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First, most of you may or may not know that the renewal of the Patriot Act passed on the second attempt. (Jeers.)

But did you know that Bachmann voted against it before she voted for it -- Yes, Ms. "I'm the leader of the Tea Party" voted FOR the Patriot Act.

From her Facebook page:

"As a mother of five and a foster mother to 23 children, I voted for these authorities so that our laws keep pace with the evolving threats posed by terrorists," she said.

She rationalized:

Today I voted for a temporary extension of three legal authorities in the Patriot Act. This vote was not for a full reauthorization of the Patriot Act. As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I look forward to briefings and reports from our intelligence community that will help us develop longer term solutions as we protect our nation against international terrorism.

(I think the great Orange One "reasoned" with her.)

Payback is Hell.

The feedback she's getting on Facebook alone includes these gems:

You are no conservative. YOU ARE A RINO.
I contributed to your campaign but won't again. This is just another exercise into the abuses of the citizens' private lives. You, madam, are a Decepticon!!!
Sorry, Michelle, but anyone who votes for any of the treasonous "Patriot Act" is losing my vote if they run in 2012
Wow you voted FOR the Patriot Act?

You used your 5 children and 23 foster children as an excuse in your statement and it is disgraceful.

You have lost my respect and my support.

Use your head, nothing in the patriot act, not a single piece is popular with us!!
I don't think Bachmann should ever claim to be affiliated with the Tea Party again. She is simply ignoring the will of the people, and doesn't seem to care. Minnesota voters you will have to find a real conservative, not a pretender.


The schadenfreude is strong with this one.

I figured she would last a little longer before stabbing her "base" in the back. We're not even two months into this session!

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