The Star Tribune of Minneapolis raises an interesting point in its editorial bash of The World's Dumbest Politician ™, Michelle Bachmann:
At the very least, the census statements call Bachmann's strategic judgment into question. She may be setting in motion events that could substantially hurt her home state and potentially cost her the office she occupies.
The 2010 census will likely determine whether Minnesota loses one of its eight U.S. House seats; population determines seat allocation. Political experts agree that a few thousand people not filling out census forms may be all it takes for the state to lose a congressional advocate in the nation's capital. If Minnesota were to lose a congressional seat, Bachmann's district appears to be candidate for absorption.
That would be the ultimate irony.
Of course, if conservative wingnuts follow the advice of Bachmann and Glenn Beck and refuse to fill out the census for fear of some government conspiracy or something, the end result is that they won't be counted, which means they will have less representation when it comes time to apportion districts and set the number of representatives at the state and national level.