Sheâ€™s not just a TV maven.Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann, an outspoken conservative who appears frequently on the Fox news channel, also has been giving her colleagues in Congress an earful.
According to Capitol Words, a website that tracks the daily Congressional Record, Bachmann has been the sixth-most loquacious member of Congress over the past 60 days, registering 33,746 words in that period. That puts her one notch above Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, who ranks seventh with 32,864 words.
The words most frequently uttered by Bachmann? Energy (325 times in the past year), followed by tax (236 times), and money (226 times). President Obama, one of her favorite targets, got 137 mentions, while children, one of her personal passions as a foster mother, weighed in at 105 utterances.
The website http://capitolwords.org/, doesnâ€™t rate the quality or impact of the lawmakerâ€™s wordsmithing. But if her official pronouncements in Congress are any measure, Bachmann has not sacrificed quantity for controversy.
In case you’re wondering, the five who placed above Bachmann over the past 60days? 1) Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill.; 2) Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.; 3) Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Texas; 4) Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa; 5) Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D.