“I’ve worked in serious scholarship…” Rep. Michele Bachmann.
I am no fan of personal attacks on politicians. In the case of Rep. Michele Bachmann, her own words are, sadly, fulfilling the same function. During the recent Fox news interview with Chris Wallace, for which Mr. Wallace apologized for using the term “flake,” Rep. Bachmann defended herself by focusing on her age, years of her marriage, and involvement in “serious scholarship” among other items.
The latter statement got my interest. Unfortunately, there is no basis in fact for stating her involvement in “serious scholarship” – I invite any reader to challenge this by sharing her scholarly publications. As one example, I searched extensively on Google Scholar, including provision for legal opinions and journals and was not able to identify any scholarly works.
In addition, it is notable that her law degree was conferred by Oral Roberts University in 1986, the last class for their law school.
In 1986 the university “shut down its ailing law school and sent its library to Pat Robertson’s Bible-based college in Virginia”, which subsequently founded the Regent University School of Law.
In all fairness, one website , Conservapedia, offers a different perspective in “Wikipedia” like format:
Bachmann is pro-life, pro-gun, pro-religion and holds many other core conservative values. A search for her on Google turns up five positive sites for every 100 nasty liberal smear sites, like the Huffington Post. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has now officially put the outspoken Minnesota Republican in their sights with the bachmannwatch website.
Liberals have been hysterical about some of the candid observations of Congresswoman Bachmann. She was targeted for comments made seeking an investigation into the Obama-Ayers connection, the “tolerant” liberal establishment even compared her to the Nazis.
She deserves many compliments for her insight and courage. Congresswoman Rep. Bachmann, “has shown an uncanny knack for infuriating critics with sometimes off-the-wall behavior and comments, all the while advancing her own political career.” 
Serious scholar? No. Provocateur? Yes.