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High School Sophomore Challenges Michele Bachmann to Debate on the Constitution

Amy Myers, a high school sophomore from Cherry Valley, New Jersey, has challenged Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann to a debate on the U.S. Constitution, Minneapolis' City Pages reports.

Writes Myers in a letter to the congresswoman:

Bachmann Though I am not in your home district, or even your home state, you are a United States Representative of some prominence who is subject to national media coverage. News outlets and websites across this country profile your causes and viewpoints on a regular basis. As one of a handful of women in Congress, you hold a distinct privilege and responsibility to better represent your gender nationally. The statements you make help to serve an injustice to not only the position of Congresswoman, but women everywhere. Though politically expedient, incorrect comments cast a shadow on your person and by unfortunate proxy, both your supporters and detractors alike often generalize this shadow to women as a whole.

Rep. Bachmann, the frequent inability you have shown to accurately and factually present even the most basic information about the United States led me to submit the follow challenge, pitting my public education against your advanced legal education:

I, Amy Myers, do hereby challenge Representative Michele Bachmann to a Public Forum Debate and/or Fact Test on The Constitution of the United States, United States History and United States Civics.

An acceptance is not expected, as City Pages notes: "Bachmann is famously reluctant to put herself in positions where she might have to talk to someone who disagrees with her."

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  1. Amy is my new hero.

    Posted by: lankyguy | May 13, 2011 12:59:54 PM

  2. That would be amazing TV.

    Posted by: Thomas | May 13, 2011 1:03:08 PM

  3. Priceless! I wish some news crew asks Bachmann about this challenge on live TV, anyone?

    Posted by: Chris in Irvine | May 13, 2011 1:03:24 PM

  4. If she's kicking this much ass now, I can not wait for Amy Myers to grow up.

    Posted by: justme | May 13, 2011 1:04:08 PM

  5. Rep. Bachmann hasn't had a chance to reply as her brain froze up immediately at the term "unfortunate proxy." Once the blinding light and loud humming noises retreat, I am SURE she'll get back to Amy.

    Posted by: Wayne | May 13, 2011 1:08:30 PM

  6. How much are tickets? Can we heckle? Team Amy!

    Posted by: Bart | May 13, 2011 1:08:30 PM

  7. Time to print the Team Amy shirts.

    Posted by: luminum | May 13, 2011 1:14:22 PM

  8. LOL Awesome!

    One of the rare times I'd kiss a girl

    Posted by: mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com | May 13, 2011 1:19:55 PM

  9. This is awesome!

    But one really should be extra careful about making typos when challenging someone's ability to accurately and factually present information.

    Posted by: nodnarb | May 13, 2011 1:29:12 PM

  10. @ NODNARB: I agree this is awesome, but I don't see the typo. And if there is one, unless we see the original letter, we don't know where that crept in.

    Go Amy!!!

    Posted by: David R. | May 13, 2011 1:34:43 PM

  11. @nodnarb, help me out here...couldn't find a typo anywhere, aside from some clumsy sentence structure.

    Posted by: Robert | May 13, 2011 1:36:03 PM

  12. diaried at Dkos with shout out to Towleroad

    Hopefully this goes viral/ gets a lot of press to either force the issue or embarrass bachman

    Posted by: mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com | May 13, 2011 1:36:28 PM

  13. She refuses to debate if someone disagrees with her? She must spend a lot of time alone or with teabaggers.

    Posted by: Matt26 | May 13, 2011 1:40:17 PM

  14. Ooooo, snap from a young lady to an old bat. Whatever happened to the Mary Tyler Moore Minneapolis? When did it turn into Texas or Mississippi?

    Posted by: woodroad34 | May 13, 2011 1:42:42 PM

  15. It's in her original letter unfortunately...

    "led me to submit the follow challenge"

    Posted by: nodnarb | May 13, 2011 1:43:44 PM

  16. A bit clunky in a usage sense, but not necessarily a typo.

    led   /lɛd/

    simple past tense and past participle of lead.

    Posted by: JD Swell | May 13, 2011 1:50:44 PM

  17. Ugh. Really? Do you want to play again?

    Posted by: nodnarb | May 13, 2011 1:54:17 PM

  18. My money is on the kid!

    Posted by: NY2.0 | May 13, 2011 1:59:12 PM

  19. @JD SWELL: The typo is the word "follow". The phrase should have read "...led me to submit the followING challenge..."

    Posted by: peterparker | May 13, 2011 1:59:39 PM

  20. @NODNARB, that's syntactical weirdness, not a typo. I'd probably have used the perfect tense rather than past, but that still doesn't make it a typo.

    Posted by: NaughtyLola | May 13, 2011 2:00:06 PM

  21. I nodnrab is referring to follow = following

    as in should be "led me to submit the FOLLOWING challenge"

    Posted by: mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com | May 13, 2011 2:01:19 PM

  22. LOL

    should be
    I think nodnrab

    Posted by: mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com | May 13, 2011 2:01:53 PM

  23. You GO!!!!!

    Posted by: Justin Werner | May 13, 2011 2:05:02 PM

  24. I fear (entirely through fault of my own!) that we've gotten away from the main point of all this... which is that this letter is awesome, and I suspect this young woman would wipe the floor with Michele Bachmann. Also, I'd pay money to watch if they make it a PPV event.

    Posted by: nodnarb | May 13, 2011 2:07:00 PM

  25. Bravo, and if this ever happens, I expect she'll wipe the floor with the idiot Bachmann.

    I generally agree that it's stupid to nitpick about split infinitives, but splitting them so egregiously (as in 'to accurately and factually present') is red meat to some of us grammar-compulsive types.

    Posted by: tominsf | May 13, 2011 2:13:42 PM

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