It appears that there actually is a point at which you can even out-bonkers Glenn Beck! Watch as the video gets to about the two-minute mark. That's when Bachmann starts up her "OMGZ! THE INTERNMENT CAMPZ" spiel. Beck starts shaking his head in disbelief, and then just shuts her down, mid-thought! Is that a bridge too far for Glenn Beck, who runs the most realistic Doom Room in Cable news? Maybe! Of course, I can't help but notice that Beck set Bachmann up perfectly to proffer that answer.

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UPDATES, 1:40pm: Lots of emailers think I'm giving "too much credit" to Beck. That's okay with me, people. You can call it like you see it. I sort of detected a change of tone and enthusiasm when she launched into her "internment camps" speech. Remember, Beck himself softly advanced the idea of "FEMA camps" not too long ago. I seem to recall him saying it was something that, at first, he could not disprove. He kept that up, briefly, before finally doing a show, "debunking" it. With that in mind, I figured, well, maybe it hits a sensitive topic. But, lots of people write off his reaction to time issues -- he was hitting the end of his segment.

Naturally, I don't feel I was issuing a definitive opinion on the matter anyway. As I said in the post: "Of course, I can't help but notice that Beck set Bachmann up perfectly to proffer that answer."

As for Michele Bachmann robo-calling her constituents, an emailer tells me that these are, in fact, ongoing. If you have a recording of a Michele Bachmann robo-call, I would love to hear it!

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