Minnesota dingbat Michele Bachmann, who founded the House Tea Party Caucus last week, is already at odds with Tea Party members. She's campaigning for Missouri Senate candidate Roy Blunt instead of the Tea Party/Joe the Plumber-backed Real American candidate. Traitor!

The Missouri Tea Party wants this guy Chuck Purgason to win, badly enough that they enlisted Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher to help create the actual campaign ad shown above, which ran on statewide television.

It's surprising that Michele Bachmann would miss an opportunity to pander to the Tea Party's every whim, and now she's offended them by planning to campaign with Roy Blunt on July 31. A coalition of "Missouri Tea Party Groups" sent out a release condemning Bachmann:

Tea Party participants believe the spending in Washington has to STOP. Roy Blunt voted for TARP and Cash for Clunkers. For Michele Bachmann to come to Missouri and give the impression that all the Missouri Tea Parties support Roy Blunt is an abomination of everything we have been standing up for. "Most Tea Party supporters I know will be baffled by Michele Bachmann helping someone with a record like Roy Blunt before the primary vote," said Jedidiah Smith, a Tea Party leader in Franklin County, Missouri.

Maybe she hadn't seen the delightful Joe the Plumber ads yet! They would convince anyone.

[via HuffPo]