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Summary: As U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann prepares her official announcement that she’s running for president, here’s a rundown of her ugly track record of extremist rhetoric, incendiary demagoguery, and political paranoia, catalogued and documented since Bachmann’s 2008 reelection to the United States House of Representatives in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, and demonstrating that Michele Bachmann, in essence, is not merely gaffe-prone and is more than just a flake. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on May 17, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that Washington D.C. political handicapper CQ Politics, in its district-by-district congressional race ratings for the 2010 midterm election, reclassified Minnesota’s 6th District from “Leans Republican” to “Likely Republican” — reflecting an increasing likelihood that incumbent Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann would be reelected for a third term.