Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), one of the great stars of the Tea Party movement, has announced that she is forming a new “Tea Party Caucus” in the House of Representatives, with herself as its initial chair. Bachmann’s office said in a press release that the issues caucus would “promote Americans’ call for fiscal responsibility, adherence to the Constitution, and limited government.”
Bachmann also said in the press release:
“The American people are speaking out loud and clear. They have had enough of the spending, the bureaucracy, and the government knows best mentality running rampant today throughout the halls of Congress. This caucus will espouse the timeless principles of our founding, principles that all Members of Congress have sworn to uphold,” Bachmann stated. “The American people are doing their part and making their voices heard and this caucus will prove that there are some here in Washington willing to listen.”
Bachmann has previously organized and starred at Tea Party events in Washington and around the country, most notably the Capitol Hill event last fall that she had promoted as “the Super Bowl of Freedom.” Sometimes her language hasn’t been too successful, such as when she rallied up a Washington crowd in December by declaring, “It’s the charge of the light brigade!” — a military disaster in which the light brigade lost.