Nose, Meet Face

Michele Bachmann is cutting one off to spite the other:

[S]ome on the right are raising concerns that the partial [census] boycott could hurt their own cause. Since governments at all levels base their funding decisions and political redistricting on population, fueling the fire against the census could rob heavily conservative districts and suburbs of needed funds and services.

Three Republican congressmen on the census committee -- North Carolina's Patrick McHenry, Georgia's Lynn Westmoreland and Florida's John Mica -- approached Bachmann privately and asked her to stop the boycott. Roll Call reports that they went public with their concerns because Bachmann "appeared unfazed by their request."